An overview of the common causes of project failure, how Bechtel employs data-driven analysis, and leverages historical data for predictive planning
Two full days of workshops and presentations providing attendees with the latest ideas and innovations from across the Total Cost Management spectrum: cost, estimating, risk, scheduling, claims. This symposium provides a unique opportunity to network with owners, executives, managers, engineers and other industry professionals, while accessing the premium content of our technical program.
A dialogue between federal executives and practitioners on the proposed topics: “Estimating Realism; Cost-Schedule-Risk Integration; How Contract Language Can Enhance Project Success." The format will be an informal roundtable discussion with a focus on case studies of programmatic challenges that may be reduced by Total Cost Management of projects and assets.
We will sit down with Charlie Boylard, one of the founders and current C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board of MBP, to discuss how three partners grew their team into an enterpise of 13 offices, employing over 275 people across the east coast.
The Applied Economics Office (AEO), a part of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at NIST, provides economic products and services through research and consulting to the public and private sector in support of productivity enhancement, economic growth, and international competitiveness. AEO focuses on improving the life-cycle quality and economy of constructed facilities and manufacturing through advancements in measurement science in the areas of sustainability, energy conservation, smart grid, community resilience, construction, manufacturing, and safety. AEO also develops software tools for scientists and engineers to evaluate the economics of engineering-related issues. This presentation will summarize AEO’s current focus areas, research projects, and software tools.
The presentation will review empirical research on cost growth, schedule slip and accuracy and will present an integrated set of Risk Quantification methods “that work” for projects, programs and portfolios of every description for both owners and contractors.
Please join the National Capital Section of AACEI for its first program of the fall!
This month's program will be a panel discussion between representatives from the two major airport agencies in the region, the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Association (MWAA), about how each of these agencies manage their construction programs and projects, the project controls systems and technologies utilized, challenges and successes of working in an active airport environment, and ongoing and upcoming work at each airport.
Perceived wisdom within the construction industry is that different Forensic Schedule Analysis (FSA) methods produce different results on the same set of facts. Although there are many potential variables that could cause this, such as bias of the analyst or the quality of the implementation of a method, some experts have expressed concern that the methods themselves generate different results, and therefore some may be potentially defective. But, do the different methods actually generate different answers when applied properly to the same set of facts, or are the observed differences natural aspects of the methods that can be documented and quantified? This presentation will explore that question by examining a specific set of facts and applying each of the four major FSA methods – the As-Planned vs. As-Built, Contemporaneous Period Analysis, Retrospective TIA, and Collapsed As-Built – to those facts. Further, if the methods do generate different results, the presentation will explain how and why that occurs, how to quantify and reconcile the differences, and what conclusions a FSA expert should draw from those differences.
About the Presenter
Patrick Kelly is an Associate Director in Navigant’s Global Construction Practice. He provides services in construction management, contracting, project controls, scheduling, Earned Value analysis, Forensic Schedule Analysis for delay and disruption, and Claims & Disputes Resolution. He has extensive experience in transportation, facilities, and critical structures assignments. He worked for both contractors and owners in small and large construction projects at the federal, state, and local level. Patrick provides Forensic Schedule Analysis, expert witness testimony, and litigation support to owners, contractors, and attorneys, on construction methods, cost analysis, and delay/disruption issues. Patrick has also written and published many articles on scheduling and Forensic Schedule Analysis, and provided training on both software and CPM methodology to schedulers, analysts, and construction professionals. Within AACE, he is currently holds the chair of the Claims and Disputes Resolution Technical Subcommittee, and is the incoming Director, Region 2.
Joint Meeting: Montgomery College Architectural Technology and Construction Management Programs and AACE NCS
Three Short Student Presentations
Amalie ElFallah is the current President of the Montgomery College Architecture Club (MCAC). She will be graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Technology this spring and hopes to transfer to a four-year architecture program this fall. She will be presenting two architecture projects that she has shared with two programs at Montgomery College. Last fall as a student scholar for the Study Abroad Program in Iceland, she designed Dwelling Höfn: Iceland’s Inspirational Living Space. As part of an application into the Arab American Heritage Program Colloquium this Spring and part of her Architectural Design Studio class last fall, she designed East Brunswick Islamic Center: Designing for a Muslim American Community.
Colleen Sagers was the former President of Montgomery College Architecture Club (MCAC ) Fall 2015 semester, and club Treasurer last year. She is graduating from Montgomery College in May 2016 with an associate's in Architectural Technology. She was on a team for a group project that was the result of a partnership between the College and the Peterson Companies, one of the largest privately-owned real estate development companies in the Washington, DC region and the driving force behind the revitalized Silver Spring downtown area. The Peterson Company Outdoor Office Project held a competition and Colleen’s team won. The title of her presentation is "Designing an Outdoor Office."
Gabriel Daniel and Eduardo Villatoro will give a brief presentation highlighting their participation in the 2015 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Management Competition that was held in San Diego last fall. The title of their presentation is “The Construction Management Journey.” Gabriel Daniel is a full time student in the Construction Management program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Shady Grove campus and a part time student at Montgomery College pursuing studies for the Bachelor’s degree. Gabe was the President for the Student Construction Association (SCA), the student club last year. Eduardo Villatoro is a recent Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison High School graduate. He is a first year student enrolled in the Construction Management program at Montgomery College and is pursuing his Associates Degree. He has been a member of the SCA and is currently the club Treasurer.
Washington-Lee High School Modification Project Review
The presentation will provide an overview of the recent renovation and building modifications at Arlington Public School’s Washington-Lee HS. The original LEED Gold building was a two-phase construction project completed in the Summer of 2009, and recently underwent an interior renovation and building expansion to allow for greater student capacity. The addition of more flexible, multi-use spaces, in-fill areas, and revised classroom layouts resulted in a 25% increase in school capacity with minimal impact to the day-to-day operation of the facility.
About the Presenter
Justin Johnson is a Lead Engineer with MBP’s analytical and project management department. Mr. Johnson has five years of experience creating, reviewing, and evaluating project schedules, as well as providing on-site project management for a variety of public municipalities, government agencies, private owners, and contractors. Mr. Johnson holds BS in Civil Engineering and BS in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University.
The presentation will cover basic concepts in aerial and terrestrial laser scanning (Lidar), including acquisition, registration, alignment and segmentation, and demonstrate various applications of this data of specific interest in cost estimation and quantity surveying, including measurements directly from point clouds, automatic geometry extraction and surface modeling, using both commercial and open-source software. Several case studies in quantity estimation will be presented to provide practical guidance on the available approaches for estimation using this technology.
About the Presenter
John Buonagurio is a Senior Associate at Exponent with 5 years of experience in geomatics engineering, geostatistics and scientific software development. He has worked on numerous projects in geotechnical engineering and construction, acquiring and processing aerial and terrestrial Lidar scan data for topographic mapping, earthwork quantity estimation, and surface reconstruction in forensic engineering. Mr. Buonagurio holds a BS in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
What are ASTM Standards, Guides, and Definitions and why are they useful to us? The presentation will focus on Standards produced by Subcommittee E06.81 on Building Economics, which produced standards on Cost Estimating, Life-Cycle Costing, Value Engineering, and Uniformat. Federal law enables the conversion of its documents into standards, and requires the Federal government to use consensus standards. The presentation will explain the process for developing and voting on ASTM standards.
About the Presenter
Douglas N. Mitten, PE, CCP, CVS spent the first third of his career working for construction companies as a Field Engineer, Construction Superintendent, Chief Estimator, and Executive Vice President of The James G. Davis Construction Corporation. He then founded Project Management Services, Inc. where he did value engineering, cost estimating, life-cycle costing, multi-attribute decision analysis, expert witness, and claims on construction projects for 25 years. He has been a member of ASTM for 15 years and is a voting member of four subcommittees, including E06.81. He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Engineering Administration degree from George Washington University. Mr. Mitten has been a CVS for 28 years and a CCP/CCE for 25 years.
Consultants in Data Processing, Inc. (CDP) provides software solutions and support services to the engineering and construction industries. Tim Hart from CDP will discuss new developments and best practices in estimating and project controls software, integrating industry standard databases such as RSMeans, Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project to perform benchmark analyses, bid/no-bid decision support, and flexible margin application. The presentation will include a live demonstration of InEight HD software.
Mark has been using activity based costing (ABC) methods to estimate and/or justify the cost of operations for over 20 years. In the presentation he will provide an overview of his technical approach and share the results of several success stories with clients in DOE and private industry.
About the Presenter
Mark A. Childs, CCP, PMP has over 30 years of experience in construction, project management and cost engineering in the public and private sector. He has spent last 20+ years providing cost engineering consulting and project controls services supporting the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management, NNSA, Nuclear Energy as well as TVA and KPMG. He has worked on numerous large scale projects including the Waste Treatment Plant at Hanford, Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12, Salt Waste Process Facility at SRS, and the TVA Bellefonte Reactor Project in Scottsboro, AL.
Mr. Childs has been a certified cost professional (CCP) since 1993 and holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia. He is currently the Vice President of Cost Management Division at Michael Baker International Global Services Division based in Alexandria, VA.
As the Northern Virginia District Project Controls Section Manager, Ms. Denise Cantwell oversees / manages all aspects of Project Controls, Utility Coordination and Management, Contract Administration for Design Bid Build, Design Build, P3 and Locally Administered Projects. This presentation will provide an overview of the VDOT Project Controls Program. A general outline of the program that will be covered is as follows:
- Constructability and Bidability
- Cost Estimation
- Contract Administration
- Utility Management
- Claim Avoidance and Analysis
About the Presenter
Denise Cantwell, P.E., CCP has over 20 years of experience providing scheduling, claims analysis, constructability reviews, bidability reviews, contract document preparation / reviews, change order management and construction management services. She started out as a geotechnical engineer and inspector and had many interesting career opportunities throughout the years. She has worked on numerous large scale infrastructure projects for NY/NJ Port Authority, Federal DOT, FEMA, USACE and USDOD (missile defense system).
Ms. Cantwell is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), a certified cost professional (CCP) and holds a BE in Civil/Structures and an ME in Civil/Geotechnical, both earned at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. She has also taught college courses in construction management and currently leads our District in the use of incentives/disincentives as a contract management tool.
In the mid 1990’s NASA fulfilled their liability recordation requirements by hiring contractors to perform an assessment of their environmental cleanup projects at NASA centers throughout the country. At the time, this same contractor would conduct annual financial assessments to update and document the previous year’s liability estimates. Though these reports passed initial audits for their intended purpose, an internal review of the data later suggested the annual estimates were inaccurate and misleading. As such, in 2003, NASA began to address the issue by shifting the responsibility for estimating environmental liabilities to its Restoration Program Managers (RPMs) at all NASA centers.
In 2008 NASA contracted with Team Analysis to implement a comprehensive enterprise level estimating solution to be used by RPMs to address their cost estimation requirements. In meeting NASA’s objectives in this area, Team Analysis provided historical cost analysis, planning and development of systems for managing financial data which has addressed NASA’s emerging responsibilities in liability recording at each of its centers. Indeed the solution developed by our team has since been imbedded into NASA’s restoration program such that it is now a key component of their overall financial management system.
About the Presenter
Bill J. Hombach is President of Envision Cost Solutions LLC who provide the ENVision library of environmental remediation cost models developed using the Parametric Cost Modeling methodology. Before starting his own company, Bill worked with Team Analysis Inc for over ten years managing their estimating and software development professional services. Bill was the primary analyst for the development of NASA's NETS-XPRESS estimating system used by NASA to develop and manage their Unfunded Environmental Liabilities (totaling over $900 Million).
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is in the process of finalizing a revision to OMB Circular A-131 (published December 26, 2013 in the Federal Register). In the revised circular, OMB has indicated that it will require agencies to apply value engineering (VE) to programs costing more than $5 million -- an increase from the current $1 million. Further, it requires that agencies name an official to be accountable for embracing the concept.
In the December 26, 2013 Federal Register notice, OMB describes VE as:
...an organized effort to analyze functions of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies for the purpose of achieving an agency's essential functions at the lowest life-cycle cost, consistent with required levels of performance, reliability, quality, and safety. VE challenges agencies to continually think about their mission and functions—in the most basic terms—in order to determine if their requirements are properly defined and if they have considered the broadest possible range of alternatives to optimize value.
OMB’s revision to A-131 will likely affect not only cost estimation in general, but also acquisition, resource management and Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC).
This presentation will provide an overview of the key guidance, examples of VE application and the broader implications of OMB’s renewed emphasis on VE.
About the Presenter
Bob Keener is a Principal Economics and Business Analyst with the MITRE Corporation. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Cost Estimating, Activity Based Costing, and Performance Management. He has supported numerous government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Keener has also worked on international development projects sponsored by the World Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (Japan) in the Philippines and Bangladesh.