Advancing Building Estimation is back.

Bigger and more diverse than ever.

May 14-16 Dallas, Texas

Day One
Tuesday May 15, 2018

Day Two
Wednesday May 16, 2018

08.00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

Plenary: Optimizing Bidding & Buyout for Project Success

08.10
Balancing Value & Cost: Leveraging Strong Buyout Negotiation to Create a Win-Win Situation for GCs, Subs & Clients

  • Rory Tihinen SVP Preconstruction & Estimating, Leopardo Companies Inc.

Synopsis

  • Understanding what else should be considered when forming a project team, beyond just cost: what else can be added to the subcontract?
  • Outlining how a robust procurement process can ensure subcontractors retain profitability while ensuring the GC and client benefit from high value for money
  • Identifying critical trends in the preconstruction and buyout process that may influence this process in the future: what improvements could be made?

09.00
Panel: How Preconstruction Software Innovation Is Transforming Estimating

Synopsis

  • Increasing estimator efficiency through advances in bid leveling
  • Mitigating risk on projects with prequalification technologies
  • Leveraging historical cost data to increase estimating accuracy

09.30
Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

10.30 Chair’s Remarks: How to Leverage Big Data in the Preconstruction Process

Nick Papadopoulos, CEO, Eos Group

10.40 Improving the Efficiency of Gathering & Managing Historical Data to Inform Conceptual Estimating

  • Hearing how to collect and format vast quantities of data: how do find the time to do it?
  • Exploring the ways in which data can be formatted and stored to ensure it’s easily analyzed and used to quickly create conceptual estimates
  • Identifying the imperfections of historical data and what you need to do during conceptual estimating to factor in the specifications of each project

Jim Brain, Chief Estimator, Webcor

11.20 Mapping out the Lessons Learned from Conceptual Estimating: Taking Inaccuracies from Past Projects to Continuously Improve

  • Outlining the typical estimating process and pointing out the weakest links that could cause errors or inaccurate assumptions
  • Developing a standard for self-analysis: If you discover your conceptual estimate was wrong, how do you find the cause?
  • Implementing staff training and companywide communications to ensure mistakes made are not made again

Marcene Taylor, President, American Society of Professional Estimators

12.00 Panel Discussion: Conceptual Estimating

  • What is your method for collecting and managing historical data?
  • How quickly do you complete conceptual estimates, compared to how quickly you did them 5 years ago?
  • If you could leave this conference with one improvement for your conceptual estimating process, what problem would you solve?

Darrell Torres, Preconstruction Executive, Clark Construction

Peter Muench, Director of Preconstruction Estimating, LeChase Construction

Taylor Hale, VP Preconstruction, Muckleroy & Falls

10.30 Chair’s Remarks: How to Efficiently & Accurately Perform Take- Offs from BIM Models

  • Providing an overview of the take-off process from BIM
  • Integrating parametric and 2D takeoffs to support the BIM take-off
  • Managing revisions and capturing changes in an estimate

Mickey Carr, CTO, RIB Americas
Richard Taylor, COO, RIB America

11.00 Hearing the Latest in How BIM Is Being Integrated into the Estimating Process

  • Mapping out the best case process for model-based estimating in 2018, given the limitations of technology and working with real-world stakeholders
  • Assessing how contractors without a large VDC team can leverage BIM in their estimating process without having to reinvent the wheel
  • Analyzing the level of interoperability of the latest software to keep data flowing from BIM models and 2D takeoff into estimating platforms

Raul Gomez, Director of Operational Technology, Robins & Morton

11.40 Structuring Your Estimating Process So You Know What’s Included & Not Included in the Model

  • Setting up clear expectations with architects and designers early so there is an agreed level of development of the model at each stage
  • Developing a workflow so estimators can integrate quantities from models and 2D drawings more quickly than if they relied only on 2D drawings
  • Training junior staff so that they can identify what’s missing and now become overly reliant on what the technology tells them

Connor Burke, Senior Estimator – VDC, McCarthy Building Companies

10.30 Chair’s Remarks

11.00 Reducing the Time Taken to Perform Electrical Estimating in the Context of Consolidated Schedules from GCs

  • Outlining the workflow in the estimating and bidding team to quickly react to tenders
  • Hearing how your staffing strategy can make a difference: do you need to hire more estimators?
  • Exploring the role of technology and modern take-off tools to reduce the time taken to perform an estimate

Justin Davis, VP Preconstruction, Walker Engineering

11.40 Hearing How Electrical Contractors Have Leveraged BIM to Improve the Speed & Accuracy of Cost Estimating

  • Identifying the business case for an electrical contractor to adopt BIM compared to a more traditional 2D estimating process
  • Ensuring estimators know what is or isn’t included in the model, so integrating BIM into the process delivers more benefits than disruption
  • Exploring the role of BIM in the coming years: when will it become commonplace for electrical contractors?

Joe Ehlers, VDC Director, Prism Electric

10.30 Chair’s Remarks

11.00 Reducing the Time Taken to Perform Mechanical Estimating in the Context of Consolidated Schedules from GCs

  • Outlining the workflow in the estimating and bidding team to quickly react to tenders
  • Hearing how your staffing strategy can make a difference: do you need to hire more estimators?
  • Exploring the role of technology and modern take-off tools to reduce the time taken to perform an estimate

Warren Neubauer, Senior Estimator, Mechanical Incorporated

11.40 Hearing How Mechanical Contractors Have Leveraged BIM to Improve the Speed & Accuracy of Cost Estimating

  • Identifying the business case for a mechanical contractor to adopt BIM compared to a more traditional 2D estimating process
  • Ensuring estimators know what is or isn’t included in the model, so integrating BIM into the process delivers more benefits than disruption
  • Exploring the role of BIM in the coming years: when will it become commonplace for mechanical contractors?

Lumin Abraham, BIM Estimating Manager, Limbach Company

12.30
Networking Lunch

13.30 Become the ‘General Contractor of Choice’ for Subcontractors by out Performing Your Competition

  • Communicate quickly, effectively, and often during the bidding phase
  • Maintain an organized and safe jobsite with clear expectations
  • Recognize and express appreciation for a job well done

Ed Haege, Director of ONETEAM, The Blue Book Building & Construction Network

Amy Hewis, Preconstruction Coordinator, The Austin Company

14.00 Exploring What General Contractors Are Doing to Optimize Their Subcontractor Relationships & Improve Bidder Responsiveness

  • Hearing how a GC has been able to quickly identify and form strong relationships with unfamiliar subcontractors
  • Exploring ways to get costs from subcontractors in a timely way to integrate with the GC bidding process
  • Understanding the criteria used to review subs: apart from cost, how else do you choose which subs to work with?

Chris Jackson, Director of Preconstruction Services, The Austin Company

14.40 Audience Discussion: Optimizing the Bidding Process

Following the plenary and track discussions on bidding, this discussion will aim to benchmark what contractors are actually doing, and share real-life stories. What are the pros and cons of your prequel process? What tools are you using to connect with your project team? How are you speeding up your bidding process?

13.30 Hearing How Technology Such as Cloud Solutions Can Connect Project Teams & Ensure Everyone Is Aware of the Details of a Design Change

Chandler Brooks, Regional Marketing Manager, Procore Technologies

13.40 Revealing the Latest Advances in Aligning Design Iterations & Cost Estimates in Real-Time

  • Hearing how the take-off process is being streamlined to ensure that a cost can be updated when a design change is made
  • Improving collaboration with architects so an estimator knows what has changed, and what is or isn’t included in a design model or drawing
  • Exploring the cutting edge in automation: will there ever be a single ‘update cost button’?

Stuart Lange, VDC & Preconstruction Manager, Clark Construction Group

Kevin Miller, Professor, Brigham Young University

14.20 Continuous Cost Modeling: Leveraging Technology & Process to Keep You & Your Client in the Loop on Updated Cost Projections

  • Hearing how quantities are being extracted and analyzed in rapid time to forecast project costs compared to the original baseline
  • Exploring the adoption of continuous cost modeling: what were the challenges in making this standard procedure?
  • Improving communication with clients so they can easily see how cost projections are changing in near real-time

Dave Cutlip, Preconstruction Director, McCarthy Building Companies

15.00 Audience Discussion: Managing Design Changes

Following the plenary and track discussions on bidding, this discussion will aim to benchmark what contractors are actually doing, and share real-life stories. What is your workflow for managing design changes? How quickly can you sync your costs with each design iteration? What are the barriers to making this process faster?

13.30 Chair’s Remarks

13.40 Assessing the Benefits & Risks of Design Assist on Estimating & the Preconstruction Workflow

  • Understanding why the trend towards design assist exists and how responsibilities shift between project stakeholders as a result
  • Assessing the potential benefits of having subcontractors involved earlier in the design process and how costs and quality could be improved as a result
  • Reviewing the risk of subcontractors inaccurately estimating designs at a conceptual stage due to lack of design assist experience: how do you avoid this?

Greg Williamson, VP Preconstruction Services, Bond Brothers

14.20 Outlining How Subcontractors Can Improve the Accuracy of Their Conceptual Estimating When Brought onto a Project Early

  • Exploring how to improve communication between trades and the rest of the team so trades know what is included or not included in the designs
  • Hearing how trades can accurately estimate the costs of things that are not in the early designs
  • Identifying methods to continuously improve so trades become experts in conceptual estimating on design assist projects

Bill Blackwood, Chief Estimator, Neal Electric

15.00 Audience Discussion: Design Assist

Following the presentations from a GC and subcontractor, attendees will discuss their own experiences and opinions of the design assist methodology. Each table will discuss and then have an opportunity to share their insights with the rest of the room.

15.30
Afternoon Refreshments

Plenary: Technology Adoption

16.00
Minimizing the Disruption Caused by Adopting a New Estimating Software

Synopsis

  • Understanding how the ease of integration between the new tool and existing processes was considered when vendors were benchmarked: did it influence the decision on which tool to invest in?
  • Hearing how staff were prepared for the new tool, such as getting their buy-in early and training with the tool without reducing their productivity during the transition
  • Outlining any mistakes made or lessons learned: what would you do the same, or differently next time?

16.40
Collaboration Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Synopsis

If the best idea in the room is not shared then is it really the best? The construction industry is flawed and the way to make it better is through collaboration. Whether that is with your co-worker, subs, vendors, customers, or a random person you met at this conference, collaborating on solutions is the beginning to fixing our industry.

16.50
End of Day One

17.00
Networking Drinks Reception