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

Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Marcene Taylor President, American Society of Professional Estimators

Plenary: Cost Forecasting Update

How Much is That Project Worth?

  • Kyle Camp Sales Director, Global Contracts & Services, Dodge Data & Analytics


  •  Learn how to apply advanced data analytics techniques to help firms see ahead, think ahead and stay ahead
  • Answering one simple question: what is the true value of each potential project my firm may choose to bid?

Revealing How to Stay on Top of Cost Escalation & Forecast Critical Labor & Material Trends

  • Ed Zarenski Economics Analyst, Construction Analytics


  • Quantifying the scale of the labor shortage challenge: how are we doing to get all the work done, and at what cost?
  • Mapping out the demand for building construction across the United States and expectations for the future
  • Identifying risks in the material market and how other trends in construction methods and material choices may impact cost

Minimize Estimating Risk – It’s All About Informed Decision Making

  • Steve Watt Estimating Segment Manager, Trimble Inc.


  • Protect your profitability and credibility by locating errors and omissions before the owner sees the final number
  • Your project history is your intellectual property, put it to work for you
  • Make informed estimating decisions at every phase of the estimating process

Morning Refreshments

10.20 Chair’s Remarks: Laying a Foundation for the Future

Ray Diwakar, Head of Data Innovation, Gordian

10.30 Hearing How Technology Is Helping to Manage Cost Data & Streamline the Process of Keeping Forecasts up to Date

  • Outlining what tools contractors are using to manage their cost data beyond excel spreadsheets
  • Reviewing the pros and cons of each tool, factoring in their functionality, ease of use and ease of integration with your workflow
  • Identifying improvements that could be made to future technologies: what should vendors focus on?

Chris Reeder, Preconstruction Technology Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie

11.10 Audience Discussion: Outlining Cutting Edge Methods to Keep Track of Regional Cost Trends & Improve Accuracy of Forecasts

  • Exploring how a large contractor keeps track of so many trends across so many regions: what is the process?
  • Determining how the constant job of keeping data fresh is managed: do you have a dedicated workforce on the problem? Do you rely on 3rd parties for help?
  • Measuring the value of local and regional cost data: how important is to have insight into city by city costs compared to national trends?

10.20 Chair’s Remarks

Katie Willis, VP Preconstruction & Estimating, The Howard Hughes Corporation

10.30 Working Groups: Getting the Most Out of Preconstruction & Estimating with Alternative Contract Types

  • Outlining the most frequent delivery methods and the reviewing the pros and cons of each
  • Discussing what could be changed about each method to improve processes for estimators

10.55 Outlining the Estimating Process on an Integrated Project Delivery Contract: How Collaboration Can Deliver a Measurable Impact on Cost

  • Explaining the fundamental principles of an IPD contracts and the impact on the roles and responsibilities of each project stakeholder
  • Assessing the measurable benefit of early collaboration on the estimating process: the value of bringing trades on board early
  • Determining ways to knock through hesitations and barriers and get your project team to do an IPD in the near future

George Watts, Leadership in Program Management, Hoar Program Management

Grant Mendeljian, Chief Estimator, Turner Construction

10.20 Proactive and Efficient Systems for Subcontractor Qualifications

Karen Herrera, SVP –  Director of Qualifications, Pantera Global Technology, Inc.

10.30 Hearing How a General Contractor Reviews Incoming Bids from Subcontractors: What Are They Looking For?

  • Outlining the process by which bids are collated and analyzed: what data is asked for and what platforms are used to manage this?
  • Understanding how the workflow has changed with the adoption of new technology and pressure to consolidate schedules
  • Reviewing the criteria used to benchmark bids and make a final decision on which trades to partner with

Navneet Agrawal, Chief Estimator, Hathaway Dinwiddie

Bunna Ching, Estimator, Hathaway Dinwiddie

11.10 Audience Discussion: Integrating the Efforts of GCs & Subcontractors to Streamline the Preconstruction Process

Following the electrical and mechanical tracks yesterday, this discussion will explore what the optimal preconstruction process should look like. When should each trade be brought into the design discussion? How should the team communicate with each other regarding design documents and design changes? How can we work together to manage the consolidated schedules and pressure to turnaround estimate quicker and quicker?

Networking Lunch

13.00 Chair’s Remarks

13.10 Assessing the Target Value Design Process & the Benefits over Traditional Estimating Methods

  • Outlining the concept of target value design and what the process would look like from an estimator perspective
  • Hearing how a contractor has been able to apply the process successfully to a project to keep costs under control
  • Laying out the challenges and hesitations with adopting the method and how to break through these obstacles

Jacob Keith, Director of Preconstruction, Layton Construction

13.50 Panel: Benchmarking Experiences with Target Value Design

  • Reviewing the impact of target value design on the wider project team: what do designers and other preconstruction staff have to do differently?
  • Explaining how the workflow and relationship between design and estimating changes and how this can be managed
  • Understanding the staff training requirements to quickly set up teams to do target value design with minimum disruption or confusion

Gary Giglio, Director of Design & Construction, University of Utah

Gary Brett, VP, Construction Cost, Healthcare, Cumming Corporation

Paul Martin, Preconstruction Executive, XL Construction

13.00 Chair’s Remarks

13.10 Efficiently Tracking Costs through Preconstruction & Procurement

  • Benchmarking best practices in budget tracking: what are industry leaders doing? what are the strengths and weaknesses of the default method?
  • Exploring what role technology could play in making the tracking process more efficient and accurate
  • Identifying key trends in the industry and determining next steps to continuously improve procurement tracking

Todd Fisk, Senior Estimator, Alberici Constructors

13.50 Audience Discussion: Procurement Tracking

Following the presentation, this discussion will enable attendees to benchmark their own processes. What is working well? What would you like to see improved? Each table will discuss among themselves, giving everyone an opportunity to share ideas, before the best insights are summarized for the benefit of the whole audience.

13.00 Chair’s Remarks

13.10 Reviewing the Cost Benefits of Prefabrication & the Implications on Preconstruction

  • Outlining best practices through a prefabrication case study and providing an overview of the preconstruction workflow
  • Identifying the measurable cost benefits of prefab: how do you determine the actual cost savings compared to traditional building techniques?
  • Hearing how trades can leverage prefab commercially: should we use the cost savings to bid more competitively, or enjoy the extra profit?


13.50 Panel: Hearing How Specialist Subcontractors Are Adapting Their Processes to React to The Staff Shortage

  • Understanding the impact of the labor shortage on trades compared with the rest of the construction industry
  • Outlining the current trend in cost escalation for field staff: will it peak soon? How high will costs go?
  • Hearing what subcontractors can do to adapt workflows and processes to become more efficient and alleviate the staff shortage

Brian Herman, Director of Preconstruction & Estimating, Benson Industries

Afternoon Refreshments

Plenary: Implementation of Lessons Learned

Learning How Continuous Improvement Principles Have Been Utilized to Implement Change in the Office


  • Exploring how the lessons learned from this conference 12 months ago have been applied in the real world
  • Hearing the role of technology in driving continuous improvement and outlining experiences of managing technology-driven change
  • Identifying the metrics that you need to track when implementing change: how do you know if you’re continuously improving, or just changing with no real benefit?

Closing Discussion: Determining Actions That Should Be Taken in the Office Following the Conference


This is an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned through the conference: are there any eureka moments that will change your strategy back in the office? Or are there any minor points that will make a difference to your next project? How can we ensure that the actions from the conference are executed, and not long in the day to day rush to get the next job done?

End of Conference