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May 22-24, 2017 | Houston

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Workshop Day
Monday, May 22

The workshop day is designed for attendees looking for more insight on a dedicated topic. Registration is separate to the main conference. Each workshop will consist of an introductory presentation, panel discussion and roundtable discussion. During the afternoon sessions, two workshops will run simultaneously, so will have a choice of which topic to attend. - The workshop day will run from 9.00 - 18.00

Session 1
9:00 - 12:00

09:00 - 12:00
Why Do We Need Change?

Workshop Leader: Stewart Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Beck Technology Workshop Leader: Ray Miller, VP Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US Workshop Leader: Andy Leek, Director of VDC, Paric Corporation Workshop Leader: Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer, Beck Technology Workshop Leader: Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

This workshop will explore the factors driving changes in the A/E/C industry. From mitigating risks to the expectation of accurate real-time data, the construction professional is being asked to do more with less. Discussions will include why we need to change, what does it look like, and who is spearheading the effort.

Facilitated by Beck Technology

Stewart Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, Beck Technology

Stewart Carroll

Ray Miller, VP Preconstruction Services, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US

Ray Miller

Andy Leek, Director of VDC, Paric Corporation

Andy Leek

Michael Boren, Chief Technology Officer, Beck Technology

Michael Boren

Brent Pilgrim, DESTINI Applications Director, The Beck Group

Brent Pilgrim

Session 2 - Select A or B
13:00 – 15:15

13:00 - 15:15
Option A – Software Integration & Take-Off Workflow

Workshop Leader: Stuart Lange, Preconstruction & VDC Manager, Clark Construction Workshop Leader: Kevin Miller, Professor, Brigham Young University

This interactive session explores the 2 & 3D take-off process from Navisworks and Assemble then transferring the quantities to either Sage Estimating or Microsoft’s Excel. The workflow shown includes how estimates can be swiftly updated as model and design iterations occur. The workshop presenters will share experiences of using software these cutting edge tools and explore the ease of use, level of integration and functionality of software packages available. Starting with a presentation and demonstration of the process, the workshop will include time for questions and feedback from the audience.

Stuart Lange, Preconstruction & VDC Manager, Clark Construction

Stuart Lange

Kevin Miller, Professor, Brigham Young University

Kevin Miller

13:00 - 15:15
Option B – Introduction to Target Value Design

Workshop Leader: Zofia Rybkowski, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University Workshop Leader: Danny Kahler, Principal, Kahler Engineering Group

The focus of this workshop will be to develop an understanding of the target-value design methodology and how it differs from a traditional workflow. The core method of teaching will be a group activity in which teams design and construct table-top mini buildings both without cost considerations and with a target-value design mind-set. In addition, a presentation and roundtable discussion will explore the theory behind the process and share case studies of target value-design applied in the real world. Attendees that will gain most benefit from the workshop will likely be those new to target value design, or are looking for methods to teach the process to their department back in the office.

Zofia Rybkowski, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

Zofia Rybkowski

Danny Kahler, Principal, Kahler Engineering Group

Danny Kahler

Session 3 - Select C or D
15:45 – 18:00

15:45 - 18:00
Option C – Enhancing Collaboration between Owner, GC & Architect

Workshop Leader: Todd Fisk, Senior Estimator, Alberici Constructors

With the overall design workflow one of the greatest areas of scrutiny, and models frequently lacking the detail needed by estimators, many are questioning whether the relationship between owners, general contractors and architects can be improved. What is the optimal roles and responsibility for each party?. How will changes in workflow affect the compensation rewarded to each stakeholder? What would the new contract and workflow look like? This workshop will begin with an introductory presentation before opening up to group discussion.

Todd Fisk, Senior Estimator, Alberici Constructors

Todd Fisk

15:45 - 18:00
Option D – Forecasting Costs

Workshop Leader: Katie Willis, Director of Estimating & Preconstruction, The Howard Hughes Corporation

With the construction industry booming and the skills shortage looking to get worse, what expectations does the industry have for escalation of both material and labor costs? How can estimators and bid managers incorporate these trends into their processes and cost predictions, especially for long term projects? This workshop will explore the analysis behind cost forecasting, starting with an introductory presentation from Turner Construction and also incorporating group discussions. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the forces and data analysis behind the trends as well as how their peers are planning around cost escalation.

Katie Willis, Director of Estimating & Preconstruction, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Katie Willis