This year, Project Controls Expo UK will be held on Nov 7th and 8th, 2023 at Wembley Stadium and over 1,800 delegates are expected to attend. Project Controls Expo UK is designed to offer anyone interested in project controls a variety of tracks regardless of where they are in their career. Therefore, Project Controls Expo UK attracts delegates ranging from Planners and Schedulers to Business Consultants and Programme Directors. There will be Keynote Speakers, Tracks, Networking and the Partners Showcase.
Key Note Speaker
Matthew Vickerstaff is the Deputy CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). Matthew will offer his advice about how the IPA supports and leads the project delivery and project finance profession. As a spokesman for the government, Matthew will discuss the use of private finance to deliver public projects. Matthew will offer his insights on how project controls feature when setting policies for the benefit of private finance to provide public infrastructure, assets and services. Matthew will discuss lessons learned whilst leading National and International teams and satisfying government stakeholders when delivering projects.
Over 55 Tracks
There will be over 55 tracks available, presented by over 70 industry professionals. The tracks will be divided into zones:
- Back to Basics
- Smart Construction
- Technology and Case Studies
We’ve selected a few from each zone.
Dr Sherif Hashem is the Director of projects at Italconsult SpA. Dr Sherif will present ‘Axiomatic Project Controls for Design-Build Projects.’ Based on his book ‘The Power of Design-Build’, Dr Sherif will offer his insights on how, at the project planning stage, design builders often look to satisfy the RFP functional requirements. Best solutions are usually based on primary project controls such as time and cost. However, the team often regrets this decision when the project is underway and looks back at dropped concepts. Dr Sherif will explain how Axiomatic Design can clarify complexities in construction projects, helping the team select the best design-build solution upfront.
Liam Hewitt Associate Director -Major Projects Advisory KMPG. Liam will present ‘We’re all Human: how we can enhance Project Decision-making by Integrating a Behavioural Focus into Project Management.’ Liam will offer insights into the impact of subconscious factors and cognitive biases on project professionals and project outcomes. Liam will demonstrate a seven-point behavioural assessment framework. Liam will discuss how this framework will recognise and manage behaviours and biases, empowering project professionals to enhance decision-making and increase project performance. Liam will explain how the framework optimises project results and acknowledges and celebrates individuals’ unique perspectives in an increasingly data and technology-driven landscape.
Rasoul Abdolmohammadi is Principle in Planning and Scheduling at Petronas. Rasoul will present ‘Practical Methods to Measure Project Productivity and Estimate Duration.’ Rasoul will offer his insights on how analysing work quantity in projects involves project control practitioners seeking reliable ways of calculating remaining activity durations and project productivity, which can lead to ambiguities. Rasoul will explore the current practical methods, identify ambiguities and challenges, and propose precise ways to clarify concepts and improve accuracy. Rasoul will demonstrate with the main concept and progress through practical methods and formulas for project control practitioners. Rasoul’s proposed approaches mitigate ambiguities and enhance accuracy in calculating remaining durations and project productivity.
Back to Basics
Filipe Passos is Associate Director Controller at Tetra Tech. Felipe will present ‘Risk Management Process’. Filipe will explain how risk management is a critical part of any project, as by identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks, project managers can increase the chances of success. Felipe will offer his insights on the risk management process developed by Tetra Tech, a global consulting firm. The process is based on best practices from the MoR® and MSP® methodologies and the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy. Felipe will discuss the benefits of risk management and how it can improve project performance.
Kevin Morgan is the Principle Planner at Careys Civil Engineering. Keven will present ‘Planning Beyond the Gantt. ‘ Kevin will offer his insights on how to look in detail at planning projects and beyond the Gantt chart to understand what it involves. Kevin will demonstrate the process, the requirements and the steps to go through, starting to piece together a list of activities in programming software. Kevin will discuss contract management, quality management, reporting, stakeholders, management, risks, opportunities and schedule management. Kevin will discuss how better planning equals better results.
Lev Virine, president of Intaver Institute Inc., will present ‘Project Control and EVM Analysis with Risks and Uncertainties.’ Lev will offer his insights on how it is crucial to monitor the progress of activities to perform risk analysis with risk events. Lev will use a partially completed project to demonstrate an approach on how to forecast project duration and cost. Lev will discuss and review an integrated Earned Value Management/Project Risk Analysis process.
Olubukola Feyisetan is Project Lead HM Revenue and Customs. Olubukola will present ‘Project Controls-Disciplines and Benefits.’ Olubukola will offer her insights on how project controls are pivotal to the project’s scope and the requirements for successful project delivery, from the project’s cost, timescales for completion and the value and quality of project deliverables.
Lisa Silander is Regional Director-UK Technical Leader Project Controls Atkins/ Faithful+Gould and Muhammad Shuweb Atkins/ Faithful+ Gould. Lisa and Muhammad will present ‘Project Controls Contribution to Net Zero’. Lisa and Muhammad will offer their insights on how they have been developing Project Controls to contribute to achieving Net Zero outcomes. Lisa and Muhammad will discuss how they already deliver PMOs in UK Government programmes dedicated to Net Zero. Lisa and Muhammad will explain the types of carbon and how they are measured. Lisa and Muhammad will offer their insights on incorporating carbon performance against traditional measures of time, cost, and quality and how it will enable project decision-making to achieve net zero goals.
Andy Watt Managing Director at Goldratt UK Ltd and René Nibbelke is Head of Project Management Strategy at BAE Systems. Andy and René will present ‘Critical Chain to Accelerate Delivery: A System of Work Based on ‘The Rules of Flow’. Andy and René will explain how BAE Systems has explored innovative approaches to Project Management & Control. BAE focus has been on Critical Chain based on the ‘Theory of Constraint’. It has a focus on enablers for accelerated delivery and managing schedule variability. Andy and René will offer their insights on the concepts in Critical Chain and share lessons learned from implementations across Land and Air globally in design and development and support of complex products.
Smart Construction Zone
Iain Cameron is a Director at Assystem. Iain will present ‘How a Digital PMO should add value, not cost’. Iain will offer insights behind the buzzwords of BIM, EVM and Digital Twins. Iain will explain how a digital PMO should add value, not cost, and how to find real value in a digital PMO. Iain will offer a framework on how a digital PMO should be set up to maximise value and avoid unnecessary costs.
Maged Elhawary is the Managing Director at AnalyticaMS. Maged will present ‘Derailers of digital transformation in the construction sector’. Maged will offer his insights on how technology has a vital role in developing business, and many digital strategies don’t show how digital is changing the workplace environment and economic fundamentals, industry delivery methods, or what it means to compete. Maged will discuss common pitfalls companies make that can lead to digital disruption and disrupt competitiveness in the industry. Maged will explain how disruption is always dangerous, but digital disruptions are happening faster than ever, and technology is driving behavioural change.
Javier Zamorano and Manuel Arrabal are both Directors at Laminar Projects. They will present ‘The holy Grail of Measuring performance-EVA’. Javier and Manuel will explain that Earned Value Analysis is not difficult and the concepts are widely understood, but the practical implementation in Construction projects could be better. Javier and Manuel will offer their insights on the initial programme set-up, to the actual collection from the site, and the challenges faced, offering solutions on how to perform effective Earned Value Management. Javier and Manuel will discuss the different levels of maturity that organisations need to have in place, the benefits/downsides of more straightforward approaches against more complex solutions, and the journey and levels of implementation.
Jeremie Averous, Senior Managing Partner at Project Value Delivery. Jeremie will present ‘How to deal with the specifics of very long duration megaprojects such as in the nuclear industry.’ Jeremie will offer his insights on how megaprojects in the nuclear industry can extend over years (typically more than five years and up to decades.) Jeremie will discuss the challenges for project control, from personnel turnover, amounts of data managed, and increased rates of changes up to information systems updates and changes during the project. Based on his experience as a consultant with many ongoing nuclear projects in Europe, Jeremie will explain how to deal with project duration in project control and project data management.
Case Studies Zone
Nikhil Srivastav is the Lead Method & Estimations at North Oil Company. Nikhil will present ‘Integrated Digital & DATa Journey for Project Controls’. Nikhil will offer his insights on the journey that North Oil Company is taking to ongoing digital transformation to improve control of their brownfield projects. Nikhil will discuss the heavy reliance on manual tasks for gathering progress measurement data. Nikhil will explain how gathering and consolidating information has led to slower decision-making processes, consequently causing project delays.
These challenges have been addressed by the ongoing digital & data transformation initiative that has been launched at North Oil Company, wherein leveraging the latest technologies has not only helped improve processes and made project delivery more efficient but also led to cost savings of over 15% in CAPEX cost for brownfield project execution. The ongoing digital transformation of project controls at North Oil Company aims to streamline information flow, reduce manual tasks, and enable timely decision-making.
Magali Bruna is the Head of PSIO (Project Support and Integration Office) at Laing O’Rourke. Magali will offer her insights on how Laing O’Rourke set up a PMO where one didn’t exist before. Magali will discuss lessons learned from common issues, including data quality, conflicting priorities and interests, strategy misalignment, lack of sponsorship or understanding of a PMO’s value.
Magali will explain the creation of the Project Support and Integration Office (PSIO) at Laing O’Rourke and how its scope, visions and objectives were agreed upon. The PSIO is a PMO construct developed for the business’s specific needs, working alongside construction projects and central functions to provide timely and independent insights, turning information into usable knowledge that enables stakeholders to make informed decisions at the right time.
Networking allows delegates to chat with colleagues and share ideas to solve problems. Spending time with top project controls consultants and managers who will be able to provide answers to difficult questions and gain insights from industry professionals is equally invaluable.
The Partners Showcase offers the partners affiliated with Project Controls Expo to promote and demonstrate their products. For example, Costain will announce the latest construction products, materials and technologies, whereas the Universities of London will promote courses available to delegates. Other partners include AWE, BAE Systems and Natural Gas Transmission.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Description||Price|
|Day 1||Speaker sessions & Partner Showcase||£280.00|
|Day 2||Speaker sessions & Partner Showcase||£280.00|
|Combo (Day 1 & 2)||Access to all||£450.00 + VAT|
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We reviewed two hotels close to Wembley Stadium: The Hilton London Wembley and The London Wembley International Hotel.
Hilton London Wembley
The Hilton London Wembley is a four-star hotel approximately 0.2 miles from Wembley Stadium. The Hilton is a comfortable hotel, well serviced, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable of the local area. The Hilton offers a concierge, a rooftop terrace bar, and room service. Guests can stay connected with free internet access. The breakfast choice is fantastic. A two-night stay costs £540.00.
London Wembley International Hotel
The London Wembley International Hotel is a three-star hotel approximately 0.5 miles from Wembley Stadium. The rooms are surprisingly big with comfortable beds. Some of the interior is dated, and it’s not the Ritz, but the staff is super friendly and down to earth. They help you whenever possible, and common sense is always applied. A two-night stay costs £227.00.
Project Controls Expo UK has something for everyone interested in project controls, from the Innovation Zone, offering leading-edge technologies, tools & services and the Megaprojects Zone, offering insights into the management of £1billion+ projects, to the Case Study Zone, where real solutions are discussed about real-world problems.
Networking is invaluable, and contacts made often last after the conference. Find out about the latest trends and best practices and gain insights into tackling project controls effectively.