Following their established success in the UK (now in its 11th year), and their more recent global virtual events, Project Controls Expo USA is holding its first North American conference in Washington DC on October 4-6 2022.
Project Controls Expo USA has chosen Nationals Park, Washington DC as their venue, as it is the largest stadium in Washington DC and delegates has easy access via great transport links.
Expo is a celebration of project controls that when used effectively can add value and impact to any organization. A wide range of delegates is expected ranging from professionals who are looking to start in Project Management or Project Controls to Managers and Directors.
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Project Controls Expo USA will offer an Activity Day on October 4th and then two full days of the conference that will have a similar format to their established Expo. October 5th will see Industry experts presenting a few tracks and holding Specialist Workshops; whereas the full Expo experience on October 6th will have Keynote Speakers, and tracks divided into different Zones; Technology, Case Studies, Masterclass, Megaprojects, and Innovations. There will also be a Partner Showcase and Networking available
October 4th Activity Day
10 am until 12 pm Speed Pitching. Practice will be in the same space that professional pitchers use to warm up.
1 pm until 3 pm Batting Practice. It doesn’t matter about levels of experience. The activity day is a great way to meet new delegates and relax with old friends.
October 5th Specialist Workshops
EVM Workshop – Michael Nosbisch CCP PSP FACCE, Director, Project Controls will run an EVM Workshop.
AI Workshop – Greg Lawton, Nodes and Links will run an Artificial Intelligence Workshop, focusing on the next generation of PMOs and how people and machines will combine.
Both the EVM & AI workshops will be held in the Regan Conference Centre
Claims Workshop – James Zack of James Zack Consulting LLC, will offer an overview of construction claims and disputes. James will discuss an alternative dispute resolution, a key to staying out of court in Project Controls.
Net Zero and Sustainability in Project Controls Workshop – Ruchi Singh is a Non-Executive Director, at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. Ruchi will discuss the radical transformations that have been made within the community to improve their lives. Ruchi will discuss the Post Grenfell Building Safety Programme as well as a recent project- the mobilization of the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit.
The Claims workshop and the Net Zero Sustainability workshops will be held in the Roosevelt Conference Centre.
October 6th Expo
Keynote Note Speakers – will be held in the Champion Club 3rd Base
Christopher Dudding is the Division Director, U.S Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Chris had several tours of Afghanistan, supervising the renovation of the Chancery building damaged by the Taliban in 2001. Chris volunteered to supervise over $4.3 billion in Overseas Building Operations in active embassy projects in the Middle East, North Africa, and South-Central Asia. In this inspiring keynote, Chris will offer his insights on construction in countries with crime and terrorism threats.
Subhash Tuladhar is Executive Director of Project Controls at the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC). Subhash will present a keynote on ‘Data Catalogue for Advanced Data Analytics.’ Subhash will explain how historical data has always been an important reference for project management. Since the popularity of external data sources, the scale and quality of accessible historical data have grown. Subhash will discuss data analytics, where insights can be extracted from historical data. Subhash will offer his insights on a data model where raw data can be represented using a data catalog. Subash will offer real-world examples, demonstrating a sample data dictionary used by organizations to deliver capital projects on time and within budget. Subhash will explain how the data catalog and dictionary can be adapted and used by any organization.
Technology Zone- will be held in the PNC Diamond Club
Jason Kimbrell is a Project Controls Specialist, at Omega Project Solutions. Jason will present ‘I paid for cost management software. Why are they still using spreadsheets?” Recognizing Mistakes that Break Cost Tool Implementations.’
Jason will offer his insights on the extent that a project controller’s benefit is directly related to the decisions made during software implementation. Jason will explain that bad decisions can have negative impacts later. Many organizations believe that adhering to solid project controls or recreating existing procedures will be enough to deliver but find their cost engineers reluctant to abandon spreadsheets. Jason will discuss that a successful software implementation is dependent on the end-user and project management buy-in. Reporting demands and the complexities of the cost engineer’s day job need to be taken into consideration otherwise end-users will resist change. Jason will also offer his insights on the frequent mistakes organizations make when adopting and implementing cost software.
Case studies Zone- will be held in the Nationals Club
Rohan Mutha is the Project Controls Leader at AECOM in the NY Metro area. Rohan will present ‘Successful Implementation of an Integrated Schedule/Cost Control System’. Using three case studies, Rohan will examine and highlight the overall project control strategy and, lessons learned. He will discuss the challenges he faced in successfully implementing an integrated cost schedule control system. Rohan will offer his insights on the development of an overall Enterprise and Program WBS hierarchy that makes a smooth summary of the budget and schedule data across three programs.
Masterclass Zone- will be held in the Lower Seating Bowl
Russell Stevens is a Senior Solutions Analyst, at ARES PRISM. Russell will present a track ‘Sustainability tracking for Project Controls.’
There is no longer any doubt that the world is experiencing global warming. Russell will offer his insights on a few of the key challenges affecting the construction industry today such as measurement, reporting, and governance. Russell will discuss the issue of trying to manage decarbonization on a grand scale, in a bid to reduce the increase in global warming, predicted over the next 40 years.
Nikhil Ambani, Director Ambquad Solutions Ltd. Nikhil will present ‘Navigating Delay & Disruption Issues on Alliance Contracting Frameworks.’
Competitive tendered fixed price contracts often lead to contractors / non-owners making assumptions on risks they cannot control and are often asked to accept, even on the most complex mega-projects. This invariably results in parties trying to mitigate some of these initial losses through scope changes and variation claims, to remain financially viable. Nikhil will discuss alternative and collaborative contracting models. Nikhil will offer his insights from his experience in navigating delay and disruption issues using collaborative contracting models. Nikhil will explore from his own learning experiences what worked well, and what didn’t when he analyzed these complex issues.
Merritt Hamilton Allen is the Director of Vox Optima, LLC. Merritt will present ‘Anatomy of a crisis: Crisis communication for project controls’
Communication is the one area where human factors, the most difficult to predict and control, will always take precedence. Merritt will discuss and, using examples will break down all manner of crises, large and small. Merritt will offer her insights on where the touchpoints are and how to stay ahead of them; this ensures the de-escalation of tension, allowing the crisis team to focus on resolving issues and restoring a good working environment. Merritt will provide the basics for dealing with hard questions from possibly biased audiences, crucial to maintaining credibility for any project in crisis. Finally, Merritt will offer basic guidance on communication ethics.
Megaprojects Zone – will be held in the Kennedy Conference Center
Julie Owens is Senior Executive Officer, Project Management Oversight, Los Angeles Metro, managing a $20B capital transport infrastructure program.
Julie will present ‘Metro Case Study: Enhanced Cost Forecasting and Exposure Based Contingency Drawdown’ Julie will offer her insights on how an unprecedented number of projects are being undertaken and increased risk for project cost and schedule overruns.
Gary Dubin is Program Controls Manager, Brown & Caldwell. Gary will present ‘Program/Project Controls| $1.8B| Challenges & Successes’
Gary Dubin was assigned to lead the configuration of the program and project controls for a $1.8B wastewater treatment plant expansion. Gary will discuss how through thorough analysis, planning, execution, and the right resources he was successful. Gary will offer his insights on:
- The history of how the controls were developed and determined
- Planning for the audiences the controls were designed for
- Managing expectations, obstacles, and adversities
- Lessons learned throughout the process
- How the controls provided crucial information to minimize claims
Innovations Zone – will be held in Roosevelt Conference Center
Osama Abdelfatah AVP, Regional Program Controls Director, Americas AECOM. Osama will present ‘The Dusk of PMIS and the Dawn of Controls Engine.’
Osama will offer his insights on the advancement of Program Controls. Data insights provided to decision-makers are often not aligned. Osama will discuss the current Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) that tries to connect a variety of systems that relies on individual capabilities. The Controls Engine relies on data alignment and leverages the wealth of data to ensure successful delivery and realization of benefits. Osama will explain that this involves the combination of data throughout the program’s lifecycle by tying up the contract, project, and program levels. Integrating all aspects of controls enables decisions to be made with a view of the overall picture, not just the traditional aspects of schedule and cost.
Partner Showcase and Networking – will be held in Champions Club-1st Base
All Partners to Project Controls Expo USA have been carefully selected for their awareness of project control processes, tools, and techniques. Partners will be available, promoting their products, and offering hands-on demonstrations and advice to delegates.
Networking will be available after each track. Drinks will be available in the Champions Club where friends and colleagues can meet and discuss new issues and best practices. At the same time, delegates can enjoy the Partner Showcase and ask vendors for the answers to any troubling project control issues.
End Panel Discussion
Anil Godhawale, Founder of Project Controls Expo, Michael Nosbisch, Director, Project Controls, Strategic Management Solutions LLC, Alexia Nalewaik, PMCS Manager, National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Osama Abdelfatah AVP, Regional Program Controls Director, AECOM will hold a panel discussion on ‘The Future of Project Controls’.
They will all discuss how far Project Controls have evolved, reviewing the current state of Project Controls globally. They will also predict where Project Controls is heading and how it may look in ten years.
|Number of Days||Description||Price (excluding Tax)|
|Day 1||Activity Day||$50|
|Day 2||Workshops, Speaker Sessions & Partner Showcase||$200|
|Day 3||Speaker Sessions & Partner Showcase||$200|
|Days 2 & 3||Package deal||$350|
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We reviewed two top hotels close to the Nationals Stadium; The Hampton Inn & Suites and the citizen M Washington DC Capitol.
Hampton Inn & Suites
1265 1st Street SE
Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
The Hampton Inn & Suites is a 3-star hotel that is adjacent to the Nationals Park in the Navy Yard area. The view of the Nationals Park stadium, from the rooftop bar, is awesome. The hotel is clean with comfy beds and the staff is friendly with a great knowledge of the Washington tourist sights. A two-night stay costs $521.35 inclusive of taxes, and breakfast.
citizen M Washington DC Capitol
550 School Street Southwest
Southwest, Washington, DC 20024
The citizen M Washington is a 4-star hotel situated approximately 1.2 miles from the Nationals Stadium. The hotel is modern and hi-tech with guests able to adjust the colour of the lighting and blinds in the bedrooms. The décor is modern with videos played in the elevators. The rooms are clean with great air conditioning as well as air purifiers. The beds are large and comfortable, and microwaves are provided in all of the bedrooms for late-night snacks. The staff is warm and friendly. A two-night stay costs $471.53 inclusive of breakfast.
Project controls Expo USA is becoming the fastest and largest global event with the expansion to the USA. The conference aims to “help you to significantly improve your project performance and help you manage projects, programs, process, cost and resource more effectively.”
The tracks are all designed with this statement in mind. Project Controls Expo USA isn’t industry-specific, and, it will attract anyone who has an interest in project controls from schedulers and program operators to project and portfolio managers. Networking is invaluable, coupled with the Partners Showcase offers delegates the opportunity to meet up with friends and new colleagues to discuss emerging trends in project controls. Stadium tours are available at the end of the Expo.