8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Investigating Contracts

8:10 am Panel: Understanding the Role of Project Controls for Different Contract Types & How to Identify or Encourage the Use of Optimal Contracts to Reduce Risk

  • Joshua Woolley Director of Project Controls , Granite Construction
  • John Hartman Vice President & National Director of Project Controls , WSP
  • Keith Layton Power Utility Project Controls Lead , Duke Energy
  • Sadia Janjua Chief of Project Controls, Port Authority of NY & NJ


  • Discussing how different contract types – including IPD, Public-Private-Partnerships, IDIQs, T&M – how does each type impact the role of Project Controls?
  • Which contract is right for you? How to identify the optimal type based on your project?
  • Evaluating methods to promote openness to other contract types business-wide: what’s
    the ROI in investing time into embarking on different contracts project-by-project?

9:00 am Exploring the Use of Smart Contracts for Increasing Project Controls Efficiency & Reducing Claims

  • Sami Jaroudi Director of Project Controls – Systems & Tools, Jacobs Engineering


  • Discussing the potential for blockchain-based smart contracts as an enhanced contract type in construction projects: what are they?
  • Outlining the different ways in which smart contracts can be utilized over other contract types: how do they compare?
  • Examining the benefits of smart contracts in boosting productivity and reducing claims: how can they benefit the project controls world?

9:40 am The Future of Project Controls & Strategic Commutations in Program Management: Alternative Delivery Projects


  • Assessing the usage and investment of integrated PMIS tools: what is the ROI in looking ahead, rather than behind?
  • Examining trends and innovative project controls techniques: how to add value to clients and project decision makers?
  • Discussing an example of an Alternative Delivery Program/ Project and how collaboration between project controls and strategic communications groups has helped to overcome project hurdles

10:20 am Morning Refreshments

Portfolio-Level Management

11.10  Reviewing Best Practices in Utilizing Data to Benchmark Your Portfolio-Level Project Controls

  • Addressing benchmarking: exploring best methods to pull data to create benchmarks for internal and external comparison
  • Hearing tips and tricks on how to use data for benchmarking – how can you compare different projects, how often do you do it, and more?
  • Exploring the potential of using benchmarks to create future forecasts for your business’ performance

Eric Brantner
Senior Analyst – Project Controls, Enable Midstream

11.50 Determining How to Prioritize the Project Controls Resource Company-Wide to Reduce Total Risk

  • Understanding how to balance project controls across builds: how different programs require different support
  • Identifying priorities in your portfolio: how to isolate specific metrics or projects requiring attention
  • Discussing how to interact with your project, commercial,
    or business development teams for more efficient portfolio

Jason Bowen
Director of Engineering & Project Controls, Southland Holdings


Staff Training

11.10 Exploring Best Practices & Innovations in Retaining and Training Talent

  • Discussing how to build your project controls team from within
  • Highlight onboarding for remote employees and all learning types
  • Outlining the importance of investment in the younger generation to retain staff

Morgan Traynor     
Director of Project Controls, Ryan Companies



11.50 Bridging the Gap: Understanding the Diversity of Different Generations in the Workplace

  • Identifying differences: how retiring experts and new generations are changing the construction landscape
  • Reflecting on gaps in team new knowledge and skill sets
  • Assessing different methodologies to make training effective

Nicole Waits 
Construction Analyst, Ryan Companies



12:30 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm Market Breakouts: How Have Your Challenges Changed Since Last Year, & What More Is There to Be Done?


Back by popular demand, spend an hour networking with your peers to share key challenged faced on similar projects: can you work collaboratively to develop actionable solutions?
The first half an hour will divide participants into market sectors, where you can benchmark key challenges across projects and identify the three most common issues for your sector.
The second half of the session will take the most common problems and divide participants into cross-sector working groups to brainstorm solutions and share experiences to help make change.

2:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

2:45 pm End of Conference