Rising CM Conference Schedule & Education Program

Subject to change

Saturday, October 7

8:15 – 8:45 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 am

concurrent education sessions

What the Owner Wants: Claims Avoidance by the CM

Lengthy disputes are the last thing an owner wants to deal with at the end of a project. They expect the CM to perform all activities necessary to avoid claims. Industry studies show that the failure to properly administer a contract is one of the biggest causes for claims arising. However, it is not the only cause. This session will discuss the actions every CM must take during design, procurement, and construction to settle claims quickly and painlessly, and to avoid them altogether.

Roy J. Cooper, PE - Senior Vice President - ARCADIS
John Markovs - Deputy County Attorney - Montgomery County, Maryland
Joseph Seibold, PE, FCMAA - Executive Vice President - ARCADIS

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Going Above and Beyond: Ethical Challenges and the Rising CM

The complexity of modern day industry/corporate ethical structures increases the challenges for young construction management professionals. While many parallels exist in various organizational ethical standards, there are competing views on the morally correct way to do business. This session will explore several of these current and future challenges and demonstrate how the young construction management professional can navigate through them.

John Morse - Construction Manager - CH2M   
10:15 - 11:15 am

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How I Got Here

This session will provide lessons learned from industry leaders on their path to success in the construction management industry.

Jim Ruddell PE, CCM, F.ASCE, FCMAA, Vice President and Director/Principal Project Mgr. WSP

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How to Quantitatively Determine Schedule Slippage and Progress

This training session will explore an analysis technique similar to Earned Value Management to evaluate a quantifiable schedule progress value. This supplemental analysis can assist the project team in determining if progress is efficiently achieved and provide a quantifiable value of required progress to meet the plan.

Aaron Fletcher, CMIT, Senior Project Controls Specialist, ARCADIS
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Agile CM – Controlling Disruptive Technology

KPMG’s 2015 Global Construction Survey found that 53% of construction projects are underperforming, and fewer than one-third of construction projects come within 10% of the planned budget. Agile CM seeks to improve project performance by augmenting traditional CM practices with a product team consisting of cross functional members from the owner, design, construction, and O&M teams with specialized skills and areas of focus, working together. The session will discuss obstacles impeding technology implementation and how the Agile CM product team resolves these complications.

Joel Timmins, CCM, PMP, Senior Associate, Markon Solutions

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An Exploration of Quality Management Trends in Transportation

This session will provide an overview of quality management in the transportation market sector, along with a case study of the quality assurance programs currently in place at the Florida Department of Transportation.

Herbert Potter, CCM, Quality Assurance Manager, RK&K
12:30 - 1:00 pm
1:00  - 3:00 pm
Optional Walking Tour: Dupont Circle & Embassy Row

Gilded Age opulent mansions and grand embassies line the streets of one of Washington DC's most fashionable neighborhoods, Dupont Circle. Walk along Embassy Row and see some of the city's most impressive properties, spanning the architectural gamut from Neo-classical to Beaux-Arts to Queen Anne and more. Hear the stories and scandals that helped shape the Nation behind the doors of the District's most extravagant homes. PLEASE NOTE: this is a walking tour that covers approximately 2 miles in 2 hours.

Requires additional $15 registration fee.

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Exploring Virtual Reality for Planning, Design, and Construction

The construction industry is implementing virtual reality in planning, managing, and building construction projects. Once construction is over, VR is being used to market projects and to maintain facilities. Drawings or renderings can never capture the three-dimensional, spatial nature of buildings. Creating physical models to help simulate the physical aspects of an actual environment or building is time-consuming and often costly to build. This presentation will showcase how VR is helping owners and end users to better visualize what they will get when a project is done. Examples will show how VR can make a difference in the industry, and how it works in planning high security buildings, jails, airports, and complex medical centers. Allowing end users to give feedback on the design and construction of their facilities is an important innovation. By using VR, clients are offered the ability to make changes virtually for free well before actual construction has begun. Learn how embracing VR in construction planning is improving design, leads to faster project approvals, decreases the number of change orders, and is helping in delivering better projects.

Dusan Selezan, CMIT, Senior BIM Specialist, Balfour Beatty Construction
Claire Mao, CMIT, Senior BIM Specialist, Balfour Beatty Construction
Jacqueline Chen, VDC Specialist, Synchro Software, Ltd.

2:15 - 3:15 pm
Transparency and Relationship-Driven Leadership

The professional landscape is changing. The workforce is becoming more diverse, technology is advancing at a rapid pace, global economic stability is uncertain, and collaborative management is replacing autocracy. The desire for a sense of community and connection amongst professionals is stronger now than ever before. CMs must recognize these changes and adapt their leadership styles accordingly. Learn how to adopt a relationship-focused leadership style to strengthen the bonds between team members and encourage a team-first mentality not present in traditional leadership structures.

Marc Gravallese CCM, PMP, Program Manager, JACOBS

3:30 - 4:30 pm

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The History of Construction Management - A Variety of Perspectives

This session explores the development of CM from the perspective of contracting strategies, changing roles of the CM, and the roles of players involved.

Don Russell, CCM, FCMAA, Chairman Emeritus, Vanir CM, Inc.

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The Art of Construction Photography: National Museum of the Marine Corps

Documenting and visually communicating progress, challenges, and events on a construction site to key stakeholders is an art form. In the right hands, a simple jobsite photo can be transformed into art, using state-of-the-art photography tools. This session will discuss the role photography and image manipulation played in the NMMC construction and expansion projects.

Steven Rose, CCM, Sr. Construction Manger, Jacobs
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Industry Meet & Greet

This is your opportunity to establish your professional network and create meaningful relationships with future industry leaders. Meet and network with CMAA leaders and representatives from some of the largest and most successful firms and capital project owners.

Sunday, October 8

7:30 - 8:15 am
8:15 - 9:15 am

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Making the Most of Your Mentoring Relationship

We all know the benefits of networking, yet the most successful among us take it one step further by building mentoring relationships. Mentors can help shape your career, expand your network, and create opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. Learn how to make the most of this mutually beneficial relationship.

Ellyn Lester, Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

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Failure and Fulfillment: Facing the Fear

It can be scary to be a young professional—big responsibilities thrown in your lap, being expected to do professional acrobatics without a net, managing office personalities and trying to decide “who you want to be when you grow up.” Many Baby Boomer and Gen X leaders struggle with developing, encouraging, and empowering today’s younger professionals. The expectation that junior level staff will “figure it out the way I did” reveals a lack of awareness. Most Millennial professionals struggle not with skill set, desire to succeed, or ability to perform, but with low self-confidence and fear of failure which drives much of their behavior. In this session, we’ll explore how we can face the fear and provide coaching and mentoring to our future leaders.

Rebecca Jones, CEO, Safework, In
9:30 - 10:30 am

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Making the Most of Your Mentoring Relationship (continued)

We all know the benefits of networking, yet the most successful among us take it one step further by building mentoring relationships. Mentors can help shape your career, expand your network, and create opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. Learn how to make the most of this mutually beneficial relationship.

Ellyn Lester, Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

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Becoming a Street-Wise CM: Laying Pipe is the Easy Part

The Metropolitan District of Hartford, CT recently completed an intensive period of sewer separation and pipeline rehabilitation projects as part of its $2 billion Clean Water Project. The volume of pipeline work completed was more than five times the baseline volume normally executed by the District. The projects’ excess work and high public visibility presented many challenges for the project delivery team. This session will discuss lessons learned at the individual and organizational levels during the execution of these intensive urban infrastructure projects.

Christopher Coyle, PE, Construction Manager, CDM Smith
Thomas Robbins, PE, Construction Manager, Metropolitan District of Hartford, Connecticut
Brian McCarthy PE, CCM, Program Manager, CDM Smith

10:45 - 11:45 am
Discussion: What Can We Do to Improve the Construction Industry?

This brainstorming session will provide useful discussion on improvements that can be made in the construction industry. Do we leverage technology, LEAN, IPD, BIM, or all of the above? What do you see being the next big change in construction?

Austin Chafffee, CMIT, Estimator, D.C. Beane and Associates
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Closing Remarks  
1:00  - 3:00 pm
Optional Tour: Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library

The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, is being rebuilt. The Library hired the design/build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman for the project, which is funded at $19.7 million. The new library will be larger to accommodate expanded space for children, teens and adults. The new library will re-open in 2018. PLEASE NOTE: Transportation costs to/from the Cleveland Park Library are additional. The site is Metro accessible.



Rising CM participants that registered for the RCM-PLUS registration are also eligible to attend CMAA National Conference Sessions.