NetPoint + GPM Conference

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Join us for live sessions on Friday, May 8 starting at 9:00 am.

Get PDUs in NetPoint Training & Learn how to:

  • Get the most from new features
  • Leverage GPM & NetPoint differences
  • Analyze schedule metrics with Schedule MD
  • Present schedules that people can understand
  • Communicate the schedule to gain plan buy-in

Case Studies

Subject matter experts present practical yet cutting-edge solutions in case studies for project management. Industry-recognized thought leaders challenge some generally accepted practices and offer a framework and direction to move the industry forward in the coming years.

2020 Keynote Presentation

Modeling the Risk of Float Use in Schedule Risk Analysis

Presented by

Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon

Use of float and its influence in the likelihood of completion has been overlooked in Monte Carlo schedule modeling, leading to exceedingly optimistic probabilities of completion. This Keynote illustrates how the Graphical Path Method (GPM), by modeling the risk of float use in schedule risk analysis, assists schedulers in more accurately predicting probable project finish dates.

Improve your skills by attending NetPoint Training and a Risk Cost & Schedule workshop.

Schedule of Events

Schedule subject to change

Digital Event Presentations

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote: Modeling the Risk of Float Use
10:00 – 11:00 Visualizing the Future One Step Ahead of Everyone Else
11:00 – 12:00 Keeping Projects on Track
12:00 – 1:00 Break
1:00 – 2:00 Intro to NetRisk Cost
2:00 – 3:00 Executing Multiple Aviation Construction Projects
3:00 – 4:00 Lessons from Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

Pre & Post Conference Webinars

4/24 at 12 pm ET NetPoint Training
5/15 at 12 pm ET Cost & Schedule Risk Analysis Workshop

NetPoint Training

Tim Mather & Vivek Puri

This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of NetPoint, imparting basic concepts, new features, and important tips necessary to understanding the unique aspects of the application. This training session is a perfect precursor for ensuring you will derive maximum benefit from our conference content. To best support your education, the class will include a free 90-day license of NetPoint.

Tim Mather PMP, CCMP, LPEC – PMA Technologies

As CTO of PMA Technologies, Tim provides leadership for the design and development team as well as the intellectual property efforts surrounding NetPoint. Tim is a PMP with an extensive background in project management, software development, and marketing. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and pursued postgraduate study of project management at the University of Chicago.

Vivek Puri, PhD – PMA Consultants

Dr. Vivek Puri has significant experience with planning and executing projects in both construction and information technology areas. Dr. Puri’s recent work involves research and development relating to NetPoint, NetRisk, and Schedule MD, three innovative tools developed in-house by PMA. His doctoral work was in the area of simulation applications for construction planning.

Keynote: Modeling the Risk of Float Use in Schedule Risk Analysis

Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon

Use of float and its influence in the likelihood of completion has been overlooked in Monte Carlo schedule modeling, leading to exceedingly optimistic probabilities of completion. This Keynote illustrates how the Graphical Path Method (GPM), by modeling the risk of float use in schedule risk analysis, assists schedulers in more accurately predicting probable project finish dates.

Gui Ponce de Leon PhD, PE, PMP, LEED AP – PMA Consultants

Dr. Gui is one of our nation’s foremost planning and scheduling experts. His professional experience includes roles as investor’s developer, project manager, program manager, EPC contractor planner/scheduler, and expert analyst/witness. Dr. Gui has continually pioneered innovations in project management throughout his 48-year career. 

Lessons from Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration: Planning of a 3 Years’ Production Schedule

Subsomboon (Boon) Kasidit Kwan

The default program for professional schedulers is often Primavera P6; however, in practice, schedulers unfamiliar with the program may be overwhelmed and concerned with comprehending the possibilities. In these instances, bringing together technical personnel from multiple disciplines to build a complex schedule effectively may be challenging. I will discuss lessons learned from planning a multi-disciplinary multi-organizational collaboration project and the crucial role of NetPoint in the success of both the planning and execution phases of the project.

Subsomboon (Boon) Kasidit Kwan – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Boon is currently a project controls engineer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has been assigned to a wide variety of programs/projects at the Laboratory, including a life cycle accelerator project, medical-oriented production, a weapons program, and his current assignment with multiple space payload and software projects. Prior to joining the lab, he was a Field Artillery Officer with the US Army and an entrepreneur directing a small business in Thailand.

Visualizing the Future One Step Ahead of Everyone Else

Eric Sylvestre & Ryan Donaldson

FACCA has adopted NetPoint as our compete planning and scheduling solution. From project inception, through project execution, and resolving delays, we use NetPoint to drive project success. FACCA has discovered that through visualization of the plan and schedule we gain efficiencies and a more thorough common understanding of the tasks at hand. Our presentation will focus on the value attained using NetPoint GPM visualization to drive project collaboration.

Eric Sylvestre, PE – Facca Inc.

Eric Sylvestre holds a BASc in civil engineering form from the University of Windsor and has experience working on bridge, culvert, and marine projects. He uses NetPoint to improve efficiency at completing project deliverables on time and within budget.  

Ryan Donaldson – Facca Inc.

Ryan Donaldson holds a Degree in Civil/Mechanical Engineering. Ryan spent the first 5 years of his career in product development and program management in the automotive industry where he used MS Project as his scheduling/planning software. He was introduced to NetPoint in the construction industry at the inception of his employment at Facca Inc. in 2017. He is well versed in both softwares and views Netpoint as an actual planning tool. 

Intro to NetRisk Cost

Seve Ponce de Leon & Sergio Ponce de Leon

NetRisk 2.1 adds functionality for performing an integrated cost and schedule risk analysis. Attendees will import a cost estimate and link it to a schedule to visualize the effect of duration risks and uncertainty on project costs. They will also learn how to use probabilistic cash flows. Developed in collaboration with industry-leading risk-management professionals, NetRisk is the only tool that can model the risk of float use during simulation.

Seve Ponce de Leon – PMA Technologies

Seve manages the design and development of NetPoint. He conducts software testing, produces technical documentation, and manages customer support, focusing on quality assurance and quality control. Seve earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sergio Ponce de Leon – PMA Technologies

Sergio manages the design and development of NetPoint, where he focuses on product strategy and user interface/user experience design. Sergio holds a BS in Environmental Science and an MS in Human-Computer Interaction and applied data science from the University of Michigan.

Keeping Projects on Track

Bruce Stephan

See how NetPoint and NetRisk have helped large public transit agencies like FTA, NY MTA and LA Metro identify schedule risks and secure on-time completion of multi-billion-dollar projects. From the 7 Line Extension and $4.5B Second Ave Subway phase 1 in New York, to LA Metro’s $1.2B Crenshaw LAX and BART’s $3.5B Transbay Corridor Core Capacity projects in California, NetPoint has played an important role in project success. This session will describe each project’s challenges and explain how NetPoint was able to help resolve the issue.

Bruce Stephan JD, PE, PMP – PMA Consultants

Bruce Stephan is a nationally recognized civil engineer with 30+ years of experience on engineering and construction projects. His distinguished career includes representing public owners and general contractors, as well as providing professional construction consulting worldwide. His experience includes numerous PMO oversight; project delivery methods; dispute resolution; complex change order negotiation; claims analysis; schedule management; technology solutions; and management consulting on large, complex public CIPs.

Cost & Schedule Risk Analysis Workshop

Francisco Cruz

Are your projects always late? Over budget? Have you wondered about three-point estimates, Monte Carlo, sensitivity, qualitative, or quantitative analysis? Learn the best practices and major steps of any risk analysis as championed by PMA risk experts. Attendees will walk away with the foundation for performing risk analysis on their projects using NetRisk, PMA’s approach based on over 20 years of experience on more than 350 projects with combined values exceeding $50 billion.

Francisco Cruz, PE, PMP, RMP, SP, LEED GA, VDC, AVS

Francisco has notable experience in cost control, estimating, scheduling, risk management, 3D-4D BIM, and project inspection. His project experience includes water/wastewater, transportation, pharmaceutical, mixed-use, corporate office buildings, and municipal projects. He also has extensive experience in programs such as AutoCAD®, SolidWorks, Synchro, Navisworks, Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management®; NetPoint® (a PMA proprietary collaborative planning/forensic schedule analysis tool); @Risk®; NetRisk; Primavera Risk Analysis®SureTrak®; Microsoft Project®; Crystal®; and Xcelsius®.

Executing Multiple Aviation Construction Projects

Jorden Oud

This presentation offers a practical insight into the added value of NetPoint in various settings. For the vast and growing corporate real estate division of United Airlines, one of the biggest challenges is to provide the necessary overview at the optimal time, especially when executing multiple construction projects across the country. PMA met this challenge with NetPoint and improved communication and stakeholder buy-in.

Jorden Oud

Jorden has significant experience in scheduling, cost management, change order management, and project controls in the oil/gas, aviation, and education sectors. His focus on precision combined with agility has benefitted companies and stakeholders alike. He is skilled in the use of NetPoint, Oracle Primavera P6, and Microsoft Office software and fluent in English and Dutch, with working knowledge of German.

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