Case Studies, Presentations

Early project planning and scheduling are essential when it comes to laying a strong foundation for the successful execution of a project. In this session, Amanda DavyRomano and Matthew Helner demonstrate the crucial role of NetPoint in the early validation and development of the master schedule for an active airport expansion project. This schedule has a tight construction timeframe and several risks that could be detrimental to the project, and it continues to be leveraged for interactive planning sessions and scenario planning. Learn how the use of NetPoint on this project has helped drive discussions, coordination, and decision-making efforts amongst stakeholders. 

Amanda DavyRomano  

Ms. Amanda DavyRomano is a seasoned project management and scheduling expert. She has been engaged in a variety of projects throughout her career with PMA, from schedule analysis in support of claims analysis, to project management and controls on multi-million-dollar construction projects. Ms. DavyRomano is currently serving as the schedule lead on the multi-year, multi-billion-dollar Peoples Gas System Modernization Program, where she is responsible for the development, management, and communication of the overall capital program schedule and has had a key role in the development of the project management and controls processes.  

Matt Helner  

Mr. Matt Helner has substantial experience as a project manager and civil engineer. He has a successful track record of delivering a diverse portfolio of construction projects in multiple industries, including transmission and distribution, refineries, and aviation facilities. Mr. Helner is a proven troubleshooter and effective problem solver of complicated issues with a strong ability to adapt and lead cross-functional project teams. He is skilled in project planning, report development, contract administration, procurement, scope development, and project schedule and budget.  


How difficult is getting an owner or project team to do an interactive planning session? Any tips?

It is a little challenging in the beginning, but engaging in a relationship with the client by developing an agenda or schedule by showing them snippets of NetPoint during this time. Showing them where they are right now and how powerful NetPoint can be as a tool in the scheduling process is very key to exercise with the client we are working with. Through the working sessions with the client, we can get that early buy-in, and by talking with the contractor and designer, here’s what we intend to do, we can send out a flyer beforehand on how we can help by using NetPoint. Some tips are to engage with the people in the room who are a part of that decision-making process and to stay light and energetic. 

How would you apply the experience from this project to a new project? Would you do anything differently?

Through the planning session, we found what worked and carried it over to the next project while being interactive in the process. One lesson was to integrate NetPoint earlier so we can gather the most information and be prepared. This would help visualize some of the stress in the event of finding the right property to work on while using a small group. 

Are Project Summit and NetPoint the same tool?

They’re not the same tool. The main difference is that Project Summit is going to have the ability to take much larger schedules and summarize them for us in a quick manner. With NetPoint, we see more importing and exporting of projects and P6, but that summarization is happening in our own way. 

What suggestions do you have for shortening or optimizing the schedule?

Some of the things we first noticed while putting these schedules together was the gaps in design or construction and shorten those gaps up just because there was stuff that didn’t need to be in there. In the permitting phase, our permitting SMEs showed everything very linearly and caused overlapping. This introduced a method in combining the design of work packaging with permitting and how that impacts construction, while also shortening the schedule. Referring to optimizing the schedule means the visual side of it. This includes minimizing the overlapping and the logic ties running through activities, making it easier to follow. Color-coding and highlighting specific activities has become a great tool for optimizing schedules. 

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