PMA Technologies held its 7th Annual NetPoint and GPM Conference in Nashville, TN, on March 2–3, 2017, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Current and prospective NetPoint users gathered for training, to discuss best practices, and to share knowledge on the planning and scheduling software. The conference was organized to connect with these individuals, provide scheduling best practices, and communicate the software’s benefits and ever-improving features.
Since its commercial release in 2008, NetPoint has been invaluable for individuals seeking a powerful and collaborative planning tool in the project management sector. Attendees explored, discovered, and harnessed project planning and scheduling skills led by industry professionals. The event was open to all project planners, schedulers, students, and faculty using NetPoint as well as those new to NetPoint.
This year’s program began Thursday morning with NetPoint training hosted by Tim Mather, PMP (PMA Technologies) followed by the fundamentals of Schedule IQ™, a new NetPoint plugin for analyzing schedule reliability taught by Seve Ponce de Leon and Sergio Ponce de Leon.
After lunch, Dr. Vivek Puri, PMP, EIT, gave an informative presentation demonstrating how early bias in CPM risk analysis leads to optimistic completion distributions and how GPM risk analysis corrects this by allowing floating and pacing scenarios. The day’s activities finished with two claims experts, Gary Jentzen, PE, JD, LEED AP, and Eric Lowther, PMP, LEED AP, discussing how to produce a convincing schedule delay analysis.
On Friday, a keynote presentation entitled, “Automate This: Solving the Weather Conundrum,” by Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon, PE, PMP, LEED AP, unveiled how Schedule IQ™ and NetPoint® provide planners an algorithmic solution to the weather planning problem, a vast improvement over current weather methods. Seve and Sergio followed with, “Using NetPoint to Weatherproof Your Schedule,” demonstrating how Schedule IQ better accounts for weather delay in a schedule.
University of Michigan’s Dr. Carol Menassa, Dr. Vineet Kamat, Naga Veena Tarlana, and Vishal Shah, presented a research project that explores the application of GPM and NetPoint on Level 3 construction schedules.
Dennis Lucey III, PMP, LEED AP, (PMA) spoke on the efficient transition between NetPoint and P6 and how NetPoint has been utilized to develop summary schedule reports, analyze schedule fragments, facilitate interactive planning, and evaluate schedule variances.
Brian Chase (Turner Construction) and Chad Rowland (PMA) presented, “Leveraging NetPoint for Planning, Coordination and Analysis on the Harvard Allston Science Program,” to further discuss those same NetPoint functionalities.
Tim Mather and Dan Molnar presented, “Simplifying the Complex: NetPoint’s Role in a Multibillion Dollar Greenfield Construction Project,” that explained NetPoint’s role in collaboration and communication with a pharma client in constructing a 100-acre Greenfield Campus in Covington, GA.
To conclude the conference, PMA’s Bruce Stephan, JD, PE, PMP, provided excellent examples of NetPoint’s use in helping make critical decisions related to project acceleration and easy-to-understand project controls data.