Thank you for a great 9th Annual NetPoint + GPM Conference!

Brown Palace | Denver, CO | April 4-5, 2019

Schedule of Events

Schedule subject to change

DAY ONE
Thursday, April 4th
8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 10:00 NetPoint Training
10:00 – 11:00 Keynote: Early & Late “P80” Dates
11:00 – 12:00 Use of End-Node Diagrams for Schedule Risk Analysis
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Complex Problems Solved Simplistically by NetPoint
2:30 – 3:30 Developing The Annual Plan: A Project Manager’s Perspective
3:30 – 4:30 How Innovation and Fundamentals Impact the Evolution of Planning and Scheduling for Capital Projects
6:00 – 9:00 Conference Reception
DAY TWO
Friday, April 5th
9:00 – 10:00 Intro to New Features in NetRisk 2.0: Not Just Another Risk Analysis Tool
10:00 – 11:00 Wave Planning with NetPoint: Strategies to Transfer Manufacturing Operations to a New Facility
11:00 – 12:00 How NetPoint Completed a 4-hour Planning Session in 40 Minutes
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 NetRisk 2.0 Training

2019 KEYNOTE

Early & Late “P80” Dates

How can you reduce risk and improve the accuracy of project completion? Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon reveals the approach to developing an early/late bounding completion distribution envelope using GPM without the dangerous bias for early dates inherent in CPM. Attend to learn how to avoid unrealistic P80 results from optimistic CPM dates.

Use of End-Node Diagrams for Schedule Risk Analysis

Jerry Klanac  |  PMA Consultants

Determining the potential criticality of each activity is a key result from the project schedule’s Monte Carlo simulation. Activity criticality is used to identify the probabilistic critical and near critical paths. For the past 10 years, Jerry and Shannon have successfully used end-node diagrams to graphically convey this information to project stakeholders. Here we illustrate the creation of an end node diagram in NetPoint as well as further enhancement in NetRisk.

Jerry Klanac

Jerry Klanac has significant project management experience on U.S. and international construction projects, especially in the industry sectors of water/wastewater, infrastructure, oil and gas, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical. He has expertise in analyzing and managing cost and schedule risk, providing project cost and schedule controls, developing and analyzing contractor CPM schedule submittals, and providing probabilistic analysis of cost estimates and schedules.

Complex Planning Problems Solved by NetPoint

Mike Brown PMP PMA Consultants
Scott Maish PE, PMP, LEED AP PMA Consultants

Scott and Mike show the use of NetPoint with P6 on the procurement sequence of the master schedule for owner-furnished equipment at a multi-billion-dollar airport project. As a communication tool, NetPoint modeled critical management decision points to ensure that design, fabrication, and product delivery aligned with just-in-time manufacturing concepts. The import and export of NetPoint schedules into the overall P6 master schedule provided a greater understanding of owner commitments and relationship to the overall schedule.

Scott Maish

Scott Maish is an enthusiastic project execution leader with experience in the design, construction, and financial management of large infrastructure projects within the U.S., South America, and Middle East. He is skilled with complex project delivery, and in managing design teams, general contractors, and project controls personnel. Scott has a BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown has extensive experience in project management, quality management, engineering, and program/project controls. His experience includes domestic and international home-office and field projects in upstream oil and gas, mining and minerals, chemical and polymers, aerospace and defense, consumer and forest products, energy, and infrastructure. Mike has a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Maine.

Developing a Realistic Annual Plan: A Project Manager’s Perspective

Ryan KolczynskiSouthwest Airlines
Joseph Puzon PMP, EIT | PMA Consultants

As project managers, we are often asked to forecast an annual plan of current and requested projects. Not only does this task involve developing a cost estimate and project timeline, it also requires project managers to think about their own level of effort, i.e., “How am I supposed to get all of this done?” Using NetPoint, we are able to visualize that plan, allowing the project managers to review the following year’s projects and set realistic expectations with leadership.

Ryan Kolczynski

Ryan Kolczynski is currently in his fifth year with Southwest Airlines. He has five years additional experience as a contract engineer in the oil and gas sectors. He well versed in both the design and execution portions of construction projects, from both the owner and contractor perspectives. He uses Primavera (P6), NetPoint, and drafting softwares (Autodesk, Revit, etc).

Joseph Puzon

Joseph Puzon has significant experience in project controls for the healthcare and aviation sectors. He has experience providing cost, schedule, and change controls including planning, scheduling, schedule review, cost engineering, and change order management. Joseph has experience with Primavera (P3 and P6), MS Access, SureTrak, NetPoint, and Excel along with Visual Basic Programming.

How Innovation and Fundamentals Impact the Evolution of Planning and Scheduling for Capital Projects

Lawrence YassanyeSouthern New Hampshire University

Innovations in technology, teaming, project delivery, and owner expectations require changes in capital project scheduling. This presentation describes how NetPoint integrates schedule communication; project controls implementation; and risk mitigation with innovation and fundamentals for optimal capital project planning and project development at one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States.

Lawrence Yassanye

Lawrence Yassanye has extensive experience in capital project management, construction project management, quality management, and program/project controls. His projects include bridges, multiple buildings, infrastructure and utility improvements, corporate office and mill renovations, data centers, and certified LEED buildings. Lawrence has honorably served in the United States Marine Corps, has earned an AA in applied science from Southern Maine Community College, and a BS in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Intro to New Features in NetRisk 2.0

Not Just Another Risk Analysis Tool

Seve Ponce de Leon PMA Technologies
Sergio Ponce de Leon  PMA Technologies

With so many existing risk-analysis tools available, you might be wondering – why another? Or, how is NetRisk different? Developed in collaboration with industry-leading risk-management professionals, NetRisk 2.0 has been completely re-engineered and redesigned from the ground up. At its core, NetRisk 2.0 is still a Monte Carlo-based schedule risk-analysis tool for simulating CPM and GPM schedules from NetPoint (and now Primavera P6!), but it differs from other tools in that it offers many innovative features that no existing products offer, such as unlimited risk-mitigation scenarios, GPM activity floating, and automated risk removal. Join Seve Ponce de Leon and Sergio Ponce de Leon as they provide an overview of these features and give a live demonstration of how these features can be used in practice to produce more effective risk analyses.

Seve Ponce de Leon

Seve Ponce de Leon manages the design and development of NetPoint. He focuses on quality assurance and quality control, where he conducts software testing, technical documentation, and customer support. He has been a member of the NetPoint development team since 2008, and this will be his sixth time presenting at the NetPoint & GPM Conference. Seve earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sergio Ponce de Leon

Sergio Ponce de Leon manages the design and development of NetPoint, where he focuses on feature prioritization and the user interface/user experience. He has been a member of the NetPoint development team since 2008. Sergio holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, where he is also pursuing an M.S. in Human-computer Interaction and applied data science.

Wave Transfer Planning: Strategies to Transfer Manufacturing Operations to a Newly Built International Pharmaceutical Facility

Jennifer Cipollini   |  Medical Technology Company
Tim Stoll   |  Medical Technology Company
Angel Arvelo PMP, LEED AP  |  PMA Consultants
Blake Cuneo  |  PMA Consultants

Initiating manufacturing operations in a newly built pharmaceutical facility is a demanding process for any organization. Here the technology transfer team is responsible both assuring that the facilities meet the design requirement as well as successfully transfer all products to the new site. Understanding the costs, benefits, and risks of multiple solutions requires complex modeling. A top-tier Medical Technology Company and PMA Consultants have been collaborating in evaluating diverse strategies to expand global production capacity. A key component of the growth strategy requires the transfer of specific operations to a new facility, which requires identifying resource limitations, prioritization of needs early, and continuously throughout the dynamic project.

Jennifer Cipollini

Jennifer Cipollini Jennifer has long-standing experience leading project managers in the transfer of new pharmaceutical products from R&D into GMP manufacturing locations. Last year, she embarked on a new role driving global transfer of pharmaceutical products to a new manufacturing site overseas.

Tim Stoll

Tim Stoll is an accomplished real estate and construction management professional with over 5 million SF and $2 billion of development and construction work successfully completed. An expert communicator with strong leadership skills, able to distill complex technical issues into clear strategies and lead successful execution of real estate strategies.

Angel Arvelo

Angel Arvelo has extensive experience delivering large complex projects for clients in multiple industries. His experience includes work with oil and gas, pharmaceutical/GMP, life science, alternative energy, power generation & utilities, civil infrastructure, as well as commercial development projects

Blake Cuneo

Blake Cuneo experience has been focused in the pharmaceutical, residential, and civil infrastructure industries. As a result of his experience, Blake has developed a specialization in scheduling and consulting, project and construction management, and overall project controls.

How NetPoint Completed a 4-hour Planning Session in 40 Minutes

Reniz Moosa PMP | PMA Consultants

Analyzing exhaustive, complex schedules has always been overwhelming for non-schedulers. Using NetPoint, Reniz was able to distill a 46-page, P6, commissioning schedule for a $300M manufacturing plant down to a single sheet. This allowed him to highlight schedule issues and solve in a 40 minute meeting instead of the usual 4 hours. Reniz shares the strategies used to convert an incomprehensible P6 schedule into a usable document for non-schedulers.

Reniz Moosa

Reniz Moosa is a project controls professional with significant experience in providing planning and scheduling services for mid-cap and mega projects. He is skilled in applying project controls principles to build, update, and track complex construction projects from project initiation to closeout.

NetRisk 2.0 Training

Seve Ponce de Leon PMA Technologies
Sergio Ponce de Leon  PMA Technologies

Join Seve Ponce de Leon and Sergio Ponce de Leon as they walk you through the detailed steps for using NetRisk 2.0 to conduct a hypothetical schedule risk analysis. Using both P6 XER files as well as NetPoint project files, you will receive hands-on training for how to use the core features of NetRisk 2.0, including activity duration ranging, qualitative and quantitative risk registers, risk impact and activity duration correlations, probabilistic non-work modeling, automated risk removal, and results analysis, all of which are accessed through a tabular-based, dialog box-free interface, which makes NetRisk 2.0 both easy to learn and master.

Seve Ponce de Leon

Seve Ponce de Leon manages the design and development of NetPoint. He focuses on quality assurance and quality control, where he conducts software testing, technical documentation, and customer support. He has been a member of the NetPoint development team since 2008, and this will be his sixth time presenting at the NetPoint & GPM Conference. Seve earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sergio Ponce de Leon

Sergio Ponce de Leon manages the design and development of NetPoint, where he focuses on feature prioritization and the user interface/user experience. He has been a member of the NetPoint development team since 2008. Sergio holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, where he is also pursuing an M.S. in Human-computer Interaction and applied data science.

NetPoint Training

Tim Mather PMP, CCMP, LPEC | PMA Technologies

Attend this comprehensive overview of NetPoint’s latest version to learn basic concepts, new features, and important tips necessary to understand the unique aspects of the application. Tim Mather will cover reporting, resource leveling, printing (set-up, tiling, etc.), and milestones vs benchmarks (start v. finish). This training class is a perfect chance to get any of your NetPoint questions answered.

Tim Mather

As CTO of PMA Technologies Tim Mather provides leadership in 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.