10th Annual Symposium

09 November 2023
Houston, TX

We are at a critical junction. The rapid pace of digital transformation and energy transition results in an unprecedented amount of capital investment globally. Against a backdrop of labor shortages and supply chain disruption, projects continue to cost more and take longer – ultimately impacting business performance. This Symposium brings together leading-edge thinkers and practitioners from industry and academia to tackle these challenges and focus on how to solve the gap in the current approach.

PPI’s Tenth Annual Symposium brought together industry experts, academics and thought leaders to establish this unifying framework and maximize value by working on an integrated solution for this new Era of project delivery. In addition, attendees learned how to effectively implement and benefit from the digitalization and industrialization of construction.

 


 

Technical Achievement Award

PPI presented the 2023 Technical Achievement Award to M Al-Azahary A Sani, PMP during the 10th Annual Symposium. Al-Azahary is Senior Manager of Project Innovations at PETRONAS. He is currently leading a team to drive transformation in capital projects under PETRONAS NervCentre, Project Delivery & Technology. He has 19 years of experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. He began his career as Field Engineer in gas processing plant operations and maintenance, before assuming a Project Manager role overseeing various plant change and rejuvenation projects. He is currently spearheading Project Production Management (PPM) implementation within the PETRONAS project portfolio, and also playing a key role to shape the Malaysian oil & gas industry’s adoption of innovative solutions for improved project delivery performance. Learn more.

 


 

Presentations


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Todd R. Zabelle Project Production Institute

Todd R. Zabelle

Project Production Institute

Todd is the Founder and President of Strategic Project Solutions, Inc (SPS). Zabelle has more than thirty years of experience in the delivery of complex and critical capital projects ranging in size from $500K to $55 billion. He is the Founder & CEO of Strategic Project Solutions, Inc. is the Founder & CEO of Pacific Contracting, a founder and equity partner in the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) (prior to making it a not for profit), and founder of the Project Production Institute (PPI). He is also a Forbes Featured Author.

Prior to founding SPS, Todd founded Pacific Contracting. Established in 1993, Pacific Contracting was recognized in the mid 90’s for its use of various innovations including Lean Construction and Virtual Design & Construction. In July 1998, these efforts were acknowledged in the UK Government’s Re-Thinking Construction report. Over the past two decades, Todd has authored numerous papers on the topic of optimizing engineering, fabrication and construction. These papers have been published various in technical journals, presented at numerous conferences around the world and cited by several other authors.

Opening remarks as participants gather at the 10th Symposium to shape the construction industry’s future.


Battling the Enemy of Predictable Projects

Gary Fischer, PE Project Production Institute

Gary Fischer, PE

Project Production Institute

Gary Fischer is the Executive Director of the Project Production Institute (PPI) and Chair of the PPI Energy Working Group.  He has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of capital project development and execution across downstream, chemicals and upstream in Chevron.  As GM of Chevron’s Project Resources Company, he was responsible for Chevron’s project management system, a supporting team of subject matter experts, an early concept development group, and Chevron’s decision analysis function.  Before retiring he took a special assignment to deploy Project Production Management and digital transformation across Chevron’s global portfolio of capital projects.  Gary’s prior experience includes project leadership roles in engineering, construction, and project management spanning across all segments and many locations. He also served as the upstream director of capital projects for Eurasia, Europe, and a gas to liquids venture with Sasol.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

This presentation focuses on advancing project predictability in construction through production control, demonstrating how operational science effectively manages project variability.


What’s Going to Happen on My Project?

Roberto J. Arbulu Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.

Roberto J. Arbulu

Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.

Roberto Arbulu is Senior Vice President of Technical Services for Strategic Project Solutions. He has more than twenty years of experience in the delivery and optimization of energy, industrial, technology, and infrastructure capital projects and has worked with numerous owner operators and service providers across North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. He is the author of technical publications in journals and conference proceedings that focus on project production system optimization, control, and project supply chains including the application of methods such as Project Production Management and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC). For many years, Roberto has participated as a VDC instructor and technical advisor at Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering. He is a member of the Gulf Downstream Association (GDA)’s Project Management Technical Committee and also supports Project Production Institute (PPI) as an Instructor for professional certification programs. Roberto earned a Civil Engineering Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He has a Master of Engineering Degree in Construction Engineering & Management and a Certificate in Management of Technology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Chet Carlson Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.

Chet Carlson

Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.

As Production System Lead Analyst, Chet is responsible for leading Production System Analysis and Optimization including efforts to map, model, simulate, analyze, and optimize permanent and temporary production systems. Since Chet joined SPS in 2018, he has worked directly with numerous organizations including, but not limited to, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Petronas, Tengizchevroil and Tripatra. He works with these corporations to identify and quantify opportunities to improve project performance including schedule compression, cost reduction and use of cash. Chet brings extensive experience in educating and training others in the optimization of production systems using SPS enabling systems. Furthermore, and in addition to his experience in Production System Analysis and Optimization, Chet has also supported the deployment and use of Project Production Control for construction projects such as Fuel Terminals in Indonesia. Prior to joining SPS, Chet worked for a glazing contractor as an Industrial Engineer, where he was responsible for identifying and running improvement efforts for the company’s manufacturing processes. Chet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California.

Uncover the critical challenges in project management addressed by Roberto J. Arbulu and Chet Carlson in a recent presentation. Gain valuable insights into mitigating delays, cost overruns, and inefficiencies through a focus on production management. Discover proven strategies employed by industry leaders for ensuring predictability.


Reframing the Project Management Mindset through PPM

Sara Passone

BP

Sara Passone is Turnaround Manager for BP Americas. Before that, she was a Delivery Manager at BP responsible for the delivery of engineering, construction and Hook Up and Commissioning of Cassia C platform in Trinidad and Tobago.  and completion of Brownfield work on Cassia Hub. Over the past 15+ years with BP, Sara has worked in capital project delivery and led multi-disciplinary project lifecycle execution from FEED up to STARTUP by developing and implementing operating strategies, optimizing business processes, and leveraging technology solutions in Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Trinidad & Tobago.

She is a Post Doctorate Fellow in Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK.

Unlock new perspectives on project management with Sara Passone’s presentation at the PPI Symposium. Delve into the transformative journey of reframing project management as project production. Explore insights on managing uncertainty, embracing complexity, and enhancing predictability.


Panel – What’s Going to Happen on My Project?

Gary Fischer, PE Project Production Institute

Gary Fischer, PE

Project Production Institute

Gary Fischer is the Executive Director of the Project Production Institute (PPI) and Chair of the PPI Energy Working Group.  He has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of capital project development and execution across downstream, chemicals and upstream in Chevron.  As GM of Chevron’s Project Resources Company, he was responsible for Chevron’s project management system, a supporting team of subject matter experts, an early concept development group, and Chevron’s decision analysis function.  Before retiring he took a special assignment to deploy Project Production Management and digital transformation across Chevron’s global portfolio of capital projects.  Gary’s prior experience includes project leadership roles in engineering, construction, and project management spanning across all segments and many locations. He also served as the upstream director of capital projects for Eurasia, Europe, and a gas to liquids venture with Sasol.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Bill Van Sweringen ExxonMobil (Ret.)

Bill Van Sweringen

ExxonMobil (Ret.)

Bill Van Sweringen is the former Digital Strategy Advisor for ExxonMobil Global Projects Company, where he was responsible for investigating new technologies, both digital and non-digital, to execute oil and gas capital projects safer, faster and more efficiently. He spent 15+ years at ExxonMobil in various project management and global technology roles. He received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and his MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

Sara Passone

BP

Sara Passone is Turnaround Manager for BP Americas. Before that, she was a Delivery Manager at BP responsible for the delivery of engineering, construction and Hook Up and Commissioning of Cassia C platform in Trinidad and Tobago.  and completion of Brownfield work on Cassia Hub. Over the past 15+ years with BP, Sara has worked in capital project delivery and led multi-disciplinary project lifecycle execution from FEED up to STARTUP by developing and implementing operating strategies, optimizing business processes, and leveraging technology solutions in Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Trinidad & Tobago.

She is a Post Doctorate Fellow in Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK.

M Al-Azahary B A Sani

Petronas

Al-Azahary is currently leading a team to drive transformation in PETRONAS Group Project Delivery. He has seventeen years of working experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. He was involved in plant operations and maintenance before assuming a Project Manager role overseeing various plant change and rejuvenation projects. He is currently spearheading Project Production Management (PPM) implementation within PETRONAS projects, and also playing the role to shape Malaysia's Oil & Gas industry players to adopt the methodology for improved project delivery performance. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master's degree in Process Plant Management from University of Technology Malaysia.

Immerse yourself in the forefront of oil and gas innovation with insights from industry leaders Bill Van Sweringen, Sara Passone and M Al-Azahary B A Sani. Explore how Project Production Management (PPM) is revolutionizing capital projects, elevating safety, speed, and efficiency in the oil and gas sector.


Understanding Supply Chains: How Suppliers Operate – Part 1

Bob Snyder Binsky & Snyder

Bob Snyder

Binsky & Snyder

As a fourth-generation owner, Bob Snyder has worked and been involved in the mechanical contracting industry since his youth. Bob's experience spans all aspects of the business including Sales and Estimating, Project Controls and Management, Engineering and Drafting, Purchasing, Information Technology, and Financial Management. In addition to office and management experience, Bob worked in tool and fabrication shops, spent time on the road in a service van working in the field with service technicians and developed hands-on skills on projects working with the plumber and pipefitter craftsmen. As a graduate engineer, Bob has strong technical and design aptitude and has a vast understanding of both conceptual and technical aspects of mechanical systems. He also has a great level of experience in information technology and has been involved in designing the project control systems used at Binsky. Bob has devoted significant time to the Mechanical Contracting Association of New Jersey and Industry Council, currently sits on the Board of Directors, and holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, Bob has served as a Trustee on Plumbers Local 24 and currently on Pipefitters Local 475.

Wayne Crabtree Chevron (Ret.)

Wayne Crabtree

Chevron (Ret.)

Wayne Crabtree recently retired from Chevron, where he was the CI Advisor of the Chevron Project Management System (CPMS) for Chevron PRC. He was responsible for CPMS Knowledge Management; CPMS Continuous Learning System; and the development and application of continuous improvement methodologies on Major Capital Projects.

He has over 30 years of experience in project management and organizational development within the industrial and manufacturing business sector. For the first half of his career Crabtree owned and operated businesses that specialized in civil/structural construction and environmental remediation. During this time he was engaged in the successive waves of Total Quality Management, Value Engineering, Continuous Improvement, ISO 9001, Team Empowerment, and Lean Sigma. These methodologies were applied to his own businesses and helped shape his own understanding of how they may be applied within wider corporate settings. Crabtree is currently focused on the integration of the theory and principles of Project Production Management into the Chevron Project Delivery Model. This effort is in support of Chevron’s increased interest to be more in control of the design and execution of work on their Major Capital Projects. Crabtree is a Chevron Certified Lean Sigma Black Belt and maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Six Sigma.

Discover the innovative journey of mature companies navigating change for sustained success. Join Wayne Crabtree and Bob Snyder in exploring groundbreaking approaches to production system optimization. Gain insights into transforming traditional practices and building resilience in the construction industry.


Presentation of PPI Technical Achievement Award


Keynote

Alex Kershaw Resident Historian, Friends of the National WWII Memorial

Alex Kershaw

Resident Historian, Friends of the National WWII Memorial

Alex Kershaw is the author of numerous books on World War II, including the New York Times best-sellers The Bedford BoysThe Longest Winter, Avenue of Spies, and his latest book Against All Odds, the untold story of four of the most decorated soldiers of World War II. His 2012 book, The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau, was made into a drama series aired by Netflix in 2020. Kershaw’s book, The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, published in 2019, was a national best-seller. A graduate of University College, Oxford, England, Kershaw’s journalism has appeared in many magazines and newspapers since 1990, and he has also worked as a screenwriter and in television, penning an award-winning 2004 documentary on Bobby Kennedy. He is an honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. Since 2012, Kershaw has led many battlefield tours of Europe and he will be leading tours for the Friends of the National World War II Memorial to Italy in October 2023 and to London, Normandy, and Paris in 2024. Kershaw serves as Resident Historian of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial.

Embark on a riveting journey through Alex Kershaw’s presentation, exploring World War II leadership, Felix Sparks’ extraordinary role in liberating Dachau, and profound lessons in resilience and decision-making. Gain insights into historical moments, emotional self-control, and transformative impacts. Witness an extraordinary leadership moment in a historic film, inviting reflection on defining moments in true leadership.


Optimizing Deployment Projects

Alex Kunz, PE A.G. KUNZ

Alex Kunz, PE

A.G. KUNZ

Alex is the principal at A.G. KUNZ, a company focused on systematizing the construction industry through an integrated approach to design and construction. The company helps owners deliver complex construction projects around the world through its technical design integration, production engineering, and software development services. The company is particularly focused on the global datacenter industry and driving accelerated project delivery through model-based design, analytics, and project production management. Prior to starting A.G. KUNZ, Alex led the services group at Gehry Technologies, an award-winning consulting and software development company that brought together architects, engineers, builders and computer scientists to help deliver many cultural, hospitality, and civic projects of note around the world, with a focus on construction precision and cost predictability. Prior to that, Alex was a technical engineer and consultant for Strategic Project Solutions, serving projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5, the retrofit to London’s St. Pancras rail station (CTRL), and industrial and energy facilities. Alex is a professional engineer in the state of Colorado and received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Explore the revolution in construction design and efficiency discussed at the recent presentation event. Join Alex Kunz as he unveils a groundbreaking approach to data-driven, modular design, reducing construction timelines and enhancing adaptability.


Explorations in Application of PPM – Digital Infrastructure

Brian Green EdgeConneX

Brian Green

EdgeConneX

Brian is the Executive Vice President of Operations, Engineering & Project Management at EdgeConneX. He is responsible for the design, build, and operations of all of EdgeConneX global data centers (370MW and growing rapidly). Before joining EdgeConneX, Brian was responsible for the engineering and operations for all of Visa’s owned data centers and leased co-location facilities, including driving and implementing global data center standards and operations, providing 100% availability of data center critical infrastructure 7x24x365. During his tenure at Visa, Brian was also responsible for successfully leading major retrofit projects, including multi-megawatt UPS capacity upgrades, excavation projects, and new deployments in production environments without impact. He led the team in receiving multiple perfect scores while achieving Uptime M&O Certification for all enterprise-owned facilities. Under Brian’s leadership, the Visa Data Center and Engineering team was nominated for the 2022 Data Center Dynamics Most Innovative DC design award for their modular data center deployment as part of their overall retrofit strategy. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and his Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Embark on a transformative exploration of project delivery optimization in the construction industry through Brian Green’s engaging presentation. Gain insights into tackling key challenges and implementing effective strategies for success in project management.


Explorations in Application of PPM – Energy & Industrial

M Al-Azahary B A Sani

Petronas

Al-Azahary is currently leading a team to drive transformation in PETRONAS Group Project Delivery. He has seventeen years of working experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. He was involved in plant operations and maintenance before assuming a Project Manager role overseeing various plant change and rejuvenation projects. He is currently spearheading Project Production Management (PPM) implementation within PETRONAS projects, and also playing the role to shape Malaysia's Oil & Gas industry players to adopt the methodology for improved project delivery performance. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master's degree in Process Plant Management from University of Technology Malaysia.

Usaid Bin Khaliq

Petronas

Usaid is currently a Manager at Construction Based Engineering (CBE) division of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS). He has 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry specialized in project execution and intervention at all phases including conceptual engineering, basic engineering, detailed engineering, construction & commissioning. He started his career in oil and gas at WorleyParsons before joining PETRONAS in 2014. Currently, he is leading the portfolio of Project Production Management (PPM) & Advance Work Packaging (AWP) deployment in PETRONAS capital projects.

Nugra Kasih Tripatra

Nugra Kasih

Tripatra

Nugra is the Project Production Management Coordinator for PT. Tripatra Engineers & Constructors, where is responsible for deploying PPM methods and principles on projects. He has experience implementing lean principles on various industrial projects. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Indonesia.

John David Sitorus

Tripatra

John is Head of the Project Management Department (Oil Gas, Midstream (Petrochemical) & Downstream) for PT. Tripatra Engineers & Constructors. He has over 30 years of experience in global project delivery in oil, gas and the renewable energy sector. He has a bachelor’s of science in Industrial Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia and a management degree from Robert Gordon University in the UK.

Embark on the transformative journey of Project Production Management, exploring its impact on project delivery and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Meanwhile, discover how Tripatra, embraces Total Project Management for efficient and sustainable operations across oil, gas, and minerals projects.


TAMU Certificate Program Details / Wrap-up

Ivan Damnjanovic, PhD Texas A&M University

Ivan Damnjanovic, PhD

Texas A&M University

Ivan D. Damnjanovic is Professor and the Director of Engineering Project Management program at Texas A&M University. Dr. Damnjanovic specializes in qualitative and quantitative methods for management of engineering and project risks as well as management of infrastructure and transportation systems. He has an extensive experience in engineering risk and safety analysis applied to projects from different industry segments including transportation, oil&gas, and technology development.

Gary Fischer, PE Project Production Institute

Gary Fischer, PE

Project Production Institute

Gary Fischer is the Executive Director of the Project Production Institute (PPI) and Chair of the PPI Energy Working Group.  He has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of capital project development and execution across downstream, chemicals and upstream in Chevron.  As GM of Chevron’s Project Resources Company, he was responsible for Chevron’s project management system, a supporting team of subject matter experts, an early concept development group, and Chevron’s decision analysis function.  Before retiring he took a special assignment to deploy Project Production Management and digital transformation across Chevron’s global portfolio of capital projects.  Gary’s prior experience includes project leadership roles in engineering, construction, and project management spanning across all segments and many locations. He also served as the upstream director of capital projects for Eurasia, Europe, and a gas to liquids venture with Sasol.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Explore Texas A&M’s collaboration with the Project Production Institute in revolutionizing engineering project management. Discover their cutting-edge Project Production Management (PPM) approach, designed to empower future project managers with real-world skills.