At the 5th annual PPI Symposium, speakers will once again convene in San Francisco to discuss and explore Project Production Management (PPM) principles and applications. This year includes presentations on the underlying technical framework, concepts and actual application through case examples of why Project Production Management is the missing element in the delivery of complex projects and how owners are deploying PPM to address project cost and schedule challenges.

Key themes will focus on how emerging technologies such as IoT sensors, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning will be used to propel the implementation of the PPM framework. Our keynote discussion will be led by Sanjay Jha PhD, in addition to plenary talks by Ben Amaba of IBM and Sheker Natarajan of Cloudleaf.


This year’s Symposium will consist of two tracks:
Track 1 – Introduction to PPM and Track 2 – Production System Optimization.

Track 1 – Introduction to Project Production Management
This track introduces the PPM technical framework through various exercises and presentations of case examples by owners currently deploying PPM in support of their capital programs. Presenters include representatives from Chevron, Hess and Microsoft, as well Ram Shenoy PhD of PPI and James Choo PhD of Strategic Project Solutions. Participants will gain understanding of the underlying PPM technical framework, as well as how others in the industry benefit from its application to enable better project performance.

Track 2 – Production System Optimization
This track explores the Project as Production System construct, including the theoretical underpinning and how various tools are used to define, design and optimize project production systems. Speakers include Mark Spearman PhD of PPI, Ed Pound of Strategic Project Solutions, Phil Kaminsky PhD of U.C. Berkeley and Jan Koeleman of McKinsey & Company. Participants will gain an understanding of the use of process flow diagrams, the application of analytical and discrete event simulation models as well as how IoT sensors, AI and ML will enable even more advanced production system design and optimization.

Who should attend

Executives, operations managers, project directors / managers, functional managers and others responsible for the delivery of complex and critical capital projects.

Announced Speakers

Ben Amaba, PhD, P.E.

Dr. Ben Amaba is IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer for the Industrial Sector – North America for the IBM Watson and Cloud Division. He is responsible for industrial manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics solutions. He holds a copyright for Process...

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H.J. James Choo, PhD

James is Chief Technical Officer of Strategic Project Solutions, Inc. and has been leading research and development of SPS knowledge, processes, and systems to support implementation of SPS offerings since 2001. Since joining SPS, James has worked with...

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James Craig, P.E.

James (Jim) Craig is the Manager of Consulting Services Interface at Chevron Corporation's Project Resources Company (PRC) in Houston, TX. He is responsible for providing functional expertise and support to projects and deploying Chevron Project...

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Craig Evans

Craig Evans is the Project Production Performance Manager at Chevron Project Resources Company (PRC) currently deployed to the Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Maintenance Project in Kazakhstan. Evans has spent 28 years in Chevron’s capital projects...

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Gary Fischer

Gary Fischer is the Special Projects Manager at Chevron Project Resources Company. Fischer has spent 30 years in Chevron’s capital projects organization and has held a variety of executive roles. Mr. Fischer is responsible for Chevron’s...

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Martin Fischer, PhD

Martin Fischer is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and (by Courtesy) Computer Science at Stanford University. He is also the Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for...

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Sanjay Jha

Sanjay Jha is a leader in the semiconductor and telecommunications industry. He is the former CEO of Global Foundries Inc., a privately held company with headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. Global Foundries is the second largest semiconductor foundry...

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Phil Kaminsky, PhD

Phil Kaminsky received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 1989, and his MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University in 1997. Before graduate school, he worked in production engineering...

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Jan Koeleman

Jan Koeleman is a partner at McKinsey and Company, Amsterdam. He brings extensive experience in improving capital productivity and capital investments, particularly in the energy and materials sectors. His experience includes working with an Asian...

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David McKay

David “Dave” McKay is Vice President, Well Factory Execution– Bakken, for Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. In this role, McKay applies lean philosophy to...

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Shekar Natarajan

Shekar Natarajan is the Chief Operating Officer of Cloudleaf. Cloudleaf is on CNBC's top 100 start-up companies to watch in 2018. One of the foremost thought leaders in supply chain management, Shekar has held leadership roles with major corporations...

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Matt Parsons

Matt Parsons is a Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he specializes in the Energy and Operations practice areas, particularly in large capital project management. Over the course of his consulting career, he has...

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Ed Pound

Ed Pound joined Strategic Project Solutions (SPS) in 2018 as Director, Production System Optimization He has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, having worked in general management, operations, purchasing, and product development. With a...

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Ram Shenoy, PhD

Ram is a senior executive with 24 years of experience in the global oil & gas industry, primarily in technology management. In his role as Chief Technology Officer of ConocoPhillips between 2012-2015, he led an internal effort to pursue understanding...

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Mark L. Spearman, PhD

Mark joined Strategic Project Solutions (SPS) in 2018 as Director, Technical Solutions. He is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Factory Physics, Inc. a firm that is now part of SPS and provides management consulting, training, and...

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Jennifer Weitzel

In the role of General Manager of the Global Data Center Program at Microsoft, Jennifer Weitzel is responsible for the global expansion of the organization's Cloud Infrastructure Program. Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent 7 years at Digital Realty...

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