Welcome & Opening Remarks

Todd R. Zabelle

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

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 / Chet Carlson

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

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 / Bill Van Sweringen / Sara Passone / M Al-Azahary B A Sani

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 / Wayne Crabtree

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.


Alex Kershaw

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

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

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 / Usaid Bin Khaliq / Nugra Kasih / John David Sitorus

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

Ivan Damnjanovic, PhD / Gary Fischer, PE

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.

Bifurcation of Demand and Supply (Schedules vs. Production Systems)

Roberto J. Arbulu / Todd R. Zabelle

Current project management practice focuses primarily on what to build, when to build and who will do the work. Schedules depicting what work needs to be done by who, and when it needs to be done, establish overall expectations and are used as the basis for reporting and forecasting of project progress. Ignoring the other element of the equation, the supply side, specifically the project production system or how the work will be done, results in the inability to effectively predict and control project outcomes.

Benefits of Modeling and Optimizing Production Systems – An Application on Civil Infrastructure Projects

Garrett Bryan / Shubhraneel Mitra / Stanislav Gaponenko / Chet Carlson

Civil infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, and airports, are critical endeavors for the growth and modernization of societies. Their public nature creates a unique level of exposure and scrutiny where project performance is in the eye of society. But unfortunately, the delivery of civil infrastructure projects suffers from less-than-optimal performance with abundant and striking evidence of schedule and cost overruns, while health, safety, environmental, and quality standards are being compromised.

Project Production Control Implementation to Improve Construction Schedules

M Hakim Mat Tasir / Hamidah Makmor Bakry / Erwan Shahfizad Hasidan / Muhammad Hafiz Izhar

Every key performance indicator used to monitor a project’s construction progress emphasizes trade productivity or specific commodity run-down curves. Examples include productivity of welding by quantity of joints completed per day, quantity of NDT (Non-Destructive Test) inspection per day, etc.

RPA for Estimating ER Releases

Sulaiman Alabdulkarim / Josue Garcia, CCP, CEP, ACCE

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a rapidly evolving technology that has been widely adopted in various industries for its ability to automate repetitive and rule-based tasks. In this paper, we present a case study of RPA implementation for Estimating Services within Saudi Aramco.

Lean Demystified: Operations Science Explains and Expands Lean

Mark L. Spearman, PhD

Using the basic principles of Operations Science, this paper seeks to reveal the secret, one that is hidden in plane sight, of the success of Lean. The list of seven, eight or even ten forms of waste are replaced by one malefactor, variability and the three buffers that will always be present to couple demand with transformation.

Lean Methods in Nuclear Power

Tony Roulstone / Simon Murray

The future of nuclear power lies in finding ways of designing and building power stations that are faster, cheaper and more predictable than the present arrangements. We need smarter competitions between suppliers that will encourage them to develop standard designs made up of modular components that are delivered using modern production systems.

Misconception of Kanban in Project Delivery due to Schedule-based Thinking

H.J. James Choo, PhD

Kanban, a subsystem within the Toyota Production System, was popularized throughout the world alongside just-in-time (JIT), fool-proofing, heijunka, kaizen, andon, hoshin kanri, etc., as part of Lean Manufacturing approaches and techniques. Kanban’s simplicity, effectiveness, and robustness are well-understood by many.

Product, Process, Resource – an Integrated Modeling Approach for Production Engineering and Industrialized Construction

Hannah Walsh / Alex Kunz, PE

The concurrent development of product designs and process designs, typically to achieve a balance of customer requirements, product functionality, and predictable buildability, is one effective technique in the pursuit of industrialized construction. Too many customer requirements and functions, and the product becomes difficult and unpredictable to deliver. Too much focus on cost & manufacturability and the product falls short of customer expectations.

Simulation Preemption of Construction Operations

Photios Ioannou / Veerasak Likhitruangsilp

Construction simulation models often need to interrupt activities in progress when events such as equipment breakdowns or differing soil conditions are encountered. The new functions and statements to support activity preemption directly in the STROBOSCOPE simulation system are described and illustrated by two examples.

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