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     Current Meetings

             2017-2018

     

Meetings Archived Meetings: 2016-2017

Regular meetings held on second Thursdays, except during summer months, unless otherwise noted.  Everyone is welcome, membership is not required.  

September 14th, 2017 Section Meeting

ProgramIntroduction to the New AACE Online Communities: A Window of Opportunity! with speakers Fernando Villanueva PMP, and Eric Cannon, PSP.

This presentation will help educate the AACE International community on their new Web site.  Both Eric and Fernando will compare the former way of participating in forums and groups to the new interactive version of joining and participation.  In this interactive session, both speakers will show the lists of current online communities and even give examples of what some online communities offer.  They hope to engage and promote this to the members at large.

Speakers:

Fernando Villanueva, PMP, Senior Director, PMA Consultants LLC



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Eric G. Cannon, PSP, Scheduling Director, Moss and Associates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



PMA Consultants, LLC, Orlando, FL, 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations. 
Webinar  attendance also availableEveryone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.  For questions or to register, e-mail meetings@nflaace.org.

ProgramHave You Looked at AACE’s Recommended Practices? with speakers John Philbrick PE, CCP, PMP and John P. Orr, PSP.

 

This program will provide an overview of the AACE Recommended Practices.  At latest count, AACE has 74 Recommended Practice (RP) documents.  Every member of AACE would benefit from being familiar with the RP documents pertaining to their area of specialization.

 

This presentation will show where these documents are located on the AACE Web Site.  We will also provide examples of the vast knowledge to be gained from the study and use of these documents in establishing the proper practice standard for you and your team.  These guidelines also provide a useful basis in supporting your work methods.  We will also provide insight into the development process for Recommended Practices.

 

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John Philbrick, PE, CCP, PMP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John P. Orr, PSP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








 

PMA Consultants, LLC, Orlando, FL, 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations for in-person attendees.  Everyone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.  Both in-person and Webinar attendance are available.  For questions, e-mail meetings@nflaace.org.

Fernando is a Senior Director at PMA Consultants LLC.  He has been with PMA since 1993 and serves as Project Controls Implementation Manager for the Orange County Utilities Water Wastewater Division Capital Improvements Program.  Fernando began his career in cost estimating and scheduling.  His career path has led him to work on highly visible projects around the country and abroad.  He is a long-time North Florida AACE member, and serves on the Section Board as Director-at-Large.  He has also won the CCTS Technical Achievement Award, and the 2016 North Florida AACE Star Award.

Eric works as Scheduling Director for Moss and Associates, a family owned business.  Eric has been with Moss for over two years and runs a team of three in-house schedulers and various outside consultants.  He manages a commercial portfolio of over 1 billion dollars.  Eric started his career 20 years ago as a Scheduling Engineer at Centex Rooney.  His career path has led him to work around the country and work on some highly visible projects.  Eric has been a North Florida Section member for many years, and also serves on the Section Board as Director-at-Large.


ProgramImproving the Update Process: Solutions for a Contentious Industry, with speaker Greg Hall, PSP, Kiewit Engineering (Tentative).

 

PMA Consultants, LLC, Orlando, FL, 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations for in-person attendees.  Everyone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.  For questions, e-mail meetings@nflaace.org.

ProgramHow to Successfully Use Earned Value on Projects with speaker Joseph A. Lucas, PMP, CSM, PE, CCP.

Earned Value Management (EVM) should be an effective technique for managing project performance. Unfortunately, for many project teams use of EVM becomes a time-consuming and frustrating experience with minimal value. This presentation will explain the essential project planning steps needed to successfully utilize earned value on projects. This presentation will briefly review earned value terminology, calculations and key metrics to monitor when using earned value. The best techniques to determine progress for project work packages will also be explained, along with how to use earned value to forecast project costs. The use of Earned Schedule (ES) will also be reviewed, and how ES augments traditional EVM and integrated schedule analysis will be explained. This presentation will show how to put your projects on the right track for successful use of earned value.

SpeakerJoseph A. Lucas, PMP, CSM, PE, CCP.

Joe Lukas has over 30 years of projects experience spanning engineering, manufacturing, construction, cost/schedule controls, estimating, contracting, plus Portfolio, Program and Project Management. His projects experience includes design and construction, information systems, product development and manufacturing. Joe joined AACE in 1992 and served in numerous Section Board positions including President for the Genesee Valley Section. He is a Certified Cost Professional, registered Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional and Certified Scrum Master. Joe has 43 published articles on project management topics, and is a frequent guest speaker for organizations and companies including eleven AACE Annual Meetings.

 

Joe is Vice-President for PMCentersUSA, a PMI Global Registered Education Provider and the 2006 PMI Professional Development Provider of the Year. Joe teaches project management and business analysis courses, plus provides clients consulting services on topics such as scheduling, earned value and risk management.

This will also be our annual
Holiday Dinner Celebration, featuring a gourmet dinner, presentation of the North Florida AACE “You’re a Star” Award, plus other special holiday festivities.  Bring your spouse and guests to take part in the fun and fellowship plus professional education and networking.  

 

Location:  Residence of John and Carole Orr, 1300 Druid Isle Road, Maitland, FL 32757.   

 

Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations for in-person attendees.  Everyone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested. 

Both in-person and Webinar attendance are available.  For questions, e-mail
meetings@nflaace.org.

 

 

ProgramI-4 Ultimate Scheduling Challenges and Project Update, with speakers Vince Gucwa, Rey Diaz and James Ward.


PMA Consultants, Orlando, FL, 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations.   Everyone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.  Questions?  E-mail meetings@nflaace.org.  For more information and to register, see Meeting Notice.  Webinar attendance also available on request.

 

 

 

 

NoteThe May meeting concludes our 2017-2018 program year.  After the summer break, be sure to join us again in September for a new series of quality educational presentations.  Watch this page for upcoming programs for the fall and beyond, and visit our Web site often for the latest Section news and activities.  We welcome your ideas and suggestions on possible topics and speakers.  Please send them to programs@nflaace.org.

 

 

 

 

 

ProgramUsing Your Cost Engineering Skills to Maximize Your Investments, Part 2, with speaker F. Sam Griggs, CCP, FAACE, Cost Engineering Consultant  and Investment Trainer.

SpeakerF. Sam Griggs, CCP, FAACE, Cost Engineering Consultant, Investment Trainer

Sam Griggs, CCP, FAACE is a qualified cost engineer who also has extensive training and experience in the field of financial investments.  He is a long-term member of the AACE Certification Board and the chairman of the Cost Engineering Committee.  In addition, Mr. Griggs has taught certification review workshops for AACE, proctored exams, and reviewed over 50 technical papers.  He has authored several articles for the Certification Corner portion of AACE’s journal.  He contributed to the success of AACE’s certification programs for many years, and has made a significant contribution to ICEC’s current and ongoing accreditation and standardization efforts.  Mr. Griggs was named the 2014 ICEC Distinguished International Fellow Award winner and an AACE international Fellow.  He also won the 2014 North Florida AACE “You’re a Star” Award.  


During his long career, Mr. Griggs has worked for many of the major engineering and construction firms.  This included Brown & Root on power projects, Raytheon Engineering & Construction on nuclear projects, and the Savannah River MOX project to set up their estimating program and later their risk management program.  Recently, he has been working as a Cost Consultant for various municipal utilities.

 

Mr. Griggs is also an active member of several investing groups, and is a very experienced investor who has given many presentations on this topic.  He is a member of The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) which is a non-profit education association that has been successfully aiding "do-it-yourself" investors for over 30 years.  He is a very active member of the AAII Investors Workshop which teaches individual investors the basics and beyond.  In this capacity, he has taught various classes on individual Investments.  In addition, Mr. Griggs is a member of the IBD Investors workshop that holds monthly meetings on trading stock options.  He is also a member of the Better Investing Association which promotes the fundamentals of analyzing stocks and the benefits of belonging to investment clubs.

PMA Consultants, LLC, Orlando, FL, 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations.  Webinar attendance also available upon request.  For questions, e-mail meetings@nflaace.orgEveryone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.

 

Program:  Alexia Nalewaik, FRICS, CCP, CCA, Principal, QS Requin Corporation.  (Topic to be determined.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PMA Consultants, LLC, Orlando, FL, 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations for in-person attendees.  Everyone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.  For questions, e-mail meetings@nflaace.org.

 

 

 

 

ProgramInternational Estimating, Procurement and Construction Costs, with speaker John McConville, CCP, Compass International.

 

 

Mr. McConville will discuss international estimating topics such as field labor rates, construction productivity in different countries, location factors, bulk material and production equipment costs, import duties, inflation, local taxes, unit prices, facility costs, engineering costs and other related subjects.

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PMA Consultants, LLC, Orlando, FL, 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations for in-person attendees.  Everyone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.  For questions, e-mail meetings@nflaace.org.

 

John G McConville CCP has over thirty years of Project Management, Estimating, Value Engineering, Planning, Consulting and Training experience in a wide variety of construction sectors, including: petro-chemicals, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, pipelines and offshore facilities.  John has worked for extensive periods in the UK, USA, Canada, Norway, France, Germany, South Africa and India.


John is the author of nine related cost estimating and procurement reference books that are focused on International Construction Costs and Procurement Practices.  He is a Certified Cost Engineering Professional (CCP) with the (AACE) and has been an AACE member for more than 20 years.  John is considered by many industry authorities to be one of the leading consultants and experts on International EPC Costs and Productivity.

 

Compass International is an Estimating Consulting, Publishing and Training firm employing 10 + Project Managers, Estimators and Research Staff with offices in Celebration, FL. Philadelphia, PA. Easton, MD. and Manchester, UK.

ProgramIntuitive Math and Cost Estimating, with speaker Dr. Saleh A. Mubarak, PhD, Project Management Consultant.

Intuitive Math and Cost Estimating involves building and maintaining the ability to do rough estimates mentally and with simple tools.  This is also important in making a judgment on estimate numbers that were produced by computer systems and having the "gut feeling" to tell if it is in the ball park or not.  This subject is becoming more important these days as we depend more and more on computers.

 

Speaker:  Dr. Saleh A. Mubarak, PhD, Project Management Consultant.


 































Note Location Change for This Meeting OnlyThis meeting will be held at the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) Office, Cape Royal Office Center, 1980 N. Atlantic Avenue, Suite 401, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931.   Webinar-only attendance also available on request.  6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10.00 per person with advance reservations.  Questions?  E-mail meetings@nflaace.orgEveryone is welcomeInvite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.

Independent consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer.  B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering, specialized in Construction Management.  Experience: Over 26 years diversified.  Industrial (14 years): private and public sector, in the U.S. and overseas. Positions occupied include project engineer / manager, cost estimator, planner / scheduler, project controls manager, cost manager, training manager.  Academic (12 years full-time + 8 years part-time): faculty member / professor, head of department. Taught and created many courses; mostly in the general area of construction project management such as project planning, scheduling, and controls; and cost estimating. Conducted research and published / presented many papers. Also, served on numerous committees and performed a variety of community services.

 

Extensive experience in continuing education and professional training around the world. Topics are mainly technical but also include many soft skills seminars.  Numerous presentations in professional conferences such as PMI-College of Scheduling, PMI, AACE International, Primavera Users Conference. Also, a public speaker in many local, regional, and international events.  An authority on project planning, scheduling, and project control; was part of the PMI team that wrote the first Project Scheduling certification exam in 2007.

 

Author of: Construction Project Scheduling and Control (currently 3rd edition); How to Estimate with Means Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction (currently 4th edition); Many articles, technical and other.  An advocate of holistic healthy living and sports, and a featured speaker at the 2016 Space Congress.

John Philbrick is the current Region 3 Director with AACE International.  He is Director with PMA Consultants and has 38 years of experience in project management for major road, airport, infrastructure, architectural, manufacturing/process, theme parks, and water/wastewater projects in southern and eastern United States.  He has significant expertise in project controls, project scheduling, scheduling (development, analysis, training, implementation), cost estimating, cost controls and claims analysis.

John Orr has more than 30 years of construction management and project controls experience, including expert witness reports and impartial assessments of the validity of construction delay.  In the past he has led presentations and training sessions in scheduling and claims avoidance for clients, at AACE Annual Meetings and the North Florida Section of AACE International.

 

Mr. Orr expanded both his horizon and his audience, with two peer-reviewed technical papers published in AACE’s Cost Engineering magazine.  He has been selected as a member of the Technical Board of AACE International, serving as subject-matter expert for Planning and Scheduling.  He is also a CCTS Technical Achievement Award winner, and was recently honored with the 2017 AACE Charles V. Keane Distinguished Service Award.  Mr. Orr’s volunteer service to his professional organization has served to advance the standards of practice within AACE International and to mentor other project controls professionals in their work.

Alexia is AACE International's President-Elect 2017-2018, research chair and past-chair of ICEC, and the owner of QS Requin Corporation. She has 25 years of experience in capital project consulting, with a focus on project performance, risk management, governance, and cost controls.