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ACostE North West Region presents: Decommissioning A Ship During Covid Mark W discusses the impact of the Covid epidemic on decommissioning a nuclear cargo ship. The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted the Ship Recycling Regulation and as of 31 December 2018, EU-flagged commercial vessels above 500 Gross Tonnage must be recycled in safe and environmentally sound ship recycling facilities that are included on the European List of approved ship recycling facilities. The presentation will detail the process and the challenges faced with carryout the preparation of the MV Oceanic Pintail to be ready to be towed to an approved recycling facility, whilst doing this during the pandemic. Mark Weaver, PM. at Nuclear Transport Solutions Working in the Nuclear sector since 2002, most of this time has been working in nuclear transports in Project Controls and Project Management roles covering nuclear transports by sea, new ship building and ship decommissioning. 13/10/2021 EVM Analysis
Zen and the Art of Estimator Maintenance – how to train someone to become a quality estimator With a nod to Robert Pirsig’s seminal book on the philosophy of quality and problem solving, the talk will look at the difficult process of training estimators, especially given the changing nature of data, engineering information and constructability. Estimating roles typically need a knowledge and appreciation of a disperse range of subjects, whilst the output is more of philosophical belief than an actual determination. To be successful, bespoke programmes and standards are needed to match corporate requirements, whilst recognising an individual’s own training need, and respecting that the subject has little understanding outside of the profession. Christopher Marsh has a 40 year career in estimating and commercial management, working within infrastructure, property development and the energy industries. Since shifting semi-retirement, Christopher now works with organisations to improve their estimating processes, including contributing to industry working groups and publications, including the IPA’s Cost Estimating Guidance. 20/09/2021 EVM Analysis
ACostE – ECIC - Presents – ‘Alignment of Contingency Definition, Related Concepts and Estimate Methodology` In an increasingly competitive market with resources restrictions becomes crucial that projects respect expected deadline and budget. In this context, project contingency is important to allow the project manager to keep the project progress within the planned cost and schedule. The presentation will show the definition of contingency and related concepts, like allowance and management reserve. Also, it will discuss the calculation methods. Helber Macedo - Professional from the Energy industry who has been working on major projects since 2007. In the last few years, he has been engaged in projects of around US$ 20 bi per year in South America. He is now in the final year of my master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Environmental at Cardiff University. Mr Macedo has been developing solutions for projects as methodologies and procedures for planning analysis, benchmarking, and cost estimates. Helber is experienced in Power BI, Matlab, Primavera P6, @risk, MS-Project, Excel, Think-cell, and SAP ERP (modules CO, PS, and MM). 09/08/2021 EVM Analysis
Artificial Intelligence   - Myth, Magic or Mayhem People of a certain age will remember the excitement of computing entering the lives of the general population. The progression of computing capability has be fast paced. For some this has been very exciting, for others very frightening. The pinnacle of our computing development will be the creation of a self-aware entity that can learn, adapt and explore ideas beyond its original programming and one measure of this was the Turing Test developed by Alan Turing in 1950 and it still considered as a reasonable method of evaluation AI in certain circumstances. In this (slightly) tongue in cheek presentation we will explore the current offering of AI in many walks of life to see if we are really in a position to justify our use of AI in many of the common situations we come across in our professional life. Andrew trained as a mechanical engineer, undertaking an apprenticeship with a company that designed and manufactured special purpose machine tools.  It was during his apprenticeship that he was introduced to computers and computer numerically controlled machines (CNC Milling, Turning and Sheetmetal). Andrew has since worked for many organisations in the development and sales of complex software solutions, especially focused on estimating and project controls. Currently Andrew works for ARES software, selling and overseeing the deployment of the PRISM suite of project controls solutions.  He is a visiting fellow at Cranfield University and a visiting Professor at the University of Bath. Andrew is also the current Communications Director of the Association of Cost Engineers. 30/07/2021 EVM Analysis
ACostE – Estimating and Cost intelligence Community Presents – ‘Practical Application of Benchmarking` Practical application of benchmarking is often a misunderstood process as benchmarking can be used to achieve many outcomes such as estimate generation, estimate verification or efficiency identification. In this webinar we will walkthrough a hypothetical case study using publicly available data to produce benchmarks in line with the IPA Best Practice in Benchmarking and how we can sue these for assurance and efficiency purposes. David Jones has over twenty experience in engineering and estimating in various sectors. He has recently stood up the Estimating and Cost Intelligence Community of Practice (ECIC) with other industry experts. ECIC seeks to share best and leading practice to raise the profile of the profession and help shape the future of the profession. 08/07/2021 EVM Analysis
Making the case for a fully integrated project controls solution & enterprise control software Background: Annually Logikal conducts an industry survey, to uncover exciting industry trends and developments whilst tangibly demonstrating the importance of effective planning, project controls & digital engineering techniques for successful project delivery. The findings of this survey will form the foundation for the topics discussed during this 30 minute webinar. Overview: Worldwide, capital project and infrastructure spending is expected to total more than $9 trillion by 2025, up from $4 trillion in 2021. Currently only 34% of projects are reporting that they meet all or most time, cost & quality objectives2. Based on our annual survey findings, project controls is a key driver, for ensuring project success. Unsurprisingly projects that adopt a more mature approach to project controls experience higher rates of success. Maturity relates to have the right people, processes and systems in place, at the right time. As project controls professionals how do we shift perceptions that our role is simply a reporting function and start making the case for mature solutions. Throughout this webinar we will make the case based on key survey findings and tangible benefits. Benefits will investigate firstly the role people and processes play, followed by the adoption of enterprise controls systems. Overall members can expect to raise their awareness of the important of project controls backed up by industry survey results and the role, people, processes and systems play in successful project delivery. Reference 1 – Capital project and infrastructure spending outlook to 2025: https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/capital-projects-infrastructure/publications/cpi-outlook/assets/cpi-outlook-to-2025.pdf 2 – LogiKal project controls survey results 2019: https://logikalprojects.com/insights/2020-project-controls-survey-report/ Dale Healy - Dale is a highly experienced professional engineer (P.Eng.) and project management professional (PMP), with global experience on some of the largest and most complex capital major projects. He is currently working as a managing consultant for LogiKal, overseeing a team responsible for delivering their award-winning project controls services. Dale’s passion for project controls developed within the Oil & Gas (O&G) sector, where he spent a significant portion of his career. Since moving to the UK he has continued his professional career, in project controls, now offering managed services to clients on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project. 25/06/2021 EVM Analysis
Project Scoping Think before you Act – the Importance of Project Requirements, Options Analysis and Scope Definition. It is well understood that achieving project success and ensuring the desired objective are met requires effective management and control. The necessary areas of focus are often associated with plans, schedules, resources, budgets, people and stakeholders. In this webinar, a number of other topics are presented that do not always receive the attention they deserve. These include the importance of properly understanding requirements, analysing the options, selecting the best solution and defining the scope of work. All of them have one thought in common, they require a great deal and thought and effort, which must take place before the project execution stage. Shane Forth - A Fellow of both APM and ACostE, Shane is a recognised expert in project controls, with 40 years engineering and construction experience for leading global businesses. His last two roles (up to 2019) were 5-years as PMO Director for Costain and 5-years as Project Controls Head of Function at AMEC. In 2019 Shane established GO FORTH, to provide consultancy services to industry, education, academia, to help them develop the skills of and build the next generation of project management and controls practitioners. In January 2021, GO FORTH became an ECITB ATP (Approved Training Provider). Shane recently co-edited The Practitioner Handbook of Project Controls and continues to sit on professional, technical and academic working groups, speak at UK and international conferences, lecture at universities and work with industry to develop training and career development programmes. 11/06/2021 EVM Analysis
BIM Update and the Digital World in Engineerin Following the success of a talk Philip Isgar gave on BIM a couple of years ago, we have invited him back to give us an update on the Digital World in Engineering, how far BIM has got, and where the digital world in Engineering is going, and how we can use this more effectively in the Cost Engineering and Project Control roles. Philip has invited Andy Boutle who is Head of BIM at Kier Construction and also Engagement Co-Lead at the UK BIM Alliance to give an update on the UK BIM Framework and the ISO 19650 Standards. Philip Isgar of Sunbeam Management solutions - Phil is an Engineer and Project Management professional with extensive experience in the Nuclear waste industry, and has now moved into the optimisation of the Digital Community environment. 02/06/2021 EVM Analysis
Risk Management on Large Topsides Design Projects Explain how I used risk management on two large topsides design projects, and the project risks. Promote my belief that Risk Management is a discipline that belongs in cost engineering Encourage others and discuss application in other industries and process improvement. Note: My paper "Risk Management in Cost Engineering" will be published in the next issue of Project Control Professional and can also be accessed on the following link. https://www.acoste.org.uk/node/120 Peter Astley - Manufacturing engineering in the UK & USA: MSc Cranfield. Then, 29 years in the oil & gas industry from Cost Engineer to Project Services Manager until retirement.  Co-authored Oxford English for Careers- Engineering (OUP). Taught cost engineering short courses and developed an on-line course for Cranfield University. On ACostE Engineering Committee and IMechE Professional Review Committee Forum. 28/05/2021 EVM Analysis
ACostE: Estimating Major Projects at Sellafield Ltd

On only a 6 Sq. km, 24/7 Operating Plant, Project delivery and construction takes place place in parallel with decommissioning, demolition, nuclear material and waste management activities.

The complex interactions between facilities on the site and their physical proximity make it difficult to set boundaries and deliver projects in isolation

Most of the major projects at Sellafield are complex and unique nuclear chemical engineering projects.

John’s talk provides an insight into the challenges of Estimating Major Projects at Sellafield including:

• Optimism Bias & Reference Class Forecasting

• Programme & Project Partners – PPP – Major Project Delivery

• Benchmarking

APOLOGY- Unfortunately the presentation was paused at the beginning pending the start and only re started part way through. We apologies for this but what is there is still worth listening to. We will contact John to gain his agreement to sharing his full presentation materials  and if he agrees find  a way of attaching the full presentation to this recording presently .  In the meantime please enjoy what is there.

John Millington Head of Estimating Sellafield Ltd 28/04/2021 EVM Analysis
The Art of Judgement Judgement is a commonly used technique when estimating.  Even if the estimators are not guessing at numbers, they will be using judgement to check the estimates they are developing.  But judgement is notoriously unreliable.  It might improve with experience but as we shall see this is not always the case. This presentation will show that it is possible to assess a person’s Judgement Accuracy based on a simple test that takes less than ten minutes to complete. After testing over five hundred people from two companies and comparing their test results to the accuracy of their Judgements, the test is shown to be a reliable predictor of a person’s Judgement Accuracy.  The test will classify people as Humble, Bold or Calibrated and will show the effects on judgment accuracy.  It pays to be Calibrated when using judgement, it does not pay to be Bold!  Andy Nolan - Rolls Royce Andy is the Chair of Project Estimating for Rolls-Royce.  Andy’s role is the development and deployment of estimating capability across the business. 10/12/2020 EVM Analysis
Introduction to ICEAA's Software CEBoK ICEAA is been working with the world class software engineering and software estimators from around the world to develop the very first Software Cost Estimating Accreditation for anyone who wants to get certified as a software cost estimator. In this presentation I will go through the Software CEBoK, Certification and my role in the development of this. 

Rajagopal Sanathanan - QinetiQ

 Sanath is a highly capable and internationally recognized Cost Engineer/Cost Estimator specializing in Software Estimating, Software Obsolescence Management, Software Obsolescence Cost Estimating and Parametric Estimating. Sanath is an ISPA (International Society of Parametric Association) certified parametric estimator who worked in various high profile Defence projects in ISS/ISTAR, Air, Maritime and Land domains, providing costing services at all stages of the procurement cycle in setting budgets, historic trends and Independent Cost Estimates assurances for government business cases.

26/11/2020 EVM Analysis
Teaching mechanical engineering students about cost estimates: trials and tribulations Research-led Universities, typically, recruit students with exceptional grades in Mathematics and Physics A-Levels for their undergraduate Engineering programmes. Preparation for these tests, generally, conditions students into a mentality of "finding the correct answer" efficiently, accurately and unambiguously. The direct repercussion of this conditioning is that the students become fundamentally uncomfortable with having to discover, filter and refine messy data, understanding the notion of robustness and dealing with uncertainty; the foundations of good cost estimating. In this webinar, I want to share my experience with various cohorts of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students in two top-10 Universities in UK in challenging their preconceptions about cost estimation and cost engineering and, more fundamentally, the notion that there is a single correct answer to every problem. Aydin Nassehi - University of Bristol

Dr. Aydin Nassehi is the Head of Department and a Reader in manufacturing systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (UK). He is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Production Engineers (CIRP) and the secretary for CIRP UK. He received his PhD in Innovative Manufacturing Technology in 2007 followed by an MSc with distinction in Software engineering. His research interests are in informatics and artificial intelligence in manufacturing.
29/10/2020 EVM Analysis
ACostE Membership – The Benefits The benefits of membership to both individuals and employers, accreditation levels and benefits Christine McLean 29/09/2020 EVM Analysis
Programme Management to maximise DFMA To maximise the benefits of DFMA in both the infrastructure and the utilities sectors, and not just increase the amount of work done off site without achieving significant opportunities and business gains, requires careful planning and a structured approach. At the moment the scramble to DFMA is like the searches in the 19th century for El Dorado, everyone has high hopes but the reward is still elusive. We will first discuss how DFMA interacts with aspects of delivering a large scale programme, and its projects, highlight how the interactions and current models  impact manufacturing   efficiency, and what we can do to remedy that. Plus an understanding some of the issues that can occur by taking the wrong DFMA approach. Paul Taylor - Stantec 24/09/2020 EVM Analysis
Excellent Communication and Leadership Skills What is Leadership? Skills required at different points in your career, leadership scorecard, team diversity, effective communication, understanding emotions, emotional intelligence, how to strengthen your credibility and how to Lead and empower your team through a crisis Christine McLean 22/09/2020 EVM Analysis
Career progression in Project Controls My Career journey, project controls career path, competency assurance, succession planning, qualifications and training, career development

Christine McLean

Michelle Banner

15/09/2020 EVM Analysis
Commercial Awareness Understanding contracts and which ones are actually the riskiest. Understanding cashflow and change control. Christine McLean 08/09/2020 EVM Analysis
How to apply strategic management to your portfolios of projects and programmes Basic principles of strategic management and how to apply this to a portfolio of projects and programmes Shane Forth 01/09/2020 EVM Analysis
How to apply strategic management to your portfolios of projects and programmes Basic principles of strategic management and how to apply this to a portfolio of projects and programmes Shane Forth 25/08/2020 EVM Analysis
Pricing compensation events The first NEC contract was published 27 years ago in 1993, and one of the most significant differences between the NEC contracts and other traditional construction contracts is in the pricing of change, NEC having a single process, the “compensation event”, rather than the traditional three part process of pricing a variation, and the submission of extension of time and loss and expense claims where relevant.  
Kelvin will take delegates through the process of managing compensation events under the NEC3 and NEC4 contracts, including their notification, pricing and assessment, and in doing so will highlight some difficulties and issues that often arise, with some practical guidance on how to prevent, or resolve those issues. 
During the talk, Kelvin will also contrast the NEC approach to the traditional approach of managing change. 
Kelvin Hughes
FFAVE (Emeritus)

Kelvin has over 45 years’ experience in managing major construction contracts  20 years in senior commercial management positions with major contractors 4 years as Senior Lecturer – University of South Wales 22 years as a Contract Consultant

He has been responsible as contracts consultant for advising companies worldwide on procurement, planning/programming/delay analysis, claim and dispute resolution issues based on NEC, JCT, FIDIC, IChemE, and other contracts. 

He has been a leading authority on the NEC contracts since 1995, and has significant experience in drafting NEC contract documents, and dealing with post contract issues. 

He was Secretary and Technical Adviser to the NEC Users’ Group for 10 years, and has written several textbooks on the NEC3 & NEC4 contracts
21/08/2020 EVM Analysis
Baseline Management & Control What is a baseline? What information do we need to create a credible baseline? What is the process? How do you measure against the baseline? This covers both the Planning and Cost aspects of baseline management and control

Michelle Banner

Christine McLean

18/08/2020 EVM Analysis
EVM & Analysis What is Earned Value management? What is needed for effective EVM? What data element do we need for effective EVM? EV Metrics – what are they? What do they mean? Including analysis of EVM

Michelle Banner

Christine McLean

11/08/2020 EVM Analysis
What if scenario Planning What is scenario modelling? Why do we do this? Including worked examples Michelle Banner 04/08/2020 What if scenario
Social Distancing in the work place New Norms: Responsible contractors and suppliers across the UK have been innovative in deploying one way systems, new cleaning regimes, split-shifts, and added supervision to get their workplaces open again.  With coronavirus here for the foreseeable, workplace outbreaks, and the threat of closures and/or future waves on every corporate risk register, the challenge is now shifting from getting your workplace active to keeping them active.  

Proving and maintaining confidence in effective viral controls must be a priority for all businesses.

Local Track & Trace - Recently launched in the UK by software and services provider RapidDBS, simple wearable technology and plug & play IoT sensors are already helping UK contractors to not only comply with government safe working guidelines but also to gain useful insights from site data as they track, audit and manage their labour and plant resources on a local private network.   

Let’s Connect - Alex and James look forward to remotely demonstrating an active site and exploring applications for better project controls. In a world where connecting remotely is the norm, we will explore how you and your teams could become better connected to reliable up to date performance data and visuals.

Consolidate - Many organisations have already begun their digital journey with biometric gate systems now common and other site sensors deployed across construction sites to monitor things like temperature, noise levels, vibration and security.  We will look at how to consolidate your data from these other sources and make it easily available in one place for your delivery teams and board rooms to stay in control.
Alex Jones and James Hunter

Alex Jones - BD Director - RapidDBS

A chartered civil engineer and project manager with 14 years digital construction experience with main contractors and suppliers.  He is passionate about integrating systems and processes to improve collaboration, quality, reduce waste and add value to organizational performance.


James Hunter -  Technical Director- RapidDBS

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in information technology and services across a range of industries from construction to engineering, manufacturing to finance, he is passionate about business improvement through the adoption of innovative technology.
About RapidDBS:  http://www.rapid-dbs.com
30/07/2020 Social Distancing
Risk Management - Risk Awareness What is a risk? Risk Management Principles, Process and application including how Monte Carlo analysis works Christine McLean 28/07/2020 Risk Management
Added value – How PC information can aid informed decision making Why does Project Controls exist? How do we add value? This webinar will explain this. Michelle Banner 23/06/2020
Added Value