The Western Winter Workshop is an annual event that began in 1961 and is organized by the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California Sections of AACE International. The Workshop includes a robust technical program with presentations by industry experts on scheduling, cost engineering, project management, risk, claims and BIM.  Over the past nine years, we have included a Capital Management Program track where key decision makers from a variety of public agencies from across the nation discuss their upcoming capital programs, challenges, successes, management philosophies and needs.  


Capital Program

  • Gulshan Ibrahim, Analyst of Google Inc. presenting ‘Google Capital Programs’
  • Thomas Baldwin, Director of Program Management; Marlene Dupras, Director of Project Controls; Devang Dedhia, Manager of Project Controls of Port of Long Beach presenting ‘Port of Long Beach Capital Program, Program Management and Project Controls Initiatives’
  • Brian Boudreau, Senior Executive Officer Program Control of Los Angeles Metro presenting ‘Overcoming Challenges Delivering Los Angeles Metro $160B Mega Program’
  • Geoff Neumayr SE, Chief Development Officerand Julia Katz, Director of Program Controls of San Francisco International Airport presenting ‘SFO CapitalImprovement Programs’

Building Information Modelling

  • Danilo Arba, Senior Partner of Plemme Group presenting ‘(Finally) Unleashing the potential of 4D & 5D BIM with the help of AI’
  • Mark Edwards, Chief Delivery Officer of InEight presenting ‘Drones and the Oroville Dam Spillway: The Future is Clear’
  • Desmond Orsinelli, Senior Construction Engineer of Brown and Caldwell presenting ‘From Street BIM to Sage – the Assemble Bridge’
  • Rahul Shah, Product Manager of PlanGrid presenting ‘New Approaches and Strategies for a Better BIM’
  • Taeck Yim, Southern California Edison presenting ‘The Potential for Drones in Bulk Transmission Project Construction in the Mojave Desert’

Claims and Dispute Resolution

  • Nour Bouhou, Senior Consultant and Roger Nelson, Managing Consultant of Spire Consulting Group presenting ‘Weather Impacts on Construction’
  • Akshaya Iyer, Associate Consultant of Spire Consulting Group presenting ‘Discrete Analysis Method of Quantifying Damages - Challenges & Lessons Learned’
  • George McLaughlin, Principal of McLaughlin & McLaughlin Project and Dispute Consulting LLC and Chris Hanvey, Vice President of Synergen Consulting presenting ‘Troubled Projects – Recognition, Recovery, Resolution’
  • Joseph Siebold, Executive Vice President and Christi Fu, Associate Vice President of Arcadis presenting ‘Who Warrants the Design as Spearin turns 100?!’
  • James Zack, Principal of Ankura presenting ‘Suspend your work “Remain on Standby” Three Key Words’

Cost Control

  • Calvin Gidlof, Chief Estimator of Parsons presenting ‘The Coming Storm – Navigating Capital Project Costs’
  • Neil Opfer, Associate Professor of University of Nevada Las Vegas presenting ‘Where and Why Value Engineering Goes Wrong In The Construction Industry’
  • Dr. Peter Smith, Secretary General of International Cost Engineering Council presenting ‘The Causes of Infrastructure Project Cost Overruns – A Comparative Analysis’
  • Geoffrey Stubson, Chief Financial Officer of Ares Project Management presenting ’ Industry Trends in Project Lifecycle Management’
  • Calvin Nelson, Solutions Consultant, EcoSys of Hexagon PPM presenting ‘Pillars of Project Predictability’

Earned Value

  • Mike Bensussen, Founder & Project Controls Principal of Adept Project Controls presenting ‘Intelligent Project Forecasting Using Earned Value’


  • Phil Baranowski, Director of Major Accounts of HCSS; Jim Wolf, Business Relationship Manager of Simplot; and Kristine Kent, Supervisor-Estimating Gas Engineering and Design of Pacific Gas and Electric presenting ‘Estimate Integration: A Case Study of How an Estimating Solution was Integrated in one of the Nation's Largest Gas Utilities’
  • Stephen Cabano, President of Pathfinder LLC presenting ‘Supporting Owner Estimate Classes with Engineering Maturity and Accuracy’
  • Allen Hamilton, Principal of Project Management Associates presenting ‘Owner Cost Estimate Reviews’
  • Sean Regan, President International Operations of OnTrack Engineering Ltd. presenting ‘Russian Estimating Differences Between International and Normative’
  • Natalie Saylor, President of Saylor Consulting presenting ‘Construction Market Trends’


  • Renee Morkos, Chief Executive Officer of Alice Technologies presenting ‘Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to Advance Construction Scheduling and Planning’
  • Dan Patterson, Chief Design Officer of InEight Inc. presenting ‘Augmented Intelligence + Human Intelligence = The BASIS of Project Planning’

Program Management

  • Lamis El Didi, Manager; Karolina Athanasopoulou, Senior Associate and Susan Bomba, Senior Manager Construction Consulting Practice of Exponent presenting ‘Data Analytics to Drive Reporting and Insights for Timely Decisions and Improved Business Performance’
  • Winnie Davis, Principal of Exponent presenting ‘How Staffing Strategy Influences Effective Infrastructure Megaproject Management’
  • Julie Owen, Deputy Executive Officer Los Angeles Metro and Sean VonFeldt, Vice President Program and Project Control Services of Tri-Unity presenting ‘Los Angeles Metro Fast-Track Capital Program Management Best Practices’

Project Control

  • Abhoy Ganguli, Lead Estimator of TranCanada presenting ‘Benefits of PC Function Software Based Estimating on Major Capital and Sustaining Projects’
  • Garrett Harley, Vice President Business Development of Fieldwire presenting ‘Want Productive Jobsites: Break Some Rules!’
  • Stephanie Lightner, Program Scheduler of Cordoba Corporation presenting ‘Long Beach City College's 1.5B Capital Program’
  • Anton van der Merwe, Senior Cost Engineer of Exxaro presenting ‘Corrective Governance Approach to Capital Project Approval’
  • Lance Stephenson, Director of Operations of Aecom presenting ‘Benchmarking: Predictive Analytics and AI’

Risk Management

  • Dr. Nick J. Lavingia, Project Management Consultant presenting ‘How to Create Predictable Cost and Schedule Estimates?’
  • Jarod Maloney, Senior Solutions Engineer of Deltek presenting ‘What is Lurking in your Project Forecasts?’
  • George McLaughlin, Principal of McLaughlin & McLaughlin Project and Dispute Consulting LLC and Chris Hanvey, Senior Vice President ofSynergen Consulting Intl. presenting ‘Troubled Projects – Recognition, Recovery, Resolution’


  • Ron Drake, Co-Founder of GraphicSchedule presenting‘GraphicSchedule – A Simple Tool to Communicate Schedule Understanding’
  • Aldo Mattos, Owner of Aldo Mattos Consulting presenting ‘Preparation of Linear Schedules’
  • Hossam A. Eid Mohammed, Project Management & Risk Management Consultant of Louis Berger presenting ‘Integrated Schedule Evaluation System to Support Project Forecasts, Communication and Delay Analysis’
  • Tom Ross, Senior Scheduler of Destination Enterprises presenting ‘The New Metro Blue Line: 240 Days of Controlled Chaos
  • Marina Sominsky, Senior Consultant of Cobec Consulting Inc. presenting ‘Leveraging the Reporting-Tool P6 Visualizer’
  • Rob Springer, President and Mike Webb, Principal Project Control Specialist of Construction Management Solutions presenting ‘Collaborative Scheduling: A Practical Case Study’

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