PerspECCtive: the 51st Annual ECC Conference

Breakout Forums

Technology: The Next Step Change in Construction Productivity?
Ted Blackmon, Founder and CEO - ConstructX
Technology adoption targeted at improving construction productivity has been slow to evolve in the heavy process industries. This forum attempts to expose attendees to technologies that are both in use and emerging that have received some adoption, but are not yet universally used. See this curated collection (hands on and in person!) of the most promising technologies in our industry.
How to get the Most out of Safety Enabling Technologies
Bradley Andrews, President – Worley Digital
Michael Kesti, PhD, Technical Director, 3M Personal Safety Division –3M
Marc van Heyningen, Vice President, HSE – Fluor
Technology designed to reduce safety hazards and risk exposures has become common place at many companies, but our industry is far from universal adoption. Industry practitioners will show how they are implementing technology such as virtual reality, augmented reality, drones, 360 cameras, and sensors to deliver measurable results today. Practitioners will touch on technical and organizational obstacles and best practices for successful technology implementation and how Owners, Contractors and Suppliers are collaborating to keep our workforce safe.
Minimum Scope To Meet Objectives (Really!)
Tony Bazzini, Chief Engineer - ExxonMobil Global Project Company
Mark Fields, President, Energy and Chemicals - Fluor
Many Owner business leaders express dismay that capital projects install more materials and equipment than necessary to meet their business objectives. That "over-investment" immediately increases capital costs and negatively affects the long term sustainability of the asset.    An industry leader from an Owner organization will present what they're doing to create a culture of only building what is necessary.  A Contractor will present their process of how a program can be implemented.    
Restructuring Chevron’s Project Management System for the Digital Age
Gary Fischer, General Manager Special Projects - Chevron
Large capital projects in the engineering and construction industry have long suffered performance problems; budgets overrun, schedules slip, and early operational performance falls short. Compounding this situation, is the fact that productivity improvement has been essentially nil in our industry for the better part of the last century. Clearly, the methods and approaches applied in the past are not effective and something different must be done to improve the outcomes of projects. 

Recognizing this imperative, Chevron has embarked on an ambitious and radical transformation to rethink and rebuild its project system. Central to this effort is the development and implementation of a project production system framework. This framework, which applies principles of operations science to project delivery, also enables the application of innovative digital technologies including machine learning, remote sensors, and artificial intelligence among others. This forum, hosted by the principal architect of Chevron’s Project Management System, will provide background, insights, and detailed examples of Chevron’s journey and what the future holds.
A View from the Main Stage
Martin Fischer - The Kumagai Professor of Engineering and Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University / Director, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), Stanford University
A hallmark of ECC's main stage speakers is their inspiring thought leadership.  Have you ever wanted to get even more information?    Here's your chance for a deep dive with Martin Fisher from CIFE at Stanford. 
A Future of the Industry: A Case for Change
Martha Feeback, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement - Catalyst
Glenn Weckerlin, Director, Enterprise Programs & Partnerships - Chevron

Moderated by Ralph Rutanhira, Associate Principal - Westney Consulting Group

The Future Leader Forum Team has been diligently working to bring together an engaging and enlightening forum to the ECC Annual Conference. Our forum, "The Future of our Industry: A Case for Change," will confront the issue of changing workforce demographics and present a clear case for the appropriate industry response.

Every industry is experiencing a generational shift as the “Baby Boomer” generation (>54yrs old) continues to retire over the next 10-15 years. Today's Future Leaders will be the industry leaders shaping the future of the industry. Are our views on the future of our industry divergent, or is there consensus? We conducted a survey to collect these views.

The forum assesses Future Leaders views, presents market research from Catalyst, and explores what one company, Chevron, is doing to address the changing workforce:

Talent Acquisition & Retention: How do companies communicate their purpose to attract new talent, and ensure transparent career progression for current employees?
–  Inclusion: How do companies ensure new talent feel a sense of "uniqueness and belonging"?
Technology and Innovation: How do companies ensure that their inclusive teams' skills keep up with technology change and drive innovation?

It is our hope that the forum will help Future Leaders together with current leadership, apply these practical learnings to our organizations today.

To provide supporting evidence and examples of implementation, we are proud to present the esteemed panelists and moderator above.

The Future of Contracting: Simple is Beautiful
Sam Reaves, Vice President, Construction and Capital Projects Counsel – Albemarle
Mike DeSilva, Head of Commercial, T&S Group Projects – Anglo American
Jude Leblanc, Vice President, Law – Fluor
There are many examples in our industry where complex contract structures and incentives have led to unintended consequences and non-value-added costs.  How can we move to simpler, more effective contract structures?  What can we learn from contracting trends / examples from other industries?
 Filling Our Industry's Talent Pipeline: A Holistic Approach
J. D. Slaughter, President - S&B
Jim Rowings, Vice President Technical Development - Kiewit
Pat Suermann, Construction Science Department Head - Texas A&M University
Brandon Mabile, Business Development - Performance Contractors
Moderated by Steve Cabano, President - Pathfinder
We are all faced with labor challenges in the industrial construction sector—a perceived “gap” between academia and industry, Millennial and Gen-Z disinterest in engineering and construction, and craft retention. Various company programs, universities, industry organizations are overcoming the challenges from multiple angles. This forum will focus on how we can collaboratively attract, develop, and retain our future workforce.
 Virtual Construction
 Facilitated by Stephen Mulva, CII

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are tools that can visualize high-risk construction work zones. For the first time at ECC, and in the spirit of Winning Together and Sharing Success NOW, we have Stephen Mulva, director of CII on the use of VR and AR to reduce hazards and improve productivity for craft professionals.

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