PerspECCtive: the 51st Annual ECC Conference


Breakout Forums

 
 
Technology: The next Step Change in Construction Productivity?
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
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!)
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
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
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 one of our Featured Speakers!
 
How Google's Structure Facilitates Collaboration
Google! Back by popular demand! A look at how Google structures its work and its teams to support Productivity, Innovation and Efficiency. We'll discuss frameworks and tools Google uses, some of which are available externally.    
 
A Future Leader’s View of Our Industry
Every industry is experiencing a generational shift as the “Baby Boomer” generation (>54yrs old) continues to retire over the next 10-15 years. Future Leaders are, by definition, the leaders of tomorrow who will shape the future of the industry. Are our views on the future of our industry divergent, or is there consensus?

Through market research and surveys, this forum will access the views of Future Leaders at different stages of their careers, and College students to explore the following areas:

– Generations (How perspectives and views change across generations, e.g., Millennials, Gen Z)
– Talent (How the industry should attract and retain the next generation against competing industries, e.g., Technology)
– Industry (How the industry will look in 10 years? What will be different, and what changes need to be made?)

 
The Future of Contracting: Simple is Beautiful
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?
 
 
 
 
 
 


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