Presentation Abstracts

Keynote Addresses

  • Art Markman, Cognitive Scientist – The University of Texas at Austin
  • Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist – Associated General Contractors of America
  • Tim Spaulding, Secretary of Defense Fellow – U.S. Air Force

New CII Research

Design Deliverable Quality for Building Projects
(Research Team 320a, Definition and Measurement of Engineering/Design Deliverable Quality for Building Facilities)
Carol D. Corr, Interim Director, Risk Management & Quality Assurance – Kaiser Permanente
James T. O'Connor, C. T. Wells Professor of Project Management – The University of Texas at Austin
Mauricio Rodriguez, Mechanical Engineer/Design Manager – Smithsonian Institution
Nancy E. Wilkie, Project Manager – U.S. Department of State
The cost of design and construction rework resulting from design errors and omissions is extremely costly to the capital projects industry. This research identified common design defects, their causes and impacts; and provides leading indicators to help ensure the completeness and correctness of design deliverables for building projects.

Disruptive Thinking: Attracting and Retaining Fresh Talent
Tami Gamble-Gurnell, CTE Instructor – Duncanville High School
Stacy Bell, Director of Human Resources – PPM
Carole Bionda, Vice President – NOVA Group (retired)
Jennifer Wilkerson, Director of Marketing, Public Relations & Build Your Future – NCCER, Facilitator
For decades, construction has fought a preconceived definition of WHO can “cut it” in our workforce. To fight off this misconception and recruit tomorrow’s rising talent, we must drive change from within, be open to disruption and adopt new strategies. Join us in defining ways to attract tomorrow’s workforce and change public perception of what it means to work in construction.

Evaluation of Life Cycle Cost Estimation Tools
(Research Team FHC-02, The Relationship between the Built Environment and the Business Case​)
J. Mike Bellamy, Director, Director, Construction Acquisition, National Facilities Services – Kaiser Permanente
Robert J. Ries, Professor – University of Florida
Derek C. Ross, Associate Director of Construction, Office of Facilities Engineering & Operations – Smithsonian Institution
A wide variety of life cycle cost estimation tools for building projects is currently available. This research identifies the inherent limitations, strengths, and weaknesses of these tools and evaluates their suitability for different types of building projects.

(Research Team 361, Integrating FEED MATRS in PDRI)
G. Edward Gibson, Professor – Arizona State University
Eric Ochsner, Director of Engineering – Georgia-Pacific

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Flexible Facilities for Manufacturing & Life Sciences
(Research Team MLS-01, Flexible Facility Development for Manufacturing & Life Sciences)
Rob Brown, Vice President – Faithful+Gould
Todd Duckworth, Global Facilities Delivery Design Lead – Eli Lilly and Company
Gül Okudan-Kremer, Professor and C.G. “Turk” & Joyce A. Therkildsen Department Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering – Iowa State University
Evan Steinberger, Advanced Facilities Subject Matter Expert – Jacobs
Speed to market is a common driver in manufacturing and life sciences projects, requiring some facilities to be completed before the product and manufacturing process have been well defined. Some facilities may need to be reconfigured for multiple uses during their operational lives. This research provides guidance on which common core building components are dependent upon the manufacturing process, and which can easily be decoupled. It identifies innovative methods that contribute toward the development of a flexible facility.

Productivity Breakthroughs Transforming Industries
(Research Team DCC-01, How to Double Productivity)
Shannon Hopkins, Manager of Construction Management and Project Controls – Eastman
Paul Goodrum, Professor – University of Colorado Boulder
Lessons learned from industry transformations in healthcare, automotive, and theme-park design have captured the attention of those in capital projects industries and implore us to ask: How can capital projects increase productivity?
RT-DCC-01 evaluated breakthrough cases in various industries and identified which principles of transformation can and should be applied to the capital projects industries. This presentation will focus on which paths industry leaders should prioritize to increase productivity, applying innovations found beyond the current processes or methods.

Protecting Business Value from the Impact of Regulations
(Research Team PUI-01, Identifying and Evaluating the Impact of Regulations throughout the Project Life Cycle)
Laura Brannen, Government Affairs Manager – Bechtel Corporation
Ali Mostafavi, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering – Texas A&M University
Ryan Stoa, Associate Professor of Law – Concordia University School of Law
Carzell Walton, Project Manager – Southern Company
Infrastructure projects and operating assets are frequently impacted by regulatory risks. This research evaluated existing methods to proactively identify, anticipate, and mitigate the impacts of constantly changing regulatory requirements. With this information, electric utilities and other infrastructure owners can better prepare to adapt and respond to regulations throughout the capital asset lifecycle.

Revisiting Project Delivery Performance: 1998–2018
(Research Team CPF-RGA 02-18, Revisiting Project Delivery Performance, co-funded by the Charles Pankow Foundation)
Keith R. Molenaar, K. Stanton Lewis Professor – University of Colorado Boulder
Bryan Franz, Assistant Professor – University of Florida
A 1998 CII research study compared the performance of Design-Build (relatively new at the time) and Design-Bid-Build project delivery systems. This new research replicated the previous study using a set of contemporary projects to compare the performance of Design-Build, Design-Bid-Build, and Construction Manager at Risk delivery methods. How has the cost, schedule, and quality performance of these different delivery methods changed in the last 20 years?

Should I Use a Custom or Standard Design?
(Research Team UMM-01, Achieving Higher Levels of Standardized Facility Design in the Upstream, Midstream, and Mining Commodity Market)
Chris Catterall, Customer Relationship Manager – WorleyParsons
Jin Ouk Choi, Assistant Professor – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ken Curry, Chief Facilities Engineer, Occidental Oil & Gas – Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Tim Oakleaf, Manager of Project Development – ONEOK
Christina Trotter, Senior Project Engineer – Burns & McDonnell
The design of most upstream and midstream projects is customized to the project’s specific requirements. The widespread use of standard designs, while perhaps providing a less “optimal” solution, could result in significant cost and schedule savings that ultimately result in a better business case for the owner. This research will describe the fundamental trade-offs between custom and standard designs, criteria to be considered when making this decision, and the changes in the way we do business required to facilitate the widespread use of standard designs.

Keynote Address:
Start Paddling! Staying Ahead of Technological Change

Tim Spaulding, Secretary of Defense Fellow – U.S. Air Force

Automation, digitization, machine intelligence: these are just some of the technological tools arriving at an increasing pace. Applying the right set of these tools in the right kinds of ways is critical to staying afloat in a changing world.

Pilots have been applying new technologies to their craft since the dawn of combat aviation. Fighter pilots grew from stick-and-rudder savants flying wooden biplanes into system-monitoring experts maneuvering networked airborne computers. The pilot’s story can provide a useful guide for anyone interested in not being overrun by the river of change. Start paddling!


  • Two key technologies – automation and virtual/augmented reality – will enable entirely new ways of work.
  • Successfully adopting new technologies requires a bias for action and a flexible organization.

Keynote Address:
To Lead the Change, You Have to Be the Change

Art Markman, Cognitive Scientist – The University of Texas at Austin

A significant challenge in large-scale construction projects is the need to align the actions of a variety of people (most of whom are not your own employees) around a common set of goals in order to bring a project in on time, on budget, and safely. Cognitive science – the study of the mind – has a lot of insights and tools for managing people and groups. In this talk, Dr. Markman will introduce you to your motivational brain. Then, he will focus on ways to manage the project environment to create a safe and coordinated site, to examine the rewards and punishments in the environment that promote good behavior, to help people set goals, and to allow the successful people on a job to influence the work of others.

Keynote Address:
Will 2020 Be a Year of Plenty for Construction?

Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist – Associated General Contractors of America

Will the construction industry have plenty of work, plenty of worries, or both in 2020? Trade tensions, labor market tightness, rising interest rates, and rising fiscal challenges for all levels of government are just a few of the sources of uncertainty facing an industry that has experienced eight years of expansion.

Ken Simonson, chief economist and fearless forecaster for the Associated General Contractors of America, will provide his prognostications for construction spending by segment, material costs, and labor availability by state.

Virtual Construction: VR-enabled Project Delivery
(Research Team TC-02, Virtual Reality in Construction)
Daniel Gibson, Business Process and Technology Specialist – Black & Veatch
Fernanda L. Leite, Associate Professor – The University of Texas at Austin
Todd Sutton, Sr., Project Controls Manager – Zachry Corporation
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are tools that can visualize high-risk construction work zones. This research developed a process that converts BIM models into VR and AR to reduce the safety-hazard exposure of craft professionals.