2018 Program

The ABC Users Summit's program format allows contractors and owners to come together for general sessions and networking functions as well as attend segment-specific breakout sessions where issues unique to the health care and industrial industries are addressed.

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    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

    4 - 5 p.m.

    Welcome Happy Hour
    Lobby Lounge (Lobby Level)

    6:30 p.m.

    User Dinner Sponsored by MetroPower (by invitation only)
    Location change: LAW Restaurant (Lobby Level)

    Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

    11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Atrium (Lobby Level)

    12 - 1:45 p.m.

    Opening General Session: 
    The Terrorist Whisperer
    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    In 2005, Hamody Jasim was recruited by U.S. Intelligence and became one of the most valuable intelligence assets inside the Iraqi defense ministry. Hamody keeps in contact with many of his security team members and gets the most accurate information from the battlefield. He is inspired to share his story with others in hopes of encouraging successful operations with innovation and intelligence.

    Speaker: Hamody Jasim, Intelligence Operative/War Hero/Keynote Speaker

    Check him out on NPR’s “Snap Judgement”: To Catch a Terrorist!!

    1:45 - 2 p.m.


    2 - 3:15 p.m.

    Industrial Track: Site Injury Management Using Corporate Providers
    Lantana South (Lobby Level)

    With the advancement of communications technology, more contractors are using physicians for on-site injuries. This virtual medicine creates best-in-class care by having the doctor communicate with the injured craft professional and view the injury via smartphones and tablets.The process enables advanced first aid with oversight from a physician.It also helps the injury management process when the contractor’s doctor talks directly with the receiving doctor.

    Panelists: Chris Fought, General Motors; Dr. Ricky McShane, Occucare International; Billy Naylor, McCarthy Building Companies; Jim Thompson, Kwest Group

    Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services

    Health Care Track: Creating the Win-Win Outcome
    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    Good decisions increase the likelihood of project success. So what makes a decision “good?” They need to be made at the right time. They need to be based on the right information; and, once made, they need follow-through. How can design and construction professionals facilitate the project owner's decision-making process to increase the likelihood of project success?

    Panelists: Katie Leonard, BDR Partners; Mark Mattox, Robins & Morton; Jeremy Ray, Navicent Health; Darrell Simpson, The Sanders Trust; Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Arizona State University

    Moderator: David Pugh, Bradley

    3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


    3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

    Industrial Track: Examining the Owner's Decision-making Process
    Lantana South (Lobby Level)

    Owners who position themselves as a "client of choice" can leverage the expertise of construction professionals and benefit the bottom line for all parties—owners, engineers and contractors alike. This session will share specific practices for owners to develop collaborative relationships with their design and construction teams. Common "bad habits" will also be discussed, along with examples of how these habits directly increase project costs.

    Panelists: Roger A. Benjamin, P.E., BSI Engineering; Rick Bilotto, Sizemore & Company LLC; Mike Casten, Construction Concepts; Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Arizona State University

    Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services

    Health Care Track: Innovations With Impact
    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    Most design and construction firms think they are innovative and are quick to proclaim so. The proof, however, is whether the owners for whom they work agree! Hear from this panel of leading health care owners discuss the innovative processes, products and procedures that had the greatest positive impact on project schedule, cost and quality.

    Panelists: Robert Mitsch, Sutter Health; Spencer Moore, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Capt. Nate Price, Defense Health Agency

    Moderator: Joe Powell, Healthcare Infrastructure Research

    6:15 - 7 p.m.

    General Reception
    The Terrace

    7:15 - 9 p.m.

    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    9 - 10:30 p.m.

    After Party
    The Terrace

    Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

    7 - 8:15 a.m.

    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

    Industrial Track: Emerging Technologies and Execution Methods
    Lantana South (Lobby Level)

    Take a look at technologies that are changing the industry. Giken Silent Piler, a reaction-based press-in machine, installs sheet piles without excessive noise or vibration. Piles are statically pressed into the ground from ground level using static energy to almost completely eliminate noise and vibration. Composite structures replace structural steel to reduce cost, improve safety and productivity and eliminate future maintenance.

    Panelists: Kyle Ambeau, Cajun Industries; Brad Doudican, Phd, PE, Advantic LLC; Ashish Gandhi, Owens Corning; Tom Howard, Cajun Industries

    Moderator: Brian Stamper, Advantic LLC

    Health Care Track: Who Will Build Our Projects?
    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    The shortage of skilled construction workers is not just a contractor problem. Hear this panel discuss not only how the problem adversely affects project delivery, but also how owners, contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, and other concerned industry participants are addressing the problem.

    Panelists: Mike Bellaman, ABC National; Danny Gibson, MetroPower; Mike Holland, Marek Brother Systems; Spencer Moore, MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Moderator: David Pugh, Bradley

    9:45 - 10 a.m.


    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Industrial Track: Game Changer: The Future of the Construction Industry
    Lantana South (Lobby Level)

    This panel will discuss how future construction will be very different than it is now. We will look how owners and contractors can succeed when they think differently. Save money on construction and eliminate unnecessary maintenance. It's time for you to disrupt the industry before some else does.

    Panelists: Peter Dumont, Construction Users Roundtable; Kelcey Henderson, Continuum Advisory Group

    Moderator: Brian Stamper, Advantic LLC

    Health Care Track: Maximizing Collaboration
    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    Successfully designing and building a hospital or health care project requires the collective efforts of various professional teams: operational, financial, architectural, engineering and construction. Each interaction presents an opportunity either for friction or collaboration. Hear from this panel how best to create alignment for a positive outcome.

    Panelists: Brad Foster, HKS Architects; David Graham, Austin Commercial; Brian Holmes, Texas Health Resources; Rich Ledbetter, University Research Institute

    Moderator: Joe Powell, Healthcare Infrastructure Research

    11:15 - 11:30 a.m.


    11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

    General Session: 
    Sympathy for the Economist: Deriving Satisfaction Through Data Analysis
    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)

    Get a detailed understanding of global, national and regional economies using the most up-to-date data available.Special attention is invested in critical elements of the construction economy, including the performance of financial, labor and real estate markets.

    Speaker: Anirban Basu, Chief Economist, ABC National

    12:15 - 1 p.m.

    Wrap-up and Lunch
    Las Colinas East/West (Lobby Level)