2019 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, May 15, 2019

    5 - 6 p.m.

    Welcome Happy Hour

    Location:  Lobby Lounge

    6:30 p.m.

    User Dinner Sponsored by MetroPower (by invitation only)

    Via Reál

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.


    Las Colinas

    12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

    Opening General Session
    Today's Workforce: What You Should Know. What You Should Expect.

    Users and contractors know all too well that the craft professional population continues to decrease despite the efforts of industry groups to reverse this trend. Join our interactive panel of top industry experts as we investigate the depth of the problem, identify solutions that are working for contractors and users and discover the steps to begin charting your organization’s path forward to attract train and retain a safe and productive workforce.

    Moderator:  Kevin Sell, United Group Services

    Speakers:  Dan Belcher, NCCER; Dan Freese, Elite Welding Company/UGS; Daniel Groves, CURT/CLMA; Ed Luckenbach, Air Products and Chemicals; Greg Sizemore, ABC

    Location:  Las Colinas

    1:45 - 2 p.m.


    2 - 3:15 p.m.

    Industrial Breakout
    Variability: The Tacit Enemy of Predictable and Reliable Project Delivery

    Every construction project is subjected to variability and the disruption it creates; so much so, it often goes unnoticed and is simply considered part of the construction process. Learn the laws of variability and its impact early in the life of a project. Explore the injection of variability by owners, engineers, contractors and government entities and how to significantly reduce variability and its disruption. 

    Moderator: Michael Casten, Construction Concepts

    Speakers:  David Chapin, Willmar Electric; Ed Luckenbach, Air Products and Chemicals; Dr. Kenn Sullivan, Arizona State University

    Location:  Cottonwood

    Health Care Breakout
    The Impact of the Built Environment on Health Care Strategy

    America’s health care system faces a myriad of challenges, including improved access for more people, lower cost of delivery and better outcomes for patients. Health care executives must rethink how future construction practices can help address those challenges, and the designers and contractors of choice must critically review and analyze all aspects of health care construction delivery to determine whether new approaches can be implemented if they wish to perform tomorrow’s projects.

    Moderator: Joe Powell, Healthcare Infrastructure Research

    Speakers:  Brian Holmes, Texas Health Resources; Gregory Mohler, BJC Healthcare; Scott Nelson, Advocate Aurora Health

    Location:  Las Colinas

    3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


    3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

    General Session
    Contracting Strategies for Large Capital Projects

    Is it true that any old contract will do? Do you invest enough time and attention to contract development and negotiation in order to share risks intentionally in a way that makes the most sense for your project? Participate in a discussion of different strategies for the effective use of various project delivery methods and contract forms, clauses and language intended to maximize positive project outcomes and minimize disputes.

    Moderator: David Pugh, Bradley

    Speakers:  Jim Dimas, LG&E and KU Energy LLC; Michael Hatton, Memorial Hermann; Laura Stipanowich, Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals; Lowell T. Woods Jr., Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

    Location:  Las Colinas

    6:15 - 7 p.m.

    General Reception

    Location:  Pavilion

    7:15 - 9 p.m.



    9 - 10:30 p.m.

    After Party


    Friday, May 17, 2019

    7 - 8:15 a.m.

    Breakfast Program
    United Rentals' Total Control and Cost Benchmarking Study - Saving Users and Contractors Money

    Technology is becoming entrenched in many parts of the construction lifecycle, and equipment is valued as much for the information it can provide—about its location, use and performance—as it is for the tasks it performs. United Rentals will provide an overview on how customers are leveraging analytics to make better fleet decisions and how Total Control improves efficiencies on site and in the office.

    Speaker:  Ty Campbell, United Rentals

    Location:  Las Colinas

    8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

    General Session
    Better People. Better Projects. Client of Choice.

    The largest predictor of project success is the capability of the people doing the work. The problem is there are only so many experts in the industry, and owners are in competition to attract them to their projects. This session will present 20 years of research on how owners can attract better designers and contractors and work with high-performing teams to become a client of choice.

    Speaker:  Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Arizona State University

    Location:  Las Colinas

    9:45 - 10 a.m.


    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Industrial Breakout
    How Owners’ Construction Management Teams and Contractors Can Collaborate on Quality Facilities

    Owners’ construction management teams and selected contractors want to deliver exceptional facilities to the ultimate operators or users—projects that are safe and deliver cost/profit certainty and quality. We will discuss driving down operating and maintenance costs, contracting strategies that help and those that hurt, the pros and cons of value engineering, relevant KPIs, effective communication and incorporating input from the ultimate users—all with a focus on better ROI.

    Moderator: Brian Stamper, Advantic LLC

    Speakers: Tony Bazzini, ExxonMobil Global Projects Co.; Pete Dumont, Sizemore & Company LLC; Scott Straight, LG&E and KU Energy LLC

    Location:  Cottonwood

    Health Care Breakouts
    Project Conceptualization--The Builder's Role

    Health care providers know what services they need to provide and to whom, but they do not always have a clear idea of the limitations that may be presented by the structures in which those services are to be provided. Explore how can health care providers can best equip designers and contractors to maximize the utility of the structures designed and built to deliver health care services.

    Moderator: Jack Darnall, Brasfield & Gorrie

    Speakers: Andi King, DPR; Mark Mattox, Robins & Morton; Mike Purcell, Skanska; Gary Roden, TDIndustries; Chris Wall, Brasfield & Gorrie

    Location:  Las Colinas

1:45 - 2 p.m.


1:45 - 2 p.m.