CMAA Rising Construction Managers Conference schedule

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Saturday 26th October 2013

  • Welcome & Ice Breaker

    by Jacquelyn Tookmanian, CMIT

    At 8:00am to 8:30am, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 2, ARIA Resort & Casino

  • Change the Plan, Not the Purpose

    by Tiger Nigamatzyanov, CMIT

    "I'm going to buy the Chicago Blackhawks."

    Yes, you read it right, I am. Is it a dream or is it a goal? What makes the difference? Join us as we breakdown the daunting task of moving from dreaming, what 95% of people do, to planning and reaching your goals into manageable pieces. Look into what you must do to attain your biggest, scariest goal. By the end of the hour, you will know how the most successful people in our industry are able to accomplish their goals in the same mere 24 hours per day we all have.

    At 8:30am to 9:30am, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 2, ARIA Resort & Casino

    Coverage slide deck

  • Even if You are on the Right Track, You'll Get Run Over if You Just Sit There Tweeting About It

    by Sean Joyner and Dareen Salama, CMIT

    In simple words initiative means seeing something that needs to be done and starting it. It means taking the first step rather than waiting for someone else or for a “better time.”

    No one respects employees who need to be told everything that needs to be done. Bosses like employees that are proactive and willing to take initiative. Be that employee! Discuss successful (and not so successful) ways to approach your boss with new proposals. Learn some tricks and tips to leverage social media and technology to make yourself indispensable to your organization.

    At 9:45am to 10:45am, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 2, ARIA Resort & Casino

  • Interviewing as Performance Art: Learn to Sell You

    by Rebecca Jones

    Your performance can be scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated. Learn about the Do's & Don'ts of interviewing including what to expect and how to react. Then put it all into action where you will receive valuable feedback from industry veterans.

    At 9:45am to 10:45am, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 3, ARIA Resort & Casino

  • Delivering Better Projects through Fostering Lean Construction & IPD

    by David Umstot

    Lean construction and integrated project delivery are becoming more widely used with great success to delivery greater value to the owner. See this in practice with the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which is $1 billion into a $1.555 billion capital bond program. Learn from SDCCD's former Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management how the agency is:

    -Structuring design-build solicitations
    -Encouraging IPD practices into design/build
    -Leveraging design/build to create collaborative IPD
    -Using target value budgeting to delivery projects
    -Fostering lean enterprise systems and lean construction techniques
    -Requiring the use of BIM for design and construction of all new buildings.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 2, ARIA Resort & Casino

  • Vegas High Roller - Observation Wheel Design and Construction

    by Mary Ferguson and Brandon Sullivan

    The Vegas High Roller is currently in construction, and when complete, it will be the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. It is the centerpiece of the new LINQ development, owned by Caesars Entertainment, and will carry a groundbreaking 1120 passengers during each 30 minute revolution. This iconic structure builds upon Arup’s past experiences with giant observation wheels like the London Eye and Singapore Flyer, but also incorporates many unique and innovative design features. The design process was heavily influenced by constructability and construction sequencing, leading to a unique marriage of engineering, construction, and architecture. The end result is an engineering marvel that will be an icon on the Vegas skyline for decades to come.

    At 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 3, ARIA Resort & Casino

  • What Stays in Vegas: A Behind the Scenes Look at Las Vegas Construction

    by Neil Opfer

    Las Vegas had a population of 800 in 1911. Then gambling in Nevada was legalized in 1931 and helped the city to grow to over 2 million residents and approximately 40 million visitors each year. The City has 15 of the 25 largest hotels in the World and 7 of the Top 10 largest grossing nightclubs in the U.S. Along the way, Las Vegas was once a playground and key business locale for organized crime. Graft and skimming from the construction of hotel/casinos through to their operation was a part of life. Whether political payoffs, ghost employees on construction sites, quadruple billings for the same palm trees in the landscaping or 1,000% markups on construction hardware, the City has seen it all including bankruptcies on billion-dollar projects. In the most recent past, defects may have cost the Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino $50 million to repair. Defects have rendered the Harmon Tower at MGM's City Center a problem that may require the demolition of a $250 million tower. The deaths of 13 workers Citywide in a three-year timeframe including 6 on City Center led Nevada in 2010 to implement mandatory OSHA 10 Training for all workers and OSHA 30 Training for all supervisors on construction projects. This session highlights many of the projects, issues and their players that have comprised this history.

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 2, ARIA Resort & Casino

  • Networking Expo

    Network with many of the leading organizations in the industry! This highly interactive event will allow you one-on-one time with veterans from the top CMs firms where you will have the opportunity to discuss industry topics and trends. Students will have the opportunity to learn about internships and career opportunities, so feel free to come with resume in hand!

    At 3:15pm to 5:15pm, Saturday 26th October

    In Ironwood 1, ARIA Resort & Casino

Sunday 27th October 2013

  • CM Project & Team Building Workshop

    by David Umstot

    Learning on the job is the most effective way to learn, but it takes time. Join us for this half-day interactive project simulation that will enable participants to experience situations in a controlled environment. This workshop will demonstrate the benefits of making and keeping promises, how to build the project team, and develop a deeper understanding of how employees, subcontractor's staff, project participants, customers, and clients all interact for mutual benefit.

    At 8:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 27th October

    In Ironwood 3, ARIA Resort & Casino

  • Closing Session

    by Nicholas Nadeau, CMIT and Jacquelyn Tookmanian, CMIT

    At 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Sunday 27th October

    In Ironwood 3, ARIA Resort & Casino

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