Thank You for Making the 2010 User Conference A Success!

On the 20th May 2010 ForgeTrack and Milestone ran their first ever Oracle Primavera User Conference, in partnership with the UK Oracle User Group and sponsored by Oracle.

The exciting event was attended by over 160 delegates, speakers and exhibitors, who thoroughly enjoyed 12 parallel sessions with themes varying from customer case studies to product spotlight - including presentations on new features in P6 v7.

Simon Noble (Oracle) held the honourable post of Master of Ceremonies. Explorer, author and TV personality Benedict Allen entertained attendees with an exciting hour-long chat about his adventures. But, certainly, the highlight of the day was Mr Dick Faris’ (Oracle) Keynote on Oracle Primavera updates, road ahead – and his fantastic tips for 2010.

The event was held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, and ended with a relaxing drinks reception and exclusive access to the world's largest collection of motorbikes.

We are already looking forward to the next one, watch this space!

2010 User Conference

Speakers and Presentations
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Session Oracle Keynote

Speaker

Dick Faris - SVP, Primavera Global Business Unit
Dick Faris was one of the founder member of Primavera Systems, Inc. in 1983 when he took an IBM Mainframe project management tool and converted it to run on the then brand-new IBM PC, and named it Primavera Project Planner, or P3 for short. Dick was always to be responsible for the technical side of the product, and at the time of the sale of Primavera in 2007, Dick was CTO. From 2000 onwards, under Dick's technical control, Primavera systems introduced the Primavera Enterprise product to that was eventually to replace P3. Later developments saw the introduction of a web-based version of P6. Upon the sale of Primavera to Oracle Corp effective early 2009, Dick became Senior Vice President - Products, in Oracle's Primavera Global Business Unit.

Presentation Abstract

  • Oracle Primavera update (Oracle Primavera Road Ahead)
  • Dick's Tips for 2010
  • General Overview of the complete Oracle Primavera Solution
  • Primavera - Road Ahead / Road Map (Look ahead to next version releases)
Download Oracle Keynote - Dick Faris

Session UKOUG Introduction - The Primavera User Group

Speaker

Suzanne Gaunt - Marketing Manager, UK Oracle User Group
Suzanne Gaunt is the Marketing Manager for UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG). Suzanne joined UKOUG 3 years ago is responsible for developing and marketing the UKOUG's products and services and integrating Oracle acquisitions into the user group. Suzanne holds a 1st class honours degree in International Business Management and is a chartered marketer. She has experience in building and supporting communities both on and off line in the IT and healthcare industries.

Presentation Abstract

UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) is the official user group supporting customers and partners of all Oracle products including Oracle Primavera. This short presentation offers an overview of what UKOUG does and how membership to UKOUG will benefit you as Primavera customers. The presentation includes a few hints on how to get the most out of a User Group conference experience.

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Session Parallel Session 1

Speakers

Phil Budden - Primavera Deployment Manager, Costain Ltd
Phil Budden is a Chartered Civil Engineer, starting his career with 13 years Civil Engineering site management experience. In the 1990s Phil specialised in project planning, winning the 1997 CIOB IT Manager of the Year award for selection and deployment of Primavera as the standard planning package in Costain Civil Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Construction IT in 1998, he spent 8 years working in Business Systems before returning to planning in 2007, since when he has led development and deployment of P5 and then P6 as the Enterprise Project Management solution for Costain Ltd.

Mark Paulding - Planning Manager, Costain, Ltd
Mark Paulding is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years Civil Engineering site management experience.  Mark began his career with Mowlem where he progressed to Senior Agent before specialising in the planning of major projects.  He joined Costain in 2005 to undertake the challenging role of Planning Manager on the £160m A2 A282 / M25 ECI project, moving on to work on Flow's bid for the M25 DBFO project. He is now Planning Manager for major reconstruction works at Farringdon Station on the Thames Link project. Mark has had a diverse range of major civils experience at a senior level, ranging from highways, structures, marine works, rail bridge demolition and replacement to the construction of an IAAF standard running track.

Presentation Abstract

Supporting Collaboration and Consistency in Costain with Primavera Enterprise. An overview of Costain's experience of the need and benefit for collaboration and how this led to a strategy to leverage the enterprise capabilities of Primavera's P6 solution to support collaboration and standardisation across the Costain Planning Community.

Download Session 1 - Phil Budden & Mark Paulding

Session New Features in P6 V7

Speaker

Andrew Godfrey - Head of Sales, Milestone UK Project Management Solutions
Andrew Godfrey is currently the Head of Sales at Milestone UK, where he has worked in a sales capacity for nearly 8 years.  In addition to his day to day responsibilities he is involved with the Best Practice User Group (BPUG), working as a Director.  This role has included a number of duties such as representing BPUG on the Project Board for the Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) project which is the latest guidance from the Office of Government & Commerce (OGC).  This has provided valuable insight into the challenges faced by organisations when trying to implement best practice, especially in relation to the use of technology. 

Presentation Abstract

The presentation provides an overview of the latest version of Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM.  The session will highlight key enhancements to the product, such as the progress line, import/export from XML/MSP, activity field level access and more!  In addition, it shows the value of implementing P6 on an enterprise wide scale and the associated benefits which would include:-

  • Align project operations with business strategy.
  • Accurately forecast costs, schedules and resources.
  • Provide enterprise-wide transparency of project portfolios.
  • Optimize resource utilization and supply chain.
  • Gain real-time visibility into impacts of project changes.
  • Collaborate across functions for better decision making.
  • Integration with the wider Oracle application product set.

Download Session 2 - Andrew Godfrey

Session Oracle AutoVue and Primavera P6

Speaker

Julian Chatwin - EMEA Regional Sales Manager
Julian Chatwin - EMEA Regional Sales Manager, Oracle AutoVue Julian Chatwin has been with AutoVue for 4 years including responsibility for developing sales across Europe, Middle East and Australasia. Strengthening Partner relationships and developing new market penetration has been of primary importance. Julian's current focus is on EMEA especially in project collaboration and asset intensive areas such as the AEC and Utility sectors. He has been involved with software solutions for design, manufacturing, engineering and construction since 1997 and has over 13 years of sales and management experience.

Presentation Abstract

Oracle AutoVue and Primavera P6. Oracle's AutoVue visualization solutions enable Primavera users to capitalize on their engineering and asset documents throughout the organization to drive business process innovation. AutoVue in P6 adds a visual context to maintenance projects and can link Activities to documents, as well as automate drawing delivery and printing by activity.  Through its integration with CM, AutoVue captures a digital audit trail of all collaboration steps, decisions, changes & approvals on engineering and contract documents for full accountability and minimized project risk. Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world's most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems company. 

Download Session 3 - Julian Chatwin

Session P6 EPPM & integration - P6 in Public Sector

Speaker

Dr Mark White - The The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL)
Dr Mark White is a biochemist by profession with over 20 years of laboratory research experience on topics ranging from long-term blood storage to occupational exposure to toxic elements. In 2000 Mark joined the HSE’s Research Strategy Unit, a Unit responsible for developing HSE's Science Strategy and managing its large Science and Technology budget. In the last 2 years Mark has been a member of the core team of the Improving Project Management Programme within HSL, taking particular responsibility for workstreams on process and project management tools, particularly the implementation and roll-out of Primavera across the Laboratory.

Presentation Abstract

Bringing Project Management best practice to HSL. The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) is an 'in house' Agency of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and applies its scientific expertise to help create a safer, healthier and productive workforce. Today, the scope of work is unparalleled and ever-widening. In addition to supporting HSE, the Laboratory works with a wide range of public and private-sector organisations on topics ranging from human factors to new nanotechnologies and the emerging hydrogen economy.

In 2006 HSL's Chief Executive initiated a corporate programme of work to review project management and make recommendations for change. A feasibility study identified opportunities for change in four areas:

  • Process
  • People
  • Organisation
  • Tools
This presentation provides an overview of the work the HSL have done so far to ensure continuous improvement with their project management capability.

Download Session 4 - Mark White

Session Primavera Portfolio Management (ProSight)

Speaker

Richard Flanders - Head of Central Programme Management Office, London Underground, TfL
Richard Flanders is currently Head of the Central Programme Management Office in London Underground, part of Transport for London which is under the Mayor of London. Richard has a Finance background, after leaving University he spent 6 years with Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants before moving to Thomson Publishing where he was responsible for group financial information and the implementation of a financial consolidation system. Richard has been with the Underground for 18 years where he has held various roles including the implementation of a budgeting and planning system. For the past 5 years he has been involved in project control and his current role includes running the various project systems including Oracle Primavera and Oracle Portfolio Management. London Underground has annual investment spend of over £1bn. It has around 1000 active projects which are controlled and reported on non integrated ERP (SAP) and Project Management System (Primavera). This meant that although there was a significant amount of data available, information on schedules and finances were held separately whilst other information such as gateway histories and benefits were held off line. Oracle Portfolio Management was acquired and developed to remove the classic problems of “can't see the wood for the trees,” several different versions of the truth and hours spent recreating information.

Presentation Abstract

Portfolio Management at London Underground Ltd - Primavera Portfolio Management (ProSight)

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Session Primavera Risk Analysis

Speaker

William Foulds - Executive Consultant, LSC Group Ltd.
William is an Executive Consultant within LSC Group Ltd, a management consultancy part of Babcock International Group plc. With core expertise in project risk management, he has provided consultancy support across Oil & Gas, Energy, Construction, Civil Nuclear and Defence domains to some of the world's largest companies and programmes, often in particularly sensitive environments. He has used PertMaster extensively during these engagements and as such has supported many diverse Oracle and Primavera clients. William's recent projects include the UK Future Submarines Programme, transformational change support to the UAE Government and strategic risk reviews for a major German engineering conglomerate.

Presentation Abstract

Gaining Clarity in Complex Programmes - Enabling better decisions through Primavera Risk Analysis. The pace of change within modern programmes creates a demanding environment in which to make timely, confident decisions. Important choices are often made with limited appreciation of the programme schedule. Taking experiences from part of the Strategic Nuclear Deterrent Programme, one of the UK's most complex programmes, this presentation highlights how Primavera Risk Analysis has been successfully incorporated into the risk process to undertake Timescale Risk Analysis (TRA) that addresses the programme's requirements for timely analysis, justified decision-making and cross-industry collaboration. The presentation also discusses the sources of uncertainty inherent within these processes and how the tool addressed these.

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Session Primavera Risk Analysis & P6

Speaker

Dr Dan Patterson, PMP - Acumen, founder
Dr. Dan Patterson PMP is the founder of Acumen and is a recognised thought leader and visionary within the project management industry. Prior to starting Acumen, Dan was Executive VP at Pertmaster leading the Americas business unit from inception through to acquisition by Primavera. Dan is also responsible for developing a now widely accepted integrated qualitative/quantitative approach to risk analysis through facilitated risk workshops. His depth of knowledge extends well beyond risk into schedule analytics and project optimisation. Dan has a proven track record across multiple industries including A&D, government, energy and EPC. As CEO of Acumen, Dan now places focus on Acumen Fuse, the most advanced & comprehensive project analytics tool available for MS Project, Primavera, Deltek, MS Excel and more...

Presentation Abstract

Reducing Cost and Schedule Overruns through Project Metric Analysis - A Case Study on the World Trade Center Rebuild Project. Based on a case study (World Trade Center Rebuild project, New York), this presentation discusses how metric analysis can be used to reduce cost and schedule overruns. The presentation details a new, yet proven technique for analyzing and visualizing scheduling flaws and more importantly, pinpoints how they can be addressed. Metrics and associated thresholds (or tripwires) are applied to organized groupings of activities enabling analysis that is not possible in traditional scheduling tools.  The net result being a more realistic schedule, reduced risk exposure and a higher confidence level of success. The approach was recently adopted in the World Trade Center Rebuild Arbitration hearings which resulted in there being a successful reconciliation and path forward between the owner and contractor of the project. Having a previously unseen insight into problematic areas in the project as well as pinpointing disciplines and specific locations enabled both parties to agree on resolution and continued construction. This presentation illustrates the use of these schedule, cost, risk and performance metrics through Acumen Fuse, a metrics analysis tool that integrates with Primavera P6 and Primavera Risk Analysis.

Download Session 7 - Dan Patterson

Session Primavera Contract Management

Speaker

Krista Lambert - Senior Product Manager, Oracle
Krista Lambert is a Senior Product Manager for Oracle responsible for Primavera's Contract Management solution. She is focused on the Engineering and Construction industry including development and marketing of products for contract management. With over 22 years of product and industry experience, 14 of those years spent at Primavera, previous roles at Primavera include project manager, implementation consultant and trainer. She has implemented several projects using the NEC standard form of contract and Primavera Contract Management.

Presentation Abstract

Primavera Contract Management Capabilities. This session provides an overview of Primavera Contract Management capabilities including document management, cost control and project team collaboration to increase project management efficiency and speed, while reducing schedule delays. Learn how the entire project team can share documents, be alerted to new RFIs and early warnings, access contractor performance, manage changes to resolution, track project costs, and prevent claims.

Download Session 8 - Krista Lambert

Session Project Cost Management for P6 Case Studies

Speaker

Neely Hemassi - Energy & Utilities Practice Director, EcoSys
Neely Hemassi is a Practice Director at EcoSys, focusing on the Energy and Engineering industries. For the past 9 years she has been consulting with EcoSys global customers on best practice project controls processes and solutions. She also regularly advises the EcoSys software design team on next generation solutions for project cost management, funds management, and EVM. Prior to joining EcoSys, Neely spent many years as a project manager and technologist on Wall St. Neely is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Presentation Abstract

Innovations in Project Controls through Technology - Integrating Schedule and Cost with EcoSys. Five case studies of major Oil & Gas, Utilities, and Rail companies using EcoSys integrated with P6 and Oracle or SAP to achieve best practice project controls standards.

EcoSys allows organisations to manage Earned Value, budgets, forecasts, commitments, actual costs and revenue, and changes in a centralised, integrated platform. This presentation discusses present-day project controls challenges and how these have been addressed through the use of EcoSys.

Download Session 9 - Neely Hemasi

Session Primavera P6

Speakers

Darren Lowe - Shell Projects & Technology, Projects & Engineering Services, Capability and Data Management, Project Management Standardisation Programme, Planning Tools Project – Stream Lead.
Darren joined Shell in The Netherlands in January 2008, to help deliver the Primavera Global Roll Out Project. Initially an IT driven project since 2007, it became a business change management project following the governance handover of it to Project Services in 2008. The project manager, Charlie West handed the reigns over to him in Dec 2008, to continue the development of Primavera application from a business perspective and progress the remaining roll out in Shell. Earlier in life he was a construction planning engineer, with a commercial and industrial M&E background. More recently he has been involved in programme management, project controls and application configuration architect roles. Darren has been using Primavera applications since 1993.

Max Maximov - Shell Projects & Technology, Projects & Engineering Services, Capability and Data Management, Project Management Standardisation Programme Planning Tools Project - Planning Engineer.
Max has five years of project control experience in planning and scheduling of the onshore engineering, construction and commissioning projects for the oil and gas industry. Major planning knowledge and experience was gained in planning and controlling infrastructure projects. He participated in such projects as Kashagan Experimental Program and Sakhalin-II. Max is an appreciated user of Primavera Planning tools. He joined Shell in August 2006.

Presentation Abstract

Primavera P6

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Session Primavera Portfolio Management (ProSight)

Speakers

Maureen Clifford – Principal Product Manager: Portfolio Management, Oracle Primavera
Maureen Clifford is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle and has worked in product management and marketing roles for enterprise investment portfolio management for ten years.  She has focused on IT, public sector and commercial portfolio management, including development and marketing of products for application and project portfolio management.  She has industry expertise in financial services, information technology and the public sector, and currently focuses on product marketing efforts for Oracle’s Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Solutions, with an emphasis on portfolio management across all verticals and initiative types.

Presentation Abstract

Primavera's Portfolio Management (ProSight). This session examines how Primavera Portfolio Management solution can help provide organizations with a roadmap to navigate their way to enterprise value. As the economy improves the flood gates of pent up demand from all over the organization are escalating while the resource base is struggling to keep pace. Learn how portfolio management keeps the journey to value smooth by enabling organizations to prioritize, select, manage and deliver on the many initiatives they are managing.

Download Session 11 - Maureen Clifford

Session Primavera Support

Speakers

Tony Banks - Oracle Primavera
Tony joined Primavera Systems Inc. in February 1996 as a technical support engineer.  Over the following years he took up various roles at Primavera including heading up the team of Solution Architects for the international division, and later as Senior Product Manager in the Product Strategy team, working on the future development strategy of the P6 product. Tony then re-joined the support department in February 2008 as EMEA and APAC Support Director. Today, Tony is responsible the overall support delivery of a range of Primavera products within Oracle.

Presentation Abstract

Oracle Primavera Premier Support - Creating Customer Value. Maximize your support investment by taking advantage of the wide variety of proactive, predictive tools available through the new My Oracle Support portal for Primavera users. Review the benefits of the My Oracle Support including health checks, alerts, targeted knowledge, and patch advice. Connect with your industry peers, support professionals, and Oracle Primavera experts to exchange information, ask questions and get answers through Oracle's online support Community. Understand the available support tools, support resources and much, much more. All available through our next-generation, personalised support portal. Take your support to the next level! Join us as we review these exciting opportunities.

Download Session 12 - Tony Banks

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