A Glimpse of the Future of Project Controls – 02 Oct – City of London



Attend this free event to meet innovative companies changing the nature of large, capital projects.

As projects grow in complexity and present greater risk, effective management and control is proving to be more challenging than ever. To improve margins its critical to make use of technological advantages as they emerge. With radical improvements in the ease with which software systems can be developed there is now a flood of innovation onto the market.

This event gives a forum to outstanding, fresh companies to present their offerings. Meet the people behind the products letting them take your questions in an audience of your peers. Each presentation will be limited to 10 minutes. After all companies have presented we will break into groups for further discussion, one-on-one demonstrations and networking. Breakfast and lunch are included.


Costain’s Katrin Enders attended the first Glimpse event in April. “I thoroughly enjoyed the event as it combined insights into a variety of strategies to address the complex issues that are encountered during complex project delivery.”

As of 23 Sept we have eight presentations, brief synopses of which follow.

ShapeDo offers a solution to eliminate unmanaged change. ShapeDo will present how coupling a drawing comparison technology with robust processes enables full control of design change impact on program, cost and delivery. Discover a simple yet novel way to improve your commercial position and dramatically reduce project risk. https://shapedo.com/

Aphex Planner is a short-term planning tool that encourages efficient, collaborative planning. Planner is a replacement for traditional look-ahead programmes that uniquely features clash detection to help projects sequence their works both efficiently and safely. It also has powerful statusing capability designed for tracking root cause analysis. https://aphex.co

designtech / Enstoa – This talk will focus on demonstrating a new methodology that designtech / Enstoa are building for early stage feasibility design. Engaging with key developers, the process allows end users to upload site information and constraints, and generate thousands of suitable designs that meet a given criteria, make decisions based on concise information, allowing for significant capital expenditure decisions to be based on provable data-sets. https://designtech.io/

– Safran Risk can be used right through the project life cycle, from discovery, identification or bid phase to perform a cost only risk analysis, all the way through planning, execution and closeout. It seamlessly combines advanced project schedule, duration, and cost features for ultimate analysis integrity. https://www.safran.com

The Crown Estate / Dragonfly – This talk will discuss the early stage development of The Crown Estate Round Three Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Programme. The programme was a landmark turning point for The Crown Estate establishing a new sector within the organisation that is valued at over £1 billion pounds.

Resolex – Learn how psychology and technology can be leveraged within the governance of projects to improve risk monitoring, collaborative working and stakeholder engagement. http://www.resolex.com/

Turbo-Chart – Forget multi-page Gantt chart printouts and see the big picture on just one page using Turbo-Chart time location charts. They can be created manually or directly from your schedule in p6 or MS Project etc in seconds. http://www.turbo-chart.com/

– The Sablono Platform for process and supply chain management has been implemented in major projects across the UK, Middle East and Europe and provides an unprecedented ease of management of complex processes throughout the supply chain across company borders. Learn how projects like London Greenwich Peninsula, Louvre Abu Dhabi or Humboldt Forum Berlin gained real-time insights into project delivery by implementing one central digital platform for process management of all trades involved. https://www.sablono.com/en/


8:30 – 9:15 – Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30 – Welcome from Phil Shatz followed by keynote by Andrew Candler of The Creative Engine

9:30 – 9:40 – Ari Isaacs, ShapeDo

9:40 – 9:50 – Carlos Adams, Aphex

9:50 – 10:00 – Mark Thorley, designtech / Enstoa

10:00 – 10:10 – Richard Wood, Safran

10:10 – 10:20 – Russell Johnson, Turbo Chart

10:20 – 10:30 – Tony Llewellyn, Resolex

10:30 – 10:40 – Roy Evans, The Crown Estate

10:40 – 10:50 – Lukas Olbrich – Sablono

10:50 – 12:30 – Break into groups with delegates enjoying free-form discussions and one on one demonstrations.

12:30 – Lunch

Speaker Bios in Alphabetical Order

Carlos AdamsAphex – Carlos has a diverse commercial background, from product development and marketing through to project management and analysis in the engineering, design, utilities and energy sectors. Carlos is also a specialist in the built environment and its relationship with new technologies and sustainable development. Seeing a disconnect between construction projects and the methods, processes and platforms used to complete them on time and within budget, Carlos co-founded Aphex. As CEO, Carlos drives growth with his passion for digital innovation; promoting efficiency and data-driven analysis in the construction sector through well designed software. https://aphex.co

Andrew CandlerThe Creative Engine – Andrew has spent the last 30+ years developing and promoting interactive digital experiences. His client list includes Google, Microsoft, Sonos, Intel, IBM, DixonsCarphonewarehouse and many other top brands. The Creative Engine

Roy Evans – Formerly with The Crown Estate Roy has over 30 years experience work in a project delivery environment across a range of sectors. He joined the Crown Estate in 2007 to spearhead the commercialisation of the then Marine Portfolio. Using his commercial and project experience, he set about creating a procurement strategy that would ensure that the Round Three Offshore Wind Programme would be delivered in a structured efficient manner. To do this involved the establishment of a Project Controls Team and introducing E-Procurement, Planning and Project Accounting Software. In a five year period, he oversaw the investment of in excess of £300 million into the Marine Sector within the Crown Estate. In October 2017 Roy left The Crown Estate and established Dragonfly Consultancy and Management

Ari Isaacs – ShapeDo – Ari consults for major construction and infrastructure projects where he has developed a deep knowledge of dispute avoidance and resolution. Ari has helped parties in conflict to resolve disputes leveraging technology and processes to ensure effective project control. ShapeDo specialises in drawing-driven distressed project recovery, delay analysis and dispute avoidance and resolution. https://shapedo.com/

Tony Llewellyn – Resolex – Project controls are typically useful in identifying gaps in performance. Recognising the symptoms is one thing, but how do you then find the root cause? Large complex projects are delivered by people from a diverse range of technical, professional and cultural backgrounds. Getting team members to work effectively alongside each other is a significant challenge that is often under-appreciated. Research shows that a high proportion of project issues are interpersonal and behavioural rather than technical or commercial.

The session will explain the concept of Early Warning Signals and set out how a team leader can use up-to-date feedback data to build and maintain cohesive team behaviours and improve project performance. The key is to take some time to work out the most useful questions to ask, as they relate to a particular stage of your project. By gathering data on a periodic basis one can spot trends and identify the specific needs that need to be addressed. http://www.resolex.com/

Russell JohnsonTurbo-Chart Rusty has been developing project software for over 20 years. In addition to Turbo-Chart he is also a Co-Founder of SharpCloud Software Ltd who won a Gartner Cool Vendor designation in 2015. Rusty was previously the CTO of Pertmaster Limited before its acquisition by Primavera when he became VP of Analytics. http://www.turbo-chart.com/

Lukas Olbrich is CEO of Sablono and has been working in the field of digital construction since 2007 in numerous positions. He co-founded Sablono in 2013 with the vision to make complex construction projects transparent for everyone involved. In 2017, he was named “Innovator under 35” by the MIT Technology Review for his achievements in major construction projects such as the Greenwich Peninsula Upper Riverside in London. https://www.sablono.com/en/

Phil ShatzPhil’s runs Absolutely Low Risk Business Development which provides an outsourced sales and business development service to companies involved with delivering large, complex projects. Phil is hosting the event.

Mark Thorleydesigntech – Mark brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to various stages of work in both the process and delivery of BIM. He has experience in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and ensuring better levels of collaboration throughout the design process. His extensive knowledge of BIM software enables a greater workflow and results in the best methods of delivery possible. He has amassed a portfolio of great projects delivered in BIM ranging from Leisure, Residential, Religious, Retail, Educational and Sports Stadia.

As a fully qualified Architectural Technologist, Mark has worked in managerial BIM and Computational roles for companies such as Aecom, Grimshaw and Spacezero, delivering iconic projects such as the the Al Wakrah Stadium Precinct, for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Mark is passionate about computer science and its application in the field of Architecture and Construction. Working alongside some of the leading organisations in the building industry, Mark has designed strategies, software and workflows that help to utilise building data and create efficiencies through the automation of design and production. His skill set has led him to be one of the leaders in Computation and tools such as Dynamo. Over the years Mark have collectively taught colleagues and external consultants and have spoken at conferences worldwide https://designtech.io/

Richard Wood Safran – Richard is a Project Controls and Asset Management specialist, and has worked for over twenty years mainly for software and consulting companies dedicated to improving the efficient use of critical operational assets. This has included customers in a diverse range of sectors including Telecommunications, Construction, Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Chemicals, and such companies as British Telecom, Computer Associates, MRO Software, Oracle Primavera, and now Safran Software.

For Safran, he now leads the management team, with an aggressive growth agenda, both internationally and domestically in Northern Europe. He will achieve this by innovative product development providing market differentiation, based on a long legacy of market dominance in asset intensive industrial solutions. This delivered through a strong customer focus and a consultative sales team. Safran’s single unified approach to Schedule management and Risk Mitigation is fast becoming a global benchmark for the planning and execution of complex asset intensive projects. https://www.safran.com/risk