A Glimpse of the Future of Project Controls – 12 Feb – The City of London



Attend this event to meet innovative companies changing the nature of large, capital project delivery.

Featuring case studies on the application of new technology at Hitachi Horizon Nuclear Power, Heineken, BP, Ramboll, HS2, VolkerFitzpatrick, Nike and The Greenwich Peninsula.

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. How do you know which is worth examing further?

Our Glimpse of the Future event gives a forum to outstanding innovative companies who are new on the market. Meet the people behind the most interesting advances we have found letting them take your questions in an audience of your peers. Each presentation focuses on a customer success story limited to 15 minutes.

This “Glimpse” event format is ideal for people who are interested in innovation but time poor. Its for people who believe in the importance of meeting face to face with vendors when considering technological solutions.

Interested in what happened at the last Glimpse event on 28th of November? Here is Paul Wilkinson’s blog and a 50 second video clip. See testimonials at the bottom of this page.

Venue – Brewer’s Hall, Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2V 7HR – Link to venue


12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Paul Wilkinson, Extranet Evolution

Paul Wilkinson is a technology writer and blogger, covering construction-related developments in cloud computing, SaaS collaboration, BIM, data and mobile. He is deputy chair of the digital transformation panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers, and is involved with COMIT (Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT), ThinkBIM, the UK BIM Alliance and Constructing Excellence. He is a past chair of the construction and property group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

13:15 – Maria Simonsen, Safran

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. Safran are holding a two hour workshop on the morning of the event in the same venue. More information is here.

13:30 – Lukas Olbrich, Sablono, Greenwich Peninsula Case Study

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.

13:45 – Sean Blencowe, Green Light Change, Ramboll Case Study

Sean Blencowe, CEO and founder of Green Light Change, led the development of Insight. Insight is a Connected Planning platform that brings together all colleagues in the project portfolio eco-system onto a secure, real-time Cloud database. The platform uniquely enables the bi-directional connection of Excel™ spreadsheets while overcoming their well-known limitations. Find out how Ramboll Group saw a 90% reduction in reporting effort, 70% reduction in time to finalise the monthly Board Pack and achieved sustainable cost reduction across the top 100 projects of over €4m per year.

14:00 – Speaker Panel, Q&A and break

14:15 – Stefan Bakker, Cleopatra Enterprise, Heineken Case Study

The road to improvement is always a long and rocky one, but in order to stay competitive, neglecting to take action is simply not an option. Despite that, industry-leading companies keep waiting for the right moment to embrace new technologies, while developments move at the speed of sound.

This presentation will go into the fundamentals of process improvement and will sketch the necessary steps towards improving your Project Controls approach. It will not only go into the integration of the various phases in the project lifecycle, but also explains the triangle of Process, Tooling and Knowledge.

Stefan Bakker (VP of Business – Cost Engineering Consultancy) will also share a case of how their professional project controls software Cleopatra Enterprise has helped the international industry leading company Heineken deliver their projects on time and within budget.

14:30 – Carlos Adams, Aphex, VolkerFitzpatrick Case Study

Aphex Planner is a lean, collaborative, short-term planning platform to help you work smarter. Planner has been developed by engineers for engineers, with the need for simplicity and ease of use at its core. Unique features include time-location Clash Detection, automated Sequence Slides, Statusing to track root-cause analysis and live Dashboards.

14:45 – Richard Rowberry, 4Berri Consulting, BP Shah Deniz Case Study

Projects don’t get any larger that this. 4Berri Consulting will give an overview of the recent Shah Deniz Phase II mega-project and highlight how assurance enabled fast-track contractor schedule turnaround on an already time constrained programme of works.

15:00 – Ari Urieli, JustManage

Ari Urieli is the founder and owner of JUST MANAGE. Previously he was the CEO of Tidhar, one of Israel’s largest construction companies. A pioneer in the construction tech market, Urieli has developed a holistic digital toolbox that offers unique management tools and effective methods to improve performance. Ari Urieli has received several awards in Israel for promoting the concept of management and quality in the construction and contracting industry. With the project schedule at the center, JUST MANAGE simplifies management processes, motivating employees to action while improving control. Proven on hundreds of projects in Israel to improve performance, quality and safety while at the same time shortening the schedule and lowering costs. Most importantly customers earn more money, while enjoying peace of mind and the enhancement of their reputations.

15:15 – Speaker Panel, Q&A and break

15:30 – Ed Moore, Resolex , HS2 Case Study

This session is taking a holistic view of projects and exploring the behavioural and relational elements. Using case studies from large infrastructure projects , including HS2, and smaller bespoke construction projects we will review the use of early warning signals and systems that generate objective data about team behaviour to improve risk monitoring, collaboration and project team effectiveness.

15:45 – – Ari Isaacs, ShapeDo

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

16:00 – Robin Shipston, Roar Data Sentrk, Nike case study

Nike embarked on a high value, fast paced store construction programme, as they expanded into bricks and mortar direct-to-consumer sales. The volume of email, spreadsheets, messaging, documents, and ad-hoc software solutions was quickly overwhelming and made managing and reporting an arduous and risky process. A highly mobile project management team needed rapid access to reliable information in the field, and corporate functions needed current data they could trust. Adding yet another piece of software into the mix was not the answer, and the PM team knew it.

16:15 – Will Bentley, Hitachi / Horizon Nuclear Power

Future proofing uncertainty – Hitachi’s recent decision to suspend the £15.5 billion investment in Horizon, a Company set up to build and operate a brand new nuclear power station follows hot on the heels of Toshiba’s divestment and the abandonment of a similar scheme late last year. However, Horizon had made great strides to formulate, design and implement its controls strategy that would last 10 years into the future. By looking into the future, analysing emerging trends the concept of building base systems and implementing with incremental value add-ons was already taking shape.

16:30 – Speaker Panel, Q&A and networking

18:00 – Event ends

Attendees at the three prior Glimpse events have been from the following companies: Arcadis, Arup, BAM, Bechtel, Bombardier, BuroHappold, Cape, Capita, Cemar, Clarkslegal, Cooper Moss Rutland, Costain, Creative Engine, Currie & Brown, Epeus, The Discovery Channel, Ferrovial, Foster + Partners, Gardiner and Theobald, Heathrow, HKA, Hurley Palmer Flatt, Jacobs, KBR, LogiKal, Lower Thames Crossing, Morgan Sindall, Multiplex, Navigant, Optimse, Oxford Brooks, Oracle, PwC, SenSat, SPIE, Siemens, Surrey County Council, Turner & Townsend, Tusp, VVB Engineering, Westbrook and Westinghouse.

Glimpse Testimonials

Donnie MacNicol, Director at Team Animation Ltd, Delivery Advisor – “I had the pleasure of attending my first Glimpse event at the end of 2018 and found it highly informative, stimulating and rewarding. As I typically work with corporates on improving their delivery success, being introduced to such innovative and value add products and services increases the advice and guidance I can in turn pass on to my clients. I am also delighted that a company I am on the Advisory Board for will be presenting in early 2019”.

Andrew King, Senior Planning Manager at Morgan Sindall – “I attended one of Phil’s “Glimpse into the Future of Project Controls” conference recently and of the eight supplier demonstrations I have found five that can help my business and I’m in the process of following up with each of them. Without Phil organising such events I may not have come into contact with these suppliers and missed a great opportunity.”

Steve Postles, Project Controls Professional – “A very innovative and efficient format making great use of time with a number of “bite size” presentations and the opportunity to delve further into those of most interest in a pleasant, comfortable environment.”

Katrin Enders, Head of Forensic Delay Analysis (Rail), Costain – “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.”

Nithya Venkatesan, MBA Candidate – “There were some very good speakers and there is always something to learn that I get from attending events. Very well organised event with top industry experts. Looking forward to more in the future.”

Richard Wood, CEO, Safran Software Solutions – “I attended and presented at Phil’s recent conference ‘A Glimpse of the Future’, which was very worthwhile. Phil did a great job getting a good mix of software suppliers and prospective users together, and it worked really well as both an educational/informative session and networking event. Time well spent.”

Andy Candler, CEO, The Creative Engine – “Phil is really good at spotting opportunities and putting the right people together to create success. Call it whatever you want; sales, networking, common sense, but he has the skills in making sure that he is talking to the right people at the right time. I have had the pleasure of knowing Phil for over 20 years and his latest venture, ABSolutely with its unique Glimpse event format, provides us with insight and direction into markets we normally would not explore.”

Adam Couch, Head of BIM at Optimise – I found the session a wholly worthwhile event to attend where Phil has been able to group together like-minded professionals in presenting their products in relation to the industry’s rapid advancement in technology. Many of us are looking for solutions within our businesses that is not offered by the BIG software providers and here Phil provides the stage and the opportunity for the more open thinking innovators to share with a more collaborative audience that are able to pitch in with ideas and opinions.