Construction Management and BIM Tracks Added to 2016 Agenda

(March 16, 2016) – New this year, the University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence has added Construction Management and Building Information Modeling (BIM) session tracks to the Project Management Symposium agenda.

Taking place May 12-13, 2016, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., the third annual symposium has grown to feature nine session breakout tracks and five keynote presentations including those from Catriona M. C. Winter (Clark Constrution Group), W. Michael Hawes (Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company), and Kenneth B. Sheely (National Nuclear Security Administration.)

In her case study presentation, “The Wharf at Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C.,” Winter will share her experiences as Design Executive for the $457 million mixed-use waterfront project, during which she led Clark and its design partners through an accelerated design period.

Attendees following the Construction Management session track will hear from Susan Parente, principal consultant at S3 Technologies, as she presents a case study of the New NY Bridge Project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge. Projected to be one of the world’s longest and widest bridges, the replacement bridge will cost an estimated $4 billion – placing it on the list of the world’s most expensive bridges, as well. Recognizing this, Parente will demonstrate why this project presents an excellent case of how both risk management and stakeholder management support project management and the achievement of project objectives.

As part of the BIM session track, Kristen Ambrose, Senior Associate with Ayers Saint Gross Architects, will present, “BIM in Design – Applications in Architectural Practice,” during which she will provide a case study on the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland. Ambrose will discuss how BIM seeks to explore the boundaries of documentation, coordination, and visualization of space within architectural practice. She will also present the concepts and techniques of digital modeling and explore design opportunities in digital media at key phases of practice.

Those interested in the Construction Management and BIM tracks can elect to take part in all nine sessions across the two topics, or cherry-pick from these and other tracks offered, including disaster management, project management methodology, and the brand-new Aerospace & Defense Best Practices track, established in partnership with Aviation Week Network.

“This year’s symposium features the most robust agenda we’ve ever put forth,” said John H. Cable, Director of the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. “Not only will attendees learn more about big-picture opportunities in project management, but they will also hear from a variety of focus-area experts covering the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ behind many applications of project management today.”

With more than 50 breakout sessions and five keynote presentations slated for this year’s event, the 2016 Project Management Symposium is on track to be the biggest ever in the center’s history. Those interested in attending are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 1 early-bird deadline to secure a seat at the Baltimore-Washington region’s premier project management event.

For those looking to maintain a PMI credential, the Project Management Symposium offers an opportunity to earn up to 13 professional development units (PDUs).