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Join DADA at this year’s ACostE Conference

The ACostE Conference is back!

Open to both ACostE Members, and non-members alike, the event is open to everyone.  So join us at the ACostE’s 2022 conference being held over two days, 6th and 7th July at the Birmingham City University (BCU). The Conference will cover some pillars of our professional skill set; Cost/Resource Engineering, and Project Controls, as well as wider industry challenges such as de-carbonisation and adding Social Value.

Across the two days, the conference will host a series of short practical workshops and formal presentations.

Here’s an overview of the value you can expect from the 2 days:

DAY ONE There will be running two tracks of presentations, one focused on the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) aspects affecting all of our Professional lives.

✅ Presentations include:
• ZERO Next_Gen: Forget Roadmaps
• Cost and carbon governance for capital projects
• Portfolio /programme setup using RCF models
• Inflation Impacts Across Infrastructure Project Lifecycles
• Uniclass development advisory board – get involved
• Accreditation presentation
• Apprenticeships and End Point Assessment
• The Benefits of professional registration with the Engineering Council via ACostE

DAY TWO There will be real training opportunities with one track of presentations and two training tracks.

✅ Presentations include:✅ Training Workshops include:
• Control starts at concept• Risk Management Process – making it simple
• Future of cost estimation with Machine LearningWhat’s in the cake?
Sensitivity analysis reveals the inner ingredients of the spreadsheet
• Life Cycle costing• Practical Application of Benchmarking
• Digitising your Commercial & Project office
• What are we doing to your ACostE

Join DADA’s session where we show how you can digitise your in-flight Projects using mass OCR digitisation and AI-powered Content Intelligence, which allows intelligent sorting and routing based on content through Machine Learning. This allows integration with follow-on Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions and integration with MS SharePoint, DCMS, and CRM SQL dBs. These tools can ensure engineering procedures are correctly written, by bookmarking specific sections for human review with Straight-Through Processing (STP) to update Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems.

Featured Speakers

Alex Jones, Director at RapidDCS, explains how Digitisation will be vital if we are to Decarbonise our projects. Alex believes that the construction sector has a clear responsibility to prove and improve its carbon footprint. Join Alex to hear about innovation within the cost & carbon estimating space to meet this challenge. This session will explore the drivers toward sustainable estimating and a return to bottom up estimating. Alex will show an example of how estimators, carbon experts and design professionals can collaborate to deliver greener projects.
Stephen Harrison from Asset Handling will deliver the following learning outcomes during his session on Effective Asset Management (EAM).
Record and maintain the value of all the assets (Whole life Cost)
Clarity of cradle to grave asset tracking tracking
Reactive and Planned Maintenance
CBM (Condition Based Monitoring)
Asset Risk Analysis including 
FMEA (Failure Mode Effect Analysis)
SPOF (Single Point of Failure) Analysis
Jonathan Williams of the UK Environment Agency will be presenting how, revising the Environment Agency’s approach to benefits management, they can now identify and target the far wider reaching benefits that their schemes deliver.  Jonathan’s presentation will use real examples from the Boston Barrier scheme to demonstrate how the revised approach delivers against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Come and learn from the intellectual investment being made by the UK Environment Agency’s dedicated team.
Michelle Banner le ads a 90 mins training session on:
What the perception is of planning and scheduling within project delivery – the good and bad!
How the core project controls disciplines are linked together and what this means for planning and scheduling
The flow of data through Planning and Scheduling and how this leads to efficient project delivery
How people skills are fundamental to being successful within a Planning and Scheduling environment 
Kevin O’Grady shares his vast experience of the importance of robust life cycle costing. By providing a common reporting framework for life cycle costs and carbon emissions, Kevin explores their interrelationship and how it provides the opportunity to make decisions about the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment. Kevin will show that more than ever before Life-Cycle costs play pivotal role in the financial management of construction projects around the world.
Ian Baker, leads a workshop on concepts such as:
Sensitivity Analysis and Monte Carlo simulation
Highlighting irrelevant data areas
Manipulation of key outcome drivers for scenario evaluation
A different perspective on risk register parameter evaluation
Uncertainty (three-point estimates)
Chance of meeting target outcome
How to improve predicted outcome
With a degree in Architecture, and a keen interest in sustainable, zero carbon construction Tasha Greenfield co-leads the ZERO Next_Gen group. Tasha is also the Design Coordinator at Natural Building Systems, who are designing ADEPT. ADEPT is a bio-based, fully adaptable, and demountable sustainable insulated panel system. Tasha joins Burçak Turan, also from ZERO as they help you understand that waiting for roadmaps, waiting for legislation to change, and waiting for gradual product innovation is simply not an option.
Patrick Clyne of Mott MacDonald, who shares his insights into why the impact of inflation across the infrastructure project lifecycles is key to understanding the financial shock affecting our ability to deliver projects within budget. His presentation explores the best practice approaches for tackling inflation across the project lifecycle, maximising the early stage estimating certainty whilst considering the balance of Affordability & Deliverability. He will show how published consumer focussed indices (CPI(H)) to price 25yr solutions at a 2022/23 price base.
Johnathan Milsom CEng will provide as part of this ESG focused event, the tools, models and techniques used by TPG Group to aid the defence industry in working toward becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

This will build on work already completed by TPG Group, with Johnathan as Capability Director, and the next steps that should and can be taken to improve our understanding of the challenge we face to become a carbon neutral defence industry
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