30 June - 3 July 2018 Radisson Blu Plaza, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jesus M. de la Garza

Dr. Jesus M. de la Garza is the holder of the Vecellio Endowed Professorship in Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech. Dr. de la Garza has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction. Dr. de la Garza is the Editor-in-Chief for ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. He has served as Director of the Civil Infrastructure Systems program at the National Science Foundation. His research is organized in three tracks, namely, Project Controls, Information Technology for Construction Management, and Infrastructure Asset Management. He has advised 13 PhD students, 90 MSCE students, and co-authored more than 100 refereed publications. Dr. de la Garza received his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois and his BSCE from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. He has held visiting professorships at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Arizona State University, and Georgia Tech.


Abstract of the keynote lecture

Shortcomings in Plain Vanilla CPM Schedules

This talk will provide an overview of some of the challenges faced while interpreting results from the application of traditional Critical Path Methodology (CPM). The Lecture will focus on two distinct concepts, i.e., resource-constrained scheduling and single-duration activity estimates. These concepts are mainstream elements called for, explicitly or implicitly, in construction scheduling specifications. The Lecture will show why the Critical Path (or lack thereof) cannot be trusted without performing additional checks and balances and it will also demonstrate and explain, albeit theoretically and via simulation, why many construction projects overrun the baseline schedule. The Lecture will suggest mitigating strategies for each of the challenges. In many ways, the Lecture will “burst the CPM bubble” however, it will do it proactively because ignorance will never be an excuse. Knowledge is power, indeed, but its usage comes with immense responsibility.

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Jesus M. de la Garza
Shortcomings in Plain Vanilla CPM Schedules


Submission of abstracts
15 January 2018

Notification on abstracts' acceptance
15 February 2018

Submission of final papers
15 April 2018

Payment of early registration fee
15 April 2018

Final deadline for hotel reservation
15 April 2018

Cancellation without penalty
15 May 2018

30 June - 3 July 2018


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