Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D., DBIA, CCP, DRMP

School of Building Construction and the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, USA

 

Keynote lecture:

Project Finance and Public-Private Partnership (P3) for Transportation Infrastructure Mega Projects in the United States: A Critical Assessment of Barriers and Enabling Mechanisms

Abstract: State Departments of Transportation (state DOTs) in the United States seek private investments to leverage their shrinking financial resources and fulfill their growing funding shortfalls. The private sector can provide innovative ideas through establishing effective public-private partnership (P3) contracts for design, construction, and operations of major transportation infrastructure assets in the U.S. Decisions to involve the private sector in financing, developing, and operating transportation mega projects vary from state to state in several aspects. This research talk aims to capture the underpinnings of P3 and private financing as utilized by state DOTs in development of transportation mega projects.

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Bio: Baabak Ashuri is Associate Professor in the School of Building Construction and the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech where he directs the Economics of the Sustainable Built Environment (ESBE) Lab. Dr. Ashuri specializes in innovative project delivery, alternative contracting, cost forecasting, project data analytics, and public-private partnership (P3). He is the developer of CRAFT©, Comprehensive Risk Assessment for Transportation, the risk analysis software developed for the Office of Program Delivery at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Dr. Ashuri also developed “Next-Gen Design-Build (DB) Assessment tool” – an automated software system specifically designed to assess the cost-effectiveness of selecting design-build for a GDOT highway project. This research project received the 2013 AASHTO High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen” Award.

Johnson Yi

Director of Project Management Center of Excellence, HUAWEI, China

 

Keynote lecture:

Building Customer Trust in Mega Projects – experiences from 5G projects at HUAWEI

  • 30 years of work experience in project management, one of the witnesses and builders of HUAWEI project management development
  • Expert in Huawei’s integrated process and transformation project management
  • Member of HUAWEI Project Management Expert Committee
  • Gold medal lecturer and professor at HUAWEI University

HUAWEI is the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones. HUAWEI had won more than 25 commercial 5G contracts and shipped more than 10,000 base stations for 5G. HUAWEI is winning the trust of more and more customers through its 5G projects.

Soonwook Kwon

Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

 

Keynote lecture:

Opportunities of Digital Transformation for Better Project Management

Professor Soonwook Kwon is a Professor of School of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Landscape Architecture and a Chair Professor of Graduate Program for Future City Convergence Engineering Department of Sungkyunkwan University, Korea.  He is also a board of director of IAARC(International Association of Automation and Robotics in Construction).

His research interests are IT and automation technology for construction industry including IoT(NFC, USN, MEMS and RFID etc.), Rapid Prototyping Technology (Laser Scanning, Stereo Camera, AR, VR, HR and Drone etc.), Smart Wearable Devices  (Smart Glass, Smart Band and Smart Jacket etc.), Reverse Engineering Technology (Retrofitting for Industry Facility, 3D Printing, BIM), Equipment Automation Technology, and Gerontechnology.

Peter Jedelhauser

Swiss Federal Railways, Director of the programme “Léman 2030”, Switzerland

 

Keynote lecture:

Creating Trust in Mega Projects – experiences from two railway mega projects in Switzerland.

According to SBB predictions, between 2010 and 2030, the program will double transport capacity from 50,000 to 100,000 passengers per day.

This 4 billion CHF megaproject is designed to substantially improve the offer, timetables and capacity of rail transport (passenger and freight) along the Lausanne – Geneva corridor. It includes, among others, the implementation of new rail traffic regimes in the Lausanne area, the complete modernisation / extension of the Lausanne and Renens railway stations as well as the construction of a new underground station in Geneva.

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Short CV of Peter Jedelhauser.
Name:               Jedelhauser, Peter
Date of birth:     9. Juli 1959
Family:              Married, 4 children
Education:
Since 2010:       Assessor IPMA Level A
2009:                 Certified Projects Director IPMA Level A
1983:                 Master of Science Civil Engineering Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich
Professional Experience:
Since October 2016:         Swiss Federal Railways, Director of the programme “Léman 2030”.
This 4 billion CHF programme is designed to substantially improve the offer, timetables and capacity of rail transport (passenger and freight) along the Lausanne – Geneva corridor. It includes, among others, the implementation of new rail traffic regimes in the Lausanne area, the complete modernisation / extension of the Lausanne and Renens railway stations as well as the construction of a new underground station in Geneva.
April 2011 to Sept. 2016:   Swiss Federal Railways, Director of the Gotthard north-south axis project organization.
This project organization was designed to manage all activities and responsibilities of the Swiss federal railways related to the commissioning of the Gotthard- and Ceneri base tunnels, building up of related operation and maintenance organization, modernization of rolling stock, about 40 major projects to improve the access lines, training of 2’900 persons and the design and construction of the 4 meter corridor.
Oct. 2004 to April 2011:    Swiss Federal Railways
Head of different business units in charge of  railway infrastructure projects.
2000 – October 2004:       Alstom Hydro (Switzerland) Ltd:
Head of turnkey business unit responsible for the construction of new and refurbishment of existing hydropower plants in Europe, Turkey, Middle East and Asia
1985 – 1999:                      Electrowatt Engineering Ltd, Zürich and Bangkok:
Various positions in project management and head of business units for the development, design and construction supervision of hydropower and irrigation projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East.
1984 – 1985:                      Swiss federal Institute of technology Zürich.
Head of a team for geotechnical field works in Western Africa.

Miklos Hajdu PhD

Budapest University of Technology

 

Keynote lecture:

Planning and scheduling mega projects: A case study of a nuclear power plant

Abstract:

According to one of the definitions among many others for mega projects „Megaprojects are temporary endeavors (i.e. projects) characterized by: large investment commitment, vast complexity (especially in organizational terms), and long-lasting impact on the economy, the environment, and society”.  Nuclear power plants, by all means, can be considered as mega projects. Mega projects due to their complexities have a long record of poor delivery and nuclear power plants are no exceptions. Consequences of poor delivery can have fatal and long-lasting consequences for millions of lives therefore all the steps of the project – including construction – must be carefully designed, executed and controlled.  Construction of nuclear power plants therefore are helped/controlled by international agencies by collecting and evaluating events in other nuclear facilities, publishing safety guides and technical report, sharing best practices, etc. in order to ensure safety above all. These safety guides are more about the expectations and less about the „hows”. This paper presents the work that aims to give clear directives about planning/scheduling and monitoring requirements of the construction of nuclear power plants by avoiding being too specific but yet direct enough to ensure maximal expectations regarding general safety.

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Bio: Miklos Hajdu PhD received his PhD degree in construction management in 1995 at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is a civil engineer with 30 years of experience in both industry and academia. His research interests focus on project planning and controls. He was the founding president of the Hungarian Project Management Association, and the vice-president of the Hungarian Scientific Society for Building. Professor Hajdu serves as the editor-in-chief and member of the editorial board of numerous Hungarian and international journals. He has several dozens of publications including books and papers in internationally indexed journals. He is a fellow of PMCOS (Project management College of Scheduling)