TITLE: Would you like to save 3% of your project value? Artificial Intelligence may hold the key


Learning from past mistakes on construction projects is hard – 98% of mega projects incur cost and time overruns according to McKinsey. The challenges are wide-reaching, from collating historical data, to interpreting results, and comparing results across your entire portfolio history.

Thankfully, new tools are being developed, using Artificial Intelligence techniques, to tackle these challenges and unlock massive savings opportunities for contractors, owners, and the community.

Join Toby Buchanan from nPlan to learn how major project teams are using these tools today on projects around the world.


Toby Buchanan

General Manager, nPlan


LOCATION: Go To Meeting


Nov. 12th, 2020 @ 11:45am PST

65-year-old Fairview Ave N wooden bridge replacement

SYNOPSIS: In Seattle, thousands of people travel on Fairview Ave N between South Lake Union and Eastlake every day without even realizing that they’re passing over Seattle’s last remaining major road on a wooden bridge. This bridge is held up by wooden posts built over 65 years ago; which are decaying and the concrete girders which stabilize the street on the eastern half of the bridge are cracked.

Rebuilding the Fairview Ave bridge is essential for public safety and will accommodate all people. In 2015, Seattle voters approved a levy to provide a $27 million investment in the Fairview Bridge replacement project. To replace the bridge, a section of Fairview Ave N is closed for 18 months. This project will construct sidewalks on both sides as well as a protected 12-foot, 2-way bike lane on the west side of the bridge. Just like today, there will be three lanes for cars and buses. Along with seismic improvements, we’re building 3 new lookout points along the west side of the bridge to provide viewing platforms looking out to Lake Union.

Join us as we share lessons learned, project risks and construction methods for the wooden bridge replacement.


Marilyn Yim, PE

Project Manager, Seattle Dept of Transportation

Is it Important to Scientifically Derive Project Contingency?

SYNOPSIS: Capital projects often than not experience significant cost over-runs and schedule delays, eroding project’ commercial values or profitability. One of the many researched reasons why major projects have such bad reputation is lacking robust and diligent project risk management practice, not only qualifying risks but to quantify the aggregated impacts of such foreseeable risks to the project.

Contingency is an essential element of project budget that is deemed to be spent by project team. In addition risk reserve funds are supplementary to cover the extraordinary and rare-event driven risks during project execution. How to derive the contingency and risk reserve funds in a scientific way is not a well-known to many project controls personnel. This presentation illustrates how a Monte Carlo simulation technique is used to simulate appropriate contingency at a given confidence level, and fits into cost estimate classification.


John G. Zhao

Principal Consultant at Riskcore Ltd.

International Arrival Facility – Pedestrian Walkway

SYNOPSIS: The Port of Seattle is building a new, expanded International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to significantly enhance the international passenger experience, advance the Puget Sound region as a leading tourism and business gateway, and serve the traveling public well into the future. The IAF, the most complex capital development program in the history of the 70-year-old airport, will significantly improve the arrival process for international passengers without adding new gates. The existing 1970s-era facilities cannot accommodate Seattle’s growing demand for international travel

The IAF was designed to increase capacity and will provide the following benefits:

  • Nearly double international-capable gates (from 12 to 20)
  • Increase passenger capacity by more than double to 2,600 passengers per hour
  • Incorporate enhanced technologies for faster passport check clearance
  • Increase size and number of bag claim carousels from four to seven
  • Reduce the minimum passenger connection time from 90 to 75 minutes


Stephen St. Louis

Project Manager, Port of Seattle

AACE Seattle Section July 16, 2020 Webinar: The Digital Frontier of AECO Industry – Digital Building Lifecycle

SYNOPSIS: Digital building lifecycle re-engineers processes and innovates the applicable technology tools for delivering data in smart environments.

It bridges the traditional stakeholder siloes, opens gates for fluent data flow and accumulates information from crate to beyond grave in smart environments.

Salla Eckhardt
Director of Transformation Services
Global Real Estate and Security | Center of Innovation

AACE Seattle Section June 11th, 2020 Webinar: Completing the Bellevue Downtown Tunnel On Time and Under Budget, Challenges and Success Stories!

SYNOPSIS: The Downtown Bellevue Tunnel (DBT) is part of Sound Transit’s $3.7 billion East Link Extension Program, a 14-mile extension of the Sound Transit (ST) light rail transit system from downtown Seattle, across a floating bridge over Lake Washington, to the cities of Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond. The DBT project consists of a 250-foot-long cut-and-cover portal structure at the southern end, a 1,983-foot-long Soft Ground Sequential Excavation Method (SEM) tunnel, and a mid-tunnel access shaft with a short adit connecting it to the tunnel.

This presentation will provide an overview of the SEM tunnel and the steps how the project team, lead by McMillen Jacobs Associates was able to complete this high profile project on time and under budget.

PRESENTER: Mun Wei Leong

Construction Manager-McMillen Jacobs Associates
East Link Bellevue Downtown Tunnel

PUGET SOUND GATEWAY PROGRAM (Project Controls and Project Management) – Knowing the Truth, Handling The Truth

14 May 2020

The SR 509 Completion Project extends SR 509 to I-5 near Tukwila, adds a southern access point to Sea-Tac International Airport, and improves service between industrial districts by allowing general purpose traffic and trucks to bypass I-5, SR 99 and local streets.

When finished, SR 509 will be a key component of the Seattle and south King County transportation network. Along with the SR 99 tunnel improvements, the project provides a critical north-south alternative to I-5 through Seattle and King County.

Check out our video about the SR 509 Completion Project to learn about the project’s benefits and get a glimpse of what it will look like when it’s completed.

PRESENTER: Susan Everett
SR 509 Project Manager

T-Mobile – How to Control Projects in Telecommunications Industry

Topic: T-Mobile – How to Control Projects in Telecommunications Industry
Date: April 16, 2020

Synopsis: T-Mobile, presenting our ways on how to manage and control 5G technology project.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said:
“We’re committed to building broad, deep nationwide 5G that people and businesses can access at no extra cost with the New T-Mobile … and today is just the start of that journey,”

The company’s practice of making their projects on-budget and on-schedule through proper budgeting and resource planning are critical on how the company CONTROL their projects.
We are honored to have a presenter that has the capacity to explain and share T-Mobile’s success.

Presenter: Janice Pelayo
Senior Manager,
5G Core Network Engineering