What our Delegates and Partners Think

After working with delegates and partners for over last 6 years, Project Controls Expo is proud to display some fantastic client testimonials/feedback. Everyone is very important to us. For us it's about putting something back into the profession of which we are all a part and pleased to see the feedback from our delegates and partners.

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Testimonials

London 2016 (16 Nov) @ Emirates FC Stadium

 

Keith Hogben

COO, RPC UK

Project Controls Expo 2016 ranks as the best event at which we have exhibited in our 24 year history. So much so that RPCuk will, once again, be Platinum sponsors for the 2017 event. The level of interest, from the many visitors to our stand, in the capabilities of RPCuk was unprecedented. The quality of presentations from respected speakers was extremely impressive and the stature of delegates unmatched. Finally, the level of support that we received from the organisers was exemplary. Project Controls Expo is simply a “must attend” event for anybody involved in successful project delivery.

Nick Curran

Fusion Commercial

It gets the balance just about right between being informative and educational and allowing vendors to push their services and offerings

Mita Patel

GBP PLC

I simply loved the Professionalism, completeness, friendliness, everyone was welcome and valued. When u are starting on the PM ladder that makes a big difference.

Sheryl Durham

SNC Lavlin

Expo offered a chance to chat with people in similar roles in different industries that I wouldn't normally come across...new contacts, new perspectives. Very useful!

Adam Defusto

Thales Group

It was a great opportunity to listen to other viewpoints of Project Controls from a diverse range of industries and analyse how they correlate with mine.

Michael Clarke

Logikal Projects

Its the highest regarded expo for project controls. Its the only one that major players within project controls make sure they attend

Dan Nisbett

Turner & Townsend

Everything in the event was simply awsome. This is easily the best project controls event of the year and provides a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers and build relationships. The presenters were excellent and demonstrated their detailed knowledge. Personally, the best thing

David Hirst

Leaseplan

A very professional event compared to Project Challenge which I have attended previously. Better speakers, better location, better AV, better catering, better overall.

Bastiaan Jonker

GHD Group

What I liked most is hearing from likeminded people going through similar problems that you are facing and hearing creative solutions and networking.

Jack Water

Ministry of Defence

I particulrly liked the variety of speakers from different industries which gave me a view of how these different industries approach Project Controls

James Neville

United Utilites Plc

I particualry liked the wide choice of agenda items / speakers. Good venue with plenty of opportunity to network.

Alamin Haque

Arcadis

I see Expo providing an excellent platform for project controls people to share and learn from each other.

Ritesh Yadav

Projcon Group

If you ask me, what I liked about it, I'd say Location, audience, Exhibition, presentations and the list goes on..

London 2015 (13 Oct) @ Emirates Arsenal Stadium

 

Andrew Hill

MD, LogiKal UK

"We have been exhibiting at this event for the last 4 years and it has now become the most successful event in Project Controls which exists in UK. It was attended by around 750 professionals which demonstrates the level of emerging focus which there is for excellence in the practice of controls. The event was well organised and involved substantial opportunity for networking with others working in our space, as well as a number of presentations and workshops on relevant topics.

It never ceases to amaze me how such a clearly focused theme can have so many different aspects to cover and different solutions to problems you never knew you had. Presentations at events like this tend to be a case of ‘preaching to the converted’ – by virtue of the fact that they are attending most people agree with the central tenet that investment in doing Project Controls right leads to better outcomes. However, there is a definite benefit from Project Controls becoming more widely recognised as an area of opportunity for individuals and organisations.

Congratulations to Anil Godhawale and his team on another successful event."

Dan Nisbett

Turner & Townsend

"I must say, the expo was a brilliant event! I really enjoyed myself as it was very well organised and a fantastic showcase for all involved."

Laurie Bowman

Principal at Synchrony, Chair of Australian Cost Engineering Society - NSW Division, Australia

"It was great to experience over 700+ project management professionals, project controls professionals, project management industry associations, project controls associations, examination organisations, and software vendors from around the world coming together as one all come together as one to exchange ideas and celebrate our profession. There was something for everyone with multiple streams and all skill levels catered for from beginners to experts. The technical seminars were excellent covering a diverse range of topics including Integrated cost and schedule risk analysis, Total Cost Management, BIM and even artificial intelligence. Between technical sessions the networking opportunities were fantastic all day as you would expect with such high number of delegates from a wide range of disciplines.

One thing is for certain, events like the Project Controls Expo are a great catalyst for getting our profession together and exchanging ideas and this is a great thing for practitioners and for industry.

Well worth the trip from Australia and looking forward wait to next year’s event!"

Anthony Dailey

Managing Director, Dailey Consultancy Limited

"As a first timer, I’ve got to say it more than met my expectations! It is a real achievement to have an event where over 750 project control professionals from a range of industries (Oil, Gas, Pharmaceutical, Construction, Nuclear, Infrastructure, Defence, Government) all get together to share knowledge and form lasting relationships. My credit and appreciation goes out to Anil Godhawale and his team who have turned this into a must go to Project Control event, on the world stage. It is now in its 5th year!

Yes the event had software providers, sales consultants and recruiters. You could be excused for being slightly cynical about the high level of salesman ship that always talks place at Expos. But for me this Expo offered so much more!

Networking. I spoke with an apprentice at BAE systems, who was very switched on to business psychology and the importance of team work to deliver successful projects. I also met with a client relationship manager from a Training company who is taking the world of e-learning by storm. You can now get results from a Prince Practitioner course immediately! ….no more waiting around for your result and getting tense. Later on in the day I was with members of the ACostE council, discussing how project control professionals can add to the UK’s knowledge base. What a great mix!

The App. I came to the event armed with an Expo App on my iphone which enabled me to view other delegates’ details and form connections on line. Also I could view the upcoming agenda. The delegate can select classes of interest and with one tap of the App; it sets up your own personal schedule. Wouldn’t it be good if this kind of forward thinking could be brought in to the work place? After all we are in 2015.

Key Note Speech. The event kicked off with a Key note speech from Steven Norris of Driver Group and an ex Minister of Transport. The speech was entitled “Is Infrastructure back?” Steven engaged with the mixed audience and gave us all room for thought, with an answer “Yes Infrastructure is back!” He was very upbeat about the investment going in to UK infrastructure over the next 5 years. Highways England was presented and CP5 and CP6 investment to 2029. The icing on the cake for the UK is the set up of the National Infrastructure Commission to look at what we need and when we need to do it. Steven laced his presentation with facts such as the UK having the fastest economic growth rate in the G7. It was fascinating to listen to his message that connectivity (via infrastructure) leads to productivity in society. In simple terms investment in the UK’s roads and transport links, to quote Steven “lets people without jobs get to jobs without people”. This came with a warning, nonetheless, that the UK does have a worrying skill gap in engineering and manufacturing that needs addressing. A clear message was for vocational training to be part of a national skills plan to ensure jobs are for life and transferable around the world. Project control plays a big part in the future through training and enables projects, such as the Olympics, to be delivered early and on budget.

Knowledge Share. For those readers that could not attend the venue at the venue at the Emirates Stadium (London) was set out in 4 zones, depending on the delegates interests: Master Class Zone ; Technology Zone ; Workshop Zone ; Back to Basics Zone

I attended 4 classes and networked with over 30 people, snapping up a handful of business cards. The areas for discussion from the day are vast and I recommend for people to look up the event on the web and twitter for lots of people’s thoughts.

There is one class that I must reference in more detail before I go as it resonated with me greatly. The class was in the Technology Zone and was entitled “Data Driven Decision Making” by Russell Berkeley of Darbus Ltd. I hope you enjoy my reflection below…your decision.

Data Driven Decision Making. Russell challenged the belief that exists in the world of project management that we create data to analyse, understand and then make a decision. He questioned the audience as to whether this actually happens? Does all the information we produce (you know plans, risk logs, financial information) actually aid our decision making? Or do we just get bombarded with data. Russell spoke of how the word “data” can even be interpreted differently, depending on whether you are making a tactical or strategic decision. For example an engineer will create data, such as spreadsheets, programmes and numbers to support opinion. This is tactical decision making with complex data. In a strategic setting, i.e. an MD who asks for “more data to make a decision”; the data means options. The real insightful part was when Russell related the 2 types of decision making back to the role of a Project Manager (PM). He stated that the PM’s role is to facilitate “effective” decisions by taking tactical data and presenting options to the board. Always give at least 3 options. The presentation continued by exploring how we make decisions and this is where the fun really began. Ground breaking research by Antonio Damasio, a professor of Neuroscience, has shown that emotions play a central role in decision making. Russell demonstrated how we need emotions to make a decision, using some funny slides. There was one slide showing the thought process of a lady choosing between a £30 next hand bag and a £19,900 Louis Vuitton bag. Emotion must be involved as it can’t just be based on data otherwise Louis Vuitton wouldn’t exist. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and more work is needed on decision making in project control. To conclude it is clear that the seasoned Project control professional could take a first step by identifying the top 10 SV and CV on a project and provide recovery options to the Board, with the PM of course. Then I guess an emotionally driven decision can be made."

Chirag Shah and Lauren Sheehan

TRS Staffing/Fluor Corporation

"Over 750 Project Controls professionals from a range of industries representing 30 nations attended the Project Controls Expo, 2015. The event now in its 5th year continues to grow. We extend our congratulations to Anil Godhawale and his team for organizing such a successful and interesting event.

This was our 5th year at the Project Controls Expo and I certainly feel it exceeded previous expectations. The Expo is a great platform for networking and facilitated our meeting with number of candidates and clients who I have been speaking to for many years but have never had the opportunity of meeting face to face. We learnt a great deal about what project control’s individuals are particularly passionate about in their relevant area.

The mobile app was an excellent tool for not only networking with attendees but giving full access to presentations from the day, surveys, polls, maps and much more. The event’s agenda was available prior to the event and on demand all day so the team could keep to a schedule and not miss out on speeches of interest. The social media interface in particular was great for sharing instant updates!

With a range of master class sessions, case studies, workshops, presentations and speeches, there was something for everyone. The opportunities to meet a range of professionals and extending knowledge of the industry proved to be endless, A great area for networking proved to be the extensive lunch buffet a munch and meet with several familiar faces!

Here at TRS, we are proud to be key sponsor to the Project Controls Expo and look forward to many more successful events in the years to come. With an expected turnout of 750-900 professionals, we are already looking forward to attending next year’s event in 2016."

Mike Younger

Director of Project Controls, Major Programmes Advisory Group, Turner & Townsend infrastructure

"I found Expo 2015 far more structured than other ones. The presenters were excellent and and their knowledge very detailed. I recommended this to everyone in Project Controls. I also got chance to meet up with old friends and find out what is new via presentations and at the workshops.

The software section was great and felt more of a tutorial than a hard sell. I wonder was this something that happened or did Expo staff impose this on them:-) Either way it was refreshing. The earlier finish led to more people being about for the social which was nice and offered very relaxed evening.

Next year, if given an opportunity I would love to talk about portfolio planning and the need for a robust coding structure."

Alec Ray

Chairman, IET/ACostE Project Controls Network

Dear Anil Godhawale,

You and your Team have again surpassed yourselves by having an even better Project Controls Expo than last years excellent event. My personal thanks to you for doing so much in promoting the understanding and application of Project Controls. You are a real credit to our Profession, and I am sure you will go on and accomplish much more in the future.

Kind regards,

London 2014 (18 Nov) @ Emirates Arsenal Stadium

 

Alan Barltrop

ACostE, President

"On behalf of the Association of Cost Engineers I would like to thank you for giving ACostE the opportunity to participate in the Expo. We found the Expo to be very successful in both introducing ACost to a wide range of project control professionals and also to make make contact with many of our members and associates old and new. I congratulate you on organising such an excellent event in a spectacular venue, and I look forward to hearing of your plans for 2015."

Alec Ray

ACostE, Vice President and International Director

"My sincere congratulations on the great success of the Project Controls Expo. The venue, organisation, presentations, refreshments and everything about the event was excellent. I really do appreciate the hard work and risks associated with an event like this, and I am delighted at its success, which you deserve. I look forward to your next event."

Steve Jones

APM PMC SiG Chairman,
Carolyn Limbert & Simon Taylor, APM SiG Members

"So Expo knocked it out of the park again this year by hosting a fantastic project controls event within the amazing Emirates stadium home to Arsenal football club. The feeling was more around community and less of a sales pitch from sponsors who all had something to add to the event from a system to management perspective.

The attendees clearly reflected the view that this was a must see event as it attracted many high level controls individuals including our own Stephen Jones who spoke on the topic of agile and earned value. With three streams of speakers running in parallel throughout the day, the audience was spoilt for choice at the vast selection of subjects covered. We couldn’t attend them all, but from what we did attend here are our highlights;

Key note speaker David Birch regaled us with his many years of experience and whilst it is always great to hear David’s thoughts on project controls it was his rallying call around professional recognition and career growth that really resonated. He called for a community of practice around controls rightly pointing out that more can be done around sharing knowledge outside of events like these and looked to the APM and chartership to spearhead this vision. This theme of collaboration, or lack of, was also echoed and articulated by George Haddad, VP of product strategy for Oracle, who showed how far the construction industry was behind in this regard.

With collaboration being the central topic of the day, Ben Vaughan discussed his experiences on collaborative working between suppliers and customers and offered some tactical advice on fostering a more collaborative approach to establish a robust project controls environment that can be trusted by both parties. Jim Malkin, a fellow PMC SIG member took us through six areas for improving visibility and presented a framework for determining and improving project maturity which further demonstrated the importance of visibility and collaboration.

On the more specific technical skills side, David Bordoli discussed how important progress, position and prediction was to project delivery success, and provided an alternative approach to predicting project completion for projects who do not utilise earned value management. Andy Abu-Bakar then dove into the world of schedule risk analysis (SRA) and took us on a journey through an SRA process, pointing out common pitfalls and offering some tactical solutions to ensuring robust SRAs are conducted on complex, long-term engineering projects. Glenn Hide then talked us through the benefits of the NEC3 framework and imparted some of his substantial knowledge, providing valuable insight for both supplier side and client side parties to enable them to manage their project effectively within the NEC3 construct, focusing mainly on the topic of programme acceptance.

Overall the speakers at this year’s expo were of an extremely high quality and it once again proved that events like these can be opportunities to enlighten each other and spark debate and not just focus as a place for vendors to solicit business. We are thoroughly looking forward to next year, long may it continue!"

Stuart Collin

Mace Group

"Always good to see what is being practically achieved rather than just the theory / sales pitch"

Helina Leck

National Grid

"It was well run and the speakers knew there content. The whole experience was positive."

Steve Jones

University of Warwick

"I thought the NEC speak was brilliant. He could have held a surgery at the event so people could ask questions in private. I enjoyed the networking But most of all the tour was brilliant."

Yvonne Amanchukwu

Technip

"The ambience was fantastic and it was interesting having conversations with fellow professionals and sharing ideas about different aspects of the industry. If the same level of professionalism is maintained, i will be happy to attend every year."

Mark Lee

Qinetiq

"A dynamic and interesting event, presented by Project Control professionals for PC professionals, with a low fee structure to encourage attendance from delegates and sponsors. This seems to be a winning combination, given the increasing attendance, year-on-year. Looking forward to 2015."

Susan Howard

Thales Group

"Good range of people Seem a committed audience, everyone I spoke to was passionate about Planing and Controls"

Lauren Perks

Oracle

"Level of attendee was significantly higher than at any other event we attend resulting in a much more engaging conversation."

Julia hodgkinson

CH2M

"Good mix of attendees and expert presenters. Ideal opportunity to meet like minded people and get exposure to new ideas"

Ewa Parsonage

Freelance Consultant

"The venue was superb! All arrangements were excellent, it was very comfortable to attend a presentation which was not is a small closed room, it was very good that we could walk through different areas while the presentations were taking place and still did not disturb them. Catering was excellent! The exhibition area could have been expanded - I mean more desks with more companies but overall the venue and event were absolutely fantastic!"

Cat van Doorn

Highways Authroity, UK

"Learning from really good, engaging speakers on topics that they were heavily involved in."

David Bordoli

Driver Group

"Good range of exhibitors and speakers - in fact too much for a one day event!"

Mike Bale

Horizon Nuclear Power

"Depth of knowledge and experience across the speakers. Will be watching all of them when the videos are ready."

Kyp Kyprianou

BAM Nuttal

"Good all round feel about the day and all elements complimented each other; agenda, venue, networking, facilities, speakers, etc."

Paul Traynor

Kaefercd

"I found the event inspirational and decided I want to be in a position within 5 years that I will be asked to speak at an expo in the future"

Jenaro Villa

Freelance Consultant

"Real cases, master classes based in experience not just in processes explanations."

Peter Moberg

Kongsberg

"Quality speakers and their topics as Jim G Zack Jr on Pacing Delay and Ben Hubbard on Practical Applications of a Risk Management Framework."

Will Bentley

HS2

"The organisation was slick the day didn't feel too rushed - a good balance of presentations not overly software focussed"

Donna Hannah

Self Employed

"I am looking to get into the project world from a training and development role and I felt the need for people focus / relationship building / skills development was very promising for me for a future career, I enjoyed speaking to recruiters and the sharing of best practice throughout - Thankyou!!!"

London 2013 (13 Nov) @ Twickenham Stadium

 

Mark Singleton

Head of Planning | Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

“Yet another very successful project controls expo, very informative as usual. It’s one of the top 2 must attend events of the year”

 

Mark Lench

"I liked the variety of delegates which has come from a wide range of Oil & Gas, Rail, Nuclear, Defence and Government."

Richard Miller

PM One Limited

"Liked the high quality of the event and more specifically the content"

Tom Kherkhan

PCF Limited

"Very high quality audience"

Grieg Duncan

Collabro Group

"The quality and quantity of the delegates. Event dinner was also a fitting end of the day"

Kevin Balaam

Skanska

"The Masterclass sessions were extremely informative"

Claire Bremner

AkerSolutions

"Very professional and friendly atmosphere"

David Birch

Head of Project Controls, National Grid

"Excellent event; particularly liked the breadth of subject matter covered, number of exhibitors and number of people attending"

Michael Denney

L-3 Communications

"Venue very good, sessions 'The Agile PMO', 'Challenges In Project Controls' and 'Forensic Schedule Analysis' very informative".

James Parsons

EC Harris

"I found the content of most talks informative and interesting, the informal nature of the exhibitor space was also well received."

Chris Woodbridge

Conject

"The Agenda was particularly strong this year which I think was the reason for the great attendance"

Mark Sweeney

CH2M Hill

"Varied and quite intensive sessions. Very well run (like clockwork) as you would expect at a PC event!"

Jane He

Vattenfall

"Various topics available to different event attendees' needs"

Shantanu Mukherjee

National Grid

"All sessions I attended were extremely well presented and were very engaging."

Kimberley Small

Deltek

"We were able to create a lot of interest around our products and the delegates that attended were the right mix for us."

London 2012 (31 Oct) @ Twickenham Stadium

 

Ewen Maclean

Managing Director, FTI Consulting

The Project Controls Expo 2012 was an excellent event staged at the prestigious venue of Twickenham Rugby Stadium. It witnessed an extensive and eminent group of speakers from within the Project Controls industry and beyond who spoke on a wide and varied selection of current subjects. It was tailored for the day with 3 simultaneous sessions being held at once covering intermediate and advanced levels as well as practical case studies so there was a considerable choice for all attendees. Exhibitors and major software providers also showcased their products and delegates were able to assess the performance of numerous products within one location.

Roland Horat

CEO SuperTech Project Management, Australia

We are pleased with the results from Project Controls Expo. The organizational structure was exemplary and we shall attend again next year.

Don Hazeldine

Project Management Development Consultant

I've recently presented at the Project Controls Expo at Twickenham. The event was supremely organised and was truly a very professional event. It called for three venues hosting 7 speakers concurrently, as well as central areas where sponsors, delegates and speakers could meet. To pull the event off with great success showed an excellent level of coordination and the management of detail by organisiug team.