July 2019 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, July 12, 2019

11:15 am – 12:00 pm   Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm     Lunch & Program
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm      Networking


Operating System 2.0 – Collaborating to Transform the Projects Industry  

The Capital Projects Industry is unsustainable for many sectors of the global economy. Many capital projects either lack new technology, effective management, or both. Current processes are not agile or flexible enough to accommodate change and lack the foresight to envision the operating reality four years in the future. “Plan the work, work the plan” doesn’t work.

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) evaluated different delivery methodologies designed for capital projects. These delivery methods were focused around business value versus capital cost efficiency. Does the earned value system work? What are the best owner/contractor management techniques?

CURT and CII believe the solution to this issue is Operating System 2.0., a multi-industry, collaborative, research-supported effort that aims to redesign industry procedures and standards with current technological advances in mind. The goal of OS 2.0 is to create a standardized technology-enabled platform that accommodates future changes and makes capital projects more financially viable and sustainable. This session will discuss the research & findings of this initiative.


Steve Cabano, President, Pathfinder, LLC  

Steve Cabano, President of Pathfinder, LLC, has 30+ years of project engineering and project management experience in the industrial and commercial facilities industry. He has provided cost, scheduling, procurement, and similar project related services for owner and government clients in the Petroleum, Petrochemical, Chemical, Mining, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, and Power industries worldwide. Steve earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and his professional affiliations include: AACEI, PMI, AIChE, ASTD, SAVE; board member & 2019 Chair of CII, and Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Association Board Member. He’s also authored articles for Chemical Processing, Chemical Engineering, Refinery Today and PMI.

  • $25 per person for online registration ($35 per person at the door)
  • Free for Rice Students (registration required in advance)
  • $15 for Rice Faculty (registration required in advance)

Online registration will close at Noon on Thursday, July 11, 2019. A boxed lunch will be served.


Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center

Detailed campus maps are available on the web at http://www.rice.edu/maps/. The Ley Student Center is located in the central part of Rice campus. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located to the across the street from the Student Center.

In the possibility the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus.

Note: In order to protect the privacy of the luncheon attendees, the list of attendees is not published or distributed.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.