Project Controls Conferences

Update: Check out the list of Top 24 Project Controls Conferences to attend in 2019!

2018 hasn’t even started yet and I’m already trying to get you fill your calendar. Now isn’t that something! But hey, the sooner the better and this will be one thing off of your to do list for next year.

As you may know, accurate planning and scheduling is important. Not only for your work projects, but also for your personal goals and individual projects. The new year is around the corner and to give you a head start with your planning, I’ve got a list of great project controls conferences and summits that may help you get 2018 started on a high note. It doesn’t only have to be business oriented, attending conferences can be good for you to build your network, gain more knowledge, or to simply see what’s new and exiting in your industry that can help you set yourself apart from the rest.

So, get ready for another exciting year and check out these 23 project controls and related conferences that are taking place in 2018.



Top 2018 Project Controls Conferences


Earn Value Management Conferences


Earned Value World 2018 (IPPM) – Integrated Project Performance Management

Date & Location: May 30 – June 01, 2018 at the Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This 34th annual international workshop, also known as EVM World, offer attendees the ability to learn about project performance techniques on EVM and has workshops to help attendee really understand how to implement this in their every day work routine.

Get access to leading experts through keynotes, professional education training seminars, pro tools training, topical workshops and more. Build your network with professionals and learn more about how Integrated project performance management help you.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Conferences

CanBIM – Vancouver Regional Sessions & Technology Exhibition

Date and Location: February 07 – 08, 2018 at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront in Vancouver, BC

This CanBIM Regional Session, themed “Sustainability Through BIM Innovation” focuses on the bigger picture of sustainability from the AECOO industry. Some topics that will be talked about is how building operators benefit from this as well as how improving building performance will impact the industry and the role that BIM plays on all this innovation, design and better builds.

European BIM Summit

Date and Location: March 08 – 09, 2018 in the AXA Auditorium at the IIIc Diagonal business and commercial center in Barcelona

The 4th edition of the European BIM summit is organized by CAATEEB, BIM Academy and BuildingSMART Spanish Chapter. They aim to highlight the practices, methodologies and international alignment of BIM seeing as BIM has becoming essential for Spanish professionals to know how BIM will affect contract laws. This summit’s focal point is on how the development id BIM will affect the construction sector and what role it will/is playing in the industry and how can leverage that to benefit us.

The National BIM Conference

Date and Location: June 05 – 07, 2018 in Anaheim, CA and Dec 4-6, 2018 in Washington, DC

Instead of asking why BIM should be used, this conference focuses on how BIM can be used. They highlight how to best implement BIM, how you can have a positive ROI, what the standards and practices are, how BIM can help improve services and much more.

This conference is forward thinking. It goes beyond 3D modelling to answering how BIM can be shared to various disciplines.

Oil & Gas Conferences

Blockchain, IOT & Machine Learning in Oil & Gas Canada

Date & Location: February 13 – 14, 2018 at the Hotel Arts in Calgary

At this 3rd annual Conference, attendees are expected to learn new strategies and technological advances within the industry. You will get real-life cases to work with, learn strategies to develop new opportunities through IoT architecture, interactive discussion about future advances and much more. This conference should be a must-attend if you’re looking to learn about new technologies in the industry and how you can leverage them in your favour.

The Global Petroleum Show

Date & Location: June 12 – 14, 2018 at the Stampede Park in Calgary

Global Petroleum is hosting its 50th year of innovation, and the theme for this year is “Celebrating the Future of Energy”. This event attracts thousands of international and domestic influencers from thousands of companies worldwide. This show offers a meeting place for top leaders and decision makers to learn about the ever-growing energy industry.

Look forward to seeing exhibits on new clean water, digital oilfield, pipeline, water innovation and transportation and logistics technologies. This is a great conference to meet clients and enhance your knowledge with each seminar and presentation.

Shutdown Turnaround 7 Outage (STO) Conferences


14th Annual STO 2018 Shutdowns & Turnarounds

Date & Location: February 12 – 13, 2018 in The Netherlands

This year is going to be the 15th annual Shutdowns and Turnarounds summit. The summit with will focus on key areas that support mitigating risks and ensure that the knowledge acquired through the exclusive case studies from global leaders will be transferable in the workplace. These case studies will provide information on oil and gas, petrochemicals, metals, wind, nuclear and refineries to help you rekindle/enhance your strategies.

Get advice from speakers from PacifiCorp, TRANSCO, CPECC, Winter shall Norge AS, Dugas, Lukoil, Egyptian Ethylene & Derivatives Company and many more.

Aerospace Conferences


Pacific Northwest’s 16th Annual Aerospace Conference (PNAA)

Date & Location: February 12 – 15, 2018 in Seattle North

PNAA’s 17th annual commercial aerospace conference is themed, Leading Through Change: Managing Transformation this year. Hosted at the Lynnwood Convention Center, this conference will offer insight into how the aerospace manufacturing industry is transforming the production of airplanes. It will offer information on the latest market intelligence and design innovations like robotics, digital technology automaton, material and manufacturing techniques and more.

This 3-day conference features industry experts from Teal Group, ICF International and McKinsey, Boeing supply chain and marketing leadership, executive networking, tech sessions, leading keynotes and much more.

If you are a C-Suite executive, strategic planner, business development or in aerospace management, then this conference is for you.

IEEE Aerospace Conference

Date & Location: March 03 – 10, 2018 in Big Sky, Montana USA

This weeklong conference is the 39th International IEEE Aerospace Conference. The IEEE will be hosting this year’s conference alongside AIAA and PHM society. If you have an interest in understanding eh aerospace systems, sciences and technology, and how they are applied to government and commercial projects then this conference should be saved on your calendar right now.

Sessions will teach you about the new technology that is emerging in this industry from presentations by high-ranking professionals of the government and military.

Construction Conferences

Construction CPM Conference

Date & Location: January 30 – February 02, 2018 at the Sheraton Canal Street in New Orleans

Known as one of the leading construction conferences being hosted every year, the Construction CPM conference features 3 days of study and practical training on the critical path method of planning and scheduling analysis.

At this conference, you will expand your knowledge and skills on estimating, cost and risk, BIM and more. If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge with CPM training in planning and scheduling this is the conference you should attend because they offer an extensive exhibit to help attendees understand the theories and practices of CPM – information you can implement right away.

Construction Institute Summit (CI)

Date & Location: March 01 – 03, 2018 in Forth Worth, Texas

At this year’s CI Summit, the theme is “The Future is Now”. At this summit you will learn about the new developments and innovative practices in the construction industry. Look forward to hear speakers from the department of transportation and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Jump start the new year by making quality one-on-one connections with other industry professionals, and earn up to 16 PDHs via the technical sessions, technical tours, and keynote presentations while you’re at it. This is a great opportunity to network and increase your contacts with industry professionals alike from all over.

Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference (CCA)

Date & Location: March 12 – 15, 2018 in Banff, Alberta

Kick off the year with a conference in beautiful Banff, Alberta at the CCA’s 100th annual conference. Packed with programs and forums on vertical building, civil infrastructure, general and trade contractors, economy and construction sector’s current situation and outlook, reducing carbon impacts and much more.
The CCA will hopefully leave you with your head filled with new information and strategies.

Engineering Conferences


International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ICACE)

Date & Location: March 08 – 10, 2018 in Hong Kong

The ICACE is focused on presenting research on newly upcoming areas of Architecture and Civil Engineering. This conference offers 4 keynote speakers who cover topics on the new era in the technological developments in this sector. It’s peer focused, meaning attendees can share their thoughts, experiences, and ideas to help others in a group setting. If you’re interested in being a part of it, you can now submit your paper.

Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference 2018

Date & Location: April 04 – 06, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska

The 2nd Biennial AEI Forum is being hosted by AEI of the ASCE and the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and construction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This forum is put together to bring students and professionals together to create an open discussion and to promote the opportunities and changes in the structural, mechanical, electrical, engineering, construction and architectural sectors. This meeting features talks state-of-the-art practices in this field.It’s like getting the best of both worlds. You get the academic teachings along with real world knowledge from experts in the structural, mechanical, electrical design and construction management field.

3rd World Congress on Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering (CSEE’18)

Date & Location: April 08 – 10, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary

The CSEE Conference is an umbrella for 5 co-located conferences. The 3rd International Conference on Geo-echnical Research and Engineering (ICGRE’18), the 3rd International Conference on Structural Engineering, New Technology and Methods (ICSENM’18), the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Sustainability, developments, and Protection (ICESDP’18), the 3rd International Conference on Air, Water, and Soil Pollution and Treatment (AWSPT’18), and finally the 3rd International Conference on Traffic Engineering (ICTE’18).

Each of these conferences are intertwined together as the focus of hosting a co-located conference is to bring together experts from each sector to share their ideas, best practices, and research through talks and workshops.

Project Controls Conferences

AACE Region 6: 2018 Western Winter Workshop

Date & Location: February 08 – 11, 2018 in Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, CA

This year’s 57th annual Workshop with be held in the Bay Area. This is two and a half days of soaking in the latest project controls tools and techniques through presentations on capital management and technical showcases.

If you’re interested in networking with decision makers from major organizations this would be the place to be. You will not only get a chance to soak up the beautiful California sun, but also receive credit hours towards your certification. Attend the collaboration forum, software showcase, presentations by cost engineering, BIM, claims and other related industry experts. This is a great social event that should be considered.

SeminarsWorld Scottsdale 2018

Date & Location: February 12 – 15, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Presented under the PMI umbrella, this seminar is designed to give attendees a chance to network and learn from your fellow professionals. With the topic-intensive seminars you can earn up too 29.5 PDUs and 2.95 CEUs. Get in the action with real world situations by working in small groups and collaborating with industry leaders while learning new strategies and skills.

APM Association for Project Management Conference

Date & Location: April 25, 2018 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London

Sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions Ltd., the theme of this year’s APM Conference is “Future Proof – Inspiring today’s profession for tomorrow’s challenges” and is aiming to provide insight on all the challenges that the future may hold for those in the industry. This conference is focused on offering project mangers the information and practices on how to best approach these challenges with interactive sessions.

If you’re interested in attending, you can earn up to 8 hours of CPD for your professional development units.

PMI Global Congress 2018 – EMEA

Date and Location: May 04 – 06, 2018 in Berlin, Germany
Register Registration is not yet opened but you can contact them for updates.

The PMI Global Congress is one of the yearly project controls conferences that you can’t miss. Professionals from all over the world and from various organisations will be there to share their knowledge, best practices, new trends, and to give you a refresher. These 3-days of networking and learning about the real-world changes and strategies. Keynotes and speakers are still to be determined but keep an eye out for more details.

Project Management Symposium 2018

Date & Location: May 10 – 11, 2018 in Washington, DC

As usual, this project management Symposium event is packed with educational seminars, exhibits, and networking opportunities with academics and researchers alike. Some topics that you can choose to personalize your learning or explore more of are federal programs, disaster management, people in projects, Agile/IT, construction/BIM and much more. You can earn up to 11 PDUs towards your PMI credentials, so this a bonus.

AACEI 2018 Annual Meeting

Date & Location: June 24 – 27, 2018 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA

This annual meeting offers wide range of programs that will cover the best industry tools and techniques. With over 100 hours of presentations on topics like building information modelling, global projects, IT/IM project and cost management, owner issues and more you’re bound to walk away with a notebook full of new ideas, strategies, and skills. The keynote for this year is yet to be determined.

Grow your skills and knowledge in Project Controls and meet some great people at these project controls conferences whether your fellow attendee or exhibitors. This is a great annual meeting to boost your network with the numerous talks there are to attend.

Project Controls Expo

Date & Location: November 13 – 14, 2018 Location TBD

Known as the largest international Project Controls event, you will find a variety of Masterclass sessions, Technical presentation and SME panels. This expo has tons of showcases and can even help you find a job with the Project Controls job fair.

You can find people in various industry like Oil & Gas, Constructions, Defense, Infrastructure and more. This expo is great for Project Controllers and those who aspire to be a Project Controller in the future.

Project Management College of Scheduling Symposium 2018 (PMCOS)

Date & Location: May 06 – 09, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, BC

The PMCOS professionals promote expectations and implementation of accurate and ethical schedules all over the world. With the symposium details TBD, this college offers a forum that helps individuals network, share experiences and much more. To get an idea of how their event is set up, check out the 2017 abstract.

Do you have any Project Controls conferences that you make sure to attend each year? Let your fellow professionals know in the comments below – maybe they might like to attend some of those project controls conferences this year.