ACES National Conference. Software Tools and Techniques Workshop – "CANCELLED"

Please note that due to the number of registrations received by the closing date being well below expectations the committee have decided that it would not be in the best interest of everyone involved to go ahead with this event. The event has now been cancelled. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please note the people who have registered will be contacted and notified individually.

Breakfast Presentation: Cost Control – It’s not just about numbers!

Don’t miss the first ACES Breakfast Function for 2007, to be held on Thursday 22 February at 7:00am at Rigby’s Bar, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Come join us for breakfast and listen to the presentation – "Cost Control – It’s not just about numbers" by Keith Webb of Woodside Energy Limited. We look forward to seeing you there.

Next ACES Breakfast Presentation is on 22 August

The next ACES Breakfast Function will be held on 22nd August 2007 at 7:00am at Rigby’s Bar, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Please join us for breakfast and listen Tony Reid’s presentation on ‘Useful Project Control Tips for Everyone’

The presentation will identify some of the critical topics in the range of Project Controls, and will describe why it is important that they are always included, and play their part in the Project Management scenario. It will provide a checklist of key messages for each of them which Project Controls staff of all levels of experience and knowledge should find useful – either as new ideas or a reminder of what is important!

I am sure that with Tony’s extensive experience in the area of Project Controls we can all gain something of value from this presentation

Risk Assessment Seminars using @RISK in Perth

Palisade is pleased to host two upcoming risk assessment seminars:

– Intro/Intermediate Risk and Decision Assessment, in Perth 7 & 8 November
- Risk Assessment Training: Oil & Gas Focus, in Perth 9 & 10 November

Both seminars are designed to introduce attendees to the concepts and methods necessary to develop defensible risk assessment decisions under uncertainty.

First, on 7 & 8 November we will offer training on risk and decision assessment for problems facing organisations using @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite software. The seminar starts at an introductory level, and quickly moves through the software’s various features and functionality. After two days, you can gain proficiency in using @RISK for applications such as forecasting, quantifying risk, analysing portfolios, mitigating risk in cost estimates, and more. In short, you will be able to run probabilistic simulations on any Excel spreadsheet you can create, as well as be able to understand and present the results to others.

Second, on 9 & 10 November we will offer training on risk and decision assessment for problems facing the Oil & Gas industry using @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite software. This seminar starts at an introductory level, and quickly moves through advanced techniques using the software’s various features and functionality. After two days, you can gain proficiency in Monte Carlo simulation with @RISK, sensitivity analysis with TopRank, making optimal decisions with RISKOptimizer, and modelling decisions and risk events with PrecisionTree for applications such as modelling exploration activity, project valuations, and cost estimations.

For more information and an outline of the seminar’s topics, go to:

ACES National Annual General Meeting

Attached is the Notice of the AGM which is being held on Monday 14th November in Perth following on from the Annual Conference. The AGM will include the voting in of a new committee so take the time to consider nominating yourself or others you think might have a contribution to make.

AGM Notice

Breakfast Presentation on Contingency

Come and join us for breakfast at Rigby’s bar on 19 July for a presentation on contingency by David Baccarini. We look forward to seeing you there. See Events for details

Newsletter March 2008

Annual General Meeting

Those members not able to come along on 11 March missed a great evening!

The meeting kicked off with drinks and networking followed by a presentation from Jim Zack Jr, Immediate Past President of AACEI (Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering International). Jim updated us on current AACEI developments with particular focus on professional certification.

Opening the 2008 AGM, outgoing Chair, Graham Duff, provided details of the past yearbs activities, followed by an update on National Committee proceedings presented by Keith Webb (National Chair) and the financial status presented by outgoing treasurer, Con Pitsikas.

Office bearers were elected for the coming year and are listed later in this newsletter. Some new faces have joined the committee and a number of the last yearbs committee have agreed to stand for a further term in office. To those unable to continue this year, thank you for your valuable contribution. To the new and continuing committee members thank you for agreeing to taking on the responsibilities of serving in office for the 2008/9 year.

Technical Sessions

The committee is looking forward to an interesting and productive year in terms of technical presentations providing avenues for education, personal development and networking with our fellow project controls professionals. The new committee is planning an eventful year. To keep things moving along we are planning the first morning technical meeting as a breakfast session on Thursday 3 April. Therebll be the opportunity to meet the new committee, get an update on events including an overview of Jim Zackbs 11 March presentation and a technical presentation in addition, of course, to enjoying to a hearty breakfast. The flyer is in preparation and will be circulated shortly for completion and return. Please flag 3 April in your diary.


Those who are not as yet members and would like to take up membership, an application form can be downloaded from the home page of this site. Once completed, the form can be faxed or posted b details are on the form.

Office Bearers

Chair Carole Bruce
Vice Chair Lea Liston
Secretary Position Vacant
Treasurer Shauna Thomson
Technical Session Coordinator Carole Bruce
Website Coordinator Alan Webb
General committee Graham Duff (Immediate Past Chair)
General committee Fintan Delaney
General committee Tony Kelly
General committee Mark Taylor
General committee Steve Cartner
General committee Keith Webb (National Chair)
Membership Officer Position Vacant

Vacant Positions

If you missed out on being elected to a position at the AGM, therebs still a chance to contribute this year in one of the slots still to be filled above. Herebs a great opportunity to upskill in the team environment with neither role being particularly onerous. The secretarybs role is to prepare a set of action minutes following the committee each month, and record any incoming or outgoing correspondence. The membership coordinator is responsible for receiving and keeping track of new applications and membership details update. Please consider if you are able to spare just a few hours of your valuable time. If you would like to nominate yourself, please email or make yourself known to one of the committee members.

Carole Bruce
Chair WA Chapter

ACES Western Australia Annual General Meeting – 29 March 2006

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Cost Engineering Society b WA Chapter will be held on Wednesday 29 March 2006 at 6:30pm (following the Technical Presentation) at Rigbybs Bar,221 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

The Technical Presentation "Distance Education for Cost Engineering" will commence at 5:30pm followed by some free drinks and nibbles prior to the AGM. This will provide an opportunity for networking and catching up with other members.

The AGM formal agenda will commence at 6:30pm and include:

  • A look back at the events of the ACES in WA and Nationally
  • The current financial and membership status for the ACES WA Chapter
  • Nominations and election of new committee members (see below)
  • An update on the ACES Web Sites
  • An update on other activities for 2006
  • A discussion on ideas for the ACES technical and social agenda for 2006

Nominations for ACES WA Chapter Committee Members

All current ACES WA Committee postions are available for election and nominations are encouraged from interested ACES members for nomination to any of the existing committee positions.

The Committee Positions for 2006 include:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Meetings Coordinator
  • Web Site Coordinator
  • General Committee Members

If you wish to nominate yourself for a committee position, please advise the WA Chapter Secretary by email by 27 March 2006 (

Ideas for ACES Technical and Social Agenda for 2006

To generate more interest in the ACES activities, we are seeking to improve our technical and social agenda for 2006. We would like to hear your comments and ideas for an improved 2006 agenda at the AGM. However, if you are unable to attend, we would still appreciate an email (by 27 March 2006) with any comments or ideas that you may have so they can be tabled at the AGM.

The following are a few suggestions to stimulate ideas for the ACES agenda.

  • Presentations on keynote projects
  • Seminars or workshops
  • Lessons Learnt presentations
  • New Technology demonstrations
  • Examples of innovation
  • Research papers and standards
  • Site Visits
  • Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner presentations.

    Please advise by email ( by 27 March 2006 if you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you there.

ACES Western Australia has a new committee

Following the WA Chapter AGM held on 29 March, a new committee has been elected. The new committee is a follows:

Chairperson Grahame Duff
Deputy Chairperson Vincent Chua
Secretary Gwen Kelly
Treasurer Matthew O’Brien
Technical Session Coordinator Fintan Delaney
Web Site Coordinator Mark Taylor
Committee Member Carole Bruce
Committee Member Keith Webb
Committee Member Tony Kelly
Committee Member Lachlan Walker