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

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

ACES – WA Chapter – Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Cost Engineering Society b WA Chapter will be held on Wednesday 16 March 2005 at 5:30pm at Rigbybs Bar,221 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

The session will commence at 5:30pm and with some free drinks and nibbles to provide an opportunity for networking and catching up with other members.

The formal agenda will commence at 6:00pm 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
  • The ACES 2005 National Conference (to be held in Perth)
  • An update on other activities for 2005
  • A discussion on ideas for the ACES technical and social agenda for 2005

Nominations for ACES WA Chapter Committee Members

Nominations are encouraged from interested ACES members for election to any of the existing committee positions. As the ACES National Conference is being held in Perth and hosted by the WA Chapter this year, we will also be looking to also form a subcommittee to help prepare and manage this event.

The Committee Positions for 2005 include:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson/Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Meetings Coordinator
  • Web Site Coordinator
  • National Conference Subcommittee Officers

If you wish to nominate yourself for a committee position, please advise by email by 14 March 2005 (

ACES 2005 National Conference

The ACES National Conference, which has previously always been held in Melbourne, will be held this year in Perth. The Conference, scheduled for November this year, will include attendees from outside WA and will provide an opportunity to promote WA and showcase itbs projects. To ensure that that the Conference is a success, a subcommittee will be formed to focus on its preparation.

Ideas for ACES Technical and Social Agenda for 2005

To generate more interest in the ACES activities, we are seeking to improve our technical and social agenda for 2005. We would like to hear your comments and ideas for an improved 2005 agenda at the AGM. However, if you are unable to attend, we would still appreciate an email (by 14 March 2005) 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 14 March 2005 if you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you there.

ACES Annual Conference – Call For Papers

The Western Australian Chapter of ACES is pleased to advise that they will be hosting the ACES 2005 National Conference.

The Conference will be held in Perth on monday 14 November 2005 and will be a full day event. The venue will be advised in due course

The conference is expected to attract attendees from other states and overseas. It provides an opportunity for speakers to promote their companies as showcase examples of project control and cost engineering excellence.

If you would like present at this year’s conference, please submit an extract by 30 June for consideration. Your abstract should be of interest to project control personnel and related disciplines. Suggested themes include:

  • Estimating & Cost Planning
  • Cost Control & Forecasting
  • Asset & Facility Management
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Tendering
  • Benchmarking & Modelling
  • Contract Management & Disputes
  • Project Management
  • Information Technology
  • Risk & Decision Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Professional Development

For more information see Call For Papers

Evening Function with President of AACE – Tuesday 26 September 5:30-6pm

Don’t miss James Zack, the current President of AACE International who has kindly agreed to give a presentation on the ongoing efforts of AACE at the International level. Free admission, drinks and nibbles. Tuesday 26 September 2006 5:30 for 6:00pm start. Rigbys Upstairs Bar, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Please RSVP


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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: