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Gary Culbertson

Sr Scheduler

Mount Holly, North Carolina, United States
Industry Category: Specialty Contractors

Gary Culbertson'S Overview

Resume:
Gary L. Culbertson
Sr. Project Controls Scheduler / Task Director
214 / 868-0595
Thunderhorse47[AT]hotmail.com
www.linkedin.com/in/garylculbertson/

Previous Years of Experience

My primary experience is heavy industrial construction scheduling (anywhere from $60 million to over $4 billion+) which includes engineering, safety, permitting, procurement and commissioning. I also manage subcontractors, monitor manpower changes, close material tracking, permit tracking, change orders, Critical path analysis, Resource loading, daily Progress reporting, Baselines, Schedule performance, Earned value management, a variety of Scheduling software, Detailed schedules that includes granularity as requested by station management, etc. and have the ability to act as an Assistant Project Manager as needed. If you are seeking a seasoned Schedule development person that goes above and beyond normal day to day responsibilities and will get the job done right and timely, Master scheduler, Schedule updates, Work breakdown structure, Lump sum planning, Milestone dates, Cost forecasting, Earned value analysisThen, I am the person for you. I have the capabilities of handling one project or multiple projects with activities well into the thousands. I also have extensive field experience!
Primarily a progressive Nuclear Professional offering outstanding leadership skills and a solid performance record… Inspires others to work at their highest level… I have a strong Industrial Safety background, Human Performance practices; I understand Nuclear Criticality Safety, Radiological Protection, and Environmental Compliance rules and regulations and Conduct of Operations. I have conducted Accident Investigations, Root Cause Analyses, Vendor Oversight Audits, Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA-1) Audits, and Operational Readiness Assessments of nuclear operations.
I am able to balance the needs of the staff with the priorities of the company… Skilled supervisor; able to motivate staff and handle conflict… I am highly effective in promoting a positive, productive work environment… Special talent for analyzing situations and resolving problems… Diplomatic and effective in negotiation: maintains confidentially concerning sensitive issues and documents… Outstanding communication skills; both one-on-one and with a group… Good eye for detail; well organized; strong in planning and implementing programs… I have the ability to organize a group and focus them to succeed on a common goal. I have the ability to talk to an operator or mechanic on their level and then also brief Senior Management on the status of the project.
Over 25 years of Project Management experience with a variety of projects including automotive facilities, schools (primary, middle and high schools), colleges, telecom Industry, municipalities, airports, warehouses, assembly plants, nuclear power generating, nuclear & fossil outages and laboratories. I have effectively / successfully managed site programs requiring designers, engineers, construction managers, consultants, and constructors.
I have managed projects for more than 25 years, during my project planning, I apply Root Cause Analysis to predict failure mechanisms and design risk prevention strategies. I work with the Project Team to improve efficiencies and to manage projects within budget and schedule. I coordinate with the engineering staff to complete the design on-time and with budget. I supervise other Project Managers and System Engineers and guide them to develop long range plans for process improvements. I lead weekly brown-bag training sessions to improve the technical capabilities and assure standardization across our department. I have led Monthly Safety Information Meetings, delivering the safety message in an entertaining forum. I have served on the Human Performance Council and implement projects using Human Performance techniques and tools. Outage


Education
Primavera P3E/P5/P6 Certification 2006, 102 & 106
OSHA-10 hour Certification, 2004
Project Management Courses: Brookhaven Junior College, 2001
Mechanical Engineering / Construction Management / Courses, 1975 - 1980
Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas in conjunction with Texas Instruments Education Co-Op program
 

Security Clearance Attained:

Duke Energy NRC Clearance 2009, current Active
Q Clearance DOE: Interim Clearance approved, Applied for 2005
Top Secret DOD: Inactivated January 2003
US Citizen
 

Professional Associations (Memberships)                                                                                                     

Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) since 2003
Project Management Institute (PMI) Since 2001
American Petroleum Institute (API) Since 1986
Instrument Society of America (ISA) Since 1984
 

 

 

Experience

Mr. Culbertson has attained an exemplary reputation as a Program / Project Manager. His responsibilities have included Program Management, Program Planning and Management, Program Cost Control and Budget Management, Comprehensive Design and Constructability Review, Scheduling, Procurement Planning and Support, Estimating and Presentations of Proposals to the Owners and Company principals. He has exercised his responsibilities in Competitive bidding and negotiated with Sub Contractors, assessed value engineering, conceptual budgeting, negotiation and prepared contracts and sub-contracts for Owner and subcontractors. Created Executive level and detailed scheduling and Costing in Timberline, MAXIMO, MC2, MS Project 98 / 2000, Primavera “P3, P3E, P6 and Sure-Track”, Cobra, Artemis, Success, Prizm, Prologis, Project Talk & Cognos Reporting tool. Coordinate field operations with Owner, Superintendent and Subcontractors. Tracking all job-related costs and prepared billings, accountable for project P&L profitability.

 

General overview for Construction Organizations:
Managing your project involves managing a complex arrangement of projects, people, processes and resources.
Project risk can occur throughout the construction life cycle due to a myriad of processes including bidding, procurement, budget management, design and unforeseen changes, schedules, safety, and quality. Managing these risks and ensuring company profitability requires a powerful process and project management system.
Mr. Culbertson has been providing process and project management solutions to companies in the construction industry. Whether you are a general building contractor, an EPC company, a construction manager, or a subcontractor, he has a number of different solutions that will match your project management requirements.
Billing and Invoice Management, Multi-currency Management, Budget Management, Program Management, Project Management Planning, Collaborative Scheduling, Purchasing Management, Contract Management, Safety & Quality Management, Correspondence Management, Site Management, Drawing Management, Vendor Management, File Management, Viewing and Redlining.

 

Design and Construction Management

His progressive Program / Project Management experience lead him to Consulting with Management and Business Owners to review project proposals to determine goals, establishing staffing requirements and allotment of resources, time frame, funding limitations and procedures for accomplishing the project.  He has successfully implemented a Due Diligence approach, incorporating Project Planning, Project Execution and Final Close Out. Appling knowledge of  management processes to ensure compliance with the project plan. His knowledge of project life cycles of operational products or services including organizational infrastructure and life cycle stages of planning, organizing, staffing, executing, and controlling the project, in choosing appropriate project management tools and techniques to obtain project goal.  Installing, commissioning and testing automated baggage handling systems  since October of 1997, 8 Years of continued facilities Management and Maintenance, including 15 years Motor Control Panels 15+ years Program Logic Control (PLC)  15+ years with SCADA and PLC’s, 4 years of  Integration of baggage screening equipment (X-ray, EDS, etc.,  8 Years of  Sortation systems, 8  Years of  Bar code scanning equipment, 15 years of Reviewing, approving, rejecting, and commenting on electrical, mechanical and procedural submittals.
 
Project Planning
Analyze project concepts; Analyze the project's economic viability; Analyze building and environmental permitting; Perform environmental due diligence; Assess a proposed contractor's capabilities; Evaluate a company's project management capabilities; Assess a company's financial capacity and condition. Ability to apply the project management methodology to provide integrated decision support regarding project cost, schedule, and quality. Ability to provide project performance analyses such as earned value. Ability to use historical and forecast data to perform trend analysis, earned value analysis, variance analysis, and risk assessments as appropriate and necessary, and to develop plans or make recommendations for change. Ability to formulate and recommend corrective action measures (e.g., work requirements, schedule revisions, manpower adjustments, fund allocations, etc.). Evaluate and/or develop project budgets or funding requests; Assess proposed contractual agreements and responsibilities; Assess the design and engineering constructability; assess the engineering company's capabilities and planned deliverables; Evaluate engineering and design schedules; Evaluate proposed contractor schedules; evaluate the project's site planning; evaluate the project's specifications and drawings.
 

Management and Operational Audits

Current performance capabilities and risk considerations; Organizational principles and dynamics; Decision process analysis and modeling; Information systems and database management; Project implementation planning; Financial, management and project controls; Value and construction feasibility analysis; Risk assessment and management; Contracting methods and documentation; Project policies and procedures; and Productivity analysis and improvement methods. Evaluating claim issues for contractual entitlement; Developing document databases, Compiling important project documents into issue packages to support contract entitlement claims; Analyzing schedule delay and /or acceleration impacts; Comparing budgets and actual costs to identify cost variances; Evaluating cause and effect relationships to link cost and schedule impacts to damages; Calculating damages; Preparing expert opinion affirmative position and/or rebuttal reports.
 
Professional Experience:
 
Southern Company, Vogtle Site: Project Controls / SR Outage Scheduler, Units 1 & 2, January 2014 – Present (11 months) Waynesboro, GA.
Provide support and direction to other schedulers within the department. Develop project schedules for major plant modifications to be integrated with the overall on-line and outage schedules. Coordinate with Planning, Task Directors, PMs, Operations and Work Window Managers to determine the best means to maximize resources and determine appropriate maintenance windows for work to be scheduled. An example of my work would: SGFPT ROTOR REPLACEMENT, MET TOWERS, 480V-BKR/FMR., INVERTERS, ANDTI8 & ANDTI9, Battery Chargers,
NORMAL CHILLER PROJECT, ROTOR REPLACEMENT2, U1,MAIN TURBINE CONTROLS, XCONDENSATE DEMIN CONTROLS, ISFSI SMALL PAD
TVA – Kingston Fossil Plant – TN 
Project Controls Lead / P6 Scheduler, March 2013 to September 2013
Create and Integrate a fully resource loaded, design build schedule from Design Engineering, Estimating, Procurement to Implementation and into Construction. Evaluate Project schedules for readiness and establish and maintain schedule coordination between design and construction. Maintained weekly Earned Value meeting and tracked KPI, Cost and evaluated Man Power submittals. Ability to evaluate the reasonableness of a project's critical path schedule and verify the value of work completed verses the amounts being requested. Auditing and implementing the proposed and approved changes to the contract (Baseline schedule).  Assess the quality of the construction schedule.  Assess the contractor's resource allocation and capabilities; Assess the contractor's project cost monitoring and forecasting; Assess regulatory compliance; Attend project meetings to assess risks and provide recommendations. Evaluate the contractor's weekly and monthly reporting from a scheduling point of view.
The Bechtel Corporation, Power
Sr. Project Controls / Lead Scheduler, Wolf Creek Nuclear, Kansas, July 15, 2012 to January 1, 2013
Outage Project Controls – Sr. Scheduling
Taking ownership of the project controls program management for site specific projects across the enterprise. Primary responsibilities included participation on project teams to facilitate the implementation of procedures, processes and project management methodology on focus projects. This includes planning execution, monitoring and controlling, reporting and finally, applying the program executions for continuous implementation. Projects would vary in scope of cost and scheduling.
This position initiates and develops outage implementation plans including analysis and evaluation of plans to ensure the conduct of safe and efficient outages. Monitors, coordinates, schedules, and establishes priorities during the development and execution of outages to support/ensure timely return of the unit to service as defined by the outage plan. As a Lead Member of the outage & scheduling unit I work closely with supervision, team members, and nuclear personnel to fully resource and integrate outage work schedules. It requires excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills as well as working independently on tasks and projects with limited supervision. Identifying problems and possible solutions and taking appropriate action for resolution. Responsible for the Development, maintenance, distribution and weekly meetings with customers to evaluate the schedule and discuss potential risks as they arise. Analyzing these schedules to minimize duration and risk, while optimizing resources and critical equipment availability. 
Create specialized reports using various database applications (Project View, Pass Port Query Builder, Excel, Business Objects, etc.) Ensuring schedule development embodies consideration for Nuclear Safety Defense-in-Depth planning, plant equipment safety as well as personnel safety. Identify, negotiate and recommend effective contingency plans to support achievement of outage goals and milestones. Review post outage critiques and recommend corrective actions and improvements for future outages. Support development of pre-outage schedules that coordinates planning and implementation activities for outage related tasks and projects. Coordinate the forced outage scheduling process as required to support the return to service of the unit.
The Bechtel Corporation, Power
Sr. Project Controls Planner / Scheduler, Unit 2 Watts Bar, June 2011 to July 1, 2012
Serving as Senior Construction Planner / Scheduler for the Watts Bar Nuclear facility in Spring City TN
Providing guidance to 6 junior schedulers in the use of P3 and Maximo.
Generating a variety of daily and weekly reporting matrix for the TVA Management Team.
Communicating scheduling problem areas to project team and provide options for resolution.
Provide scheduling oversight on project areas of Mechanical Civil and I&C.
Responsible to analyze and report to the TVA Management Team negative float paths.
Reviewing variances to "need dates" and ensure organizations are coordinating to resolve the negative variances.
Monitor the schedule on a daily basis to ensure negative float and negative variance are addressed as needed.
This includes contacting the various organizations responsible for the schedule to ensure their activities and logic Are correct in the schedule
The Shaw Group Inc. ® Power Division
Sr. Project Controls Planner / Scheduler, Unit 1 VC Summers, February 2011 to May 2011
Create and integrate a resource loaded schedule for Outage #19. Evaluate Project schedules for readiness and establish and maintain schedule coordination between design and construction. Ability to evaluate the reasonableness of a project's critical path schedule and verify the value of work completed verses the amounts being requested. Auditing and implementing the proposed and approved changes to the contract (Baseline schedule).  Assess the quality of the schedule.  Assess the contractor's resource allocation and capabilities; Assess the contractor's project cost monitoring and forecasting; Assess regulatory compliance; Attend project meetings to assess risks and provide recommendations. Evaluate the contractor's weekly and monthly reporting from a scheduling point of view.
Contracted to Duke Energy, McGuire Nuclear Station, Huntersville, NC, April 2009 to January 2011
Sr. Project Controller / P3-P6 Primavera Scheduler / Project Estimator:
Working in conjunction with the Project Manager and Reporting directly to the Project Controls Management Staff
I am successfully working with 6 –10 Multi Million dollars Projects in parallel.
My responsibility is as follows:
Provided innovative and well thought ideas of how to improve reporting, scheduling, and other time consuming tasks. Work with Duke Energy’s Major Projects Office and the rest of Duke Energy’s nuclear fleet to develop new user-friendly tools to report, manage, and track projects.
Assisted in the development of earned value metrics for monthly reporting.
Aided in the review of project monthly actual to track down any mistaken charges.
Keeping track of percentage complete of critical tasks and critical path’s within the schedule to ascertain whether project is running ahead or behind schedule.
Support PM’s in developing financial details for inclusion in 201 project funding requests.
Provide monthly project accruals to finance by the end of day 8 every month.
Managed the weekly (Milestones) reports for each project by receiving information and data from financial services (Deski) and the PM.
Coordinated with PM’s in updating the monthly (PSR) Project Status Report due by 10th day every month, including updating the expected monetary value of risk and the actual dollars spent to date.
Recommend and assist in preparing journal entries (cross-charges, error correction and transfers) as needed.
Tracked contracts and change orders to verify milestone payments and remaining balances.
As needed, assisted the financial analyst in coding invoices prior to payment and provide charge codes for purchase requisitions, change orders WO’s to ensure proper cost accounting.
Scheduled and use relevant information as the basis for developing and updating projections.
Generated and updated projections by collecting, coordinating, monitoring and tracking cost data with support from PM’s.
Ensure that expenditures are within the Long Range Plan, IPP, Site Budget and applicable Project Authorization.
Provide cost variance explanations to stakeholders on a monthly basis and as needed.
Prepare and maintain cash flow reports, cost reports, staffing plans, resource loading and projections.
Maintains contingency tracking log and ensures that integrated change forms are completed for scope additions in accordance with project plans.
Provide non-routine cost planning guidance.
Assists the Project Manager in Estimating, Budgeting and aided in managing incentive programs.
The Shaw Group Inc.® Power Division - Fossil Sector Charlotte, NC
Sr. Project Controls Planner / Scheduler, Unit 5 Cliff Side for Duke Energy Cliff Side Addition, June 2008 to April1, 2009
Create and Integrate a resource loaded, design build schedule from Design Engineering, Procurement to Implementation and into Construction. Evaluate Project schedules for readiness and establish and maintain schedule coordination between design and construction. Ability to evaluate the reasonableness of a project's critical path schedule and verify the value of work completed verses the amounts being requested. Auditing and implementing the proposed and approved changes to the contract (Baseline schedule).  Assess the quality of the construction schedule.  Assess the contractor's resource allocation and capabilities; Assess the contractor's project cost monitoring and forecasting; Assess regulatory compliance; Attend project meetings to assess risks and provide recommendations. Evaluate the contractor's weekly and monthly reporting from a scheduling point of view.
Contracted to: Fluor NRG Energy, Big Cajun 2, Baton Rouge LA., 3 week spring
March 24th through April 18 2008.
Project Controls – Sr. Scheduling
Taking ownership of the project controls program management for site specific projects across the enterprise. Primary responsibilities included participation on project teams to facilitate the implementation of procedures, processes and project management methodology on focus projects. This includes planning execution, monitoring and controlling, reporting and finally, applying the program executions for continuous implementation. Projects would vary in scope of cost and scheduling.
Interfacing with Owners and Program Management to Develop, support, and maintain organizational and programmatic requirements. Integrate, coordinate, and execute activities, planning, and reporting across all aspects of the organizations as required. Develop, generate, and distribute various daily, weekly reports.
Planning and assisting the Central Governance project team and insure that the program plans are documented and approved. The plan includes the integration of process scope, report schedules, procedure controls, and communicating with site resources.
Execution, monitoring & control to Insure the program is maintained as current by incorporating all internal and external requested changes; facilitate the tracking , analyzing, and reporting of program progress as well as distribution of reports to regional directors.
To Management, Leading the effort regarding program performance at Corporate, Regional, and Site levels.
Contractor to Areva supporting the EPC COLA Program, (Nov. 2006 to March 2008) Project Controls – Sr. Scheduling Manager
Assignment: Develop and maintain project schedules for MFFF engineering, construction, start-up, and operations testing work. Coordinate status and report weekly project reviews for construction and non-construction projects. Project Controls ensures that the EVMS process is providing current, reliable and accurate information on the project performance and that the project managers are correctly using the information to manage their projects. Involved in the creation and implementation of COLA 1 and using the COLA1 schedule to create COLA’s 2 through 4.
COLA’s 2 through 4 included sites Calvert Cliffs, Nine Mile, Bell Bend, and Calloway.  Involved in (DD) Detailed Design schedules and Preliminary Design schedules. Resource load and cost load schedules to provide labor and cost profiles for work. Prepare schedule and cost “what-if” exercises to evaluate varying funding and other scenarios. Support project schedule status reporting, variance analysis, trending and forecasting, and reporting.
Directly responsible for managing the base line schedule, reviews project technical scope, schedule and cost status and assisting the project team in identifying and overcoming any potential problems and change orders.
Designing and Developing short scheduling efforts and integrating them into base lined Schedules.
SMSI – Contractor to Los Alamos National Laboratories, June 2005 to November 2006
Program Controls Manager – Scheduling Manager
Assignment: PM-4 Group, Environmental Management, Water Shed Integration Group and Waste
Directly responsible for managing the base line schedule, reviews project technical scope, schedule and cost status and assisting the project team in identifying and overcoming any potential problems and change orders.
Designing and Developing short scheduling efforts and integrating them into base lined Schedules.
Coordinate status and report monthly project reviews for construction and non-construction projects.
Project Controls ensures that the EVMS process is providing current, reliable and accurate information on the project performance and that the project managers are correctly using the information to manage their projects.
Contractor - EXI Parsons Telecommunications, LLC, Dallas TX (February 2005 to May 2005)
Project Controls Manager
Provided guidance circumventing PMI/PMP guild lines, direction, and specialized assistance for the resolution of difficult and complex project control problems. Interfacing with clients, attending regular meetings, and provided statistical reports.  Provided project and company management with the necessary tools for project cost control techniques. In cooperation with Parsons Inc. I participated in the development of the work breakdown structure, interfacing with all affected departments. Accumulating historical data, such as performance experience, for use in maintaining a realistic basis for future planning and forecasting. Collected to date, 1.6M in revenue with 1.4M on the horizon.
Contractor - Aguirre Corporation, Dallas TX (March 2003 to October 2004)
Senior Program Scheduler / Cost Analyst / Project Manager
Assigned to DMJM Corporation to complete a Minority Partnership on the Dallas Independent School District 1.36(b) Bond Program. Experienced in all aspects of project coordination and management of educational projects. Specializing in the Controls requirements for new construction and improvements. I have been involved in all phases of facility development including programming, scheduling in Primavera and MS Project, code search, plan review, design, budget analyses, specifications, cost estimates, construction documents, shop drawing review and construction administration.  Involved in the evaluation of construction documents, value engineering and quality control and provided managerial and technical support, particularly in the area of code compliance.
Contractor - U.S. Cost, Inc., Dallas TX (June 2002 to January 2003)
Senior Scheduler / Cost Control Specialist
Transportation Security Administration – Phase II / Sr. Schedule Analyst – Utilizing Primavera P3
Contractor - Johnson Controls, Inc., Irving TX (August 2001 to May 2002)
Corporate Liaison, State of Texas
Corporate responsibility for the enhancement and training of Project Management in Scheduling, Negotiation, monthly follow-up site visits, Risk Management Monthly Financial status Reports for Construction related projects in a building automation environment. Consulting with Management and Business Owners to review project proposals to determine goals, time frame, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing the project, establishing staffing requirements and allotment of resources.
Contractor - Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (Dart), Dallas TX (November 2000 to August 2001)
Program Controls Manager
Oversaw and had ultimate responsibility for personnel engaged in planning and development activities. Provided day-to-day guidance of scheduling department’s activities. Responsible for Planning and Scheduling of the initial development of rail and bus passenger new facilities. Prepared a variety of reports for management and Board review. Remained current on new industry trends, methodology and technology.
Contractor - BAE Automated Systems, Carrollton TX (March 99 to November 2000)
Senior Project Manager
Interfacing with CEO and CFO of Airport Authorities and Major Airlines to provide Design and Build Baggage handling Sortation systems thus providing conceptual estimates and negotiating contracts. Responsible for P&L reports and bottom line profits. Coordinate the Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, subcontractors and installation to deliver the final product.
Contractor - Mackie Automotive Systems, Arlington TX (November 98 to February 99)
Owner’s Representative
Interfacing with Mackie Automotive Corporate Office and General Motors Truck Division – Arlington Plant to deliver a production facility to provide 1 ton, ¾ ton and ½ ton components to meet GM assembly requirements. Managed and Implemented construction and production set up of a full scale 237,000 sq. ft Manufacturing Facility turn-key on time and just at forecasted budget. Responsible for P&L reports and bottom line profits.
Contractor - Rapistan Systems, Airport Baggage Operations, Irving TX (January 97 to November 98)
Senior Project Manager
Interfacing with CEO and CFO of Airport Authorities and Major Airlines to provide Project Management, Installation of concurrent multi - million dollars Projects from conception to completion. 60 direct reports and numerous subcontractors.
Contractor -Air Liquide America’s, PEG Group, Dallas TX (February 96 to January 97)
Project Manager/Design & Implementation Engineer
Managed and Designed “CDA” Compressed Dry Air & Specialty Gases Facility into Texas Instruments projects DMOS 5, DMOS 5 PHASE II, DMOS 6 and R&D 1 Extension.
Contractor - Alliance Compressor, Inc. / Division of American Standard, Tyler TX (January 95 to November 95)
Project Manager / Design & Implementation Engineer
Designed, Set up and managed a new high volume Compressor Manufacturing Facility. Established Strategic Plan, Capital budgets, workflows, robotics and feasibility studies, established and implemented QC, JIT, QA, TQC, ERP and Lean Manufacturing Programs.  Supporting Maintenance and Issues of Maintenance during installation of Equipment.
Dal - Tex Industrial – Carrollton TX (1982 – 1995)
Co-owner / Designer
4 Direct reports, < 75 employees, Including CFO, Quality Assurance, Tooling Manager, Maintenance, Quality Control, Shop Forman, Supervisors & Marketing.  Personally responsible for the creation and implementation of all corporate operations. Established strategic Business planning including, scheduling, labor, cost analyses, inventory, P&L, equipment, capital expenditures and taxes.
Texas Instruments, Dallas TX (June 77 to December 82)
Supervisor / Engineer Assistant / Programmer
Direct reports, < 20 employees, Including Quality Assurance, Maintenance, Quality Control, Supervisors, and Tooling Manager: Conducted classroom training program for personnel and achieved top honors for production and attendance PC networking throughout shop level, pro
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