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Rice Global E&C Forum
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rice University MS 318
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
Email: globalforum@rice.edu

September 2017 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, September 8, 2017

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


“Reinventing Construction – a Route to Higher Productivity”

If there is one factor that has the potential to significantly improve the outcome of capital projects for owners and contractors, it’s higher construction productivity. However, a recently published report from McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), Reinventing Construction – a Route to Higher Productivity, finds that U.S. construction labor productivity is lower today than it was in 1968, while productivity in manufacturing, retail and agriculture has grown by as much as 1,500% since 1945. The presentation will discuss the key findings from this report, including the root causes of poor productivity, and the seven very specific levers that could transform this situation, and boost productivity by up to 50% for those organizations willing to make the necessary changes.

The focus of this presentation will be on 3 of the above 7 levers:
- Collaboration in contracting
- Digital technology & advanced materials
- Capability building

In addition, the presentation will include a description of a manufacturing-like production system for construction that has the potential to boost productivity by 10 times over current levels.

Event Flyer: Flyer – Roundtable 170908

T.G. Jayanth
Expert – Capital Projects & Infrastructure, McKinsey & Co.

More than 30 years of experience developing and managing large global projects in the oil & gas, LNG, metals, industrials, forest products and other industries, both with owner and EPC contractor companies. Extensive international project experience, leading LNG projects for KBR in Algeria, and managing a highly successful turnaround of a global network of engineering offices in India, China, and Romania for Honeywell.

With McKinsey since 2016, advising clients on all aspects of project portfolio optimization, project planning and execution.

Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center Detailed campus maps are available on the web at http://www.rice.edu/maps/ or download the map here here. The Ley Student Center, located in the central part of Rice campus, is building number 45 on the campus map. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located at building number 53, to the left of the Ley Student Center across the street.

Rice University is a popular meeting location. In the remote possibly the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. Cross the street and the gate will be on the left. Be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather seems inclement.

The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus. Look for the bus stop signs to use or enjoy a short brisk walk!


$25 per person for online registration and $35 per person for on-site registration – a boxed lunch will be served. $ 0 for Rice Students and $15 for Rice Faculty – registration required in advance. Online registration will close at Noon on Thursday, September 7, 2017. On-site registration is available on the day of the event for $35 per person.

Payment accepted online by credit card at time of registration.

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.


$25 for online registration
$35 for on-site registration
$0 for Rice students
$15 for Rice faculty

June 8th Registration

Box lunch provided
NOTE: Online registration closes at Noon on Thursday before the Roundtable.

Need to Earn a PDH?

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.

Cancellation or Substitution Policies

If you need to cancel your reservation, cancellations must be received at globalforum@rice.edu prior to NOON, Thursday, before the Friday Roundtable luncheon to qualify for a full refund.

Substitutes are welcomed . . . we encourage potential No-Shows to send substitutes in their place and have them let us know at the door. Substitutes can be from member and non-member companies.