Upcoming Webinar from WPL Publishing to Focus on ‘Scope Creep’ in Construction Projects

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The interactive event, scheduled to take place April 30, is targeted to a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including engineers, architects, risk-management professionals, construction and project managers, presidents, vice presidents, contractors, subcontractors, developers, contract managers, purchasing professionals, government officials, accountants, and construction law attorneys.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry

In just a few days, WPL Publishing will hold a webinar to help professionals within the construction community avoid the pitfalls of “scope creep,” a term referring to the tendency of projects to expand beyond their original intent and spawn significant cost and schedule overruns.

In the planning stages of any construction project, owners, designers, and contractors each have a vested interest in defining the full scope of that project and developing an accurate budget. However, as a project progresses, scope creep can go unnoticed, gradually work its way into a project’s scope as expectations evolve, and result in significant negative impacts. The 90-minute webinar, slated for Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), is designed to help construction professionals minimize such problems. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/d97oshd.

The webinar will analyze some of the causes and reasons for scope creep as well as some of the warning signs it generates. Attendees of the event will receive tools and best practices to avoid, detect in a timely fashion, identify, manage, and mitigate impacts associated with scope creep.

The program will explore the causes of scope creep, present the perspectives of owners and contractors, and offer ways to control and avoid problems on this front. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to describe what scope creep is and how it can harm a project, discuss contract language relating to this subject, identify pertinent project control and reporting tools, and understand how to control and avoid scope creep.
Addressing webinar attendees will be a pair of experts from Marsh Risk Consulting (MRC).

One of the speakers will be John Ciccarelli, who serves as a managing consultant within MRC’s Construction Consulting Practice (CCP). He is also a CCP vice president in Princeton, N.J., and president-elect of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International. He conducts regular seminars and workshops on project management and dispute consulting, and has written and presented numerous technical papers related to the areas of dispute resolution, project management, risk management, and other construction-related topics. He has more than 20 years of experience providing expertise managing engagements and performing various consulting and project advisory services for the engineering and construction industries. He also has significant experience assessing the engineering, construction, maintenance, and operation of nuclear power plants as well as the delivery of transportation construction projects.

Another CCP managing consultant speaking to webinar attendees will be Todd Vandenhaak, who also serves as vice president of MRC’s construction practice in Seattle. He has written and presented several technical papers related to the areas of project and risk management, and has produced expert reports and testified in arbitration under International Chamber of Commerce rules. He has more than 15 years of experience in project and program advisory services, claim development, forensic investigation, quantum, and dispute resolution. He has also worked in construction management as a contractor and consultant on a civil infrastructure project as well as a civil engineer providing consulting services for clients in the United States and abroad.

Following their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/d97oshd.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry via live webinars and its ConstructionPro Network website (http://www.ConstructionProNet.com). Through ConstructionPro Network, WPL publishes the independent newsletter ConstructionPro Week, providing news, analysis, and insightful commentary about recent developments involving construction law, green buildings, building information modeling, and various construction managerial technologies and techniques.

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