Upcoming Webinar from WPL Publishing to Focus on Change Order Management

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The interactive webinar, scheduled for May 22, is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including architects, engineers, public and private owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and consultants. The course has been approved for 1.5 American Institute of Architects learning units.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc.

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

Within one week, WPL Publishing will host a webinar to help certain professionals within the construction community determine what their best options are for managing change orders.

Differing site conditions, delay, scope changes, force majeure events, bad plans and specs, and failure to disclose information are just a few of the causes of changes that can wreak havoc on a construction project. Change orders in construction projects are the cause of more disputes and lawsuits than anything else and can mean the difference between a successful project and an unsuccessful one. The webinar is designed to help construction professionals minimize problems involving change orders. To register for the 90-minute event, which will take place Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/au54plx.

The webinar will provide information about the contractual basis for change orders, the impact of change orders on a project’s schedule, contract management, documentation, change management, and other topics. The event, entitled “Change Order Management: Best Practices & Strategic Considerations,” is expected to help attendees accomplish the following:

  • Recognize the considerations (both contractor and owner) for processing change requests.
  • Prepare appropriate backup documentation.
  • Grasp the importance of accurate coding of change orders for cost trending, reporting, and budget reforecasting.
  • Recognize the impact of timely processing of change orders.
  • Understand the pros and cons of manual processes versus software programs.
  • Comprehend how requests for information, field change requests, commercial correspondence, and other project documentation relate to one another.
  • Implement best practices to avoid or resolve change order claims and disputes.

Addressing attendees will be Schiff Hardin LLP Partner Amanda Schermer. Her practice focuses on the representation of owners, design professionals, developers, and contractors throughout the construction process. Her experience includes contract drafting and negotiation, contract administration, and litigation or alternative dispute resolution of claims for delay, impact and acceleration, design or construction defects, and mechanics lien foreclosures. She also has helped regulated utilities develop prudence strategies for ratemaking regulatory proceedings.

Following Ms. Schermer’s presentation, 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/au54plx

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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