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Construction Change Management: Minimize Your Risks

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ConstructionPro Network Training Passport Includes the current webinar series (live attendance & recordings) PLUS 50 unlimited webinars for 12 months including a 16-part Essential Course on Successful Management of Claims & Change Orders PLUS ConstructionPro Network Membership.


Complete Change Management in Construction 4-Part SeriesIncludes:

- Live attendance of remaining sessions plus

- Complete download of the series recording with handouts

*Regular price for each session is $246.00 or $984.00 for four sessions.


WPL Publishing Co., Inc., publisher of ConstructionPro Network and Construction Claims Advisor, announces a valuable interactive webinar series:
Construction Change Management:
Minimize Your Risks
4-part Series Continues Wednesday, June 14, 2017
1:00 PM EDT • 90 Minutes

Scope changes, changed conditions, defective or ambiguous plans and specifications, and failure to document information are just a few things that can wreak havoc on a construction project. More disputes and lawsuits arise from actual or perceived changes in a construction project than for any other reason. Contractors threaten work stoppages if they don’t get paid for additional work not in the original bid.

Owners may insist that unknown conditions, extra features and an expanded project are covered by the original bid price. An unexpected condition on the site may create new work (and additional cost) that was not in the original bid. Many shop drawings, material specifications and other detailed plans are not known when the work is bid and can change the work involved in the project. These types of changes are the bane of the construction industry.

You are invited to attend an exclusive 4-part  series to help you understand the different types of differing site conditions, identify what protections you can put in place to deal with changed work, how to manage poorly drafted, ambiguous or conflicting plans and specifications and what your various rights and remedies might be to recover all costs and time related to the changes. Sign up for this series now at one low price to help your project team incorporate change management as an integral part of contract administration procedures, including timely resolution and recovery. Check out the sessions below presented by leading construction attorneys.

Session I
Differing Site Conditions: The Big Game of Shifting Risk
Available as immediate download
Presented by: Marilyn Klinger & Kevin Gilliland, Sedgwick

Quite good - what I had expected - examples are always great to make the point.

David K Berry, PE
Professional Engineers, Inc.

It was very good.

Anonymous Participant

It was informative and it will help our company know when it should request DSC claims. Also that we need to make sure that our practices are reasonable.

Anonymous Participant

Learn best practices for proceeding work under differing site conditions to avoid claims and costly disputes.

Differing site conditions are frequent sources of disputes between owners and contractors. Many contractors proceed with work under changed conditions with the misconception that conditions at the site, which they neither expected nor included in their bids, automatically constitute extras and should be addressed as such. Unfortunately, this assumption can lead to costly disputes between the parties of a construction project.

This presentation will discuss the various scenarios involving differing site condition claims and how the construction industry deals with those claims, both via contract and in the courts. Learn about relevant court cases that dealt with differing site conditions as well as damages and delay due to differing site conditions and outcomes of these cases. Understand not only the reasoning behind court decisions, but also implications they had on all future contracts and obligations. Review examples of contract clauses and provisions that address all parties involved including architects, contractors and owners. Understand what impact or protection if any, these clauses and provisions have on your projects.

You will be more prepared to identify those situations where differing site condition claims might arise and understand what the parties’ various rights and remedies might be.

This program will help you:

  • Understand the kinds of differing site condition claims that are encountered, such as rock or soil conditions, interfering utilities, or severe weather conditions
  • Distinguish the two types of differing site conditions
  • Take advantage of contractual provisions for dealing with differing site conditions
  • Understand certain seminal judicial decisions and how they can affect you
  • Learn the elements needed to prove a differing site condition
  • And much, much more!

Session II
Change Orders: The Bane of All Construction Projects
Available as immediate download
Presented by: Stephen A. Hess, Sherman & Howard, LLC

Very informative and well presented.

Craig E. Yendell, P.E.

Excellent presentation providing clear interpretation of a complex topic.

James Fuglaar
Dashiell Corporation

Change orders are an integral part of every construction project, and when they are negotiated, drafted and executed as planned, they present no troubling legal problems. On the other hand, projects are completed with contract administration rules that address change order procedures ranging from substantial compliance at best to reckless indifference at worst. Yet even when changes in work are accomplished with little attention to formal change order procedures, there may be some lingering intuition that the contractor or subcontractor performing changed work should be permitted to compensation as a matter of fair play and equity. Of course, what constitutes “equity” depends on whose money is at stake in the battle over these “noncomplying change orders.”

In this informative 90-minute webinar program, Stephen A. Hess of Sherman & Howard, LLC presents an overview of the rights and responsibilities of the parties with respect to noncomplying change orders — changes in work that are accomplished without detailed attention to contractual procedures. Attend this program to:

  • Understand standard change order mechanisms utilized by construction agreements
  • Discover when strict compliance with change order procedures may be excused
  • Learn how different courts vary in their treatment of noncomplying change orders
  • Find out what “prejudice” might be demonstrated as a defense to noncomplying change orders
  • Identify specific protection parties can utilize against noncomplying change orders
  • Apply contract administration techniques that enhance the enforceability of change order procedures
  • And much, much more!

Session III
Shop Drawings: Risks & Obligations in the Preparation & Review Process
Wednesday, June 14 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: Stephen A. Hess, Sherman & Howard, LLC

Great, concise presentation of the subject matter!

Gregory Christian AIA

Very detailed presentation. I think I would be interested in other presentations.

Anonymous Participant
Fairfax, VA

Very informative webinar and I would definitely attend others in the future.

Anonymous Participant
Toledo, OH

Shop drawings are an integral part of the construction process and present unique legal challenges. Design professionals are generally responsible for plans and specifications, while contractors are responsible for the means and methods they employ to construct a project. Construction details are often produced by contractors and their subcontractors, however, and reviewed by the design professional before being utilized.

In this manner, constructors and subcontractors may venture into the design process and subject themselves to its attendant risks and liabilities. The production and use of these “shop drawings” involves a carefully orchestrated flow of papers, and attention to each party’s proper role is important for minimizing risk.

In this informative 90-minute webinar program, Stephen A. Hess of Sherman & Howard LLC will present an overview of the rights and responsibilities of the parties with respect to the use of shop drawings. Attend this program to:

  • Review the role of shop drawings in construction
  • Learn the traditional legal obligations of architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors for design and construction
  • Understand how standard form contracts allocate responsibility for shop drawings
  • Become conversant with design professionals’ responsibilities and liabilities associated with shop drawing review
  • Implement proper care and handling of shop drawings to limit unintended liabilities
  • Appreciate the relationship among specifications, shop drawings, and the Spearin Doctrine
  • And much, much more!

Session IV
To Kill A Project: Contractor Strategies for Dealing with Defective Plans and Specs
Thursday, June 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: Jonathan Dunn & Christopher Morrow, Salamirad, Morrow, Timpane & Dunn LLP

In most instances, plans and specifications are, without question, critical to the success of any construction project. When the plans and specifications are clear and without significant errors or omissions, the project is much more likely to be on time and within budget. But, what happens when plans are riddled with errors, conflicts or omissions?

This webinar will provide you with valuable tips for addressing your obligations, rights and remedies when confronted with poorly drafted, ambiguous or conflicting plans and specifications on both public and private construction projects. Knowing what options are available and what you can or should do to mitigate damages, address the problem and pursue or protect the parties’ rights will assist you when you inevitably encounter bad plans.

We learned a lot, particularly regarding the fact that submittals and shop drawings are not considered part of the contract documents.

John Kulp
Kulp's of Stratford

Excellent information provided.

Anonymous Participant

This presentation will discuss the role of parties to traditional design-bid-build projects and when obligations arise in the bid process due to faulty plans and specifications, who is at risk during construction, and theories and tips for recovery after construction. You will be more prepared to identify those situations where bad plans and specs might arise, and understand what the parties’ various options, rights and remedies might be.

This program will help you:

  • Understand the perspectives of the owner, architect and contractor
  • Review what to do when you encounter problems with plans and specs during construction
  • Recognize potential legal issues
  • Explain pre-bid and the bid process
  • Resolve problems with the fewest number of headaches and the least amount of risk
  • Determine who is responsible and the legal and equitable theories for recovery
  • And much, much more!
Who Will Benefit?

Owners, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, engineers and architects who are (or soon will be) working on construction agreements, drawings, specifications, and are overseeing construction sites should watch these informative programs. These programs will show you what you must document and what you should not, how best to deal with countless change orders and what is or what is not a part of contract documents.

Get Your Questions Answered! A 10-15 minute period has been reserved at the end of the presentation for an interactive question-answer session so you can discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics discussed.

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