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Texas LBJ School

Construction Purchasing – Managing the Change Order Process

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About the course

Organizations lose control of their contracts, project scope and approved budget when they do not assume control of the change order process. This class will provide the tools to manage and protect the construction project from run-away scope and budget creep. Participants will learn to detect changes and assess the impact of those changes on the project schedule and deliverables. The importance of using contract modifications to control risk will be discussed as well as how to control schedule slippage due to change impacts. Several methods to mitigate changes and their resultant negative impact to the organization will be explored and explained. The final stage will address close-out and the claims process.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the change order process
  • Manage the change order process for a major construction project
  • Describe how changes can impact the critical elements of effective contract control
  • Minimize the costs and impacts of processing changes
  • Develop a process to close out a construction project and associated change orders

Who should attend

This program is targeted towards buyers, contract administrators, project managers, or anyone who is charged with oversight of a construction project.

Trust the experts

Bill Agee

Mr. Agee has been in purchasing for nearly thirty-five years spanning a very broad and diverse career. Initially, Bill began purchasing in the retail operations, wholesale/distribution field, moved over to a regulated purchasing environment with a branch of the federal government, took a manufact...


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