Variation Identification and Submission

This course provides training in the key ares of construction contract variation identification and submission.
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 6.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

The Variation Identification and Submission course provides training in this key risk area of construction contract management.

Please note that this course is priced in US dollars.

Variations are an important part of any building project. Project variations generally fall into two categories The first can be design/construction philosophy changes that affect existing contract or changes requested by the client. The second are project oversights or internal changes that do not involve a change in design/construction philosophy or affect existing contracts. It is vital that both these aspects be be properly controlled to ensure that project run to schedule and on budget. This course provides an effective framework for the effective, consistent and efficient identification and evaluation system of variations against contract - especially time and cost related variance throughout the construction industry. This course will help you speed up the identification and submission process of variations.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of construction projects

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the contract obligations
  • Obtain a thorough understanding of the scope of work
  • Understand the cost and time management considerations of variations
  • Understand how variance can occur
  • Be able to identify, assess and quantify cost and time related variance
  • Be able to conduct successful variance negotiations

Who is the target audience?

  • project managers, construction managers, contract administrators, site managers, builders, office administrators

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction to the Variations Course
This introductory video to the course sets out the program objectives, and program content. The program content includes:

-Contract Obligations & Scope of Works

-Time and Cost Considerations

-Time Management

-Understanding and Identifying Time & Cost Variances

-Assess the Variation against Contract & Quantify Time & Cost Implications of Variance.

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62 pages

This course has been written to provide training in they key areas of variation identification and submission on building and construction projects. Submitting accurate variations on time is a vital part of any construction project. The specific program objectives are to:

1) Understand contract obligations

2) Obtain a thorough understanding of the scope of work

3) Understand the cost and time management considerations

4) Understand how variance can occur

5) Be able to identify, assess and quantify cost and time related variance

6) Be able to conduct successful variance negotiations

This course will provide you with a good practical understanding of how to identify and assess the value of a variation against contract and quantity time and cost implications of the variance. It will also provide examples of best practice notices to submit the Variation information to your client.

Section 2: Contract Obligations and Scope of Work

Watch this video on contract obligations and how important this is for understanding and managing variations.


Watch this video on understanding the scope of works. A key consideration when identifying variations.

Section 3: Managing Project Time

Watch this movie that considers the implications of time and cost on project variations.


Watch this video on the management of project time and how it effects variations.

Section 4: Scheduling

Watch this video on time scheduling and its impact on variations.


Watch this video on types of schedules on construction projects.

Section 5: Scheduling Assumptions and Control Methods

Watch this video on establishing and agree upon the assumptions behind construction project schedules


Watch this video on how to control the schedule

Section 6: Understand and Identify Time and Cost Variance

Watch this video on time and cost variances.

Reporting Cost Performance Video
Section 7: Cost Budgets and Variations
Deviation from Cost Budget Video

Watch this video on assessing variations.

Section 8: Scope Change and Variance Negotiation Video
Scope Change Video
Variance Negotiation Video
Section 9: Additional Reference Material on Variations
141 pages
This is a fantastic guide book written by Construction Lawyer - John McMullan. It covers the key elements of administrating a construction contract - most relevant to engineers/construction managers as follows:

1) Pre-Contract Preparation

2)Design and Construction Contracts

3) The Superintendent

4) Time

5) Payment

6) Quality

7) Insurance

8) Security

9) Default/Termination

10) Claims

11) Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act (Vic) 2002

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Setting the Scene: You are the Contract Manager for Exner Builders

Exner Builders were engaged to construct a 6 story apartment block in Port Melbourne, including structure, fit-out and all services. The contract was awarded to Exner by the client, DevelopUs under a Lump Sum, Schedule of Prices.

During construction, Exner experienced changes made to the Scope of Works by DevelopUs.

These changes included:
1. Change of carpet colour

2. Change of Fire Services Scope

3. DevelopUS delay in issue design drawings

4. Towards the end of the project DevelopUs wanted Exner to build another apartment block.

You as Exner's Contract Manager, need to advise on which scenarios provide a variation for Exner

Scenario Two: Design Review that Reduced Scope
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Scenario Three: A 3 week delay caused by the Client
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Instructor Biography

Exner Education, Project Management for Building and Construction

Exner is an integrated education and consulting firm with over 25 years of experience providing an extensive range of professional management services to the construction industry. Our hands-on experience includes design and construction, expert claims quantification and management, project management, business systems consulting, value for money models, safety in design and risk management systems.

Exner Education is an ASQA registered RTO and is the training development and delivery branch of Exner. From its practical experience and knowledge Exner Education has designed, developed and delivered construction specific training over the past 15 years. Exner Education provides a 'hands on' practical approach to training, developed and delivered by people who have real current practical experience in the field and are qualified VET sector trainers. This gives Exner a unique ability to balance both theoretical teaching knowledge complemented with current 'best practice' work examples.

Our Training & Education experience includes the instructional design of training ranging from:

· safety and site compliance;

· project management including from tender preparation, claims management to project close out;

· engineering practices; and,

· corporate improvement strategies.

Exner Education has designed, developed and delivered training for both large and small companies as well as government authorities including, Leighton Contractors, Pro-Build, Grocon, Schiavello, MBAV, HIA, VMIA, Nicholson Construction, Johns Lyng, APM Group, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, VicRoads, Department of Treasury and Finance and Victorian Catchment Management Authority.

Exner continues to develop its online learning 'experience' and provides a unique interactive delivery methodology which gives students world first teaching tools, combining Exner's practical construction knowledge with core theory to further enhance the students learning experience.

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