Scope of work

Scope of work
See also

Scope of work which is also known as a definition package describes which service is required by the company along with the description of the kind of environment in which this service takes place. Its a part of the contract where some kind of engineer must lend his services in order to because contract might need technical expertise to determine whether it is even possible. Scope of work also determines the competency when identifying the problem[1][2][3].

Steps of scope of work

Scope of work as a process has four steps which overlap[4]:

  • Determining the scope of work which is also called a preliminary determination
  • Confirming the scope of work also called confirmed determination
  • Performing the scope of work which is basically executing it
  • Disclosing the scope of work as part of a report

Main influences on the scope of work

Scope of work may be affected by many things such as [5]:

  • Customer's needs
  • The way in which the service is performed or used
  • Various factors such as kind of property in an appraisal
  • Conditions in which the undertaking takes place

Main elements of the scope of work

The scope of work consists of many different elements, although most people assume it is the only list of items of performance listed in the subcontract for a certain project. The scope of work also includes the responsibilities of various parties involved in the project such as contract administration or facilities. This means that the scope of work describes in detail what actual work needs to be done[6].

Main goal of the scope of work

The main goal of the scope of work is the market analysis, which is directed by the scope of work. They are so close to each other that it is almost impossible to perform the task successfully without one of them. Thanks to the scope of work, analysis is directed toward the information that answer the questions that arise during the project. It helps in the problem identification and supports the main purposes of the project[7].


  1. Munizzo M.A., Musial L.V. (2010)
  2. Nardone P.J. (2009)
  3. Pappas M.P., Gibson Jr. G.E. (2004)
  4. Munizzo M.A., Musial L.V. (2010)
  5. Munizzo M.A., Musial L.V. (2010)
  6. Kelleher Jr. T. J., Mastin J. M., Robey R. G., Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP (2014)
  7. Munizzo M.A., Musial L.V. (2010)


Author: Kacper Klimek