This book provides 101 real-life construction management case studies from an author with over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry and as a lecturer in construction management. Over 14 chapters, Len Holm has included case studies from real jobsites that cover organization, procurement, estimating, scheduling, subcontractors, communications, quality and cost control, change orders, claims and disputes, safety, and close-outs. Other hot topics covered include BIM, sustainability, and lean.
Each case is written in straightforward language and designed to test the reader’s independent and critical thinking skills to develop their real-world problem-solving ability. The cases are open to interpretation, and students will need to develop their own opinions of what’s presented to them in order to reach a satisfactory solution.
The cases are ideal for use in the classroom or flipped classroom, for individual or group exercises, and to encourage research, writing, and presenting skills in all manner of applied construction management situations. Such a broad and useful selection of cases studies cannot be found anywhere else. While there is often no "right" answer, the author has provided model solutions to instructors through the online eResource.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Construction organizations, including personnel issues
Chapter 2: Procurement, including pricing and delivery methods
Chapter 3: Construction contracts, including insurance and bond issues
Chapter 4: Estimating
Chapter 5: Schedules and schedule control
Chapter 6: Subcontractors and suppliers
Chapter 7: Start-up, including preconstruction, mobilization, and value engineering
Chapter 8: Communications, including RFIs and submittals
Chapter 9: Pay requests, including liens, lien releases, and retention
Chapter 10: Cost control, including lean construction
Chapter 11: Quality and safety controls
Chapter 12: Change orders
Chapter 13: Claims, including dispute resolution techniques
Chapter 14: Advanced topics, including close-out, BIM, and sustainability
Appendix A: Abbreviations
Appendix B: Glossary
Len Holm is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington, USA. He has over 40 years’ construction industry experience at all levels and owns his own construction management firm. He is the author of numerous books on construction, including Management of Construction Projects: A Constructor's Perspective, 2nd edition, also published by Routledge.