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1st Edition

101 Case Studies in Construction Management

ISBN 9780815361985
Published September 8, 2018 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.