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.

chapter 1|11 pages

Construction organizations

Including personnel issues

chapter 2|18 pages


Including pricing and delivery methods

chapter 3|19 pages

Construction contracts

Including insurance and bond issues

chapter 4|7 pages


chapter 5|6 pages

Schedules and schedule control

chapter 6|14 pages

Subcontractors and suppliers

chapter 7|9 pages


Including preconstruction, mobilization, and value engineering

chapter 8|7 pages


Including RFIs and submittals

chapter 9|7 pages

Pay requests

Including liens, lien releases, and retention

chapter 10|7 pages

Cost control

Including lean construction

chapter 11|13 pages

Quality and safety controls

chapter 12|9 pages

Change orders

chapter 13|10 pages


Including dispute resolution techniques

chapter 14|10 pages

Advanced topics

Including close-out, BIM, and sustainability