As cities grew, so did the complexity and scope of construction projects. People needed permanent structures to live, work, and congregate in, as well as the infrastructure to sustain a sedentary lifestyle. This necessitated engineers and architects, the coordination of materials, and regulations to guide construction. By the 16th century, industry as we know it had taken shape.
After World War II, construction processes changed drastically with the need for cheaper and more standardized materials. This initiated a shift in housing construction that focused on cheaper and more efficient materials. Insulation and other modern home construction techniques became more prevalent during this time. Let's take a closer look at some of the modern features that have become part of home construction over the past 50 years or so. In the past, everything that was cut, drilled, excavated, or similar was done by hand.
Builders faced strenuous labor with structures that were efficient enough for their needs but still had room for improvement. Then came technological advances to save the day in the construction industry. Many different actors have emerged in a construction project and technologies have emerged to help workers communicate better and keep everyone informed with an organized schedule. This data is then analyzed if a worker would not have optimal physical health to work on the construction site. Society has become more aware of climate change, natural resource depletion, and human impact on natural habitats.
Research suggests that productivity can increase by 30-45% in the construction industry if proven technologies are adopted, along with predictability and reliability. One of the most rapid advancements in the entire world, including the construction industry, is modern computing. Let's explore how the industry as a whole has been transformed and continues to transform through technology and new and innovative approaches to the construction process. By installing certain sensors at specific construction sites, environments can be closely monitored to ensure safe working conditions. New methods such as prefabrication and off-site construction help jumpstart the process by building essential components of off-site construction projects so they are ready to work when sites need them. The construction industry has faced many difficult moments in terms of having enough workers to meet project demands. Workers from Germany, Ireland, and Asia found work in construction after arriving in the states.
Today 2.2 million construction workers were born abroad. Women are still a minority in the workforce and, with or without reason, construction has a reputation for being biased. Thanks to technological advances in construction, methods of doing things have increased ease and efficiency, making construction faster to plan and complete. This virtual schedule allows all workers involved to plan and execute each phase of the construction process properly. Increasing productivity quickly is often seen as a challenge due to the inability to make construction processes a single standard for all. These software programs can be invaluable to the construction industry because many tasks can be performed through a single database, eliminating the need for multiple programs.