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How Has Construction Work Evolved Over the Century

March 24 2020 - The construction industry is one prime example of how developments have improved a way of life over time. The huge leaps made in the world of construction mean that building and construction methods are now easier (and safer) than ever.

You may look at an old black and white photo of workers constructing a building without safety harnesses and gasp in despair. Construction is now so concerned with health and safety (and rightly so) that comparing large industry construction methods in this day and age to how they use to be can be a little debilitating.

The progression of the construction industry is largely through innovations of those workers of the past. Progressions are made through identifying the older methods of construction, and how these can be improved upon and made to be more time-efficient and safe.

The Digital World: How Has it Helped?

Of course, the progression of the digital world has helped construction work immeasurably. You can now find a wealth of construction information, supplies, and contacts at the tip of your fingers through a quick internet search. You can now easily order construction and work supplies in bulk from suppliers like Tradefix Direct. You can browse the internet for the best industry contacts, and even find advice on any construction jobs, large or small.

This digital progression has also made communication within the construction industry a lot easier. Emails can be sent, proposals and quotations can be formed, and documents more easily stored on an online system, meaning construction tasks can be more seamless.

Furthermore, the abilities of digital design mean that construction opportunities and plans can more easily be rendered on the screen. Digital design capabilities mean that architects and construction workers can better understand the possibilities for construction, and plan out each stage in a more timely manner. This also helps to eliminate mistakes, as a lot of digital design processes can enable problems with design to be viewed more easily, and rectified in a quicker manner.

Construction Work in the 1920s

Within construction work of this time, a wide variety of jobs were taken on by one specific person. A contractor would largely be responsible for many jobs, which today may have a larger scope of people available. While today you find a wealth of technology, materials, and construction equipment and vehicles to get a job completed, back in the 1920s, the only options may have been a few working horses to transport goods, and equipment such as plows.

Developments Over Time

During the developments of the 20th Century, access to better equipment and building materials became available, meaning construction of large scale buildings and bigger projects was naturally easier. Elevators and cranes meant that large buildings such as city skyscrapers could be more easily erected and worked upon, while the development of power tools meant that certain jobs could be completed more quickly with less elbow grease.

It's safe to say that the largest development in construction has been with the tools needed; digital capabilities, cranes, construction equipment, and power tools, to name a few, have significantly impacted the success of construction.


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