As humans, we sometimes do not feel as though we have time to simply sit back and exist. We live in such a hectic world that time to ourselves seems like something that can only be obtained through vacation time, and even then it is something that we feel guilty about. However, it is this hard working mentality that has made us the remarkable beings that we are.
Think for a minute as little as a hundred years ago. Humans were nowhere near as technologically advanced as we are today. Even typing this article, it is astounding how much different it would be to get this information out as little as ten years ago. We are moving at such a fast pace that it is almost difficult for us to keep up with ourselves.
Beyond the overall advancement of humans, as someone that has worked in construction, I can tell you that the marvels we build today are different than they were as little as 10 years ago. Not only that, the industry must keep up with the breakneck speed of the rest of the world, so we have also been forced to innovate the way we do things.
Put this together and what you have is a piece of a puzzle that is humans trying to figure out and master their world. Through technological advancements and cooperation, we have reached brave new heights that are almost difficult to believe, let alone difficult to believe that it was our doing.
What I have learned from my years in construction is that working together is key. When people see construction, they assume that each individual is responsible for their own job and that there is little cohesion between the units. In reality, it takes a village to build a single building and the front and back end must be working together in perfect harmony.
In order to achieve excellence, we must realize that every project involves something larger than our individual self. The best part about construction is that many of the people involved know the importance of working together and seeing the bigger picture. From conception to finished product, no matter the size of the project, coordination is key.
Continuing the harmony
Let’s face it, we as humans cannot navigate this world on our own. It is something that is inherent with being a social being and oftentimes we fall short in working together in order to achieve excellence. After twenty years in the industry, it has become clear to me that not only must we continue our working together in order to achieve, but must do even better in order to continue forward progress.
Call it skill, call it luck, call it knowledge, but it is an amazing feat to bring construction in the future. Whether you know the amount of work that goes into a construction project or not, it is undeniable that construction is truly a feat of human cooperation and a sign of what we can do when we work together.
As someone who has been in construction for quite some time, I can tell you that there is a great deal that goes into how one perceives the world of construction. In that, I mean that some people believe that construction has always been where it is, and others, such as myself that believe that it still has a long way to go.
In order to appreciate construction as a profession, it is important to remember that as technology progresses, so does the construction industry itself. When I first started, I was able to see a sharp increase in the efficiency of the discipline, and notice that changes were happening more rapidly than I could possibly keep track of.
Putting it all together
We sort of live in a golden age wherein construction is receiving the rapid advancements of many different industries. Now it may not be as cutting edge as medical technology, but there have been great strides toward efficiency in the construction field as well. From upgrades in equipment to a better method of planning, construction continues to reap the benefits of forward thought.
The fact is that construction continues to grow at an exponential pace, giving the people to work together to build a better and brighter future. The front and back end work of construction is equally important, and together we can make sure that both of these elements are handled in a professional error free manner that both customers and company can be proud of.
In a previous post I talked a lot about how the back end work of construction may be the future of the industry, and looking back, I realize that I was not giving enough credit to those that are in the trenches doing the actual building and how important they are to the industry as a whole. As someone that spent most of their life doing this, I feel as though it is a disservice.
The front lines are the people that are out there every day making sure that the buildings that we inhabit are safe for everyone. The skill required not only to follow the plans correctly, but stay safe on the job and create a safe environment for everyone cannot be understated.
The future of construction
The real future of construction is the ability to balance the front and back, the offices and the trenches in such a way that each project can be done with the utmost of professionalism and razor sharp attention to detail. Going forward, construction needs to become more a two-part process where front and back end duties line up in order to create an equilibrium.
Giving credit to the men and women that make the building of the amazing structures that we create is something that I am proud to do and have experience in knowing how much work goes into the actual building process. As time goes on, we must realize that the jobs that these people hold cannot be replaced.
Planning, it is something that everyone knows has to happen during every construction project, but many people do not know exactly how much planning actually goes into any specific project. Having been on the front lines for a number of years, I became very familiar with the steps involved with the actual building, but knew very little about what went on behind the scenes.
Fast forward to a few years later, an injury made me unable to work on the building aspect, so I was given an office job at the same company. It was here that I learned to appreciate the planning involved with even the smallest construction project. From conception to planning, it was very eye opening to say the least.
The future of construction
The future of construction is a world where builders are plenty, but planning is not. The online world has made it more important to plan effectively, and given the limited amount of space left for development, the planning must be done with more efficiency. As someone that always thought plan roughly and build thoroughly, I have found this to no longer be the case.
Planning is now more important than ever, and I just wanted to share this with future construction workers and planners. Make sure your plan is sound before breaking ground, and show the world that planning is the future of construction. Without taking away from builders, I simply wanted to show people that planning should take priority now and in the future.