Opportunities for Innovation in Construction Equipment and Methods

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by C. B. Tatum, Stanford Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Excellence in the Constructed Project:

Abstract: New applications and other significant driving forces indicate a strong opportunity for innovation in construction equipment and methods. Investigations of other industries provide a rich background for a historical analysis of advancements in construction equipment and for speculation about opportunities in the future. The major sections of the paper review relevant findings from investigations of technical progress in other industries, analyze the development of construction equipment using this framework, anticipate opportunities for innovation in construction equipment, and give actions by manufacturers, owners, designers, and contractors.

Subject Headings: Construction equipment | Innovation | Frames | Owners | Contractors and subcontractors | Construction industry |

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