Transferring Construction Innovation into Practice: Lessons Learned

by Ben Gerwick, Jr., Univ of California at Berkeley, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Utilization of Ocean Waves?Wave to Energy Conversion


The paper presents several cases that illustrate the value of a systems approach in the need for aggressive and persistent exploitation despite early set-backs, and the unsatisfactory benefits from patents and licenses as opposed to direct application by the innovator. Also seen are the advantages offered by joint support of development by user industry, regulators, and manufacturers. Opportunities must be siezed and exploited to their fullest; otherwise the rewards of innovation may well pass to others. The cases discussed include prestressed concrete piles, slurry trench diaphragm walls, prestressed concrete railroad ties, underwater concrete, and T-head bar.

Subject Headings: Concrete piles | Prestressing | Prestressed concrete | Underwater construction | Innovation | Diaphragm walls | Concrete construction

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