Benjamin Franklin once said, "Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn." There have been lots of  lessons for the concrete industry in 2014 and we've tried to absorb them all. Here's a look at some of the things the year has taught us.

1. The use of concrete goes back to ancient times, and this old dog CAN learn some new tricks. From 3D printing and countless research projects on sustainable concrete to increasing use of mobile technology, the industry is definitely still changing. What will it look like a year from now?

2. It's ok to fail. "If you’re not occasionally making a few mistakes, you probably are not doing enough," said Craig Cottongim,certified in conflict resolution and  a long-time concrete finisher who is also a writer and communicator. Read about how you can learn from failure here.

3. Great work can still impress. Here's a look at some of the project highlights from this year.

4. Details mater, really. One of the best examples from this year has to do with slump testing. Do you know the specific circumstances when you shouldn't slump test?

5. People are still at the heart of the business. Some of the most influential names have helped bring the industry together and push for change, and innovative contractors are making new approaches work.