Have you ever done any concrete design or construction work outside of the borders of the United States? There’s a lot of concrete made and placed in every country in the world, and yet we mostly seem to be content to just keep track of what’s going on here at home. I’ve heard all the arguments, and even made some of them myself: they use different building codes, they have different work forces, they have different equipment, the construction techniques are behind what we are using.
All these things are true and do indeed mean that much of the work done overseas, especially in developing countries, does not lend itself to lessons for U.S. construction. But some surely does and with the instant availability of information today, it seems we should be tracking what goes on in the far corners of the world. Would you be interested in knowing more about construction in other countries? Should we divert a share of our resources to bringing you stories of international concrete?