Construction management consultant FMI Corp. documents the underlying forces that will impact the direction and profitability of the industry in the last half of the 1990s and the early 21st century. Many of these factors have already become major influences, and others have only recently surfaced. Factors that could have the greatest impact on concrete contractors include:

  • Reduction in litigation
  • Enhnaced productivity
  • Accelerated training
  • Decline of the competitive bid system
  • Insutry consolidation
  • Increase in market focus
  • Focus on profits instead of vplume
  • Electronic information systems

Recently, partnering has been tremendously successful at preventing disputes and increasing productivity. Partnering promotes the concept of working together as a team, and it works best when instituted early in the life of a project, either by the owner or the contractor.