By the year 2056, concrete construction will be the most prevalent form of building in the United States. Our changing climate will bring concrete construction into prominence, thanks to its monolithic, mass, sustainable, resistance characteristics. The total process of concrete construction will have been streamlined as a result of the need for energy reduction. New processes will include improved production, delivery, and material quality-control techniques. The concrete production process will use performance criteria from highly skilled artisans. The pressure on raw materials will make quality management by the producers extremely important. They will use high technology to adjust for raw material variations without slowing the process of construction. Robotics in a wide variety of situations will speed construction while reducing energy costs.
Highly skilled business operators will manage concrete construction organizations. Leadership skills training will be the norm for heads of these companies, and the appeal of a career in the concrete construction industry will be high among professions.
—Robert A. Garbini
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