The construction industry in the United States has enjoyed continuous productivity growth for the past several decades and has seen strong growth in the past decade notes industry veterans, T.B. Penick & Sons. Established in 1905 in San Diego, the company has leveraged technology to its fullest, developing into one of the most reliable construction companies in the U.S.
At the core of the success of T.B. Penick & Sons has been the awareness of the technical change with construction equipment, materials, and information systems. More than 100 years after its inception they have a competitive advantage because of this willingness to adapt to the latest technologies with a focus on providing reliable solutions to their customers.
Few will ever forget the devastation of Hurricane Sandy that destroyed much of the New Jersey Shore line in October 2012, including major damage to Coney’s amusement area. The rebuilding of the region cost hundreds of millions of dollars and it required experienced construction companies to complete the projects. T.B. Penick & Sons were awarded the reconstruction of the Steeplechase Pier and proudly re-opened the 1,040-foot-pier on October 2nd, 2013.
The past few decades have seen significant changes with infrastructure development and a rising housing boom and demand for larger structures. T.B. Penick & Sons consider these 5 changes as the most significant.
Increased Safety Regulations
According to the senior official at T.B. Penick & Sons, safety is an important issue. Fifty years ago, it was assumed that someone would be killed on big building projects. Workers were perceived as a means to an end. They were bodies and hands. All of that changed with the creation of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1971. The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the construction industry. The policies, procedures, and programs that have developed have resulted in an 80% improvement for recordable injuries. Workers are now recognized as enterprising people who are valuable and deserve a safe and healthful worksite.
Before any work on a project begins it must be planned ahead of time. Before the advancement of computer assisted design software these plans were hand drawn by draftsmen. This was a time consuming process that required details to be drawn over and over again. This was all changed through CAD design. Now plans are changed with the click of a button, and the entire process is fully automated.
Today the decision making process has been given lightening speed with the use of cellular and wireless technology. It has allowed workers greater freedom. They can connect with their vendors and subcontractors whether in the office of out on the road. The decision making process is faster and the cost of projects have decreased and come together more efficiently.
Global positioning systems or GPS may be one of the greatest advancements, according to a senior official at T.B. Penick & Sons. The days of tying string to tape measures and measuring the land have been replaced with lasers. The engineer simply points the laser at the area to get needed measurements.
Internet and Social Media Marketing
The construction industry has been heavily influenced by the internet and social media revolution. Companies are reaching out to their customers using the internet and social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. They are uploading the pictures of their latest projects and updating their followers about their major achievements. Social Media has become one of the most significant components of any construction company’s marketing strategy.
Modern Resource Management
Another major technological advancement, that has changed the way construction companies worked, is modern integrated resource planning. Every organization, no matter how large, is connected internally with all its key departments through advanced Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Because of these systems, the decision makers know exactly where they stand in terms of available resources. It also helps them make supply and demand related decisions much more conveniently.
Enhanced Employee Skillsets
The changes in the construction industry have been so fast that many skillsets have become completely obsolete while the need for many new skills has emerged. This is why numerous professionals in the construction industry had to go through different training programs to upgrade their skillsets. As a result of these drastic changes, most companies in the construction sector now consist of highly educated and specialized professionals who are well aware of the needs of the industry.
T.B. Penick & Sons is award winning in the areas of construction, structural concrete, general contracting, and design build services in the public building and commercial sectors. The company has received many accolades, which include Architectural Concrete Project of the Year, Cornerstone Excellence, and Outstanding Civil Engineering.