The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 86 (2008) > Issues > Issue 14 > Experiences of a contractors' structural engineer - David W. Quinion
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Experiences of a contractors' structural engineer - David W. Quinion

The construction industry in the UK underwent significant changes in the 20th century whilst reacting to and benefiting from the developing infrastructure and competition around the world. Throughout this time construction projects have used basically the same materials and workmanship skills although research and development has improved the understanding and performance of all concerned. Contractors now have sophisticated plant and equipment enabling faster excavations, the lifting of heavier loads and a reduction in the numbers of operatives with improvements in individual performances. The widespread use of calculators and computers in the last half of the century transformed conceptual appreciations, design and construction methods, communications and enabled easy access to sources of information.