5 Trends You Should Definitely Know to be Successful in Concrete Repair for the Next 5 Years.
Wondering whether your career will survive or thrive in the year 2020? Five years is not that far off, but by being aware of these Five Trends, you can make informed decisions when it comes your future in the concrete repair industry.
Public infrastructure quality will be significantly worse in 2020 because government is not investing sufficiently in preservation and maintenance. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimated that an investment of $3.6 trillion dollars is needed by 2020 to restore the infrastructure quality to what it was in 1988. While Democrats and Republicans both agree that funding must increase for our nation's infrastructure, the political will to raise taxes to fund a long-term transportation bill is weak. Long-term funding will ultimately happen as the consequence of growing failures among the 60,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States, but it will be too little and too late to see a turnaround before 2020.
Preventative services will command a higher percentage of the maintenance budget. As our infrastructure falls into more structurally deficient condition, it becomes cost effective to stop making short term repairs and allow roads to deteriorate and then make major repairs. But taking a protractive approach through preservation extends the quality of infrastructure. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), every dollar spent on road maintenance avoids $6 to $14 needed later to rebuild a road that has irreparably deteriorated.
Government jobs in maintenance and repair will be outsourced to for-profit companies. Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) used to be the exclusive domain of state and municipal government employees who worked full time, and received health and retirement benefits. Vehicles and equipment were owned, stored, maintained (and depreciated) by the DOTs. Today, Florida, Texas, and Georgia are leading the way to hiring MOT contractors who are first responders to traffic accidents and road repair incidents. Highly skilled Heavy Bridge Crews and even Maintenance Engineers and Inspectors are being phased out in favor of contracted services from fast-growing companies such as DBi and ICA, who manage their own fleets of service vehicles and equipment. These companies are generally at-will employers who unlike the DOT will increase and reduce staff as needed to maximize profitability. MOT contractors bid to maintain roadways for a period of years, rather than being paid to perform a specific repair, and therefore they are incented to use longer lasting materials, and perform quality repairs.
Private Infrastructure will be better positioned to take advantage of new repair technologies. Engineers working for private construction and consulting firms can choose from a wide range of repair solutions that meet specific performance characteristic requirements. When it comes to getting materials approved for use on public roads and bridges, every state has its own Qualified Product List, and the cost and effort for innovative companies to perform testing and jump through all the hoops required for approval is onerous. Expect to see growing employment opportunities for maintenance crews, supervisors, project managers, and engineers working for profitable construction companies to perform maintenance and repair services for private buildings.
Turnaround time will become more critical than material cost for repairs. As average daily traffic increases on aging roadways, full road closures, partial road closures, and lane closures will have a growing economic impact on road usersâ€™ costs per day. The chance of accidents increases in work zones. Gone will be the days of repair crews waiting around for hours for concrete to gain enough strength to open a road to traffic. Material cost will be less a deciding factor in total in-place costs than rapid return to service.References:  http://www.icri.org/publications/ https://www.tsp2.org/files/2012 http://amotia.org/mission  https://blog.pavementpreservation.org http://transportal.cee.wisc.edu/closures/devel