One of the greatest advancements that occurred in the 20th century happened in 1913, in the Detroit area. This “advancement” that happened was Ford introducing the assembly line in order to mass produce cars at a cheaper rate. At the time, cars were time-consuming to build and were very expensive—meaning only the wealthy could afford them. Ford’s approach was to use non-skilled laborers (and lots of them) to do one or two simple and repetitive tasks all day every day, as car chassis’ rolled down the line. Thus, cars were produced quicker, cheaper and perhaps more importantly, identical every time.
So, what does this have to do with construction?