How has the Demolition Process Evolved?

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November 27, 2022

Demolition is one of the oldest industries in the world. It has been around since humans first discovered how to build a wall and then tear it down. As technology has evolved, so too has demolition. There are still many aspects of it that remain largely unchanged over time, such as the use of heavy machinery on large projects. There are also new ways to demolish structures that were never thought possible before. Here's how modern demolitions differ from their early counterparts:

Demolition in the Early Years

The earliest method of demolition was manual, and it was anything but safe or efficient. Most of the dangerous heavy lifting was done by hand. This means that workers would often be put at risk while working on dangerous materials without proper protection. For example, in the 1800s—when demolition was less regulated—many men were killed or injured by falling bricks as they demolished old buildings.

In addition to being dangerous for humans, this type of demolition also wasn’t very environmentally friendly. There were no regulations about how construction waste should be disposed of after a building had been torn down. In some cases, waste materials were left outside exposed to rain and snow until they had completely deteriorated before being sent off site for disposal. Other times, developers simply buried their debris onsite so that people wouldn’t see how much destruction took place during construction. 

Modern Demolition Techniques

While the demolition process has not changed much since its inception, the technology used has evolved significantly.

  • Modern equipment allows for more efficient demolition both in terms of time required and energy consumption.
  • This equipment includes: Excavators, Wrecking Balls, Jackhammers, Cranes, and Bulldozers
  • Modern methods are more environmentally friendly as many projects now take place far from open spaces, with less noise and dust.
  • Controlled demolition techniques ensure that buildings are taken down safely while minimizing damage to nearby structures or people/animals living nearby
  • Demolition teams are required certain training and certifications to operate heavy machinery on the job

The Future of Demolition

In the future, demolition will continue to be a key industry in terms of delivering infrastructure and construction projects.

As technology develops, new techniques and methods of demolition will be more efficient and sustainable. For example, 3D printing is used for a variety of applications including making human organs, aircraft parts and other structures. It is possible that this process could be applied to building material fabrication as well. This would reduce waste materials produced during the construction phase which could have huge environmental benefits. 

Demolition Evolution 

Demolition has changed significantly over the years. It is now more environmentally friendly, efficient, and cost effective. Demolition has changed significantly over the years. More modern techniques have been developed and are being used to break down buildings in a safe and efficient way. If you need demolition help or education, our team at Alliance Environmental Systems can answer your questions. Our team prioritizes safe and environmentally friendly techniques. 

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