Why Software Will Eat Construction

Marc Andreessen is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the web browser company Netscape and currently runs one of the most successful venture capital firms in the world, Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen wrote an essay in The Wall Street Journal titled "Why Software Is Eating the World," which we think should be carefully studied by those of us in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. The AEC industry is about to undergo a revolution, and an understanding of the trends identified by Andreessen could be the most significant competitive advantage an AEC firm can have in the coming years.

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Will Amazon Disrupt the AEC Industry?

The adoption of supply chain management within the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is most clearly defined by lean methodologies. Lean concepts eliminate waste, focus on value, and are most often associated with the manufacturing industry. Toyota in particular is often cited in reference to lean practices, as the company is largely credited with creating 5S Methodology. However, when it comes to supply chain management, there's likely a better example to follow. Let's consider how Amazon disrupted the retail industry and what it would take to apply that thinking to AEC.

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