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What is the single greatest advance in construction?

What has been the single most important advance in construction? We want to hear your views.

Designers, builders and engineers have that instinctive desire to construct longer, higher, deeper, cheaper, quicker, more chaotic or more elegant. But what single item or concept has nurtured the greatest advance in construction?

NCE and sister titles The Architect's Journal and Construction News in association with Corus Advance, aims to answer that question and compile a list of theories, methods, materials and machines which have driven the industry forward.

We've already asked some of the biggest names in construction - and have included a selection this week. The rest will be rolled out between now and the New Year.

We want readers to scrutinise these nominations and fill in the gaps to help us create a shortlist of the greatest advances in construction. Have your say by commenting on the nominations. A public vote with help decide which is the greatest.

Send us your own nomination with a brief explanation to or Corus Greatest Advance, New Civil Engineer, 1st Floor, Greater London House Hampstead Road, London, NW1 7EJ.

There is no strict timescale within which the Advance should have taken place, but should be something which has been realised in recent memory.

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