Hyderabad witnesses latest technology in construction
In the last few years the real estate industry advanced in terms of embracing technology that cover areas of architecture, engineering including the overall construction process. The construction industry in India is trying to update the usage of technology in building the real estate sector. New buildings are emerging with novel concepts and designs that can attract home buyers. Use of technology Like other cities in India, Hyderabad should also build its value in the market by using appropriate technology. For instance, Pune is currently trying to make its environment more eco-friendly. The city has installed smart underground garbage bins in the municipality, which can play a pivotal role in the waste management system. It sends direct signals to the municipality office once it is over-filled. The authorities then clean the garbage bin immediately. Locations such as Gachibowli, Hitec City, Banjara Hills, Miyapur and Kondapur including others have both social and physical infrastructure that will definitely attract buyers. However, the market is yet to show some signs of revival. Would the presence of technology and the promise of making lives simpler give the much-needed push to buyers? In comparison to the year 2014, sales volume and new project launches have fallen marginally. Maybe once the market shows some revival then the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry can experiment and use technology that might help save time, money and energy. Moreover, as the world is looking towards India for investment and business ties, it is high time, the real estate development and infrastructure growth matches their requirements. India needs to adopt some ideas and technologies that countries in the western world like Japan, Germany or China are using currently. "If we have to talk about the latest innovation, then Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are one of the key technology systems that have been used in India for some time now. The major benefit of this system is that it reduces the operating energy cost from day one during the entire life cycle of the building," says Shabbir Kanchwala, senior vice president, K Raheja Corp. Kanchwala adds that the intangible benefits like enhanced ventilation, better views and daylight improves productivity of the occupants. An engineering firm consultant from the city says that with the advent of computer and internet, India has started using computer-aided design to build infrastructure. In fact, product modelling, classification and standardisation are done technically via the use of computer advanced technologies. Many latest designing softwares such as STAAD Pro, Tekla, Auto Cad, Revit, etc are used for drawings, graphics and sketching innovative building designs. Developers are trying to use the latest technologies in their projects in the city. Kanchwala says, "At present, we are using technology like Net Zero Concept (Zero Energy and Zero Water Concepts). Buildings that produce surplus energy may be called 'energy-plus buildings' and buildings that consume slightly more energy than they produce are called 'near-zero energy buildings'. It is the quietest and most convenient way to cool the entire home." Many real estate developers are now using the 'green' building concept to save more energy and water in Hyderabad. Previously, most constructions in the city were done via the conventional method but now things are changing. In the recent past, there was labour shortage in the construction industry. So, developers started using precast technology. It helped in maintaining quality, speed of construction and remained profitable. Industry experts say that the normal brick-and-mortar method takes at least a year to complete a project and precast method takes about four months.