A book on “Smart Construction Management in Digital India” launched by Akhilesh Srivastava

October 13, 2018 (Press Release): According to Price Waterhouse Coopers estimates, India will be the third largest economy in the world by 2050.  To achieve this target and mission of being called as a Global superpower, India requires to surpass several milestones in streamlining its infrastructure such as roadways, airports, commercial and industrial construction, townships (smart cities) etc. with an investment of US $777.73 Billion to successfully accomplish by the year 2022.

The pattern of Indian FDI Investment inflow for construction activities between the years 2000 – 2017 has been roughly US $12.36 Billion, whereas the US $24.67 Billion for the years 2000 – 2017 for townships, construction of projects and built-up infrastructure.

As of January 2018, US $3 Billion were allocated by UAE-based DP World for ports in partnership with National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), to mobilize a platform for ports, terminals, and transportation and logistics businesses in India.

As IT hub, India’s prominence in IT sector has grown exponentially with many global companies like Google, IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Accenture, Deloitte, Capgemini, Amazon etc., launching their offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore and recruiting the best IT talent of Indian young workforce, this also led to growth of domestic startups. India has the third highest number of startups with over $1 Billion turnover.

Presently India holds 55% stake in total global outsourcing business net worth of $185 – 190 Billion.

The concept of smart cities with the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data is expected to make the metro, rural and urban geographies into Indian smart cities and the planning has just begun.

However, there are lacunas, which are holding back the progress making targets continued to be unachievable and poor delivery on the ground.  These hindrances, in fact, are unable to bring India at par with the developed economies. India’s infrastructure growth rocket is ready for the launch & with the digital revolution as fuel and demography of young IT professionals as the battery. India is ready to take advantage of the fourth industrial revolution in existence; there is a much easier scope to achieve.

At this crucial juncture, the Book “Smart Construction Management in Digital India” authored by Sri Akhilesh Srivastava is like a most wished boon. The author is globally known technology wizard for his strategic & visionary thinking of technology imbibition in the infrastructure sector. His contribution towards the development of the Government & PSUs Public Procurement Portal led to transparency in tendering and his popular software e-MB, a cloud-based software platform for digitally recording the measurement of works executed on site brought much-desired transparency in the construction industry. His recently developed Online Dispute Portal (ODR), which was inaugurated by Vice President of India on 23 April 2018 is another revolutionary step and ahead of time. His contribution in NHAI, in the implementation of Electronic tolling, Project Management system, Road Asset management system, imbibed Drones & Satellites in project monitoring, developer of mobile app Sukhad Yatra and universal helpline -1033 for highways users are well known.

Therefore, there can’t be a better author on this crucial subject as on date. With his visionary thinking, in-depth domain knowledge of Hi-end technology & infrastructure engineering coupled with vast experience of implementation of many projects, he knows the weakness & strength of the system & effectiveness of technologies.

Akhilesh Srivastava, the author of the book, says, “My upcoming book on Smart Construction Management in the Digital Age. INDIA is on the verge of becoming Global Superpower. Integration of IT in infrastructure construction & management can increase the efficiency and output many folds, thereby quickly narrowing the gap with developed countries in the infrastructure field at least. Due to colonial rules, India missed the Industrial revolutions of the world but with the young brigade of IT engineers, INDIA is ready to lead this Digital revolution and mend the ways for its benefits”.

The book is likely to hit the market soon, is going to be one of the most sought for the book in India as well as globally.

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A vital role of NHAI’s Akhilesh Srivastava in Digitation and Technology Integration of Government Sector

The advancement in technology has been tremendous since the dawn of the millennium. The pace of life has been increased and places far away have come closer, all due to technology.

From communication to travel to ease of business, people expect everything to be quick. Considering the importance, the Government of India is taking leap jumps towards digitization and technology integration. There is one man, who is silently playing a very crucial role in Digital movement of Government Sector – Shri Akhilesh Srivastava, a globally known technocrat for technology implementation, strategic and visionary thinker.

Since last few years, he is dedicatedly but quietly and strategically working towards digitization of the Government sectors to enhance transparency and speed of execution step by step. His contribution towards the development of Government Public Procurement Portal is unforgettable. People related to the public procurement portal project still talk about his dedicated working of 18 to 20 hours daily in mission mode for months. The Public Procurement Portal proved to be the stepping stone towards enhancing the transparency in government tendering process by use of technology in large scale.

After implementation of e-Tendering, he moved to next step to make a large-scale cloud-based software platform called e-MB, for quality check and digital recording of measurement of works executed on project site. The e-MB became so popular in the engineering fraternity that it was quickly adopted by many State Governments and PSUs like hotcake. The e-MB not only digitally records the measurements of the project executed but also brings it in the public view to enhance transparency by eliminating the grey areas of the construction industry. This generated a momentum of digitization in the construction industry field and paved way for the development of many such software applications of project monitoring in the market.

He integrated many latest technologies for project monitoring like Drones, IP cameras, GIS based technologies, Mobile Apps etc for better monitoring & quick decision making. Shri Akhilesh Srivastava recently developed Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) mechanism along with Construction Industry Arbitration Council (CIAC), first of its kind in India. The ODR portal is launched by Honorable Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu Ji on 23 April 2018. The ODR has the potential to revolutionize the dispute resolution industry of India by creating a lot of job for the techno-legal youth of India and positioning India as a favourite destination of International Arbitrations. This will boost the GDP growth of India.

Owing to him and his team’s global expertise in the application of technology, the NHAI has already managed to implement best of the techno-managerial initiatives in the highway infrastructure that are helping in enhancing the standard of living for the citizens.

Some of the projects that have been adding to the glory of NHAI and Indian Highway Infrastructure Sector under the expert supervision of Shri Akhilesh Srivastava are:

  • Project Management Information System (PMIS)
  • Road Asset Management System (RAMS)
  • Drones and Remote Sensing for Highway Projects
  • Traffic Incident Management System (TIMS).
  • GPS-enabled ambulances, patrol vehicles, and cranes with central Command & Control as part of the TIMS
  • Electronic Toll Collection (ETC)
  • NHAI – Sukhad Yatra Mobile App
  • New website for the NHAI
  • New surveillance mechanism using IP cameras
  • 24X7 uniform Emergency helpline 1033 for Highway users
  • Construction of public toilets on national highways
  • Conducting pilot for GPS based Tolling or Pay-As-You-Use distance-based tolling

 

Considering his extraordinary contribution to the construction industry, Mr Akhilesh Srivastava has recently decorated with the lifetime achievement award the prestigious Vishwakarma Award for his accomplishments and contributions to the Government & Public sector on 7th March 2018 at New Delhi. The award was the CIDC (an affiliated body of Niti Ayog the think tank of Indian policy making) attempt to recognize his efforts of the committed change-makers in the public sector. The Award jury had few of the most prominent bureaucrats and officials from the Construction Industry of India.

 

They have selected the awardees considering the factors such as their work history, success rate, public and private parties’ suggestions, and more.

He has been nominated as Member of Board of Governors of Engineering Council of India (ECI) and International Council of Consultants (ICC) apart from honorary advisor to various IITs and smart city projects on the technological issue.

All these accomplishments and contributions say a lot about Shri Akhilesh Srivastava and his expertise in the field of technology as how he has been instrumental in taking India at a whole new level of advanced technology-driven infrastructure.