We Have A Particular Focus On DRIP, Roads & Highways, Education & Cement Sectors
Mr. Pranav Kapur
Civil Engineering & Construction Review: Which latest innovative products and technologies were introduced in 2019? What was the role of your organization in this regard?
Pranav Kapur: Aimil has a full-fledged R&D wing, which continues to develop new products to meet the growing needs of the customers in diverse industries, across the globe. The products developed by the R&D division in 2019, include:
- Soil Consolidation system
- Automatic consolidation system with electro-mechanical loading, which eliminates traditional hanging weight system
- A touch display was also introduced in the system
- Advanced Rock Direct Shear system
- High-capacity Direct Shear Testing system for testing of rock joints and gravelly soil samples
- Cerchar Abrasivity Apparatus (which is required for tunnelling applications)
- Tilt table (for basic friction angle of rock joints)
- New Hydro fracture Equipment with NX size probes (which we also used in Kundah Project in Tamil Nadu)
Aimil has further, strengthened its software development team, which has been instrumental in the development of various advanced software for equipment and testing. Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) in particular have been developed for online job-scheduling, and activity and result monitoring of hundreds of machines, including a number of Compression and Universal Testing machines, Marshall Stability and CBR Test Apparatuses installed at many diverse remote locations.
In addition, we also launched Wireless Vibrating Wire Nodes and Gateway, based on LoRa technology; these systems find application where external power is not available and where sites are inaccessible. Our system can work for 5-6 years with internal batteries. Such systems are particularly useful for mining (UG and Open-Cast), dam and tunnelling projects.
Further, with our global partners, Proceq, we have introduced equipment for Pulse Echo Testing of Concrete. The Pundit Array, which is based on Pulse Echo Technology, is particularly useful for deep scanning of concrete.
CE&CR: Please give us a practical example of a case study or a project wherein innovative capabilities of your organization helped deal with a challenging situation?
- We are pursuing a special project for the determination of warning limits of monitoring instruments installed in a concrete gravity dam - KarchhamWangtoo Hydroelectric Project at Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, India.
- We are working on the health evaluation and rehabilitation of a heavily distressed multi-storied residential building in Trichy.
- We have been involved in continuous monitoring of the health of railway bridges.
- Our consultancy division ATES, completed a project with an Advanced Rock Direct Shear system, developed in-house by Aimil’s production team specifically for this application.
- Another project we are working on is related to Seismic Reflection Survey with a blasting source and with electrical resistivity survey up to 200 m, to explore the sink zone above Tunnel 1 of USBRL, Konkan Railways.
- We also completed the NDT Inspection of Head Raise Tunnel at Parbati Dam, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, where we determined the boundary between the concrete lining and rock layer, thereby checking the thickness of concrete lining by using Proceq’s Pundit Array Pulse Echo testing system.
- We have been providing instrumentation on power projects to monitor their performance; this performance monitoring helps the project authorities to check their design assumptions and see if any distress is developing, thus making it possible to take remedial measures in time.
- Aimil has been instrumental in developing warning systems for landslides and bridges, so that an alarm can be generated before it gets too late.
These are just some of the case studies, wherein we were able to help our customers in particularly challenging applications.
CE&CR: Please brief us on your organization’s efforts towards R&D for technological advancements in construction and related sectors.
Pranav Kapur: Our R&D division is a team of more than 30 members. This team is responsible for the development of new products for various industries and the up-gradation of the existing range of products that we manufacture. Through this division, we help provide solutions to our varied customers and also help develop customised products specific to their research and specialised operational needs.
CE&CR: What are the probable opportunities in your sector in the near future?
Pranav Kapur: We see good opportunities in the infrastructure sector, as the government seems to be committed to increasing this sector through its policies. Further, there are a plethora of opportunities in mining, water and waste management. The projects such as DRIP also seem interesting.
CE&CR: What is your view about growth and development of construction and related sectors in the next five years?
Pranav Kapur: The future of the construction sector looks promising due to developments in the heavy infrastructure sector. The infrastructure sector has been a key driver for the Indian economy. The sector is pivotal in India’s overall development and enjoys intense focus from the Government; the government appears to be keen on initiating policies that would ensure time-bound creation of world class infrastructure in the country.
In the last five years, the Government has made huge investments in the highway sector with total investment increasing more than three times from 51,000 Crore in 2014-15 to 158,000 Crore in 2018-19.
Also, we expect the revival of the hydro power sector and further growth in transportation infrastructure, including roads, airports and railways, to drive growth in the coming years.
In light of recent announcements by the Finance Minister about the provision of special funding to housing projects in order to revive the Real Estate sector, we expect a revival of the private homebuilding sector in the coming years.
Overall, the construction sector should see good growth.
CE&CR: What is your organization’s plan for 2020?
Pranav Kapur: Within the realm of the civil engineering, in addition to the infrastructure sector, we also aim to focus on the education and cement sectors by providing testing solutions with new user-friendly technologies.
We plan to develop new products based on the latest technologies for a number of key areas. Also, we have a particular focus on Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP), roads and highways, education & cement sectors. The plans also include expansion of our offering to cater the increasing use of super pave, higher strength and fibre reinforced concrete.
We aim to provide best-in-class solutions to our customers, either through world-class partners from overseas, or through best-in-class equipment made in India. In many cases, global offerings are not fit for the Indian market in terms of price or performance. In such cases, we aim to develop unique solutions for the Indian market, which will allow Indian engineering institutions and companies to afford world-class cutting-edge products.
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