Swedish StruSoft Improves Housing In India

There are many construction projects in India and there will be even more in the future. To produce more and better houses and buildings, it might be wiser to use precast concrete elements instead of cast-in-place concrete. StruSoft took the initiative to start a project and raise awareness in India about construction techniques and benefits of their software, IMPACT.

The building industry in India is facing major changes. There is an increasing need to construct more buildings and houses. The government is pushing a special programme for people to have affordable homes. However, it requires more than the efforts of the political leadership.

“There needs to be new knowledge in India in order to build better and more sustainable buildings”, says Paul Rehn, President of StruSoft.

StruSoft is a Swedish innovative IT company that develops software for the building industry, including for designing precast concrete elements. Now it has started a project in India to transfer the Swedish engineering expertise and software knowledge to support the country’s development in the construction sector. There can be great advantages to go from cast-in-place concrete elements to industrially manufacturing them in the factory and then transporting them to the construction site.

A disadvantage of the cast-in-place method is that there may be problems with logistics. It often takes a long time to transport the concrete to the construction site. This leads to loss of quality and weakened properties of the cast-in-place elements, which ultimately can have a negative impact to the durability of the houses. To remedy this situation, it might be much better to use precast concrete elements instead.

Productivity with Swedish Software

StruSoft’s project in India has the overall aim to transfer knowledge, promote new working methods, sell software and provide engineers with advice and support. Stru Engineers – a StruSoft subsidiary in Pune on the country’s western side – will assist in this project. Stru Engineers has so far helped designers around the world to produce drawings with IMPACT. Now the company has a broader role.

“They will act as resellers, trainers, and provide support to customers”, says Peter Karlsson, who is head of department at StruSoft and plays a key role in the project. “It is IMPACT, StruSoft’s program to design precast concrete elements that we should sell. This Swedish software will give the Indian engineers an advantage”, says Peter.

The engineers are used to working in AutoCAD, and IMPACT has striking similarities with it. This means that they will feel familiar with the new environment, and thus it will be easy for them to get started.

The engineers have extensive experience in the building industry. However, the knowledge in precast concrete is not as high. It is important then to complement their knowledge with the StruSoft project.  We are combining their experience in the design and construction techniques with our software and giving them a good start when it comes to designing building elements.


On the Indian Engineers’ Terms

Another task of the project is to educate the Indian engineers to work more efficiently with new methods.

We want to show the benefits that standardization brings. By standardizing the drawings, they can be reused in future projects. Documents should be designed in a way that they have the same appearance regardless of who designed them. Then you can save both time and money.

Perhaps the most important thing is that the knowledge transfer must take place on the engineers’ terms. Therefore, the entire project is based on their culture and everyday work methods. We ask them questions that they may answer, instead of telling them how we think they should work with our program. They grow with the task and act for themselves. Local vendors will be hired to sell IMPACT aimed at the Indian concrete industry. StruEngineers will help them in their efforts to meet the market requirements.

For our new Indian vendors, StruEngineers will build a knowledge base to draw from. There already exists a rich knowledge of how Indian companies work with IMPACT. It is also important to continuously improve the training, take care of support cases or other similar tasks. The people in India will thus be involved from an early stage. The expectation is that the vendors should become self-sustained and then the Swedish project led by Peter Karlsson and StruSoft will end. This will take place next year.

The knowledge to build houses with precast concrete elements will slowly gain a foothold in India when more people in the building industry will recognize the benefits of using them in conjunction with the Swedish software IMPACT. Throughout the value chain, from idea and planning to design, precasting and erection on site, India will get a welcome addition of affordable housing that they so very much need.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Suhas Mohol

E: suhas.mohol@struengineers.com

M: 90280 43071