Elematic Customises Unique Precast Moulds/Equipment for B.G. Shirke
- G. Shirke Construction Technology Pvt. Ltd (BGSCTPL) is one of India’s oldest construction companies and well known for its pioneering efforts in introducing prefab building technology in India way back in 1972.
With a history deeply rooted in civil engineering and high quality housing projects, the company has been in operation for over seventy years. Early on, its founder decided to focus on quality and modern ways of industrializing civil engineering construction - an ethos that still carries through today.
“It has been the dream of our founder Chairman, Padmashri B.G. Shirke to industrialize civil engineering construction in our country by manufacturing standardized precast components for building construction,” says V.G Jana, the Senior Chief Executive at BGSCTPL.
One of the keys to its success has been the company’s ability to adopt new construction technologies early. “We were the first company to develop prefab construction called 3S Prefab Technology (3S stands for Speed, Strength, Safety and Sustainability) in India and till date, no other construction agency has been able to match the prefab residential construction amounting to over 50 million sq. ft. built-up area, comprising over 200,000 tenements, especially in Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) category,” says Jana.
India has a massive and chronic shortage of housing with an estimated 20 million houses that need to be built. Even Jana admits that the task ahead is monumental. “Even with the collective efforts of a few companies like us, it would take many years to mitigate this housing shortfall,” he adds.
Therefore, ambitious mass housing projects need time tested and proven prefab technology to be able to succeed with a timely and efficient manner. The customized equipment from Elematic to produce 3S Prefab elements as per Shirke’s own design on a mass scale has been successfully put to its use towards executing mass housing projects.
To that effect, BGSCTPL recently set up three production lines in Delhi for precast products from Elematic - Circulation lines for room size floor slab, special walls and ‘3-S’ columns.
“Shirke wanted customized precast moulds/equipment for casting precast components and the company had therefore special technical requirements which we delivered to them,” says Tarmo Sahala, area sales director for Elematic.
Most building sites have limited lifting capacity, yet all the precast elements have to fulfill certain characteristic. And, B.G Shirke’s needs were no exception.
“All the moulds and equipment were thus designed accordingly. The wall and floor slab lines are in two sheds adjoining to each other with both having transportation and distribution systems, moulds, all production and handling equipment and curing system,” Sahala explains.
The ‘3S’ column with hollow cores is a very unique product of B. G. Shirke. It was also a relatively new technology for Elematic, which developed the moulds based on a previous machine model for a similar product to the hollow core.
“These columns are not too heavy to handle and install. The hollows are filled with concrete and necessary design reinforcement as per B.G. Shirke’s design,” adds Sahala.
“Presently, we are executing prestigious mega housing projects comprising over 50 thousand tenements for Delhi Development Authority (DDA), as well as dozens of other projects across the country,” Jana adds.
For B. G. Shirke, quality and speed are basic principles for constructing enormous housing projects across the country for which it dwells on prompt project schedules, which have little room for delays and no compromise on quality.
“Their time frame for their projects is very strict, which would be impossible to execute it in a traditional way,” Sahala says.
“Our‘3S’ Prefab technology provides us with crucial factors such as stability of the structure incorporating earthquake resistance, safety, adaptability to various climatic conditions, thermal insulation, acoustic insulation and conformity to the codal provisions that form the backbone of 3-S technology,” Jana further explains.
Add to the list an ability to increase production capacity, create higher quality finishing, material savings and less waste, and this Indian group really has a winning formula with 3S precast technology.
Water saving created by using precast technology can make a real difference to construction projects in India, where resources are scarce.
“With precast, almost no water is needed at a building site and overall water consumption is much less compared to traditional way,” Sahala adds.
The two companies had already co-operated before, which helped the co-operation to deepen further.
“Few years back we delivered them a floor slab production line and everything went well and they were happy with us. They also trust us the way we handle after sales and services and our workmanship being high quality,” Sahala says.
The relationship between the two companies is set to continue and grow in years to come.
“Because they have special demands, it allows us to make new innovations and applications, which means the entire industry benefits,” Sahala concludes.
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contact: Elematic India Pvt. Ltd.
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