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Steely Resolve

Despite the initial cost disadvantage, steel structures demonstrate numerous benefits, and are leading real estate developers to opt for steel construction. BY Mitalee Kurdekar Over the past few years, the construction industry has been experimenting with new ideas. There are numerous drivers for such trials; be it for employing alternative methods of construction, using newly invented materials with superi ...

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Mobility, Measured

Elevator & escalator makers are putting in a lot of thought in designing products so as to make them safe, and fast. By Jayashree Mendes Over the last few years in India, development of infrastructure and real estate development has also meant seeking out modern technologies and products. Simultaneously, the continuous construction of high-rises and growing government expenditure on infrastructure devel ...

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Changes in the air

Few work at surprising customers with novel and innovative products, says Ramesh Jain, chairman, GM Modular. Interviewed by: Jayashree Mendes As chairman, could you share your vision for the company and some set goals? Since inception, GM has grown from a regional switch manufacturer to one of the leading international providers of switches and accessories, and intelligent home automation system solutions. ...

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A claes act

Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks, discusses the state of play for the commercial vehicle manufacturer in the Middle East. It has been a decade since Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks, was last in the Middle East — and that decade has seen significant challenges and opportunities, both globally and within the regional heavy commercial vehicles segment. Volvo Truck is the largest business area ...

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Greener Pastures

Far from being a passing fad, green construction continues to attract developers who want to create value with a premium product that offers a low life cycle cost. By Mitalee Kurdekar The complexities of constructing high-rises are never-ending. While real estate developers are well-versed with building tall structures, there are several aspects that need careful consideration. Right from soil test to struc ...

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Power Punch

Industrialisation is boosting demand for diesel and gas generators. Manufacturers are pushing the envelope to offer environmentally-safe generators. By Bindu Gopal Rao Diesel backup generators offer a lifeline in times of crisis. The regular power outages in India bring critical services to an operational halt. Blackouts in industrial areas can increase the risks to business operations, which may result in ...

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Moving Swiftly

Whatever others may say, the backhoe loader is here to stay. It now comes with new modifications that make customers happy. By Jayashree Kini Mendes It goes without saying that backhoe loaders are one of the most versatile and compact equipment that matters most to the construction and real estate industry. But in recent years, this machine has taken a beating in the industry as some owners have replaced th ...

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The Big Decider

An illustrious jury brought its collective wisdom to the table when selecting this year's most deserving winners. Decisions. While they govern all the important aspects of our lives, in the case of business, they often have a cascading effect on the lives of many. It is, after all, these very decisions, whether big or small, impulsive or well-thought out, informed or born of partial ignorance that dictate h ...

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Living the High Life

Developers and suppliers have become increasingly conscience of the materials used in construction of high-rises. BY Jayashree Kini Mendes The complexities of constructing high-rises are never-ending. While real estate developers are well-versed with building tall structures, there are several aspects that need careful consideration. Right from soil test to structural analysis to wind load, not to forget ch ...

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Himalayan Wonder

The Chenani-Nashri tunnel is an engineering marvel, but it has not come up without a battle against odds. BY Jayashree kini mendes Piercing through the foot of the Himalayan mountains at an altitude of 1,200 metres (3,937 feet), the Chenani-Nashri tunnel, also known as Patnitop tunnel, is an engineering marvel that connects Jammu to Srinagar. This vital artery is touted as Asia’s longest and has significant ...

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