Webinar II - Airports: Construction & Renovation

The webinar saw key stakeholders speak on the enormity of the job at hand and its challenges

Chintan Shukla, GVK Airports, K Ranjan, Umashankar, L&T Construction, Chennai airport, Delhi airport, H Ravikumar, Shapoorji Pallonji E&C, Jairam Panch, Turner Project Management, Airports, Webinar

Few would go into details of the construction and renovation of an airport. Airports are meant to be experienced. 

But Construction Week, sticking close to its theme of infrastructure, has always had an affinity to understand the workings of an airport. This includes its construction too.

In this light, the team decided to organise a webinar on April 23 and include key stakeholders who would be able to throw light on the gigantic nature of airports.

The panel comprised: 
*Chintan Shukla, VP, Project Planning and Design and Head of Design, GVK Airports;
*K Ranjan, Head of Quality, L&T Construction (Chennai Airport);
*Umashankar, Head of Quality, L&T Construction (Delhi Airport);
*H Ravikumar,  AVP & Regional Head, Chennai, Shapoorji Pallonji E&C; and
*Jairam Panch, MD, Turner Project Management India.

The entire discussion circled around design, execution, operations, quality and maintenance. 

Speaking on design, Chintan Shukla said, "Design plays a key role. The entire lifecycle of the project hinges in getting the design right. Years later, even if the authorities or stakeholders do decide to expand, they will need to go back to the original design to understand the underlying scheme."

Quality also plays a key role in an overall airport. K Ranjan says that it's important that the stakeholders look at global procurement of materials to impart a world-class look to airports. 

For Umashankar, who has always maintained that airports must have global quality, ensuring that it continues to look sleek and gives transit passengers a feel of comfort is important. 

Jairam Panch offered his views on how working seamlessly with numerous stakeholders is an art and one that comes with immense patience. His team has handled various airports around the globe and can vouch for the multiple role-playing needed.

H Ravikumar pointed out the role his company has played in the Port Blair airport, Guwahati airport and Leh airport. Though small, it needed much thought in getting it right the first time.  

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