Building Scalability in Operations with Project Management Office

We have been serving various geographical areas including Delhi, Gurugram, Pune, Ahmedabad, Sikar, Lucknow and other parts of the country. With this kind of diversification Manomav has planned to operationalize the management of projects by establishing a Project Management Office (PMO). Members of PMO are highly energetic and keen to play vital role in new generation of Project Management.

Manomav has implemented the strategy of managing the projects using the strategy of controlling them using Projects, Program and Portfolio Management. Currently, PMO will be actively engaged in Building Portfolio of Manomav, where the below two leading programs will shape the organization:

  1. Implementation of MicroPMC to bring Scalability in monitoring of building projects below 15 Crore.
  2. Institutionalize the Project Management Practices with PMO Support for building projects above 15 Crore

Abhinav Bhardwaj, Director – Growth, shared that the recent introduction of weekly executive call has developed accountability of key team members and focuses on KRA improvements. He believes, that now with Manomav 2.0 the establishment of strong PMO with integrated support will improve the quality of monitoring. The best part of this program is to even develop monitoring guidelines for front end staff with a concept of Package Manager, Document Controller and Assistant Project Manager. He further added, that with the new energy flow in the changed system, Manomav employees will be equipped with more trainings and better skills to strengthen the skillsets of each one.

We are really hopeful to deliver a scalable, reliable, standard and satisfactory services to our existing customers with this new change of Manomav 2.0. At core, Manomav is already empowering Project Management Body of Knowledge in Construction Industry with fusion of Automation.

Hospital Project Planning with Vision 2030

Manomav is providing end to end construction solutions to its customers. Global level changes in terms of latest innovation and technology are changing Hospital Designs. Manomav representatives are sharing new ways of designing hospital considering future with Entrepreneurs of Hospital Industry.

Future Vision of Hospital in Urban Cities & Tier 2, 3 Cities

From the amount of advancements the world has observed in last decade, it is evident that year 2030 will be very different from 2019. In 2030, India will face new challenges in terms of expansion of already existing hospitals and construction of new hospitals with re-designed infrastructure and technology. Currently, the care provided at the hospitals is divided into three categories a) Primary, b) Secondary and c) Tertiary Care. Speciality Hospitals can only work when they are supported with the right Infrastructure as discussed by Dr. Gaurav J. Kumar, Facility Director, Medanta – The Medicity. The demand of Tier -2 & Tier -3 cities are focused towards introduction of new facilities since the traditional treatment already exists through family references as informed by Dr. Shuchin Bajaj, Founder Director, Cygnus Hospitals.

Designs of Hospitals

Girish Bommakanti, CEO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals had shared interesting futuristic concepts in Urban Landscape of having smooth connectivity from Smart Homes to Smart Hospitals.

He shared that hospital design should consider movement of patients right from the parking lots to discharge areas while planning to have services like MRI & Ct Scan on the same floor. Future is changing soon so the current hospitals should be designed by categring to at least 5 years of future functionality in mind. Dr. Sanjeev Bagai, Chairman – Nephron Clinics, has suggested common considerations to be made while positioning hospital components like –

  • Lift should be closer for Joint Pain or Orthopaedics
  • OPD should be in Isolation to Other building blocks
  • Psychiatrist in OPD should not be closer to Gynaecologies.
  • Ward beds should have beautiful visuals
  • Blood Banks can be closer to the laboratories
  • NICU & BICU should be separate, Rest ICUs can be combined

Army Hospital are also designed with flexibility of its locations which includes various concerns like –

  • Sizes are defined in multiple of 7 along with Toilets which serve different cadres
  • Operations Theatre are preferred on Top Floor Location
  • AHU should also be placed on Top which results in lesser heat loss
  • Orthopaedics and OPD should not be on Top Floor

Budget of Hospitals

30% of Hospital construction budget goes into Equipment Buying and if you exclude construction, it makes 60%-70% of Hospital Budget. Dr. Bharat Gadhvi, Regional Director – HCG Hospitals said that equipments have less Shelf Life and Lower Staff like Radiologies, Pathologist and Oncologist should be engaged when equipment purchase decisions are being discussed. In case owners are short of budget they should leave space for future activities, so make sure that services are available for 7-10 years. It is suggested to consider 7 year cyclic cost of equipment which includes buying cost, AMC cost and third party services. Delivery of Equipment shall be done very carefully because Half Life of Helium decreases in 68 days so PO shall be given with clear terms & conditions.

Approvals of Hospitals

One of the most critical activities in construction of hospital is dealing with approvals. NABH and JSI are two of most accreditionals standards in India. NABH has its own requirements on top of the Building Approvals. There are more than 104 Laws which govern hospital construction today. Various laws are applied  which are dependent upon the services of hospital including Building Approvals, Support Services License, Laboratory approval from NABL, Air/Water/Environment Laws with Biomedical Waste (Trace & Track it from start to end), Atomic Energy/Radiologistic from ACPVP Regulations, Shop Act, Food Facility License, Clinical Establishment Acts, GACI Standards in 14 standards which are applicable from NABH.

In case of hospital expansion and renovation generally, it does not require approval for modification. However if modification is changing usage pattern of building or floor, approval is required from competent authority.

In case of External Building Change, approval is required from competent authorities.

Safe & High Quality of Environment in Hospitals

Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) is implementing BMW (Bio Medical Waste Rules in Hospitals) which are revised in 2016, 2018 and in 2019. Effluent Treatment Plants are playing vital role in hospitals due to the nature of waste. HVAC Systems are coming with Ashrae Standards. Even the standards are being revised. Recently in 2016 National Disaster Guidelines have recommended to avoid usage of Flat Slabs in Buildings. Though Guidelines are not mandatory but is required because of two reasons:

  1. Fire Rating Issue which needs extra flooring which increases its thickness and affects building usage.
  1. Earthquake can cause bigger collapse if not designed properly.

With these key considerations Manomav shall be able to provide you a futuristic solution for hospital designing which aligns with your vision while considering Budget, Best Interiors, Approvals and Smooth Management of Hospital Buildings Execution.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT – By Ar. Sanjay Prakash, Shift Studio

On November 20th, 2018, Tuesday. We had an honor to host one of the very fine architects, Sanjay Prakash from Shift Studio as the Chief Guest for the Pratham Meet 9, to share his wisdom on community engagement. He says, “A project is a complex and dependent structure of tasks which can results in a successful delivery only if executed properly.” Our guest of honor, Ar. Sanjay Prakash is Principal Consultant at Shift Studio for Habitat Culture, Member of the Senate School of Planning and Architecture and also one of the founding Member and Lead architect at Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh.

 

Through his talk, he shared his thoughts on Community Engagement in Project Management and highlighted three types of communities i.e. Rural poor, Urban Rich and Urban Poor that can be engaged in any project development. He shared his experience of working with his team of 4-5 members of Architects, Statistician, Botanist (who himself was a son of local farmer) and in a collaboration of the villagers; the rural poor community to construct an open house school. This community engagement was achieved under Lok Jumbish Program in leadership of Anil Bordia in 1980’s. The local communities were encouraged to contribute their ideas and manpower from the design phase to constructing phase of the school. It led to multiple iterations of building prototypes of school using thermocol. During the whole process a lot of absolute needs came up by the villagers which were to keep in mind during the construction. Back in that time the schools used to be considered as Temples of learning, as the learning is directly associated to Goddess Saraswati. And with the same thought, the villagers conceptualized a separate area for removing shoes in the school premise. A detail, which could be easily missed by anyone who was focusing on the larger picture. By this, Ar. Sanjay Prakash meant, that when we involve communities in building a product, we get to build it better as it tends to cater to the needs of users more soundly. He also coined, that how, during the construction stage, women masons had used their clothing creativity to be a major help in the process.

He further shared another accomplishment of solving a problem of water supply and sanitation with the help of local poor of the locality in Shadipur, New Delhi. It was an informative session which showcased that Community Engagement is an effective approach for successful Project Management which has yielded amazing results in the past.

Pratham is a platform where professionals talk regarding latest construction management, best practices and technologies while facilitating Community Engagement and Leadership Development. In this pratham meet, Mr. Naveen Sharma talked about topic of Surveying further classifications of it – Engineering Survey, Defence Survey, Geological survey, Geographical Survey, Archaeological Survey and Route Survey etc. He shared various ways which can be useful while using surveying as tool.

Abhinav Bhardwaj, Director of Manomav Engineers shared best practices on interpersonal skills which are useful for coaching. He shared some common problems which people face while executing a project, namely lack of resources, improper training, lack of equipments, shortage of time and lack of motivation. He advised the audiences to listen to the problem statement intently and carefully in order to come up with the right solution.

Session was concluded by felicitating Chief Guest Ar. Sanjay Prakash at the end of the session. Best Presenter Mr. Navin Sharma and Best Evaluator Mr. Rajat Jain was appreciated at end of Leadership Development Session. Pratham Meet 9 was successfully organized by committee comprises of Time Keeper – Mr. Prashant Mahato, Sarget – Mr. Rajat Maheshwari, Secretary – Mr. Vanshaj Raj Bahal, Host – Mr. Abhinav Bhardwaj, Vice President – Mr. Antriksh Tawar at The Entrepreneurship School, located at Arjun Market, Gurugram. Pratham Meet was finished with its motto “Construction ka Bharosa hai hum, Khud ko aage rakhe, Pratham Hai Hum”

Construction Project Management in India

Construction Project Management is a professional service that use specialized project management techniques to oversee the planning, design and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end. The purpose of Construction Management is to control a project’s time, cost and quality. Abhinav Bhardwaj Co-founder to Manomav Engineers was invited as a Guest Speaker at Ashray Design and Consulting Private Limited (ADCPL) Architect’s Office to speak on the benefits of construction management and how architects can play role in Project Management on 5th May 2018. Session started at 3 PM and continued till 5 PM.

It started with a brief introduction of all 20+ members present in the room including L. A. Murthy (Principal Architect – ADCPL). Interactive session was started by listing down the perspective of audience towards construction management. Understanding of audience was developed for futuristic conditions of construction industry in 2030. Abhinav Bhardwaj, co-founder of Manomav is currently working on Growth of Organization and running a FREE course on Construction Management for bridging gap between academics and industry.

 

Abhinav shared that any construction project scope is divided in three different Packages – a) Structural, b) Architectural & c) Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP). The scope of works goes through five stages  which includes

  • Plan Approvals
  • Design
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Handover)

 

These stages and scope of works are used to map various organization and their roles in construction industry. Further different knowledge areas and current construction industry’s technical roles are mapped which includes Quantity Surveyor, Contractors Manager, Billing Engineer, Project Manager, Site Supervisor, Admin Incharge and more.

 

PMBOK is one of the leading guide of Project Management which defines it as combination of various processes in different knowledge areas. Abhinav shared that with his team of Manomav, they are building Project Management Consultancy which is focusing on implementation of these processes on any Construction Project. The session is narrowed down with expectation of Customers which focused specially on maximizing Quality while maintaining balance on Time, Cost and Scope of Works. This theory is known as Triple Constraint or Iron Triangle or Project Management Triangle.

 

Towards end of Session, Abhinav highlighted the importance of Architect and their sensitivity towards highlighted issues. He explained that Architects are not responsible for managing day-to-day activities of Projects. Howeverthey should seek following three major requirements on quarterly basis from Site Team which will be helpful for them which will help in issuing coordinated deliverable:

  • Revised Schedule of Projects
  • Work Break Down Structure of Site Works
  • Discuss the Revised Budget as Projects get detailed

Quick Questions were taken from Audience over which detailed Answers were discussed which sharing the importance of PMBOK process groups and knowledge areas. Upon Request from Audience, Live Example of Project is taken and projects documents were shared which are useful for doing complete project management.

At last the initially documented understanding of Project Management of Audience is mapped against the structured approach of Project Management. It helped in identified the basic responsibilities of Project Management Company and additional responsibilities which comes as Construction Management Company in India.