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”

Making Manomav Engineers more Responsible

8th September 2018, Manoj Sharma, Ghaziabad.

Manomav Engineers (ME) has implemented their strategic process of conducting monthly Systematic Review Meetings (SRM) at Corporate Office, Ghaziabad for making Project Managers more responsible. First SRM of Manomav was conducted on 11th August 2018 and the second SRM is conducted on 8th September 2018.

Manomav has an ambitious growth plan to capture the monitoring space of construction industry with their innovative technology and processes. The order book of Manomav has grown up to 200% in last year and company is eyeing to build their presence at PAN India Level.

“Keeping it in mind, Manomav has developed their front line of project managers in last six months and conducting SRM to implement its complete strategic move. This move will develop a sense of ownership and responsibility in the mindset of project managers,” said Abhinav Bhardwaj, Director – Manomav Engineers

These meetings act as a coordination point for Business Development, Operation, Finance, Human Resource, and Marketing Requirements. Executive Directors of the company are also actively participating in SRMs and engaging remote site using TeleConference. Manomav is currently having more than 18 operational sites which is distributed at PAN India Level with latest bookings coming from customers like Tata and HDFC.

Manomav geared up to sail through City of Lakes “Bhopal”

8th August, Manoj Sharma | Bhopal.

Manomav Engineers got empaneled with Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Madhya Pradesh for Quality and Supervision Consultancy works in August 2018. Manomav Engineers application has been approved by the team of PIU Authority in their monthly selection process.

 

Manomav was looking forward to start work with government in other states. One of the founder of Manomav is from Madhya Pradesh. This fact seems establishing the ground for organization in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

 

Antriksh Tawar, Director – Manomav Engineers said, “We are hopeful to serve Madhya Pradesh with our transparent construction quality and supervision process. This registration has opened doors to extend our services beyond boundaries of Delhi-NCR”

 

Manomav is already working in building construction and supervision works in Delhi NCR for projects worth $250 Million and this move is one of the strategic moves of company, as per the sources.

Green Buildings in Construction Industry

Manomav Engineers has conducted Sixth Pratham Meet at Chaayos, Gurugram. Early morning rain has not stopped Manomav Engineers from conducting their monthly talks on Construction Monitoring and Technology. Due to heavy rain, the venue was changed at last minute from The Entrepreneurship School to Chaayos, One Horizon Centre. The Chief Guest Mr. Paramjit Singh Saha, Managing Director of EPA Infrastructure was not able to make up to venue because of same reason of heavy rain in Gurugram. This session of Pratham got restricted to the presentation from team members of Manomav to the community.

This session was casually started by Abhinav Bhardwaj while addressing the meeting participants. On this occasion first presenter Mr. Gopal Negi has presented on Green Building concept of IGBC. He shared the information about the parameters of green building, it relevance and design considerations. He has also shared the statistics including the facts about first green building airport as Hyderabad Airport and first green building as Godrej. He briefed about the responsibilities of Project Managers on Green Building.

The next presentation was conducted by Abhinav Bhardwaj on Inter personal skills where he has shared the four level of communication including Small Talk, Facts, View & Opinion, and Personal Feelings. He shared a golden rule of having good conversation by asking elaborative questions to start the conversation which includes What, How and Why instead of asking Yes or No.

 

As per format of Pratham, audience has selected the best among equals of the day as Best Presenter and Best Evaluator. Best Presenter was selected as Mr. Gopal Negi and Best Evaluator is selected as Mr. Akhil Saxena.

This meeting ended up with lot of fun and few capture moments are shared below. The photographs session during the meeting can be explored from the link https://photos.app.goo.gl/xmLV9At77C6aRLYEA

MEPL booked PMC of High End Residential Project for Mr Naresh Jain

In the current year, Manomav Engineers has booked another project from prestigious client Jayna kitchenware. More Information about the client is available at.
This Project is a High-end Residential Project of Industrialist Mr. Naresh Jain, Jayna industry into kitchen sinks.

With Booking of this Project, Manomav Engineers will have many Benefits. Few are listed below.

1) It will give exposure to Industrial Clients.
2) With this, we are doing three high-end residential projects with the same jobs.
3) Learning of ME Team for High-End Finishing Items will grow.
4) Process Improvement for Design and coordination.

Manomav expects a revenue of Rs. Rs.650,000.00 in their books from the current deal.