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”

Leadership: Taking Onwership by Mr. Mudit Vijayvergiya

October 23rd, 2018 Monday, Manomav Engineers conducted their 8th Pratham Meet with Mr. Mudit Vijayvergiya, the co-founder and director of Curofy, the premium networking app for the doctors. He is a graduated from IITD in 2013. Winner of IIT Delhi alumni award, 2014, Mudit has been a passionate speaker at various leading summits on topics related to Entrepreneurship, Leadership. He is also recently selected in Forbes India 30 under 30 list of 2018. His presence at the Pratham Meet made a great impact as he shared his thoughts on leadership development through real-life examples. He started off with a small interaction with all the guests present in the room, asking them a few simple questions like, where do they see themselves after a few years? And how do they define success? We got a variety of answers from everyone like from opening a food joint to owning businesses into different fields.  Followed by a little team building group activity. Wherein, one member was to share his glitches, he is experiencing in achieving his goals, while the others would engage in analyzing the problem statements and come up with possible solutions. Through this exercise, Mr. Vijayvergia concluded the session by telling that how can one work towards his or her goals to achieve something in life by actively fixing the problems in the way.

Project Cost Of Management by Raj Vikash Singh As the meeting continued, now it was time for the second speaker of the day, Mr. Raj Vikas Singh, project manager at Manomav Engineers to come up with his second presentation on this platform. He is an ace master in the scope and cost management for different kinds of projects and is one of the oldest members of the Manomav Engineers. He started off with a brief description of ‘Cost Management and its importance and principles of direct and indirect cost involved in a particular project. He also explained that how can a cost management plan be implemented in the construction project to get a cost budget and controlled cost factor at site. Then he took everyone through a sample cost budgeting sheet and S curve prepared for a particular project. The session concluded with lots of discussion and Q&A.

 

Management Process & Report By Vanshaj Raj Behel Vanshaj Raj Bahal, the third Speaker for the day in his presentation, shared his personal career experience with Manomav Engineers. He opened his speech with “we can lead a horse to pond but we cannot make him drink water and same goes with humans, we can show them the path but it’s in their hands how to reach success”. He took his real life example of how he joined Manomav and how was he constantly supported by the three A’s of Manomav.

Best Practices of Earthquake Resistant Designs are shared by Sangeeta Wij

Morning of 5th June 2018 came with 4th Meet of “PRATHAM” where engineers and participants talk about construction Monitoring and Technology. In past we have seen sessions on “How to Create a positive work Environment”, “BIM Culture” and “Collaborative Marketing”. In fourth session, Mrs. Sangeeta Wiz has shared insight of Structural Engineering.

 

Our Chief Guest of Pratham Meet #4, Mrs. Sangeeta Wiz is a renowned Civil Engineer from Delhi College of Engineering with MTech from IIT Delhi. She has spent 34 years in the building design industry. She is Managing Partner of SD Engineering Consultants, a 20-year-old Engineering Consultancy firm in India and also a Member of BNI Delhi – South. In past She has worked as DGM in RITES and Director (Technical) at AECOM before starting her Engineering Consultancy firm SDEC in 1996.

 

Every Pratham meeting is incomplete without community engagement. In this meeting Mr. Amanat Hassan Played the role of time keeper and Mr. Ankit Mishra took the Role of Sergeant for the day. Open Networking session with Guest Mrs. Sangeeta Wiz started sharp at 7:45 which was following by Community Session, hosted by Emcee Mr. Abhinav Bhardwaj. During Meeting, Vice President – Pratham, Mr. Antriksh Tawar invited Guest Speaker to present on “Best Practice for Earthquake Resistant Designs”

Mrs. Wiz gave an informative and must listen session on how to make Structure Safe for its life time. She shared live examples of Structurally nor fit buildings and expectations from growing construction project management companies of India like Manomav regarding Structural Engineering. She shared the clauses of structural contract and Indian Standard Codes. She emphasized on implementation of these standards while working at construction Projects. She appreciated the External beauty of building in for of Design & Look and brought focus toward Inner Beauty of building in form of structural safety. The session became so interesting & interactive where Questions were asked from audience and she shared the detailed answers and solutions to implement a changed perspective in India.

 

Mr. Deepak Sabhharwal, gave Informative and technical Presentation on BIM services (MEP) with some beautiful examples of BIM Model of one of the projects.

 

Later, Mr. Vanshaj Rah Bahal shared the way of working of Manomav Engineers. He highlighed the USPs of Manomav which includes Virtual Project Manager, BIM Coordination, and Knowledge Base.

Session is concluded with felicitation of Cheif Guest as “Guest of Honour”. Internal team has selected Mr. Vanshaj Raj Bahal as Best Presenter and Mr. Ankit Mishra as Best Evaluator for the Day.

MEPL booked Proposal for Scope Management at ITPO Project Pragati Maidan

In current year, Manomav Engineers has booked another project from prestigious client Shapoorji Paloonji. More Information about the client is available at http://www.shapoorji.in.
Manomav Bagged another Engineering Project. This will strengthen ME’s engineering division.
Manomav expects a revenue of Rs.650,000.00 in their books from the current deal.

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.