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November

Scheduling is not Planning

The title of this post may sound strange to many. If you look up any standard dictionary, there isn’t much difference between the meaning of the two words. These are typically defined as under.

Planning means looking ahead and chalking out future courses of action to be followed. It is a preparatory step. It is a systematic activity which determines when, how and who is going to perform a specific job.

Scheduling definition, a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with reference to the sequence of and time

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October

Transforming Construction Managers into Project Managers

One of the lasting memories of my stint as Head of Training at HCC, almost two decades ago, is the design and roll out of a high investment training programme which we had christened “Project Manager Development Programme” (PMDP). The top management at HCC often articulated that, while the company had outstanding Construction Managers, it lacked a cadre of Project Managers. The size and complexity of construction was on the cusp of major transformation and in order to scale up from pure ‘construction’ contractors, many construction companies aspired

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March

Square Feet Talk Show – Part 2

"Shashank Vaidya and Jagdish Raje, directors of GEM Engserv appeared on the talk show – Square Feet on 94.3 FM Radio One to talk about Quality in Construction and the importance of Building Services in the context of Real Estate today. They started with explaining the meaning of quality in terms of property in general [...]
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12

February

Real Estate and Property Discussions on Radio Show by GEM Engserv Directors

“Shashank Vaidya and Jagdish Raje, directors of GEM Engserv appeared on the talk show – Square Feet on 94.3 FM Radio One to talk about Quality in Construction and the importance of Building Services in the context of Real Estate today. They started with explaining the meaning of quality in terms of property in general as well as applied specifically to the context of affordable housing. A few lesser known best practices observed in other regions were highlighted. They also spoke about how quality begins in the planning and design

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12

February

ARE WE CREATING EXPENSIVE DEATH TRAPS?

Sensational heading? Possibly. Is it far from the truth?  Sadly, the answer is NO. Please read on.

Mumbai has experienced 400 fires in 2017. That is one fire per day on an average. Many lives have been lost recently in Mumbai.  The reasons are still being investigated. If the newspaper reports are to be believed, then the blame has been assigned to activities not permitted by the authorities, to temporary construction built out of combustible material, to electrical short circuits and to lack of fire escapes etc. In due course of

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May

PRECAST CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

In the mid-nineties, I was heading a civil design department for a large EPC contractor in South East Asia.  We had received an order to build a paper plant.

The primary building in a paper plant is the paper machine building. A typical paper machine building is about 300 m long. The building typically has two floors, one at ground level, and one at about 7.5 m level. The paper machine is installed on a foundation that is not connected to the building. The machine is accessible from the machine hall

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26

May

Is Quantity Estimation just length x width x thickness?

Master planning, Architectural planning, design of structures & services and Project Management are some of the highly ‘professional’ services in the value chain of a Real Estate Project. Having cut our teeth in the Structural Engineering and Management profession we, promoters of Gem Engserv, surprised ourselves by agreeing to start an Engineering Consultancy Services which had QS as its core service!

Gem Engserv started as a company providing Quantity Take Off services to ITSI [now Gilbane Federal], which focuses on construction for the US Government’s federal projects. Based on the success

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May

Precast Concrete Construction

In the mid-nineties, I was heading a civil design department for a large EPC contractor in South East Asia.  We had received an order to build a paper plant.

The primary building in a paper plant is the paper machine building. A typical paper machine building is about 300 m long. The building typically has two floors, one at ground level, and one at about 7.5 m level. The paper machine is installed on a foundation that is not connected to the building. The machine is accessible from the machine hall

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Cracked Concrete Floor

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April

Who cracked my concrete?

The other day I met Professor McCracken, an eminent concrete technologist and an avid concrete crack spotter! He was coming back after conducting a site inspection and had a very smug expression on his face. To my questioning looks, he said with immense pride that he had seen a variety of cracks in concrete that day. Not only did he find cracks in the freshly placed concrete on a bridge deck, he also saw a network of cracks on the pier of the old bridge adjacent to the one under

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24

January

The mystery of the missing rebar

Gem Engserv provides services of preparation of BBS, rebar shop drawings and rebar estimation. We often get some interesting and challenging assignments. The challenges include complicated structures, frequent changes in the designs, incomplete information on the drawings and extremely tight delivery schedules. All that is part of the business and we are ready to meet these challenges.

A few months ago, we were approached by a Contractor who posed a different kind of challenge. The Contractor was close to completing construction of RCC portion of a group of high rise towers.

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