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The New Wave Of Construction Innovations – Part 2

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In our previous article, we explored some exciting developments in the construction industry that is changing the face of the industry. In continuation, we are going to deep dive into some more innovations that will uplift the industry. Here are some of them:

  1. Kinetic FootfallKinetic Footfall

Kinetic Footfall is a technology that enables flooring to harness the energy of footsteps and generate electricity by using electro-magnetic induction process and flywheel energy storage. Kinetic energy is a technology that has been in development for a while. The technology is best suited at places where there is a large flow of people pass over it. Such technology can be seen at Rio de Janeiro in the form of a football pitch that generates power for the floodlights around the pitch.

  1. Kinetic Roads
    kinetic road

Italian start-up Underground Power in co-operation with the Polytechnic University of Milan is trying to harness the potential of kinetic energy in roadways. They have developed a technology called Lybra that converts the kinetic energy into electrical energy produced by vehicle movements with the help of a tyre-like rubber paving. It operates on the principle that a braking car disperses kinetic energy and the technology uses it to convert into electricity which is transmitted on to the electricity grid.

  1. Asset Mapping
    asset maping

Asset mapping emphasises on operational equipment like heating and air conditioning, security systems, lighting, data collection from serial numbers, firmware and engineering data as to determine when and who has installed it and then combining the data in one place. The system will help engineers to locate where the equipment needs to be installed. Then they are connected on to real-time system using the internet of things, closely monitored via web, app and other remote devices and system. It helps to keep track of asset performance, which can be utilized for efficient building maintenance and substantial reduction of building procurement and insurance costs.

  1. Predictive Software. Predictive Software

The structural strength of a building is as good as its individual parts, a lot depends on the fact how well the parts were fitted together, choice of materials and site, which contributes to the building’s performance under normal or extreme conditions. Predictive software such as ANSYS can help engineers to build buildings complying with all safety precautions and government regulations. The Wembley Stadium in London is a great an example which uses the ANSYS software, undertaken by Bennett Associates, to monitor the structural integrity of the arch rotation brackets by stimulating the stresses on the brackets that hold and move the unique arches above the stadium.

  1. Cloud Collaboration
    Cloud Collaboration

Cloud based solutions like Basestone helps to share data on a remote construction site in real-time. It is highly beneficial to engineers and architects and helps them to review site progress based on digital drawings for better collaboration. The cloud-based collaboration tool focuses on the installation of everything starting from steel beams to light fittings and also helps to figure any fault that was unnoticed during construction, on to pdf that users can make notes to rectify it. Estimates suggest that it can save up to 60% cost as compared to traditional paper-based review methods.

The construction methods have certainly come a long way over the years and these developments will certainly take it further. The only big question is how to implement them at a global level? Let us hope that through collective efforts the same can be achieved with ease. Be sure to check out our previous article where have discussed few other innovations in the construction business.

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Appoint Housecraft App For Your Interior Designing Job

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Do you have a knack for interior designing? Did you always dream about being an interior designer but could never really get a head start at it? Is your home in a dire state for a revamp? Do you like to change your interiors often?

If your answer is yes then we have the perfect solution for you. The answer to your prayers is the refreshing Housecraft App. The app is available only on iPhone App Store for free.

It is a fairly easy app that can be used to design any interior living space with the choice of several pre-fed furniture and décor items. You can use your phone’s camera and watch the power of augmented reality to place fully rendered 3D models anywhere in your world.

For example if you want to redo your living room. All you have to do is open your phone camera and scan the room. You would be surprised at how accurately it takes measurements. It then lets you drop all the furniture you can think of. You can resize each object so you can customize it according to your room. Plus, you can admire objects from any angle, in any light! Once you achieve a set-up that you like, you can save it for later reference.

The app is a break through at many levels. To start with you design your own home and test it on the app so you can actually see the outcome of your design. For people who like to mix and match and change décor items on a regular basis can use this app for better visualization of their ideas. It is easy to save room configurations and try them out anywhere. Thus great help in apartment hunts, reorganizing a room, testing how new furniture will look, and more. With their video recording feature you can share your creations with your friends or family.

Also Read: 5 Real Estate Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

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5 Real Estate Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

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5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

The real estate sector is one of the biggest contributors to the country’s economy. It is no wonder that the sector is booming with newest technologies that are changing the age-old industry norms and raising industry standards. Here are five tech start ups that you need to take note of:

NESTAWAY

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

If you have ever faced a rental problem and most of us have, this is the thing that you need. NestAway is India’s home rental network for singles that offers rental solutions via latest technology and best design.

Founded in January 2015, NestAway is an app that lets you find, book, pay, move-in and out of a rental home anywhere in India. They basically manage both parties in a rental situation and turn unfurnished houses in to furnished homes and offer them at affordable prices on sharing basis. Deepak Dhar, one of NestAway’s four cofounders, says “It’s a new concept for owners and a solution for tenants. Plus we’re solving the youth housing crisis of upwardly mobile urban migrants in cities.” It began in Bengaluru and today is spread in 9 metro cities of India.

Website: nestaway.com

NoBroker

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

A Bangalore based real estate search portal, NoBroker eliminates broker and directly connects flat owners and tenants. Founded in 2014, NoBroker claims to work on the basis of technology that identifies and abolishes brokers. Started as a rental platform, they have now forayed into brokerage free buy/sell property as well. They verify each listing to make sure they are owners and no middlemen. They offer maximum information in the most accessible format, thus saving you time, money and energy to actually go physically hunting for house.

Website: nobroker.in

SmartOwner

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

Find the biggest market for investors here; all the opportunities that you won’t find on general market. SmartOwner brings forward some of the carefully curated investment opportunities from the fastest growing cities in India. Projects are vetted by law firm after meticulous checks. It verifies all the listing to make sure the pricing and specifications are in line with the market trends. Thus it offers well calculated risk and returns. People benefit from the curated high-return opportunities.

Website: smartowner.com

Approach

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

Approach helps you to conveniently and accurately manage scientific data which enables you to grow your business strategically instead of hit and miss methods. Real estate is a growing sector and it needs such solutions where management can take accurate decision based on solid data. Approach lets you manage your inventory from any location. Cloud telephony lets you track all your campaigns and calls from anywhere. Automated SMS and Email Marketing allow you to connect with your audience and also offer in-depth analytics of click-rate and subscriber activity. You can now even calculate the returns on investment from all your media spending and campaigns.

Website: approach.one

GrabHouse

5 Tech Startups in India You Can’t Ignore

Established in 2013, Grabhouse is a no broker website that helps people find flats, flat mates and tenants quickly and without much effort. It is the first venture that is a 100 percent broker free house renting platform. It is able to achieve this by using powerful technologies that allow stakeholders to enhance their business. Their target group lies between 18-28 years; they are mostly students or young professionals who are looking for decent places to stay while saving a buck. Even on-ground assistance is provided after lead generation for a nominal fee.

Website: grabhouse.com

 

Also Read: Technology And Real Estate: Reaching New Heights

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Alibaba Now Enters Housing Rental Market In China

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Alibaba Now Enters Housing Rental Market In China

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, signed an agreement with Zhejiang province to use the company’s technology in order to build an online system for house rentals. As per the agreement, this system will include all the apartments that are put up for rent by an individual, government, developers as well as agents.

The Xinhua news agency reported that the Hangzhou City in Zhejiang province will be able to use this application to seek houses on rent. The website by Alibaba will help people at every stage of the procedure, right from searching for a home to apartment contract signing and later payments.    

Han Junqing, director of Hangzhou Real Estate Registration Center, said, “Information on apartments, user reviews, and credit ratings of owners, renters, and agents will all be shared.”

The system is called the Smart House Renting System and will be supported by Alibaba’s technology, data, and commerce credit system. The government sources have revealed that it can prevent fraudulent deals.

At present, the housing rental market in China is dominated by real estate agents, and fraud and disputes are not uncommon in all the major cities. There are big real estate players with their own apps however that information is not shared with others.

People seeking homes for rents often have to refer to different apps and compare their offers as these companies lack the Zhima Credit from Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial’s which is a much more mature credit system.

The government of China is prioritising the rental market’s development to rein in runaway home prices in the country’s big cities. The Central government chose Hangzhou among the first 12 cities to take bold reforms to boost the rental market.

Also Read: Technological Solutions That Are Helping The Commercial Real Estate Industry

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