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Making precast concrete erection easy and safe

If we look at all the major cities at a glance, India is a one country that is coming up with huge volume of low cost economic apartments through precast buildings. Explaining the advantages of precast constructions, PV Ramdev, Managing Director, Everest Engineering Equipment Pvt Ltd said, “The precast buildings are very economical, safe, long lasting and very fast in completion. Most of the government projects will be in precast type and there is a tendency from the private sector also to move towards precast buildings.” In China, thousands of precast buildings starting from 20-floor to 100-floor of height are being constructed by developers. The same system will be coming up in India very soon and we are fully prepared to support the precast building sector, expresses Ramdev. Today, precast building constructions are being done with highly mechanised technology which enables completion of a 10-12 storey building in all respect within 5-6 months of time. In precast construction tower cranes are playing a vital role to handle the precast segments in the yard and during the erection of these segments in the building Safety, selection, placement and reliability of tower cranes are very important in timely completion of precast buildings. Speaking about the vital requirements and safety measures Ramdev says, “The speed, wind control and accuracy of placements are the essential requirements in precast buildings along with all standard safety features of tower cranes. The wind acting on the tower cranes as well as the big precast segments need to be strictly controlled for proper placement. A small collision may lead to fatal accidents or may damage the segments leading to heavy losses and delay in project.” Everest Engineering has supplied 86 flat top tower cranes of 6-tonne capacity with rail travel arrangement to BG Shirke Construction Technology Pvt Ltd for their DDA project Delhi in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The cranes were used to construct about 900 precast buildings ranging from 4-floor to 13-floor height. The company has also supplied such tower cranes to BG Shirke for MHADA’s Mumbai projects, 3 different projects in Pune, 1 project in Chennai and 2 projects in Bangalore. “Since, our customised tower cranes are proven to be economic, safe and reliable, BG Shirke has again ordered 32 flat top tower cranes of 12-tonne capacity this year for their new DDA project in Delhi as well as 3 different projects at MHADA Pune ranging from 18-floor to 24-floor height,” Ramdev further adds. Everest Engineering is supplying these tower cranes with inbuilt safe load indicators (SLI) and anti-collision systems to assure superior performance with adequate safety. Sharing his views on precast construction Krishna Kumar, Divisional Head Tower cranes, Liebherr India Pvt Ltd states, “Precast construction having advantage like less expensive than real brick construction, more durable, fast and easy way of executing project, less maintenance etc.” However, he believes, that utmost importance to be given while selecting equipment for such projects with a proper planning, especially handling the precast panels is crucial and to be taken care, placing PV Ramdev, Managing Director, Everest Engineering Equipment Pvt Ltd. Most of the government projects will be in precast type and there is a tendency from the private sector also to move towards precast buildings.

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