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MIT Pune & Vedzen's Nirmitee 2017

Date: February 24 & 25, 2017

Venue: Swami Vivekanand Hall, MIT, Pune

Theme: Lean Kaizen for Smart Construction



The Construction Industry is a key driver for the Indian economic growth contributing more than 8% of the GDP. It is also the second largest employer of jobs employing more than 35 million people. During the last 10 years, our country has magnificently executed projects like Mumbai now has the second largest flyover, Eastern and Western expressway, Golden Quadrilateral Road, GIFT City in Gujarat, World’s largest Solar power plant in Tamil Nadu, Airport terminals and many more. Under the “Make in India” initiative, the Government of India aims to position the country as a pivot of construction activities with the purpose to create world-class infrastructure in India to meet the demanding needs of customers globally. Multinational corporations are readily leveraging the favorable business environment (read FDI) in meeting the expectation of their global customers by putting up in India’s landscape.

The companies in Indian Construction Sector are now required to complete their projects faster than ever before in order to meet the infrastructural necessities in urban as well as rural areas. There is an imminent need for creation of modern aka Smart cities to meet the demands of growing population in the cities coupled with migration from rural areas for higher quality of life. The modern workforce in the global environment wants Modular Urban homes which are ready to move in. Rural people need affordable dwelling, basic infrastructure and integrated eco systems. For an inclusive growth, rural standards of life need to develop in tandem with the urban. 

The increased demand of real estate and infrastructure projects will keep the sector resilient in the coming decade. Experts have pointed out that most of the construction costs are due to delays, ineffectiveness, errors and poor communications. The concept of construction performance is measured in terms of on time completion, adherence to budget and meeting construction codes. Customer satisfaction gets minimal attention.

Theme - Lean Kaizen for Smart Construction

Organisations over the globe have been adopting best and modern practices to improve their flexibility to meet varying customer demands. One of the major change efforts for the construction industry is Smart Construction. Smart Construction is an attempt towards growth and profitability with due concern to environment. It is a highly responsive evolving methodology rooted in Lean Kaizen principles augmented with Technology. Smart Construction is customer driven, sustainable and advocates collaboration using advanced information technology. Using benchmarking as an ongoing improvement tool, companies have begun measuring the products, services and practices against recognized leaders. Information centric systems provide the base for standardization and improvising process visibility. Decisions are taken keeping bigger picture in mind extending into supply chain sourcing and delivery domains. Multiple emerging technologies are combined to gather data, automate processes in order to build structures with more precision, accuracy and speed.Adoption of Best Practices like Lean Construction, Kaizen, Pre-fabrication, Collaborative Planning systems, Green Building and Infrastructure are the future ways.


Lean Construction: Lean Construction has turned out to be a broadly acceptable modern practice across countries and construction sector to increase overall effectiveness and reduce response time. The philosophy of Lean accentuates on creating an efficient and high quality organisation to produce infrastructure fulfilling the customer demands of acceptable quality, lower cost and on time delivery. A Lean practicing organisation aims at continuous improvement by designing, developing and delivering amenities which can go beyond customer point of view. It focuses on removing constraints from construction flow by identifying Value adding Activity (VA) and eliminating Non-Value adding Activity (NVA). It frees up material and information flow from problems, bottlenecks and delays. Lean Construction advocates that structure design, execution and delivery should be customer specific. That’s how Lean tools and techniques were perfected in the manufacturing industry and has helped them sustain the market competition by bettering bottom-line.


Kaizen or Continual improvement:Transforming an organisation into a Smart Construction practicing company is a gradual process. This gradual improvisation methodology for bettering the productivity of workforce, products, service and work practices is rooted in Kaizen which in Japanese literally means “change for better”. A Kaizen practicing company believes that its people are the biggest assets and the “engine” for continual improvement.Smart Construction requires strong commitment for designing and aligning strategies to achieve both long term and short term goals by building a culture of on-going improvements. It focuses on improvement in all levels of the organisation by involving the total workforce; from top to bottom considering continual improvement is everybody’s concern. Kaizen is a way of thinking that starts with becoming able to recognize the need for improvement which ultimately results in customer satisfaction. Indian organisations have steadily started to adopt the Kaizen Culture shedding off their traditional approach. It starts with using common sense and applying scientific methods focused on profitability and growth.


Pre-Fabrication: Though prefabrication in one form or the other has been used since ancient times, modern Infrastructure projects have found such installation methodology to be time and cost saving. Transporting complete or partial assembling components of structure to a construction site ensures that a project can maintain quality standards at lower costs. Workforce safety and comfort levels are found higher during installations than during on-site built structure. In prefabricated installations the amount of material wastage is also less compared to on-site work. 


Collaborative Planning Systems: Apart from Cultural and behavioral issues, lack of proper communication between client and contractor supplemented with Fragmentation and subcontracting contribute significantly to woes of the construction industry. Collaboration among project team members within and outside an organisation is vital to reaping full benefits from practices adopted in purview of Smart Construction. Internal collaboration too is vital to success and a best practice as information needs to be shared within the organisation as well as with the contractors, suppliers and customers. It bolsters an individual’s desire to create an environment of teamwork. Smart Construction is about moving away from traditional relationship with suppliers to partnering arrangements with a smaller number based on good communications. By sharing a common philosophy of continual improvement, especially in following timelines of delivery and reduction in defects and cost, both the parties can enjoy a healthy relationship. With more eyes and more brains than just one, collaboration helps manage risks effectively.


Green Buildings& Infrastructure: Buildings which conserve energy, water and materials and reduce impact on the human health and environment are a vogue in the current scenario. The Indian Green Building Movement has over the decade provided organisations the knowledge and methods create and sustain an environment which is conducive to growth of Construction Industry. Smart Construction advocates combining both initiatives, for together they can be focused towards achieving environmental protection goals with and enhancing results. Green and Sustainable ideas need to be included in the Design Stage for long-term growth. Indian Green Building Council, LEEDs, Griha, EDGE are some of the well-known agencies and programs which are playing a catalytic role in accelerating the creation of green interiors, homes, buildings and infrastructure. The movement in India has been well received by various corporations like Godrej, Delhi Metro Rail Corp Ltd, Pune Municipal Corporation, Govardhan Eco Village, BadariyaJuma Masjid, Siddhivinayak Ganpati temple and may their tribe increase. “Swachh Bharat” is yet a novel initiative which advocates green, reusable and affordable amenities for Greener and Cleaner India.


Technology: The innovation in Technology over the last decade has indeed provided radical solutions which have ultimately benefitted customers. Internet of things (IoT) has provided a range of applications from Asset Management, monitoring equipment and diagnosing potential problems, inventory control & storage management to tracking resources such as materials, vehicles and labour to maximise productivity. One of these is emphasis on designing simulated structures before the construction begins. By combining multiple emerging technologies like Virtual Design and Construction or Building Information Modeling it has helped reduce design errors and overlaps in projects caused due to traditional design documentation processes. The Digitization of machines, vehicles and other elements of the physical world are impacting how construction is done through Remote Operations and usage monitoring, supply replenishments, Construction tools and tracking, power and fuel savings and Online Tracking and Tendering are some uses of the technology.


However, the majority of organisations and Individuals are still struggling to understand the implications of Smart Construction on their businesses. There is lack of awareness about concepts and adoption methods along with challenges like immature processes, unskilled workforce, technology etc need to be answered.

Our Objective

Given this scenario, to address these and other questions facing the businesses, Vedzen Institute collaborated with the Civil Engineering Student Association (CESA) of MAEER’s Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune to design a program to discuss wide range of issues related to accomplishing Construction excellence.

The theme of this 2-day national seminar is “Lean Kaizen for Smart Construction”.  This seminar will provide a forum for the discussion and presentation of best practices in industry. It aims to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Smart Construction as a powerful tool build on solid principles of Lean and Kaizen. The seminar will offer a program of activities allowing open dialogue, constructive critique and self-reflection by bringing Academia, Government Officials and Professionals in the Construction Sector to discuss wide range of issues related to realizing Smart Construction. The seminar will reach out to a massive population and experiences the participation of more than 3500 students and aspires to be a unique opportunity for amateurs to interact with the profound members of the forum.

Apart from the programs scheduled in the seminar, there are in total 11 competitions for students which will be available to delegates with keen interest. Delegates can also submit their technical papers in various fields of civil engineering.


Structure Of Seminar

Day 1 – Feb 24th, 2017

A. Keynote Session on “Academic Rigour in Real Life Construction”

The focus of this session is on embedding the theoretical attitude of research and application in the real world and construction practicality. India is steadily growing into one of the largest education ecosystem and industrial economy. There is a need for broader avenues of interaction about channelizing the capacities for research and knowledge in the academia, starting with a mindset change and education about Smart Construction. 

B. Panel Discussion

Listen to experts from various fields to foster your logical thinking. Participants can put forth their questions and seek clarification. Our objective is to provide factual information with conceptual knowledge and create an open dialogue for constructive critique on theories and principles. The two topics under panel Discussion are 

  • Adopting Lean Kaizen for Smart Construction in Infrastructure Projects
    • Evolution of Construction & adding smartness to it
    • Isn’t it higher levels of automation infused with technology!
    • Level of awareness about Smart methods of Construction
    • The effect of technology on daily operations; intervention of ERP, SAP etc
    • Collaboration and Technology
  • Culture at your Construction Site
    • Building a Smart workforce
    • Integrating People, Processes and Equipment
    • Adapting to changing Customer needs
    • Learning with Technology
    • Effective information & communication

C. Paper Presentation by Civil Engineering students from colleges across India. This event presents a National level platform to participants for presenting their technical papers in various fields of civil engineering. Delegates can also submit their technical papers in various fields of civil engineering.

The following plenary sessions are inspired by Lean Kaizen principles and only students will compete. Delegates are requested to share their choice among the following 3 events.

D. RYLA - This competition will test leadership qualities and other professional ethics of students based on purity of action required by professionals working in a global business environment.

E. Town Planning - Participants will design a futuristic, technologically advanced and sustainable model of a township or part of it, infusing their creativity and innovation. Participants will design a patch of the city which incorporates principles of design, utility and optimization.

F. Technified Solutions – This workshop focuses on solving complex technical civil engineering problems to enhance the competitive spirit and practical approach of a budding civil engineer. 


Day 2 – Feb 25th, 2017

Knowledge Sessions – 4 sessions on

  • Lean Construction
  • The Last Planner
  • In-built Quality
  • Visual Management through 5’s’ and 8 Wastes

Success Case Studies – 4 Sessions by Construction companies across India. These sessions aim to outline and describe what it takes to make, evolve and sustain the “Make in India” initiative with a focus on showcasing the leadership capabilities and intrinsic talent of people working in the project.Afcons, ShapoorjiPallonji, Godrej & Boyce Construction, L&T Infrastructure and URC are some of the known companies who have implemented Smart Construction methods like Collaborative Planning system, Work Sampling, BIM, Value Stream Mapping and The Last Planner. 

Who Should Attend

This seminar is specifically designed for people who manage or intend to manage projects and are dissatisfied with the results achieved from current practice.

  • Owners, who wish to improve or overhaul their company by adopting the latest knowledge and resources
  • Designers, Contractors, and Suppliers who aim to make their services more efficient, profitable and safe
  • Students, especially interested in the Construction Management, Architecture domain and those who wish to be entrepreneurs and leaders in the industry in the future. Knowledge is power.

Fees & Schedule

    Early Bird Discount of 10%
    Fees is exclusive of ST and inclusive of Lunch & Refreshments
  • FOR STUDENTS: INR 200/- (Valid Student ID Cards Compulsory) 



Sanat Sankrityayan
Principal Practitioner, Vedzen

Piyush Pandey
Lean Practitioner, Vedzen
Harshavardhan Kalbhor
Event Head, Nirmitee 2017


About Nirmitee


Nirmitee, in its 18th year, is the National Level Civil Engineering Symposium organized by Civil Engineering Student Association (CESA) of MAEER’s Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune.

This event aspires to bridge the distance between the working industry andthe academia.This event reaches out to a massive population and experiences the participation of almost 3500 students. It provides an opportunity for amateurs to interact with the profound members of the civil industry and the teaching faculty of 300 colleges across the country.

NIRMITEE deriving from NIRMAAN or Creation symbolizes the endeavour to strengthen the future creators with the help of the present experience,knowledge and healthy competition. This can only be done by providing a platform for students to perform, which will be evaluated by renowned personnel of Civil Engineering.Begun in 1999, this event has grown to become more professional in itsapproach and is hence gaining popularity. This year we intended to grow in aleap, to set new standards and to achieve new heights.


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