S N Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD, L&T: Automation and digitalisation is the new normal

Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) that L&T is constructing which will be the country’s longest sea bridge is one of the best examples of the extent of digital technology has been adopted. The team surveys the site using drone photogrammetry to monitor progress, and digital solutions for project monitoring, P&M & material tracking.  S N Subrahmanyan, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro shares his thoughts on latest technologies in demand today.

India’s infrastructure sector is witnessing huge development, especially after the Indian government’s intense focus on modernising the nation’s infrastructure across various sectors such as airports, railways, roads, and smart cities. Ambitious infrastructure projects have given a humongous opportunity to this sector. In Union Budget 2021, the government has given a massive push to the infrastructure sector by allocating Rs. 233,083 crore (US$ 32.02 billion) to enhance the transport infrastructure. Moreover, the government announced Rs. 18,998 crore (US$ 2.61 billion) for metro projects. With such huge focus and support by the government along with technology adoption happening in various sectors, the future of Indian infrastructure looks promising. We see technology adoption growing in the following industries. There is tremendous pressure on developers and service providers to fast-track the construction to meet citizens’ aspirations. This brings the need for advanced technologies for faster completion of projects. 

Some of the technologies which are in demand in this sector include performance tracking and visualisation tools, software systems for architectural & engineering design, Enterprise Resource Planning, drone technology for the survey, IoT, BIM, etc. Digital technology applications for quality control, automation for smart homes & offices, are also witnessing a surge in adoption. BIM is one such technology that is gradually picking up and would become a mainstream technology in the coming years.

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