A team of Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad has won the ‘Smart India Hackathon 2019’ for coming up with a solution to a problem on Steel Construction with prize money of Rs. 75,000/-.
SNAAPP, a team of 6 M.Tech. in Communication and Signal Processing, did non-stop coding for 36 hours and delivered the mobile application as part of their proposed solution.
The problem statement was to develop a mobile application, which can manage the hierarchical system of updating construction site progress and can generate reports directly via the app for managers and higher authorities.
Speaking about the victory, Dr. Abhinav Kumar, Team Mentor of SNAAPP and Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, said, “Team SNAAPP has delivered an innovative solution to the construction site progress update problem. My heartiest congratulations to all the team members.”
The application is structured in two parts such as the Manager’s Dashboard and Site Engineer’s Dashboard. Different site engineers from different areas will provide the details in the form of text and images. Timestamp and GPS location will be taken automatically. GPS location and timestamp will verify the authenticity of the images. Once the report is submitted from Site Engineer’s app, it will reflect on the Manager’s Dashboard and he can check the progress there on a real-time basis. Other than that, site engineer can ask for material, machine or workforce requirements, if needed. The algorithm is written to help in generating reports on a daily and weekly basis. The application is developed for android mobile phones for now
Speaking about the competition, Mr. Siddharth Gupta, Team Leader of SNAAPP, said, “Each one of us worked hard for the successful completion of the idea and delivers the prototype within the time limit. We are planning to work with the Ministry of Human Resource Development for further extension of the project and produce it as a commercial product for construction industries.”
As the application sends updates directly from the authorities, who are working on the field, this will reduce the time gap between site engineers and managers. It will also help in optimizing the cost incurred compared to the expected cost. The application can assign tasks to site engineers and get feedback/alerts from them. The application will help in maintaining the project timeline as it will show the project delay and asking rate of construction work.
The team comprises of Mr. Siddharth Gupta, Team leader of SNAAPP and 2nd year of M.Tech in Electrical Engineering (Communication and Signal Processing); Mr. Prabhat Kumar Rai, 2nd year of M.Tech in Electrical Engineering (Communication and Signal Processing); Ms. Nisha Akole, Mr. Ajay Hase; Mr. Prasad Gaikwad and Mr. Aman Agarwal all from 1st year of M.Tech in Electrical Engineering (Communication and Signal Processing).