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T h e M o s t I n n o v a t i v e
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Inner Drive
Comprehending the Role of
Engineering and Design Solu on
Companies in Fostering Industrial Developments
Key Influencers
Exploring the Comprehensive
Factors that Led to the Rise of the
Engineering Sector in the Recent Decade
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Editor's Note
Acknowledging the Accelerators
of Modern Developments
he concept of engineering got developed with the
Tspecific purpose of creating or manufacturing
certain type of products, services or structures that
were made for meeting the demand. Skilled artisans
working in large numbers were soon complemented and
subsequently replaced by modern machines and integration
of processes began volume-based production.
The engineering developments were led with precision and
high-grade quality that centred around the requirements.
Steadily the fields of engineering got developed with
several categories based on their functional applications.
The engineering fields of Mechanical, Electrical,
Electronics and Telecommunications, Production, Civil,
Instrumentation, Chemical, Aerospace, Environmental,
Printing, Computer and IT and many more got developed
steadily.
The role of engineering has provided in expanding the
scope of developments in the industrial developments
leading to the progress of the region and the nation. The
modern lifestyle of comfort, safety, convenience is all but
the result of phenomenal inventions and discoveries that
have gone in the engineering innovations. Everything that
we use, see and live by is facilitated by the engineering and
the design creations.
The engineering and design industry has played a crucial
role in driving the developments in the Indian montage.
Indian industry is a homogenous integration of indigenous
innovations and collaborations with several global MNCs.
The initiatives by the engineering entrepreneurs and the
support from the Government initiatives have paved the
Kedar Borgaonkar
Managing Editor
way for the dynamic developments. Moreover the
engineering and design companies have offered
phenomenal contributions in various solutions that has
increased the window of opportunities with the foreign
organizations willing to collaborate for the potential
ventures.
Indian market has developed rapidly with a large number of
skilled and semi-skilled workforce available for the project
execution. Indian engineers and designers are respected and
sought-after in several global organizations. Expanding
their reach, Indian engineering companies have gone abroad
collaborating with numerous countries with their companies
and their respective governments for the joint ventures.
Highlighting their importance, CioLook India is pleased to
present its latest issue, The Most Innovative Engineering
& Design Solution Providers To Watch, that showcases
some of the interesting dimensions of successful and
prominent engineering companies that have made a huge
impact.
Attached are a couple of articles written by our in-house
editorial team, that will enrich your knowledge further.
Have an engaging and inspiring read. Cheers!
kedar.borgaonkar@ciolookindia.com
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Technologies Pvt Ltd
Enhancing Organizations
with Engineering Innovations
Petrokens Engineering
And Services Pvt Ltd
Committed to Deliver Value-Added
Engineering Innovations
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Satyan Consulting
Engineers LLP
Global Ethanol and Starch
Tech’s Indian Pioneers
V+S Design
Partners
Augmenting the Core Potential of
Humans + Machines for the AEC Industry
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Inner Drive
Comprehending the Role of
Engineering and Design Solution
Companies in Fostering Industrial Developments
Key Influencers
Exploring the Comprehensive
Factors that Led to the Rise of the
Engineering Sector in the Recent Decade
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Company Brief
Featuring
Santosh Tawari,
Director
LAS Engineers &
Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
LAS is a multidisciplinary engineering company, is a one point
service center for project needs right from project planning to
commissioning.
Jitendra Jagtap,
Founder and Director
Optimizt Technologies
Pvt Ltd
Optimizt Technologies is recognized as a value-added services
partner, for new product development, product optimization
and value analysis along with manufacturing support services.
G. Murali,
CEO and Founder and
Jeyaraj.S,
CTO and Founder
Petrokens Engineering and
Services Pvt Ltd
Petrokens offers a wide range of services in engineering
design, project management consultancy, specialised
technical services, risk management, and technical staffing
in the oil and gas sectors and connects clients to world-
class sustainable and innovative technologies.
Satish Yadnik,
Founder and Director
Satyan Consulting
Engineers LLP
Satyan is a PMC Consultancy and Technology provider
firm which has successfully completed more than 60
consultancy projects in the fields of Distillery, Starch, and
Industrial Evaporators in India and Abroad.
Jagan Venkataramanan,
Founder and
Managing Partner
V+S Design Partners
V+S Design Partners brings innovative Architectural,
Engineering, and Design solutions through its superior
technology offerings, efficient workflow management,
seamless collaboration, and specialization in BIM and VDC.
T h e M o s t I n n o v a t i v e
Providers to Watch
The fundamental elements of the design process
include establishing objectives and criteria,
synthesis, analysis, manufacturing, testing and
evaluation. Thus, the prime purpose of engineering design
is to apply scientific knowledge to develop the perfect
balance of technical specifications and quality standards
and eliminate or minimize possible technical problems.
Modern engineering companies and allied industries
innovate by implementing new technologies that offer them
solutions that can facilitate their process to some extent.
There arises the need for professional engineering services
consulting organizations to identify the company's needs
and customize or enhance the engineering design deliver-
ables. These companies support saving a lot of cost, time,
and effort and complement improving their efficiency.
Offering professional engineering designing and develop-
ment services, Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd has
emerged as a dependable partner in enhancing product
development, engineering services and technical services.
Fronted by its Founder and Director, Jitendra Jagtap, the
organization has created a reputation in engineering
innovation, growth and product design services.
In a winning interview with the CioLook India team,
Jitendra regaled his professional journey of Optimizt.
Please brief our audience about Optimizt Technologies,
its USPs, and how you are currently positioned as one of
the most innovative engineering and design solution
providers.
Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd (OTPL) is an Engineering
and Technology Consultancy Services provider. OTPL is
recognized as a value-added services partner by most of its
clients. For new product development, product optimization
and value analysis along with manufacturing support
services. The International and Domestic Product OEMs
have appreciated and awarded OTPL for its outstanding
engineering services, quality and performance.
The company mainly provides consultancy services from
initial product and user research, Concept Design, Engi-
neering Design, Testing, Tooling, and Manufacturing till the
final product launch. We serve clients from Industry sectors
including Automotive, Automation, Appliances, Heavy
Engineering, Medical, Process Industry and Digital
Transformation. We are expanding our services portfolio in
Industrial IoT, Robotics, AI/ML, Data Analytics, and
Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Our company specialises in services like design optimiza-
tion for value analysis, product design validation for
performance using mathematical simulation, electric
vehicle battery and thermal management simulation,
surveillance drone validation, and composite material
validation.
Optimizt has received Seven International and Three
National awards and recognitions for its business excel-
lence. Every year we get multiple nominations for various
categories under engineering and technology business
excellence. Today, we are a multimillion turnover company.
We offer services for world-class organisations and product
OEMs, including Fortune 500 companies.
Please brief us about your journey in the engineering
and design industry and how you ensured Optimizt
excel in its niche.
As the Founder and Director of OTPL, with 18 years of
experience in engineering product design, validation and
project management, my role is handling Techno-
Commercial activities, including overseeing cross-
functional groups, defining new business strategies, and
identifying emerging technologies, new business prospects,
key accomplices and branding.
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Technologies Pvt Ltd
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Jitendra Jagtap
Director
Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd
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Staying attuned to the company’s vision, I have taken steps
to enhance OTPL’s growth and build trust in clients. These
steps involve resource building, gap analysis and training,
improving facilities, and implementing quality processes
and security systems.
I am a certified international instructor. I delivered hundreds
of corporate training programs for world-renowned
organisations from the USA, Europe and Asia. Thousands
of engineers trained by me are working worldwide in the
field of R&D today. Jitendra also has great influence as a
technical consultant to a few Asian and European organiza-
tions operating in India.
What professional qualities and values do you think
your clients admire in you the most?
Value-added and cost-effective services. Strong technical
presence, and Consistency in services, these are a few of the
qualities which have helped our clients to grow their
businesses. Thus our clients always admire us for these
value-added qualities.
As an experienced leader, share your opinion on how
adopting modern technologies like AI and ML impacts
the engineering and design solution space and how
Optimizt adapts to the change.
Engineering product design is reaching new levels of
competence and excellence using Artificial Intelligence.
The majority of businesses have already invested in AI
technologies in good capacity. In the engineering sector, AI
is one of the fastest-growing technologies. This impact can
create massive opportunities for engineering talent.
Engineering design solution providers can take advantage
of it. However, the skillset of this talent at par with client
and technology demands must be fulfilled. Those who
retain such specialist engineers can definitely shine in
future.
Digital transformation is happening globally and very
rapidly. To adopt this change, we focus on Innovation in
every aspect of our business. Along with Innovation, a
collaborative and sustainable business model will be
designed with cloud, data, automation and security
technology leaders.
Considering the current industry scenario, what
challenges do you face, and how do you drive Otimizt to
overcome them?
Talent sourcing and retention is today's major global
challenge for most service provider companies. Post-
COVID has been one of the major challenges troubling
services companies today, forcing organizations to require
hybrid and remote teams.
Due to emerging technologies and market trends, there are
significant changes in traditional engagement models to
demand greater value and tighter service integration.
Currently, OTPL is facing many challenges due to rising
competition. On the bright side, increasing competition
creates opportunities for us to think, reinforce and fine-tune
business models for the long run.
Implementing careful new employee hiring process,
offering competitive salary packages, efficient collaboration
program between team and management, designing training
program for employees as per client expectations,
What would you advise budding entrepreneurs who
aspire to venture into the engineering and design
solution space?
Budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the
engineering and design solution space must focus on points
like delivering technical excellence. Business models
aligned to client needs, smart resource management, and
stay tuned with emerging trends. Along with these entrepre-
neurs must be working tirelessly and ethically to ensure that
values are added to every client they serve.
How do you envision scaling Optimizt’s operations and
offerings in the future?
Adopting new emerging technologies and building its
expertise, innovation, focus on digital product development
services and perfection in resource management are the key
parameters OTPL will focus on as part of its business
strategy to stand out successfully in the future market.
Optimizt has received Seven
International and Three National
awards and recognitions for its
business excellence so far.
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Jeyaraj.S
CTO, and Founder
Petrokens Engineering
And Services Pvt Ltd
G. Murali
CEO, and Founder
Petrokens Engineering
And Services Pvt Ltd
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very personal and professional relationship relies
Eon a commitment to establish trust. When one
delivers on their promises, especially in
professional relationships, trust adds value to the
associations and partnerships, ensuring that they last a
lifetime.
This is evident from the numerous testimonials provided by
clients to Petrokens Engineering And Services - an ISO
9001:2015 Certified best-in-class integrated engineering
consultancy solutions provider, which was founded by
G.Murali, the CEO and Founder, and Jeyaraj.S, the CTO
and Founder.
We are Fully Devoted to You
A client, Mr Subramanian, the Director of SR Engineers PS,
Singapore testifies, "Committed team to deliver in a timely
manner…" while another one, Mr Senthil Kumar, CEO of
Peritum International LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan, says, "We
have been working with Petrokens Engineering for several
years. Petrokens Engineering has been exceptional and
their servicing unsurpassed. I highly recommend them to
anyone who wants great engineering on time and always
with competitive pricing."
And one more, Dato Sharman K Michael, the Executive
Director of Steel Hawk Engineering Sdn Bhd, Malaysia,
says, "The quality of services delivered by Petrokens
Engineering is commendable and found the team is
committed. Keep it up."
With this exceedingly trusted commitment, the firm
provides highly specialized end-to-end solutions to its
esteemed clients in order to develop or improve the long-
term performance of their assets. It offers a wide range of
services in engineering design, project management
consultancy, specialised technical services, risk
management, and technical staffing in the oil and gas
sectors and connects clients to world-class sustainable and
innovative technologies.
We Live by Our Core Principles
Mr G.Murali shares The values of Petrokens reflect the
, "
blueprint for our success and are consistently applied
across all of our operations. Our core values are safety,
integrity, and cost-effectiveness." He states that their vision
is to be the preferred partner of companies and corporations
worldwide in successfully delivering value-added solutions
while maintaining technical integrity, quality, and safety.
Mr G.Murali is in charge of driving the business excellence
journey globally. He has a master's degree in design
engineering and over two decades of experience in
operations, maintenance, engineering, technical services,
and project management. Mr G.Murali has been mostly
involved in offshore, oil and gas refineries, and
petrochemical plants.
Petrokens offers design engineering and consulting services
in concept, feasibility, and detail engineering. The
capabilities of the company include process, piping, civil,
structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and HSE.
It provides complete cost-effective solutions from concept
to commissioning, distinguishing Petrokens from its
competitors.
We are You're a-Team
Petrokens is a one-stop shop for Conceptual Design,
Detailed Engineering, FEED, Bottlenecking, and
Commissioning services. Its technical team is well-
experienced, with multinational exposure, and is capable of
executing and managing accelerated project schedules. "We
are a skilled and enthusiastic team of project managers,
engineers, and designers. Every client with whom we work
becomes a member of the team. We face the challenges
together and offer affordable solutions," says Mr G.Murali.
Petrokens Engineering
And Services
Committed to Deliver Value-Added Engineering Innovations
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he company has had a clear vision and a strategic
Tbusiness plan since its inception. This sped up
operations, assisting in overcoming challenges in
the early stages of the business. Petrokens entered the oil
and gas market at a low point in the crude oil price. "We
saw it as an opportunity and targeted customers looking for
affordable solutions, informs Mr Jeyaraj.S.
"
Our Engineering Minds' Technovations
The unique in-house design engineering services provide
clients with customizable options for their projects. The
client experience is curated with excellence and showcases
uncompromised quality by combining flexibility with
innovation and complete solutions. "Throughout the project,
we are committed to delivering solutions that meet the
needs of the client. Our solutions range from concept to
development, simulation to detailed design, validation to
optimization tasks," reveals Mr Jeyaraj.S who is another
leadership phenomenon continuously playing an important
role in strategic planning and technical execution. He has a
bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and has worked
in Oil and Gas Engineering and Technical Services for 20
years. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum
Engineers (SPE) and an Associate Member of the Institute
of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK.
Mr Murli and Mr Jeyaraj.S's combined experience has been
invaluable in exploring opportunities and completing tasks
on time and with quality and integrity.
We are Your Alliance
"We must align ourselves to meet the needs of the end users.
Many critical aspects of our daily lives are dependent on
the engineering sector," claims Mr G.Murali, while
shedding some light on the dynamics of the company's
challenges. While Mr Jeyaraj.S says they believe that the
engineering challenges stem from the uncertain conditions
caused by changes in oil prices and an industry-wide staff
shortage. "Because technology is rapidly evolving, the need
for skilled engineers has become an unending necessity in
the industry."
"These days, engineering is not thought to be limited to the
industrial and manufacturing world. The industry is
focusing more on our impact on the environment and using
adaptive technologies to help combat it," Mr G.Murali says
of the current state of the engineering industry in India.
Petrokens derives the scale required to cut costs and remain
competitive by understanding its market position. Mr
Jeyaraj.S adds, "We believe that the oil and gas industry
will be dynamic in the coming years." As a result, being
able to assess and accurately value potential targets faster
than competitors will be critical. Prices in this sector are
said to be recovering. Nonetheless, most oil companies are
wary of new initiatives that require large capital
investments.
We are Truly Yours, Forever…
Many multinational corporations are still attempting to
grasp the essence of the cost issue. Similarly, it has been
difficult for the firm to distinguish genuine threats from new
competition, difficult bidding procedures, and risk-sharing
arrangements.
"Don't give yourself excuses and let yourself procrastinate,"
Mr G.Murali and Mr Jeyaraj.S advise aspiring
entrepreneurs. As soon as possible, put your idea to the test.
Start talking to your future clients to get feedback on your
idea and see what they are willing to pay for it. The
company encourages these young entrepreneurs to refine
their assumptions and begin offering solutions rather than
traditional services.
Petrokens has partnered with global oil companies and EPC
firms. The company intends to focus on the African
continent in the future. Petrokens derives the scale required
to cut costs and remain competitive by understanding its
market position. Finally, Mr G.Murali concludes, “We
realise that the industry has dramatically changed and
looking for cost-effective solutions. As a result, we are
better prepared to compete.”
Our core values are
safety, integrity, and
cost effectiveness.
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he world has been seeing huge development in
Tindustrialization throughout recent many years, and
designing and planning arrangements organizations
play had an imperative impact in cultivating this
development. These organizations have been instrumental
in changing the manner ventures work by giving
imaginative arrangements that empower them to work on
their proficiency, efficiency, and benefit.
Engineering and designing solutions hold a crucial part in
cultivating modern turn of events. These organizations give
many administrations that assist with planning, creating,
and carrying out imaginative arrangements that work on
their activities and increment their efficiency.
Let's investigate the ways in which engineering and design
solution providers have contributed to the expansion of
various global industries and the role they play in fostering
industrial development.
Designing and Engineering Customized Solutions
Customized solutions that meet the specific needs of
industries and are designed as well as engineered by
engineering and design solution companies, play a
important role in industrial development. These businesses
Comprehending the
Comprehending the
Role of
Engineering and Design
Engineering and Design
Solution Companies
Solution Companiesin
Fostering Industrial
Fostering Industrial
Developments
Developments
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collaborate closely with customers to learn what they want,
then create solutions that are tailored to meet those needs.
This empowers ventures to advance their activities and
work on their proficiency, which thus brings about higher
efficiency and benefit.
To meet customer demands, a manufacturing company
might need to expand its product range. A company that
provides engineering and design solutions can assist by
creating a bespoke production line that is optimized for the
company's particular requirements. Automation, robotics,
and other technologies that reduce waste and speed up the
production process are examples of this.
Innovation and Development of Technology
Companies that provide engineering and design solutions
are at the forefront of innovation and development of
technology, and they play a crucial role in propelling
industrial growth. These organizations are continually
investigating new advances and methods to work on
modern cycles, and they are continuously searching for
ways of making businesses more effective, useful, and
beneficial.
For instance, a designing and planning arrangement
organization might foster another product device that
empowers businesses to screen and advance their tasks
continuously. Data analytics, machine learning, and other
cutting-edge technologies that help businesses make better
decisions and increase productivity and efficiency are
examples of this.
Innovation in Product Development
The goal of the business and management literature is to
ensure that innovation can influence product development.
Understanding how to implement innovation is a crucial
success factor, and well-executed innovation management
is crucial for competitive success. As a result, innovation is
viewed as more strategic, with a focus on long-term,
strategic investments in new products and technology
throughout the PD process.
The development system should be predictable with the
general organization procedure, creation limit, market
strength, mechanical capacities, and cost. For development
to find lasting success it should be painstakingly lined up
with the PD cycle and overseen in an all-encompassing
manner through the entire PD process.
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System Architecture
In Henderson and Clarke's seminal publication on
architectural innovation from the management literature,
innovation has been categorized in terms of modular,
architectural, and radical innovation. System Architecture -
Product architecture has been an important topic in the
strategic and technology management literature. Measured
development stays on the part level, while design
advancement changes the connections among parts, and
revolutionary advancement influences both the parts and
connections.
In addition, radical innovation frequently relies on novel
physical and engineering principles and has the potential to
open new markets. They argue that innovation in product
architecture could pose a threat to established businesses
due to organizational changes brought about by the new
architecture.
This issue has been specifically addressed in the Design
Structure Matrix literature from a management and
engineering design perspective. The opposite is the
"mirroring hypothesis," in which the product architecture
mirrors the product development organization's
architecture.
Sustainability
Sustainability is an significant driver for innovation and the
life cycle perspective opens up new opportunities for
innovation. For example, within the aeronautic industry the
Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe
(ACARE) has set up some high-level targets such as the
“Ultra green air transport system”.
Concrete targets on product functionality such as lighter
weight, noise reduction, emission reduction and high
reliability are prioritized parameters in concept selection.
Also new fuels, totally new designs to reduce fuel burn, and
new flight routes are concrete measures for reduction of the
environmental impact in operation.
The complexity increases even more when full life-cycle
responsibility is added from material extraction through
production and use to component scrapping not only from
an environmental but also from a social perspective. Being
able to optimize some aspects while remaining competitive
in the market is the main challenge.
In order to remain competitive in the market of the future,
using sustainability as a driving force behind innovations
can open new avenues. Including sustainability in the early
stages of the product innovation process entails providing
opportunities to enhance a product's competitiveness and
sustainability.
Accomplishing an economical arrangement requires a daily
existence cycle viewpoint and major changes to creation
and utilization frameworks that work out positively past
asset productivity and reusing waste to meet the necessities
in the progress towards a roundabout economy.
Cooperation and Association
Designing and planning arrangement organizations
additionally encourage modern improvement by teaming up
and collaborating with different organizations in the
business. Through these partnerships, businesses can
collaborate on the creation of novel solutions that will
benefit the entire sector and share knowledge and expertise.
A new software tool that enables industries to optimize their
operations might be developed in collaboration with a
technology company, for instance, by an engineering and
design solution provider. A cutting-edge tool that
revolutionizes the industry and boosts productivity and
efficiency across the board could emerge from this
partnership.
In conclusion,
Engineering and design solution companies play a crucial
role in industrial development by designing and engineering
individualized solutions, driving technological
advancement and innovation, and collaborating with other
industry businesses. These businesses have made significant
contributions to the expansion and development of a variety
of industries all over the world, and they continue to play a
crucial role in fundamentally altering the way industries
operate.
Engineering and design solution companies will play a
greater role than ever in enabling industries to meet the
challenges and opportunities of the future as industries
continue to evolve and become more complex.
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he highly intelligent engineering brains envision
Tthe future and shape it using their minds' innovative
technology that evolves as time goes on. Engineers
can thus better the tomorrow by transforming today.
When Satyan Consulting Engineers’ Founder and
Director, Mr Satish Yadnik established his entrepreneurial
dream in 2006, after leaving Alfa Laval as Sr General
Manager, he already had 25 years of experience in process
design mainly in the alcohol, starch, and evaporator which
has now been expanded to over 45 years.
With these four decades of proven track record under its
foundation, today, it is no wonder then that the PMC
Consultancy and Technology provider firm has successfully
completed more than 60 consultancy projects in the fields
of Distillery, Starch, and Industrial Evaporators in India and
Abroad.
A Team of Dedicated Technocrats
Satish shares, “A right process and design consultant is
always a backbone of any project, and we are committed to
playing a role to make our customer’s project technically
and financially feasible.” The Directors, including Satish
and Rahul, are a team of dedicated technocrats who are
successful professionals with proven track records in their
fields.
Satyan’s head office is located in Akurdi, Pune, India and it
is well-equipped for consultancy and design assignments
for Distillery, Starch, and Industrial Evaporators.
Satish informs, “With over 15 ongoing assignments across
India, South America, and Africa, we are leading the starch
and distillery consulting space and have been able to carve
out a niche for ourselves through the value we bring to our
customers.” Over the years, they have made technology tie-
ups and process innovations that have helped their custom-
ers set up highly efficient plants.
Their design expertise in the Industrial evaporator space is
widely known in the industry. “Over 50% of the evapora-
tors for molasses-based alcohol plants in India have been
designed by us,” states Satish. Their technology innova-
tion has helped cut down 1kg/lit of steam consumption
in the alcohol production process.
Over the years, they have optimized the processes in the
starch and distillery space and implemented these for their
customers. He adds, “We have designed systems that ensure
‘Zero-liquid-discharge’for our industrial projects where-in
effluent treatment, recycling, and evaporator designs have
played a key role.”
A Constant Customer Focus
Telling more about Satyan’s offering and aspects that make
it stand out in the cutthroat competition, Satish says that
they provide all the significant services to distillery/ethanol,
and starch industries:
Ÿ Feasibility report preparation,
Ÿ Detailed project report preparation,
Ÿ Detailed design and engineering services,
Ÿ Technical specifications and technical tendering process
for supplier selection – “We will help you save 10-15%
over a typical LSTK offer while ensuring there is no
compromise on quality,” assures Satish.
Ÿ Engineering design reviews, technical assistance, visual
inspection and expediting,
Ÿ Project planning, monitoring and management, and
supplier co-ordination,
Ÿ Commissioning support at the site,
Ÿ Site supervision and construction management through
full-time personnel deputation.
Global Ethanol and Starch
Tech’s Indian Pioneers
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Our technology
innovation has helped
cut down steam
consumption by
1kg/lit in the alcohol
production process.
This results in capex
and opex saving for
our customers
Mr Sa sh Yadnik,
Founder, and Director
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Ÿ Process troubleshooting and custom solutions
Ÿ Modernization, de-bottlenecking, and troubleshooting for
existing plants
Ÿ Process plant simulation for distillation systems
Ÿ Process modelling and configuration of most energy
efficient systems
According to Satish, their core technical expertise is what
differentiates them from other consultants. They have been
instrumental in bringing alcohol and starch technology to
India and have over 40 years of practical experience in this
field. This helps them identify the problems ahead of time
and take steps to mitigate those risks and challenges.
While most of the consultants are commercially driven,
their focus is quality and technical specifications. Their
unbiased technical feedback provides customers with
negotiation leverage that eventually leads to maximum cost
savings for the customer. “We always hold our customers’
objectives as a top priority, and our entire team strives to
ensure success for our end customers,” he insists.
An Extensive Journey of Innovations
Satish is a Chemical Engineer from a well-known institute
LIT Nagpur and holds post-graduate Diploma in Business
Management from the University of Pune.
He was involved in a number of technical tie-ups for Alfa
Laval with Katzen, Delta-T, and Dorr Oliver for starch and
alcohol processes. He also has a number of achievements in
process development in the alcohol and starch segment. He
travelled almost the whole of Europe, Southeast Asian
countries, and the US for business development in Alfa
Laval. He also has experience in handling complete project
management in Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, the
Philippines, and Indonesia. “The first cane juice to alcohol
plant of 15KL/day was designed by me while I was working
with Alfa Laval,” says Satish.
The first turnkey alcohol plant by Alfa Laval in Vietnam
was managed by him. The technology for this plant was
from Katzen in the USA. He has exposure to both Katzen
and Delta-T technology as he was instrumental in
technology collaboration agreements for fuel ethanol and
grain-based alcohol process. He adds, “I was instrumental
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from Alfa Laval when the starch business of Dorr Oliver
was acquired.” He has exposure to both technologies i.e.,
Starcosa of Germany and Dorr Oliver of the USA. He says,
“I am sure, we can get advantages of all these technologies
while executing your project.”
Satish’s completed/ongoing assignments are as follows:
Ÿ Worked as a Sr General Manager in Alfa Laval India and
was handling the natural resource business unit handling
the Starch and Alcohol Project.
Ÿ In-charge of 100KLPD ENA assignment in Uganda.
Ÿ Technical consultant on a 250KLPD Ethanol assignment
in Odisha and MP.
Ÿ Technical consultant on a 200KLPD Ethanol assignment
in Maharashtra.
Ÿ Technical consultant on a 300KLPD Ethanol assignment
in MP.
Ÿ Technical consultant on 120KLPD Ethanol assignments
in CG, MP, and Gujarat.
Ÿ Technical consultant on 100KLPD Ethanol assignments
in UP and Maharashtra.
Ÿ Technical consultant on a 105KLPD Ethanol assignment
in Maharashtra.
Ÿ In charge of 200Mt/a day corn starch plant in India.
Ÿ Implementation of 400 MT/day corn starch plant for
Alwais cousin in Syria.
Ÿ Expansion from 400 Mt to 800 Mt/day corn starch plant
for Alwais cousin in Syria
Ÿ Technical adviser to Alfa Laval alcohol and starch
division from 2006 to 2008.
Ÿ Technical adviser to Nagarjuna fertilizer and chemicals
from 2006 to 2008 for an alcohol project using feedstock
as sweet sorghum.
Ÿ Pre and post-order consultancy for 250KL/day grain-
based alcohol plant being set up in Myanmar.
Ÿ Design review of Adlers Biofuels 45 KL grain-based
alcohol plant in Maharashtra.
Ÿ Process Engineering for 150KL molasses-based fuel
alcohol plant in Sudan.
Ÿ Complete process engineering for 30KL Jogeshwari
Brewery.
Ÿ 300KL ethanol plant for Renuka Sugars in Brazil.
Ÿ 2X65KL molasses-based ethanol plant for Luna
Chemical in Gujrat.
Ÿ Technical adviser to Shri Renuka Sugar Group, Mumbai
for alcohol plants.
Ÿ Developed PIDs and other documentation for 600,000
liters/day and 200,000 litters/day fuel alcohol plant for
Advance Bio LLC USA.
Ÿ Detailed project report for 45,000 liters per day potable
alcohol for Tamil Nadu Sugar Federation (two plants).
Ÿ Design drawings review assignment for Globus Sprit for
80kl/d and 100kl/day potable alcohol plant.
Ÿ Design and drawing review for 170KL/day potable
alcohol plant for Bihar Distillers and bottlers.
Ÿ Technical adviser to Janatha Fish meal project in Udupi,
Oman.
Ÿ Technical adviser to Alwais Cousin starch company on a
case-to-case basis.
Ÿ Technical adviser to Luna Chemicals Gujrat.
Ÿ Technical adviser to PRO Industries in Uganda for
120KL potable alcohol plant.
Ÿ Technical consultant to Renuka Sugars, Mumbai.
Ÿ Technical consultant to Shri Samarth Process Industries
Pune.
Ÿ Estimates for Bharat Starch 400 MT/day starch
expansion.
Ÿ Varalakshmi Starch Industries Salem: Complete process
engineering, inquiries handling, visiting suppliers in
India and outside, equipment selection, technical
comparison, and facilitating order placement for all the
equipment inclusive of silos, effluent treatment, and key
equipment. Visited Syria, Thailand, USA, and China, for
sourcing equipment.
Ÿ Estimates and Pre-Engineering for 100MT/day corn
starch plant in Thailand.
Ÿ Coordination with Arunkumar Chaudhary group for the
start-up of an 80MT/day corn starch plant in Nepal.
Ÿ Consultant for 150 MT/Day starch project Polygon
Group, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Ÿ Consultant for 150 MT/Day starch project Aditya Starch,
Ethiopia.
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Over the years, he has built up a strong team and they are
now geared up to scale new heights in the starch and
distillery space.
“Our understanding of the vendor ecosystem, industry
trends, technology innovations, and government policy
making has helped us carve out a niche in our industries of
operation,” he states.
Owners Engineers
Revealing their professional values and qualities admired
greatly by clients, Satish says they succeed when their
customers can achieve their goals with regard to quality,
schedule, and cost of the project.
“Customer’s success is our driving factor,” he divulges,
adding, “We pride ourselves in being ‘Owner’s Engineers’
and have customer’s priorities and objectives as our guiding
principles. While we bring in the technology and process
expertise, we ensure alignment with the customer’s
business objective. Our customers admire us for this
outlook.
We are driven by the below values:
Ÿ Value creation of the customer.
Ÿ Customer centricity.
Ÿ Quality of execution.
Ÿ Teamwork.
Ÿ Open and transparent communication with all
stakeholders.”
Mr. Rahul has taken up the marketing, business
development and customer liaison functions for Satyan. He
is a strong proponent of Satyan’s core values and has been
instrumental in driving focused growth for the company.
Model-Based Execution Approach
Regarding the challenges surmounted by them, Satish says
that over the years, they have navigated through industry
cycles and have realized the impact of external factors (geo-
political and climate) that impact their industries. They
started their journey through projects in North America,
however, in 2008 when the recession hit the US, most of the
activity in North America in the ethanol sector came to a
standstill. They shifted their focus to the Indian sub-
continent and carved out projects in India and neighboring
countries. “During 2008-2012 saw good government
support that led to multiple projects on the distillery side.
Parallelly starch industry also started picking up and gave
us good growth during 2010-18,” he reflects.
The Pandemic impacted the business dynamics and a lot of
projects got shelved. Meeting clients in person, site visits,
international travel, supply chain, shipment, and deal
conversions all got impacted. He adds, “We utilized the
time to improve upon the process and technology areas and
came up with fine-tuned and templatized models. We
created a model-based execution approach and created a
team accordingly.”
Post-pandemic and since 2nd half of 2021, the business has
picked up the pace and they have been leveraging their
models and templates to speed up execution. Online
meetings have now become a norm and customers are
comfortable operating remotely.
In his advice to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to
venture into the engineering and design solution space,
Satish says that while every industry will see its share of
ups and downs, the only way to sustain and succeed in the
long term is through core technical expertise and staying
relevant to your customers.
“Build your foundations on core technical skills and focus
on value creation for your customers.”
Exploring the Ever-Green Future
On envisioning scaling Satyan CE’s operations and
offerings in the future, he reveals that the ethanol market,
while it is currently noticing a tremendous uptick, will
consolidate in India in the next five years. Greenfield
projects will dry up and most of the work will be focused
on brownfield and improvement projects. These projects
need specific expertise from a process side. “We are
developing the team accordingly and building design skills
in-house over software like ChemCAD and Aspen.”Starch is
an evergreen field, and Satyan is growing its team in this
area. From a long-term perspective, Satish and the team
Satyan are betting big on this industry/vertical for their
growth.
They are exploring other green energy sectors like Bio-
CNG, and biomass-based boiler fuel production, through
technology tie-ups, to keep the order inflows. “We are also
exploring avenues for expansion into manufacturing and
supply of associated equipment,” he concludes.
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The Most Innovative Engineering & Design Solution Provider To Watch.pdf
n the past ten years, the engineering industry has
Iexperienced significant growth and expansion. In
addition to the traditional engineering fields of civil,
mechanical, and electrical engineering, the field has
expanded to include software engineering, environmental
engineering, biomedical engineering, and many more. This
development has been driven by different thorough
variables that have affected the area's advancement.
Demand for designing area administrations is being driven
by limit development in businesses like framework, power,
mining, oil and gas, processing plant, steel, cars, and buyer
durables. India enjoys a serious benefit regarding producing
costs, market information, innovation, and development in
different designing sub-areas.
The field has seen and experienced remarkable growth as a
result of increased investments in industrial production and
infrastructure. India's economy is extremely strategic
because of the engineering sector's close connection to
manufacturing and infrastructure.
The Indian government's policies and initiatives also
significantly contribute to the growth of the economy.
Exploring the
Comprehensive Factors
that Led to the Rise of the
Engineering Sector in the
Recent Decade
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The engineering sector no longer requires a license and now
welcomes 100% FDI. In addition, it now accounts for the
majority of the nation's merchandise exports.
Let's get started by looking at the factors that contributed to
the growth of the engineering industry.
Technological Developments
The rapid pace of technological development has
contributed to the expansion of the engineering industry.
New engineering fields like software engineering,
cybersecurity engineering, and nanotechnology have
emerged as a result of technological advancement. This has
opened up a plenty of chances for designers to work in
various fields and have practical experience in regions that
were not generally connected with designing. The
engineering industry has been transformed by innovations
in particular in the fields of computer science and software
engineering.
Computer programming has likewise turned into a
fundamental piece of the designing business, with
programmers assuming a basic part in the improvement of
different mechanical arrangements. Additionally, it has
provided engineers with new opportunities to specialize in
data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Engineers have also been able to create new materials that
are more durable, lighter, and stronger thanks to advances
in material science. Engineers now have more chances to
create novel products thanks to this.
In addition, engineers are now able to design and develop
novel solutions that were previously thought to be
impossible thanks to technological advancements. For
instance, specialists can now plan and foster self-driving
vehicles, 3D-printed prosthetic appendages, and
manageable energy frameworks, in addition to other things.
These mechanical headways have made designing a
thrilling and dynamic field to work in.
Demand for Engineering Services
The interest for designing administrations has been
consistently expanding throughout the long term, driven by
a few variables. One of the essential drivers of interest is
populace development. Engineers are needed to design and
construct new systems and structures because of the rising
demand for housing, transportation, and infrastructure as
the world's population grows.
The growing emphasis on sustainability and conservation of
the environment is another factor driving demand.
Engineers with a focus on sustainability and environmental
engineering are in high demand as a result of the push for
environmentally friendly technologies, eco-friendly
buildings, and renewable energy sources.
Moreover, the ascent of environmentally friendly power
sources like breeze, sun based, and hydroelectric power has
made a requirement for specialists to plan and foster
creative answers for tackle these energy sources. Engineers
with a focus on renewable energy and sustainability are in
high demand as a result.
The Availability of Skilled Engineers
Another factor that has been crucial to the expansion of the
engineering industry is the supply of skilled engineers. The
rising number of designing schools and online courses have
made it more straightforward for understudies to seek after
a lifelong in designing. Additionally, the gig economy has
made it easier for engineers to freelance, offering clients
project-by-project engineering services. Engineers can now
work around their schedules and take on projects that fit
their expertise and skills.
Key Influencers
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Tesla, the world renowned electric vehicle producing
organization, is the classic example. In January 2021, Tesla
registered its subsidiary as Tesla India Motors and Energy
Private Limited and established a research and development
Centre in Bengaluru.
The only field in which undergraduate courses offer
multiple specializations is engineering. However, it also
provides a taste of each field during the first year. The
students can test and evaluate their areas of interest because
of this. Over time, engineering has expanded and
introduced numerous streams.
Engineering has it all, from the fundamental streams of
Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical to the interdisciplinary
fields of Biomedical, Biotechnology, and Computational
Biology. Over time, this vast array of options has made
engineering the first choice for Indian students and parents.
To conclude,
The ascent of the designing area in the new ten years has
been driven by a few exhaustive elements, including
mechanical progressions, expanding interest for designing
administrations, the accessibility of gifted specialists, and
government drives to help the area's turn of events.
The expansion of the engineering industry has provided
numerous opportunities for engineers to work in exciting
and dynamic fields such as environmental engineering and
software engineering. In addition, the expansion of the
engineering industry has significantly impacted the global
economy, fostering job creation, economic expansion, and
technological advancement.
With the emergence of new technologies like artificial
intelligence, blockchain, and quantum computing
presenting new challenges and opportunities, the
engineering sector is poised to continue its growth
trajectory in the future. In order to keep driving the sector's
growth and making a positive impact on the world, it is up
to the engineering community to rise to these challenges
and take advantage of the opportunities provided by these
new technologies.
In addition, the engineering industry has become more
diverse as more people from underrepresented groups and
women have entered the field. This has resulted in a
workforce of engineers that is more diverse and inclusive,
which has led to more creative and innovative solutions.
Initiatives by Government
All over the world, governments have recognized the
engineering industry's role in propelling economic growth
and have taken steps to encourage its growth. Numerous
nations have sent off drives to help the area, including
financing for innovative work, grants and awards for
understudies seeking after science certifications, and the
foundation of designing schools and exploration
organizations.
In the United Kingdom, for instance, the government has
launched the Industrial Strategy, which aims to invest in
engineering research in order to boost economic growth and
productivity. The Make in India initiative, which the Indian
government has launched, aims to make the country a
global manufacturing centre for engineering goods and
services.
The United States, Department of Energy and the National
Science Foundation both provide funding for research and
development in renewable energy and energy efficiency,
respectively. Additionally, the government has established a
number of programs to support engineering education,
including grants and scholarships for engineering degree
candidates.
The government of China has launched the Made in China
2025 initiative, which aims to make the country a global
leader in engineering and other high-tech industries. In
addition to funding the establishment of engineering
schools and research institutes, the government has made
significant investments in engineering research and
development.
Investments and the Ability to choose from a variety of
Choices
There is no industry in the world that can function without
money. To continue and grow, every industry needs money.
The engineering sector in India has seen significant
investments over the years. The FDI inflow in this area has
remained at multi-billion bucks since the year 2000. Over
the years, various engineering sectors have expanded
employment opportunities in India.
- Shreyasi Shelke
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The Most Innovative Engineering & Design Solution Provider To Watch.pdf
Jagan Venkataramanan
Founder and Managing Partner
V+S Design Partners –
Konnect-SaaS ERP for A/E rms
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To create a magnum opus, Architects and Engineers
must visualize their masterpiece creations in a 360-
degree virtual panoramic environment. Immersed in
the three-dimensional visually rich BIM world of V+S
Design Partners-www.vs-dp.com, an innovatively genius
mind like Jagan Venkataramanan, the Founder and
Managing Partner and his talented and dedicated team,
can work from anywhere and at any time to stay connected
with their dreamy vision.
The focus remains seamless, in this vast hyper-reality,
encompassing every precise detail up to the extremes of the
architectural, engineering, and construction spectrum.
“Our profession is analogous to a symphony orchestra’s
conductor,” expresses Jagan, using a parallel. “Every
musical instrument’s capability, timbre, pitch and range is
comprehensively understood by the conductor, who knows
when, how, and by whom the instrument should be
performed. There are specific times for musical phrases to
enter and exit a musical composition.”
In musical terms, occasionally, the same music is played by
all together, referred to as ‘tutti,’ sometimes one must play
slowly, rapidly, melodically, and sometimes several must
perform harmonically. We can only envisage what a
symphony orchestra would be like minus a proficient music
conductor!
Likewise, there is a precise sequencing of works in the
architectural, engineering, and construction industries, and
sometimes works happen concurrently or often times
sequentially. We see ourselves as the ‘conductor’ of the
design and construction’s symphony. Akin to the act of the
multi-talented ‘conductor,’ our role as the BIM/VDC
manager encompasses the varied activities and sequences
that must be orchestrated with diligence and precision.”
Orchestrating Architectural and Engineering Workflows
Mentored expertly by Jagan and guided by his able senior
management team, team V+S is bringing innovative
Architectural, Engineering, and Design solutions to their
clients through their superior technology offerings, efficient
workflow management, seamless collaboration, and
specialization in Building Information Modelling (BIM),
and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC).
Their senior executives' combined experience and expertise
which exceeds over 100 years drive the company’s vision
and mission, where they deliver hassle-free partnerships
and remote workforce to several globally reputed
international firms mostly in the United States, in
construction, engineering, and architectural tech . “We call
ourselves design orchestrators revolutionizing the global
architectural and engineering industry’s tech prowess,”
states Jagan.
V+S design partners’ core team has extensive experience
ranging from pure play design to on-site program and
project management experience to expertise in handling
very large-scale projects from the concept until completion
to major global clients.
They have worked and are currently working on mega
projects with several fortune 100 clients and with the top
companies and enterprises internationally and in India in
various sectors ranging from science and technology, high-
tech industrial and manufacturing, healthcare and
hospitality, real estate, aviation, and transportation and
infrastructural sectors.
V+S Design
Partners
Augmenting the Core Potential of Humans + Machines for the AEC Industry
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Moreover, they have collaborated with experts from various
fields and can effortlessly turn their client’s visions into
reality. The firm’s goals are to ultimately productize some
of the shared solutions and curate customized software and
expert systems for use by global architectural, engineering,
and construction firms.
Such expert systems could be useful for this and the coming
generation, where the collective knowledge of the firm’s
leaders and team members can be preserved and harnessed
at all times using cutting-edge tools in AI/ML/bots and
systematic knowledge transfer, could be preserved for
posterity instead of it dying out when senior members either
move out of the firm or eventually retire.
Jagan adds, “We can hire talent from any part of the world
and work with clients from all over the world as well,
thanks to the concept of Common Data Environment (CDE)
on the cloud and our hybrid working and a truly
collaborative approach using cloud based collaborative
technologies which aids our work flows.” Furthermore,
software tools exist that enable the BIM model’s authoring
and auditing for clash detection, conflict resolution,
extracting quantities, sustainability tracking, and leveraging
for tracking costs and managing time by connecting to a
prevalent project and computer-aided facility management
(CAFM) software having the capability of effectively using
‘Digital Twins”.
According to Ajay Sharma, Director at V+S, all projects
vary in their uniqueness and particular challenges. V+S
Design Partners always add something extra to the project
that their clients do not request or expect. They believe they
are their own competitor, often seeing their workplace as a
playground for innovation and striving to add value to their
clients’ assignments.
Hybrid and Remote workshare partnerships
Jagan expresses that with the pandemic and remote working
scenarios commonplace, industries widely recognize BIM
and other technological tools’ value. “We had always
believed that we could work from anywhere,” he reveals and
the recent pandemic forced us in this direction.
Working in a central model with interlinked files achieves
effective collaboration for large projects. As a result, there
has been a noticeable shift in the emphasis placed on more
efficient collaboration using BIM tools.
Companies who work without using a central CDE and
remote workers working in siloes and in noncentralized
environment suffer from quality issues and missed delivery
deadlines. “We can hire talent and work with clients from
all over the world thanks to the CDE and hybrid working
approach,” which we have embraced as part of our culture.
Every day, team V+S goes out there to enhance the
functioning and experiences of their projects toward a
sustainable workflow. Modernization of legacy systems and
methodologies is the need of the hour, and V+S does not
leave any stone unturned.
The urgency in the younger generation’s training and
mentoring is necessary, and an efficient transfer of expertise
and experience from legacy methods to digital technologies
is to be routinely done . By this, the traditional brick-and-
mortar processes could be transformed into technologically
advanced digital interfaces.
There is a lot of work to be done in modernizing antiquated
methods of working with legacy systems. The task of
transferring the trusted brick-and-mortar process onto a
technological interface and training and mentoring the
younger generation is thus urgent. “We believe that within
the next decade, a large portion of the global architectural,
engineering, and real estate development community will
fully adopt BIM-based workflows,” he shares. Numerous
countries worldwide – mostly in the developed and
developing world - have made it mandatory to utilize these
dependable methods for all governmental regulatory
submissions.
Rajarshi Das, Senior architect and CTO at V+S design
partners adds that in India, BIM-based workflows have
already been implemented in all major infrastructure
projects in aviation, roads, and rail networks and are rapidly
With V+S Design and Konnect,
we see ourselves as the
‘Conductor’ of Design and
Construction’s symphony.
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catching up in building design, facility creation, and smart
city programs.
India’s Only Architectural and Engineering SaaS based
ERP - Konnect
Newton Singh- Senior Software architect at V+S design
partners has researched and found that Konnect is the only
ERP software in India developed by industry-leading
architects and engineers for project-based Architectural and
Engineering consultancy firms having over 30 years of A/E
domain expertise. “We’ve always been interested in
unravelling workflows in architects/engineers/interior
designers’ offices. Jagan’s previous domain work
experience has aided us in developing this software ,” he
says.
In other developed western and asian countries, Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP) Systems like Konnect are widely
used to enhance efficiency and ensure smooth partnerships
among all project and firm’s stakeholders. The system
basically lessens physical load by decreasing errors,
facilitating smooth collaboration and workflows in CRM,
project accounting, procurement, HR, timesheets, and
project management by syncing all in a single platform. As
a result, there is a seamless management of day-to-day
office procedures.
According to Jagan, most small and mid-sized architectural
and engineering consulting firms still depend on 2D
spreadsheets, disconnected project management siloes, and
traditional collaboration software to function internally, like
their CRM, HRM, accounting, administration, and project
management operations.
With such systems, it is impossible to create simple,
meaningful, on-demand, and real-time dashboards and MIS
reports that can offer qualitative and quantitative
information and insights, so that stakeholders can make
precise decisions. Konnect bridges this divide by providing
numerous operational, technical, business, and financial
dashboards on-demand , anywhere as a cost-effective option
to all firm’s stakeholders.
Konnect -A dream SaaS-based tool for all A/E firm
stakeholders
Many in the Indian A/E professional services space are
unaware of the benefits of using ERP software like
Konnect. It takes time and effort to combine and analyze,
dissect information to present to managers, team leaders
and other heads so they can make sound data-driven
executive decisions on their projects.
The recent pandemic has made these decision-making tasks
even more difficult with people working from home and in
remote locations. Jagan feels the world has changed. “for
in-house, outsourced, and hybrid work-from-anywhere
models, we need complex time and cost tracking
management tools.”
Konnect can manage drawings, documents, and other
deliverables and track project design, a core revenue-
earning function of A/E firms. It can also track and maintain
associated costs incurred by people working on them from
any location and track billing and collection schedules and
milestones as long as they are connected to the Konnect
system. It has provided numerous benefits, particularly
during the pandemic, and many A/E firms in India have
benefited from the research and knowledge embedded in the
software since its last 25 years of use in large A/E firms.
Even after the pandemic has passed, hybrid working models
persist and are here to stay. As a result, ERP software
solutions like Konnect may become indispensable to most
firms in the near future.
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Revealing the ERP software’s specialty, Jagan says Konnect
was created and coded as an in-house program to streamline
Venkataramanan Associates-www.vagroup.com (VA’s)
processes and operations. It was programmed with the help
of engineers, architects, administrators, accountants, sales,
marketing, and human resources professionals with over
three decades of design and field experience.
Jagan Venkataramanan was earlier a senior partner of VA
for over 21 years, revealing that although the pandemic is a
relatively new crisis, Konnect has been there for quite some
time. “We grew to around 175 people on the company’s
payroll and over 500 people associated as projects’
outsourced partners,” reflects Jagan.
They must have managed over 120 projects at various
stages of completion simultaneously. They used
spreadsheets and a few canned software products to manage
the firm's day-to-day operations about 20 years ago. Big
ERPs like SAP and Oracle were present, though they were
unaffordable to firms like VA at that time.
Thriving with the Dynamic of Tech - Konnect
The big ERP players, such as SAP and Oracle, were
available but out of reach for a growing A/E firm like VA.
They were also not coded specifically to address issues
encountered by A/E project-based businesses. “Jagan says
he was involved in the firm’s operations at the time and was
aware of all the problems we were experiencing,”, who
adds, “And we came up with Konnect – a perfect solution
which is ever-evolving with changing dynamics and
exceeding demands.”
Konnect was re-developed through V+S Design Partners –
Jagan’s relatively new venture – and its UI/UX was further
enhanced. Many new project management features have
been added. This SaaS-based offering is continuously being
developed and holds advanced features close to the best in
the world. Moreover, it is a ‘Made in India’world class
product .
“We then offered it cost-effectively to various architectural
and engineering firms all over India. We believe it will
improve their processes, operational efficiencies, profits,
and financial stability.” Konnect will continuously enhance
the product for project information management and
operations management for AEC and other project-focused
consulting firms because Jagan and V+S team are truly
passionate about the future of the AEC industry.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
based features are being added. “BOTS will also be used on
the platform to reduce repetitive human based workflows,
reducing dependence on humans and their memories. These
will be useful for tracking reminders and actions required
by the new age Human + Machine based workflows,” he
says.
Based on a SaaS platform, Konnect AEC-
www.konnectaec.com is now available for immediate
implementation by AEC and project-based firms, allowing
them to streamline their AEC business operations and
become the most efficient, productive, productive, and
profitable. “Konnect’s distinctiveness stems from the fact
that it was created by architects and engineers for
architects and engineers,” concludes Jagan.
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  • 1. VOL-03 ISSUE-04 2023 WWW.CIOLOOKINDIA.COM T h e M o s t I n n o v a t i v e Providers to Watch Inner Drive Comprehending the Role of Engineering and Design Solu on Companies in Fostering Industrial Developments Key Influencers Exploring the Comprehensive Factors that Led to the Rise of the Engineering Sector in the Recent Decade
  • 2. “This job is a great scienti c adventure. But it’s also a great human adventure.” — Fabiola Giano i
  • 5. Acknowledging the Accelerators of Modern Developments he concept of engineering got developed with the Tspecific purpose of creating or manufacturing certain type of products, services or structures that were made for meeting the demand. Skilled artisans working in large numbers were soon complemented and subsequently replaced by modern machines and integration of processes began volume-based production. The engineering developments were led with precision and high-grade quality that centred around the requirements. Steadily the fields of engineering got developed with several categories based on their functional applications. The engineering fields of Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunications, Production, Civil, Instrumentation, Chemical, Aerospace, Environmental, Printing, Computer and IT and many more got developed steadily. The role of engineering has provided in expanding the scope of developments in the industrial developments leading to the progress of the region and the nation. The modern lifestyle of comfort, safety, convenience is all but the result of phenomenal inventions and discoveries that have gone in the engineering innovations. Everything that we use, see and live by is facilitated by the engineering and the design creations. The engineering and design industry has played a crucial role in driving the developments in the Indian montage. Indian industry is a homogenous integration of indigenous innovations and collaborations with several global MNCs. The initiatives by the engineering entrepreneurs and the support from the Government initiatives have paved the Kedar Borgaonkar Managing Editor way for the dynamic developments. Moreover the engineering and design companies have offered phenomenal contributions in various solutions that has increased the window of opportunities with the foreign organizations willing to collaborate for the potential ventures. Indian market has developed rapidly with a large number of skilled and semi-skilled workforce available for the project execution. Indian engineers and designers are respected and sought-after in several global organizations. Expanding their reach, Indian engineering companies have gone abroad collaborating with numerous countries with their companies and their respective governments for the joint ventures. Highlighting their importance, CioLook India is pleased to present its latest issue, The Most Innovative Engineering & Design Solution Providers To Watch, that showcases some of the interesting dimensions of successful and prominent engineering companies that have made a huge impact. Attached are a couple of articles written by our in-house editorial team, that will enrich your knowledge further. Have an engaging and inspiring read. Cheers! kedar.borgaonkar@ciolookindia.com
  • 6. Content 08 Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd Enhancing Organizations with Engineering Innovations Petrokens Engineering And Services Pvt Ltd Committed to Deliver Value-Added Engineering Innovations 12 22 32 Satyan Consulting Engineers LLP Global Ethanol and Starch Tech’s Indian Pioneers V+S Design Partners Augmenting the Core Potential of Humans + Machines for the AEC Industry
  • 7. Articles 18 28 Inner Drive Comprehending the Role of Engineering and Design Solution Companies in Fostering Industrial Developments Key Influencers Exploring the Comprehensive Factors that Led to the Rise of the Engineering Sector in the Recent Decade
  • 8. CONTENT DESIGN Visualizer : Sandeep Tikode Art & Design Director : Rashmi Singh Associate Designer : Sameen Arif SALES TECHNICAL March, 2023 Copyright © 2023 CIOLOOK India, All rights reserved. The content and images used in this magazine should not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission from CIOLOOK India. Reprint rights remain solely with CIOLOOK India. FOLLOW US ON www.twitter.com/ciolookindia www.facebook.com/ciolookindia/ WE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON Email sales@ciolookindia.com For Subscription www.ciolookindia.com CONTACT US ON Pooja M. Bansal Editor-in-Chief sales@ciolookindia.com I N D I A SME-SMO Technical Head : Prachi Mokashi Technical Consultant : Tanaji Fartade Research Analyst : Renuka Kulkarni SEO Lead : Nikita Khadalkar Managing Editor : Kedar Borgaonkar Assisting Editor : Gaurav PR Wankhade Sr. Vice President : Megha Mishra Sr. Sales Manager : Tejaswini Whaval Business Development Lead : Suraj Gadekar Business Development Executive : Veena Nayak VOL-03 ISSUE-04 2023 WWW.CIOLOOKINDIA.COM T h e M o s t I n n o v a t i v e Providers to Watch Inner Drive Comprehending the Role of Engineering and Design Solu on Companies in Fostering Industrial Developments Key Influencers Exploring the Comprehensive Factors that Led to the Rise of the Engineering Sector in the Recent Decade Cover Price : 200/-
  • 9. Company Brief Featuring Santosh Tawari, Director LAS Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd. LAS is a multidisciplinary engineering company, is a one point service center for project needs right from project planning to commissioning. Jitendra Jagtap, Founder and Director Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd Optimizt Technologies is recognized as a value-added services partner, for new product development, product optimization and value analysis along with manufacturing support services. G. Murali, CEO and Founder and Jeyaraj.S, CTO and Founder Petrokens Engineering and Services Pvt Ltd Petrokens offers a wide range of services in engineering design, project management consultancy, specialised technical services, risk management, and technical staffing in the oil and gas sectors and connects clients to world- class sustainable and innovative technologies. Satish Yadnik, Founder and Director Satyan Consulting Engineers LLP Satyan is a PMC Consultancy and Technology provider firm which has successfully completed more than 60 consultancy projects in the fields of Distillery, Starch, and Industrial Evaporators in India and Abroad. Jagan Venkataramanan, Founder and Managing Partner V+S Design Partners V+S Design Partners brings innovative Architectural, Engineering, and Design solutions through its superior technology offerings, efficient workflow management, seamless collaboration, and specialization in BIM and VDC. T h e M o s t I n n o v a t i v e Providers to Watch
  • 10. The fundamental elements of the design process include establishing objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, manufacturing, testing and evaluation. Thus, the prime purpose of engineering design is to apply scientific knowledge to develop the perfect balance of technical specifications and quality standards and eliminate or minimize possible technical problems. Modern engineering companies and allied industries innovate by implementing new technologies that offer them solutions that can facilitate their process to some extent. There arises the need for professional engineering services consulting organizations to identify the company's needs and customize or enhance the engineering design deliver- ables. These companies support saving a lot of cost, time, and effort and complement improving their efficiency. Offering professional engineering designing and develop- ment services, Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd has emerged as a dependable partner in enhancing product development, engineering services and technical services. Fronted by its Founder and Director, Jitendra Jagtap, the organization has created a reputation in engineering innovation, growth and product design services. In a winning interview with the CioLook India team, Jitendra regaled his professional journey of Optimizt. Please brief our audience about Optimizt Technologies, its USPs, and how you are currently positioned as one of the most innovative engineering and design solution providers. Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd (OTPL) is an Engineering and Technology Consultancy Services provider. OTPL is recognized as a value-added services partner by most of its clients. For new product development, product optimization and value analysis along with manufacturing support services. The International and Domestic Product OEMs have appreciated and awarded OTPL for its outstanding engineering services, quality and performance. The company mainly provides consultancy services from initial product and user research, Concept Design, Engi- neering Design, Testing, Tooling, and Manufacturing till the final product launch. We serve clients from Industry sectors including Automotive, Automation, Appliances, Heavy Engineering, Medical, Process Industry and Digital Transformation. We are expanding our services portfolio in Industrial IoT, Robotics, AI/ML, Data Analytics, and Augmented and Virtual Reality. Our company specialises in services like design optimiza- tion for value analysis, product design validation for performance using mathematical simulation, electric vehicle battery and thermal management simulation, surveillance drone validation, and composite material validation. Optimizt has received Seven International and Three National awards and recognitions for its business excel- lence. Every year we get multiple nominations for various categories under engineering and technology business excellence. Today, we are a multimillion turnover company. We offer services for world-class organisations and product OEMs, including Fortune 500 companies. Please brief us about your journey in the engineering and design industry and how you ensured Optimizt excel in its niche. As the Founder and Director of OTPL, with 18 years of experience in engineering product design, validation and project management, my role is handling Techno- Commercial activities, including overseeing cross- functional groups, defining new business strategies, and identifying emerging technologies, new business prospects, key accomplices and branding. Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd Enhancing Organizations with Engineering Innovations March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 8
  • 11. Jitendra Jagtap Director Optimizt Technologies Pvt Ltd March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 9
  • 12. Staying attuned to the company’s vision, I have taken steps to enhance OTPL’s growth and build trust in clients. These steps involve resource building, gap analysis and training, improving facilities, and implementing quality processes and security systems. I am a certified international instructor. I delivered hundreds of corporate training programs for world-renowned organisations from the USA, Europe and Asia. Thousands of engineers trained by me are working worldwide in the field of R&D today. Jitendra also has great influence as a technical consultant to a few Asian and European organiza- tions operating in India. What professional qualities and values do you think your clients admire in you the most? Value-added and cost-effective services. Strong technical presence, and Consistency in services, these are a few of the qualities which have helped our clients to grow their businesses. Thus our clients always admire us for these value-added qualities. As an experienced leader, share your opinion on how adopting modern technologies like AI and ML impacts the engineering and design solution space and how Optimizt adapts to the change. Engineering product design is reaching new levels of competence and excellence using Artificial Intelligence. The majority of businesses have already invested in AI technologies in good capacity. In the engineering sector, AI is one of the fastest-growing technologies. This impact can create massive opportunities for engineering talent. Engineering design solution providers can take advantage of it. However, the skillset of this talent at par with client and technology demands must be fulfilled. Those who retain such specialist engineers can definitely shine in future. Digital transformation is happening globally and very rapidly. To adopt this change, we focus on Innovation in every aspect of our business. Along with Innovation, a collaborative and sustainable business model will be designed with cloud, data, automation and security technology leaders. Considering the current industry scenario, what challenges do you face, and how do you drive Otimizt to overcome them? Talent sourcing and retention is today's major global challenge for most service provider companies. Post- COVID has been one of the major challenges troubling services companies today, forcing organizations to require hybrid and remote teams. Due to emerging technologies and market trends, there are significant changes in traditional engagement models to demand greater value and tighter service integration. Currently, OTPL is facing many challenges due to rising competition. On the bright side, increasing competition creates opportunities for us to think, reinforce and fine-tune business models for the long run. Implementing careful new employee hiring process, offering competitive salary packages, efficient collaboration program between team and management, designing training program for employees as per client expectations, What would you advise budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the engineering and design solution space? Budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the engineering and design solution space must focus on points like delivering technical excellence. Business models aligned to client needs, smart resource management, and stay tuned with emerging trends. Along with these entrepre- neurs must be working tirelessly and ethically to ensure that values are added to every client they serve. How do you envision scaling Optimizt’s operations and offerings in the future? Adopting new emerging technologies and building its expertise, innovation, focus on digital product development services and perfection in resource management are the key parameters OTPL will focus on as part of its business strategy to stand out successfully in the future market. Optimizt has received Seven International and Three National awards and recognitions for its business excellence so far. The Most Innovative Engineering & Design Solution Providers To Watch March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 10
  • 14. Jeyaraj.S CTO, and Founder Petrokens Engineering And Services Pvt Ltd G. Murali CEO, and Founder Petrokens Engineering And Services Pvt Ltd March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 12
  • 15. very personal and professional relationship relies Eon a commitment to establish trust. When one delivers on their promises, especially in professional relationships, trust adds value to the associations and partnerships, ensuring that they last a lifetime. This is evident from the numerous testimonials provided by clients to Petrokens Engineering And Services - an ISO 9001:2015 Certified best-in-class integrated engineering consultancy solutions provider, which was founded by G.Murali, the CEO and Founder, and Jeyaraj.S, the CTO and Founder. We are Fully Devoted to You A client, Mr Subramanian, the Director of SR Engineers PS, Singapore testifies, "Committed team to deliver in a timely manner…" while another one, Mr Senthil Kumar, CEO of Peritum International LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan, says, "We have been working with Petrokens Engineering for several years. Petrokens Engineering has been exceptional and their servicing unsurpassed. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants great engineering on time and always with competitive pricing." And one more, Dato Sharman K Michael, the Executive Director of Steel Hawk Engineering Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, says, "The quality of services delivered by Petrokens Engineering is commendable and found the team is committed. Keep it up." With this exceedingly trusted commitment, the firm provides highly specialized end-to-end solutions to its esteemed clients in order to develop or improve the long- term performance of their assets. It offers a wide range of services in engineering design, project management consultancy, specialised technical services, risk management, and technical staffing in the oil and gas sectors and connects clients to world-class sustainable and innovative technologies. We Live by Our Core Principles Mr G.Murali shares The values of Petrokens reflect the , " blueprint for our success and are consistently applied across all of our operations. Our core values are safety, integrity, and cost-effectiveness." He states that their vision is to be the preferred partner of companies and corporations worldwide in successfully delivering value-added solutions while maintaining technical integrity, quality, and safety. Mr G.Murali is in charge of driving the business excellence journey globally. He has a master's degree in design engineering and over two decades of experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, technical services, and project management. Mr G.Murali has been mostly involved in offshore, oil and gas refineries, and petrochemical plants. Petrokens offers design engineering and consulting services in concept, feasibility, and detail engineering. The capabilities of the company include process, piping, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and HSE. It provides complete cost-effective solutions from concept to commissioning, distinguishing Petrokens from its competitors. We are You're a-Team Petrokens is a one-stop shop for Conceptual Design, Detailed Engineering, FEED, Bottlenecking, and Commissioning services. Its technical team is well- experienced, with multinational exposure, and is capable of executing and managing accelerated project schedules. "We are a skilled and enthusiastic team of project managers, engineers, and designers. Every client with whom we work becomes a member of the team. We face the challenges together and offer affordable solutions," says Mr G.Murali. Petrokens Engineering And Services Committed to Deliver Value-Added Engineering Innovations The Most Innovative Engineering & Design Solution Providers To Watch March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 13
  • 16. he company has had a clear vision and a strategic Tbusiness plan since its inception. This sped up operations, assisting in overcoming challenges in the early stages of the business. Petrokens entered the oil and gas market at a low point in the crude oil price. "We saw it as an opportunity and targeted customers looking for affordable solutions, informs Mr Jeyaraj.S. " Our Engineering Minds' Technovations The unique in-house design engineering services provide clients with customizable options for their projects. The client experience is curated with excellence and showcases uncompromised quality by combining flexibility with innovation and complete solutions. "Throughout the project, we are committed to delivering solutions that meet the needs of the client. Our solutions range from concept to development, simulation to detailed design, validation to optimization tasks," reveals Mr Jeyaraj.S who is another leadership phenomenon continuously playing an important role in strategic planning and technical execution. He has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and has worked in Oil and Gas Engineering and Technical Services for 20 years. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK. Mr Murli and Mr Jeyaraj.S's combined experience has been invaluable in exploring opportunities and completing tasks on time and with quality and integrity. We are Your Alliance "We must align ourselves to meet the needs of the end users. Many critical aspects of our daily lives are dependent on the engineering sector," claims Mr G.Murali, while shedding some light on the dynamics of the company's challenges. While Mr Jeyaraj.S says they believe that the engineering challenges stem from the uncertain conditions caused by changes in oil prices and an industry-wide staff shortage. "Because technology is rapidly evolving, the need for skilled engineers has become an unending necessity in the industry." "These days, engineering is not thought to be limited to the industrial and manufacturing world. The industry is focusing more on our impact on the environment and using adaptive technologies to help combat it," Mr G.Murali says of the current state of the engineering industry in India. Petrokens derives the scale required to cut costs and remain competitive by understanding its market position. Mr Jeyaraj.S adds, "We believe that the oil and gas industry will be dynamic in the coming years." As a result, being able to assess and accurately value potential targets faster than competitors will be critical. Prices in this sector are said to be recovering. Nonetheless, most oil companies are wary of new initiatives that require large capital investments. We are Truly Yours, Forever… Many multinational corporations are still attempting to grasp the essence of the cost issue. Similarly, it has been difficult for the firm to distinguish genuine threats from new competition, difficult bidding procedures, and risk-sharing arrangements. "Don't give yourself excuses and let yourself procrastinate," Mr G.Murali and Mr Jeyaraj.S advise aspiring entrepreneurs. As soon as possible, put your idea to the test. Start talking to your future clients to get feedback on your idea and see what they are willing to pay for it. The company encourages these young entrepreneurs to refine their assumptions and begin offering solutions rather than traditional services. Petrokens has partnered with global oil companies and EPC firms. The company intends to focus on the African continent in the future. Petrokens derives the scale required to cut costs and remain competitive by understanding its market position. Finally, Mr G.Murali concludes, “We realise that the industry has dramatically changed and looking for cost-effective solutions. As a result, we are better prepared to compete.” Our core values are safety, integrity, and cost effectiveness. March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 14
  • 20. he world has been seeing huge development in Tindustrialization throughout recent many years, and designing and planning arrangements organizations play had an imperative impact in cultivating this development. These organizations have been instrumental in changing the manner ventures work by giving imaginative arrangements that empower them to work on their proficiency, efficiency, and benefit. Engineering and designing solutions hold a crucial part in cultivating modern turn of events. These organizations give many administrations that assist with planning, creating, and carrying out imaginative arrangements that work on their activities and increment their efficiency. Let's investigate the ways in which engineering and design solution providers have contributed to the expansion of various global industries and the role they play in fostering industrial development. Designing and Engineering Customized Solutions Customized solutions that meet the specific needs of industries and are designed as well as engineered by engineering and design solution companies, play a important role in industrial development. These businesses Comprehending the Comprehending the Role of Engineering and Design Engineering and Design Solution Companies Solution Companiesin Fostering Industrial Fostering Industrial Developments Developments March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 18
  • 21. collaborate closely with customers to learn what they want, then create solutions that are tailored to meet those needs. This empowers ventures to advance their activities and work on their proficiency, which thus brings about higher efficiency and benefit. To meet customer demands, a manufacturing company might need to expand its product range. A company that provides engineering and design solutions can assist by creating a bespoke production line that is optimized for the company's particular requirements. Automation, robotics, and other technologies that reduce waste and speed up the production process are examples of this. Innovation and Development of Technology Companies that provide engineering and design solutions are at the forefront of innovation and development of technology, and they play a crucial role in propelling industrial growth. These organizations are continually investigating new advances and methods to work on modern cycles, and they are continuously searching for ways of making businesses more effective, useful, and beneficial. For instance, a designing and planning arrangement organization might foster another product device that empowers businesses to screen and advance their tasks continuously. Data analytics, machine learning, and other cutting-edge technologies that help businesses make better decisions and increase productivity and efficiency are examples of this. Innovation in Product Development The goal of the business and management literature is to ensure that innovation can influence product development. Understanding how to implement innovation is a crucial success factor, and well-executed innovation management is crucial for competitive success. As a result, innovation is viewed as more strategic, with a focus on long-term, strategic investments in new products and technology throughout the PD process. The development system should be predictable with the general organization procedure, creation limit, market strength, mechanical capacities, and cost. For development to find lasting success it should be painstakingly lined up with the PD cycle and overseen in an all-encompassing manner through the entire PD process. Inner Drive March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 19
  • 22. System Architecture In Henderson and Clarke's seminal publication on architectural innovation from the management literature, innovation has been categorized in terms of modular, architectural, and radical innovation. System Architecture - Product architecture has been an important topic in the strategic and technology management literature. Measured development stays on the part level, while design advancement changes the connections among parts, and revolutionary advancement influences both the parts and connections. In addition, radical innovation frequently relies on novel physical and engineering principles and has the potential to open new markets. They argue that innovation in product architecture could pose a threat to established businesses due to organizational changes brought about by the new architecture. This issue has been specifically addressed in the Design Structure Matrix literature from a management and engineering design perspective. The opposite is the "mirroring hypothesis," in which the product architecture mirrors the product development organization's architecture. Sustainability Sustainability is an significant driver for innovation and the life cycle perspective opens up new opportunities for innovation. For example, within the aeronautic industry the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) has set up some high-level targets such as the “Ultra green air transport system”. Concrete targets on product functionality such as lighter weight, noise reduction, emission reduction and high reliability are prioritized parameters in concept selection. Also new fuels, totally new designs to reduce fuel burn, and new flight routes are concrete measures for reduction of the environmental impact in operation. The complexity increases even more when full life-cycle responsibility is added from material extraction through production and use to component scrapping not only from an environmental but also from a social perspective. Being able to optimize some aspects while remaining competitive in the market is the main challenge. In order to remain competitive in the market of the future, using sustainability as a driving force behind innovations can open new avenues. Including sustainability in the early stages of the product innovation process entails providing opportunities to enhance a product's competitiveness and sustainability. Accomplishing an economical arrangement requires a daily existence cycle viewpoint and major changes to creation and utilization frameworks that work out positively past asset productivity and reusing waste to meet the necessities in the progress towards a roundabout economy. Cooperation and Association Designing and planning arrangement organizations additionally encourage modern improvement by teaming up and collaborating with different organizations in the business. Through these partnerships, businesses can collaborate on the creation of novel solutions that will benefit the entire sector and share knowledge and expertise. A new software tool that enables industries to optimize their operations might be developed in collaboration with a technology company, for instance, by an engineering and design solution provider. A cutting-edge tool that revolutionizes the industry and boosts productivity and efficiency across the board could emerge from this partnership. In conclusion, Engineering and design solution companies play a crucial role in industrial development by designing and engineering individualized solutions, driving technological advancement and innovation, and collaborating with other industry businesses. These businesses have made significant contributions to the expansion and development of a variety of industries all over the world, and they continue to play a crucial role in fundamentally altering the way industries operate. Engineering and design solution companies will play a greater role than ever in enabling industries to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future as industries continue to evolve and become more complex. - Shreyasi Shelke March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 20
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  • 24. he highly intelligent engineering brains envision Tthe future and shape it using their minds' innovative technology that evolves as time goes on. Engineers can thus better the tomorrow by transforming today. When Satyan Consulting Engineers’ Founder and Director, Mr Satish Yadnik established his entrepreneurial dream in 2006, after leaving Alfa Laval as Sr General Manager, he already had 25 years of experience in process design mainly in the alcohol, starch, and evaporator which has now been expanded to over 45 years. With these four decades of proven track record under its foundation, today, it is no wonder then that the PMC Consultancy and Technology provider firm has successfully completed more than 60 consultancy projects in the fields of Distillery, Starch, and Industrial Evaporators in India and Abroad. A Team of Dedicated Technocrats Satish shares, “A right process and design consultant is always a backbone of any project, and we are committed to playing a role to make our customer’s project technically and financially feasible.” The Directors, including Satish and Rahul, are a team of dedicated technocrats who are successful professionals with proven track records in their fields. Satyan’s head office is located in Akurdi, Pune, India and it is well-equipped for consultancy and design assignments for Distillery, Starch, and Industrial Evaporators. Satish informs, “With over 15 ongoing assignments across India, South America, and Africa, we are leading the starch and distillery consulting space and have been able to carve out a niche for ourselves through the value we bring to our customers.” Over the years, they have made technology tie- ups and process innovations that have helped their custom- ers set up highly efficient plants. Their design expertise in the Industrial evaporator space is widely known in the industry. “Over 50% of the evapora- tors for molasses-based alcohol plants in India have been designed by us,” states Satish. Their technology innova- tion has helped cut down 1kg/lit of steam consumption in the alcohol production process. Over the years, they have optimized the processes in the starch and distillery space and implemented these for their customers. He adds, “We have designed systems that ensure ‘Zero-liquid-discharge’for our industrial projects where-in effluent treatment, recycling, and evaporator designs have played a key role.” A Constant Customer Focus Telling more about Satyan’s offering and aspects that make it stand out in the cutthroat competition, Satish says that they provide all the significant services to distillery/ethanol, and starch industries: Ÿ Feasibility report preparation, Ÿ Detailed project report preparation, Ÿ Detailed design and engineering services, Ÿ Technical specifications and technical tendering process for supplier selection – “We will help you save 10-15% over a typical LSTK offer while ensuring there is no compromise on quality,” assures Satish. Ÿ Engineering design reviews, technical assistance, visual inspection and expediting, Ÿ Project planning, monitoring and management, and supplier co-ordination, Ÿ Commissioning support at the site, Ÿ Site supervision and construction management through full-time personnel deputation. Global Ethanol and Starch Tech’s Indian Pioneers March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 22
  • 25. Our technology innovation has helped cut down steam consumption by 1kg/lit in the alcohol production process. This results in capex and opex saving for our customers Mr Sa sh Yadnik, Founder, and Director March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 23
  • 26. Ÿ Process troubleshooting and custom solutions Ÿ Modernization, de-bottlenecking, and troubleshooting for existing plants Ÿ Process plant simulation for distillation systems Ÿ Process modelling and configuration of most energy efficient systems According to Satish, their core technical expertise is what differentiates them from other consultants. They have been instrumental in bringing alcohol and starch technology to India and have over 40 years of practical experience in this field. This helps them identify the problems ahead of time and take steps to mitigate those risks and challenges. While most of the consultants are commercially driven, their focus is quality and technical specifications. Their unbiased technical feedback provides customers with negotiation leverage that eventually leads to maximum cost savings for the customer. “We always hold our customers’ objectives as a top priority, and our entire team strives to ensure success for our end customers,” he insists. An Extensive Journey of Innovations Satish is a Chemical Engineer from a well-known institute LIT Nagpur and holds post-graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of Pune. He was involved in a number of technical tie-ups for Alfa Laval with Katzen, Delta-T, and Dorr Oliver for starch and alcohol processes. He also has a number of achievements in process development in the alcohol and starch segment. He travelled almost the whole of Europe, Southeast Asian countries, and the US for business development in Alfa Laval. He also has experience in handling complete project management in Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. “The first cane juice to alcohol plant of 15KL/day was designed by me while I was working with Alfa Laval,” says Satish. The first turnkey alcohol plant by Alfa Laval in Vietnam was managed by him. The technology for this plant was from Katzen in the USA. He has exposure to both Katzen and Delta-T technology as he was instrumental in technology collaboration agreements for fuel ethanol and grain-based alcohol process. He adds, “I was instrumental March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 24
  • 27. from Alfa Laval when the starch business of Dorr Oliver was acquired.” He has exposure to both technologies i.e., Starcosa of Germany and Dorr Oliver of the USA. He says, “I am sure, we can get advantages of all these technologies while executing your project.” Satish’s completed/ongoing assignments are as follows: Ÿ Worked as a Sr General Manager in Alfa Laval India and was handling the natural resource business unit handling the Starch and Alcohol Project. Ÿ In-charge of 100KLPD ENA assignment in Uganda. Ÿ Technical consultant on a 250KLPD Ethanol assignment in Odisha and MP. Ÿ Technical consultant on a 200KLPD Ethanol assignment in Maharashtra. Ÿ Technical consultant on a 300KLPD Ethanol assignment in MP. Ÿ Technical consultant on 120KLPD Ethanol assignments in CG, MP, and Gujarat. Ÿ Technical consultant on 100KLPD Ethanol assignments in UP and Maharashtra. Ÿ Technical consultant on a 105KLPD Ethanol assignment in Maharashtra. Ÿ In charge of 200Mt/a day corn starch plant in India. Ÿ Implementation of 400 MT/day corn starch plant for Alwais cousin in Syria. Ÿ Expansion from 400 Mt to 800 Mt/day corn starch plant for Alwais cousin in Syria Ÿ Technical adviser to Alfa Laval alcohol and starch division from 2006 to 2008. Ÿ Technical adviser to Nagarjuna fertilizer and chemicals from 2006 to 2008 for an alcohol project using feedstock as sweet sorghum. Ÿ Pre and post-order consultancy for 250KL/day grain- based alcohol plant being set up in Myanmar. Ÿ Design review of Adlers Biofuels 45 KL grain-based alcohol plant in Maharashtra. Ÿ Process Engineering for 150KL molasses-based fuel alcohol plant in Sudan. Ÿ Complete process engineering for 30KL Jogeshwari Brewery. Ÿ 300KL ethanol plant for Renuka Sugars in Brazil. Ÿ 2X65KL molasses-based ethanol plant for Luna Chemical in Gujrat. Ÿ Technical adviser to Shri Renuka Sugar Group, Mumbai for alcohol plants. Ÿ Developed PIDs and other documentation for 600,000 liters/day and 200,000 litters/day fuel alcohol plant for Advance Bio LLC USA. Ÿ Detailed project report for 45,000 liters per day potable alcohol for Tamil Nadu Sugar Federation (two plants). Ÿ Design drawings review assignment for Globus Sprit for 80kl/d and 100kl/day potable alcohol plant. Ÿ Design and drawing review for 170KL/day potable alcohol plant for Bihar Distillers and bottlers. Ÿ Technical adviser to Janatha Fish meal project in Udupi, Oman. Ÿ Technical adviser to Alwais Cousin starch company on a case-to-case basis. Ÿ Technical adviser to Luna Chemicals Gujrat. Ÿ Technical adviser to PRO Industries in Uganda for 120KL potable alcohol plant. Ÿ Technical consultant to Renuka Sugars, Mumbai. Ÿ Technical consultant to Shri Samarth Process Industries Pune. Ÿ Estimates for Bharat Starch 400 MT/day starch expansion. Ÿ Varalakshmi Starch Industries Salem: Complete process engineering, inquiries handling, visiting suppliers in India and outside, equipment selection, technical comparison, and facilitating order placement for all the equipment inclusive of silos, effluent treatment, and key equipment. Visited Syria, Thailand, USA, and China, for sourcing equipment. Ÿ Estimates and Pre-Engineering for 100MT/day corn starch plant in Thailand. Ÿ Coordination with Arunkumar Chaudhary group for the start-up of an 80MT/day corn starch plant in Nepal. Ÿ Consultant for 150 MT/Day starch project Polygon Group, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ÿ Consultant for 150 MT/Day starch project Aditya Starch, Ethiopia. March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 25
  • 28. Over the years, he has built up a strong team and they are now geared up to scale new heights in the starch and distillery space. “Our understanding of the vendor ecosystem, industry trends, technology innovations, and government policy making has helped us carve out a niche in our industries of operation,” he states. Owners Engineers Revealing their professional values and qualities admired greatly by clients, Satish says they succeed when their customers can achieve their goals with regard to quality, schedule, and cost of the project. “Customer’s success is our driving factor,” he divulges, adding, “We pride ourselves in being ‘Owner’s Engineers’ and have customer’s priorities and objectives as our guiding principles. While we bring in the technology and process expertise, we ensure alignment with the customer’s business objective. Our customers admire us for this outlook. We are driven by the below values: Ÿ Value creation of the customer. Ÿ Customer centricity. Ÿ Quality of execution. Ÿ Teamwork. Ÿ Open and transparent communication with all stakeholders.” Mr. Rahul has taken up the marketing, business development and customer liaison functions for Satyan. He is a strong proponent of Satyan’s core values and has been instrumental in driving focused growth for the company. Model-Based Execution Approach Regarding the challenges surmounted by them, Satish says that over the years, they have navigated through industry cycles and have realized the impact of external factors (geo- political and climate) that impact their industries. They started their journey through projects in North America, however, in 2008 when the recession hit the US, most of the activity in North America in the ethanol sector came to a standstill. They shifted their focus to the Indian sub- continent and carved out projects in India and neighboring countries. “During 2008-2012 saw good government support that led to multiple projects on the distillery side. Parallelly starch industry also started picking up and gave us good growth during 2010-18,” he reflects. The Pandemic impacted the business dynamics and a lot of projects got shelved. Meeting clients in person, site visits, international travel, supply chain, shipment, and deal conversions all got impacted. He adds, “We utilized the time to improve upon the process and technology areas and came up with fine-tuned and templatized models. We created a model-based execution approach and created a team accordingly.” Post-pandemic and since 2nd half of 2021, the business has picked up the pace and they have been leveraging their models and templates to speed up execution. Online meetings have now become a norm and customers are comfortable operating remotely. In his advice to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the engineering and design solution space, Satish says that while every industry will see its share of ups and downs, the only way to sustain and succeed in the long term is through core technical expertise and staying relevant to your customers. “Build your foundations on core technical skills and focus on value creation for your customers.” Exploring the Ever-Green Future On envisioning scaling Satyan CE’s operations and offerings in the future, he reveals that the ethanol market, while it is currently noticing a tremendous uptick, will consolidate in India in the next five years. Greenfield projects will dry up and most of the work will be focused on brownfield and improvement projects. These projects need specific expertise from a process side. “We are developing the team accordingly and building design skills in-house over software like ChemCAD and Aspen.”Starch is an evergreen field, and Satyan is growing its team in this area. From a long-term perspective, Satish and the team Satyan are betting big on this industry/vertical for their growth. They are exploring other green energy sectors like Bio- CNG, and biomass-based boiler fuel production, through technology tie-ups, to keep the order inflows. “We are also exploring avenues for expansion into manufacturing and supply of associated equipment,” he concludes. March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 26
  • 30. n the past ten years, the engineering industry has Iexperienced significant growth and expansion. In addition to the traditional engineering fields of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, the field has expanded to include software engineering, environmental engineering, biomedical engineering, and many more. This development has been driven by different thorough variables that have affected the area's advancement. Demand for designing area administrations is being driven by limit development in businesses like framework, power, mining, oil and gas, processing plant, steel, cars, and buyer durables. India enjoys a serious benefit regarding producing costs, market information, innovation, and development in different designing sub-areas. The field has seen and experienced remarkable growth as a result of increased investments in industrial production and infrastructure. India's economy is extremely strategic because of the engineering sector's close connection to manufacturing and infrastructure. The Indian government's policies and initiatives also significantly contribute to the growth of the economy. Exploring the Comprehensive Factors that Led to the Rise of the Engineering Sector in the Recent Decade March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 28
  • 31. The engineering sector no longer requires a license and now welcomes 100% FDI. In addition, it now accounts for the majority of the nation's merchandise exports. Let's get started by looking at the factors that contributed to the growth of the engineering industry. Technological Developments The rapid pace of technological development has contributed to the expansion of the engineering industry. New engineering fields like software engineering, cybersecurity engineering, and nanotechnology have emerged as a result of technological advancement. This has opened up a plenty of chances for designers to work in various fields and have practical experience in regions that were not generally connected with designing. The engineering industry has been transformed by innovations in particular in the fields of computer science and software engineering. Computer programming has likewise turned into a fundamental piece of the designing business, with programmers assuming a basic part in the improvement of different mechanical arrangements. Additionally, it has provided engineers with new opportunities to specialize in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Engineers have also been able to create new materials that are more durable, lighter, and stronger thanks to advances in material science. Engineers now have more chances to create novel products thanks to this. In addition, engineers are now able to design and develop novel solutions that were previously thought to be impossible thanks to technological advancements. For instance, specialists can now plan and foster self-driving vehicles, 3D-printed prosthetic appendages, and manageable energy frameworks, in addition to other things. These mechanical headways have made designing a thrilling and dynamic field to work in. Demand for Engineering Services The interest for designing administrations has been consistently expanding throughout the long term, driven by a few variables. One of the essential drivers of interest is populace development. Engineers are needed to design and construct new systems and structures because of the rising demand for housing, transportation, and infrastructure as the world's population grows. The growing emphasis on sustainability and conservation of the environment is another factor driving demand. Engineers with a focus on sustainability and environmental engineering are in high demand as a result of the push for environmentally friendly technologies, eco-friendly buildings, and renewable energy sources. Moreover, the ascent of environmentally friendly power sources like breeze, sun based, and hydroelectric power has made a requirement for specialists to plan and foster creative answers for tackle these energy sources. Engineers with a focus on renewable energy and sustainability are in high demand as a result. The Availability of Skilled Engineers Another factor that has been crucial to the expansion of the engineering industry is the supply of skilled engineers. The rising number of designing schools and online courses have made it more straightforward for understudies to seek after a lifelong in designing. Additionally, the gig economy has made it easier for engineers to freelance, offering clients project-by-project engineering services. Engineers can now work around their schedules and take on projects that fit their expertise and skills. Key Influencers March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 29
  • 32. Tesla, the world renowned electric vehicle producing organization, is the classic example. In January 2021, Tesla registered its subsidiary as Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited and established a research and development Centre in Bengaluru. The only field in which undergraduate courses offer multiple specializations is engineering. However, it also provides a taste of each field during the first year. The students can test and evaluate their areas of interest because of this. Over time, engineering has expanded and introduced numerous streams. Engineering has it all, from the fundamental streams of Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical to the interdisciplinary fields of Biomedical, Biotechnology, and Computational Biology. Over time, this vast array of options has made engineering the first choice for Indian students and parents. To conclude, The ascent of the designing area in the new ten years has been driven by a few exhaustive elements, including mechanical progressions, expanding interest for designing administrations, the accessibility of gifted specialists, and government drives to help the area's turn of events. The expansion of the engineering industry has provided numerous opportunities for engineers to work in exciting and dynamic fields such as environmental engineering and software engineering. In addition, the expansion of the engineering industry has significantly impacted the global economy, fostering job creation, economic expansion, and technological advancement. With the emergence of new technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and quantum computing presenting new challenges and opportunities, the engineering sector is poised to continue its growth trajectory in the future. In order to keep driving the sector's growth and making a positive impact on the world, it is up to the engineering community to rise to these challenges and take advantage of the opportunities provided by these new technologies. In addition, the engineering industry has become more diverse as more people from underrepresented groups and women have entered the field. This has resulted in a workforce of engineers that is more diverse and inclusive, which has led to more creative and innovative solutions. Initiatives by Government All over the world, governments have recognized the engineering industry's role in propelling economic growth and have taken steps to encourage its growth. Numerous nations have sent off drives to help the area, including financing for innovative work, grants and awards for understudies seeking after science certifications, and the foundation of designing schools and exploration organizations. In the United Kingdom, for instance, the government has launched the Industrial Strategy, which aims to invest in engineering research in order to boost economic growth and productivity. The Make in India initiative, which the Indian government has launched, aims to make the country a global manufacturing centre for engineering goods and services. The United States, Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation both provide funding for research and development in renewable energy and energy efficiency, respectively. Additionally, the government has established a number of programs to support engineering education, including grants and scholarships for engineering degree candidates. The government of China has launched the Made in China 2025 initiative, which aims to make the country a global leader in engineering and other high-tech industries. In addition to funding the establishment of engineering schools and research institutes, the government has made significant investments in engineering research and development. Investments and the Ability to choose from a variety of Choices There is no industry in the world that can function without money. To continue and grow, every industry needs money. The engineering sector in India has seen significant investments over the years. The FDI inflow in this area has remained at multi-billion bucks since the year 2000. Over the years, various engineering sectors have expanded employment opportunities in India. - Shreyasi Shelke March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 30
  • 34. Jagan Venkataramanan Founder and Managing Partner V+S Design Partners – Konnect-SaaS ERP for A/E rms March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 32
  • 35. To create a magnum opus, Architects and Engineers must visualize their masterpiece creations in a 360- degree virtual panoramic environment. Immersed in the three-dimensional visually rich BIM world of V+S Design Partners-www.vs-dp.com, an innovatively genius mind like Jagan Venkataramanan, the Founder and Managing Partner and his talented and dedicated team, can work from anywhere and at any time to stay connected with their dreamy vision. The focus remains seamless, in this vast hyper-reality, encompassing every precise detail up to the extremes of the architectural, engineering, and construction spectrum. “Our profession is analogous to a symphony orchestra’s conductor,” expresses Jagan, using a parallel. “Every musical instrument’s capability, timbre, pitch and range is comprehensively understood by the conductor, who knows when, how, and by whom the instrument should be performed. There are specific times for musical phrases to enter and exit a musical composition.” In musical terms, occasionally, the same music is played by all together, referred to as ‘tutti,’ sometimes one must play slowly, rapidly, melodically, and sometimes several must perform harmonically. We can only envisage what a symphony orchestra would be like minus a proficient music conductor! Likewise, there is a precise sequencing of works in the architectural, engineering, and construction industries, and sometimes works happen concurrently or often times sequentially. We see ourselves as the ‘conductor’ of the design and construction’s symphony. Akin to the act of the multi-talented ‘conductor,’ our role as the BIM/VDC manager encompasses the varied activities and sequences that must be orchestrated with diligence and precision.” Orchestrating Architectural and Engineering Workflows Mentored expertly by Jagan and guided by his able senior management team, team V+S is bringing innovative Architectural, Engineering, and Design solutions to their clients through their superior technology offerings, efficient workflow management, seamless collaboration, and specialization in Building Information Modelling (BIM), and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). Their senior executives' combined experience and expertise which exceeds over 100 years drive the company’s vision and mission, where they deliver hassle-free partnerships and remote workforce to several globally reputed international firms mostly in the United States, in construction, engineering, and architectural tech . “We call ourselves design orchestrators revolutionizing the global architectural and engineering industry’s tech prowess,” states Jagan. V+S design partners’ core team has extensive experience ranging from pure play design to on-site program and project management experience to expertise in handling very large-scale projects from the concept until completion to major global clients. They have worked and are currently working on mega projects with several fortune 100 clients and with the top companies and enterprises internationally and in India in various sectors ranging from science and technology, high- tech industrial and manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality, real estate, aviation, and transportation and infrastructural sectors. V+S Design Partners Augmenting the Core Potential of Humans + Machines for the AEC Industry The Most Innovative Engineering & Design Solution Providers To Watch March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 33
  • 36. Moreover, they have collaborated with experts from various fields and can effortlessly turn their client’s visions into reality. The firm’s goals are to ultimately productize some of the shared solutions and curate customized software and expert systems for use by global architectural, engineering, and construction firms. Such expert systems could be useful for this and the coming generation, where the collective knowledge of the firm’s leaders and team members can be preserved and harnessed at all times using cutting-edge tools in AI/ML/bots and systematic knowledge transfer, could be preserved for posterity instead of it dying out when senior members either move out of the firm or eventually retire. Jagan adds, “We can hire talent from any part of the world and work with clients from all over the world as well, thanks to the concept of Common Data Environment (CDE) on the cloud and our hybrid working and a truly collaborative approach using cloud based collaborative technologies which aids our work flows.” Furthermore, software tools exist that enable the BIM model’s authoring and auditing for clash detection, conflict resolution, extracting quantities, sustainability tracking, and leveraging for tracking costs and managing time by connecting to a prevalent project and computer-aided facility management (CAFM) software having the capability of effectively using ‘Digital Twins”. According to Ajay Sharma, Director at V+S, all projects vary in their uniqueness and particular challenges. V+S Design Partners always add something extra to the project that their clients do not request or expect. They believe they are their own competitor, often seeing their workplace as a playground for innovation and striving to add value to their clients’ assignments. Hybrid and Remote workshare partnerships Jagan expresses that with the pandemic and remote working scenarios commonplace, industries widely recognize BIM and other technological tools’ value. “We had always believed that we could work from anywhere,” he reveals and the recent pandemic forced us in this direction. Working in a central model with interlinked files achieves effective collaboration for large projects. As a result, there has been a noticeable shift in the emphasis placed on more efficient collaboration using BIM tools. Companies who work without using a central CDE and remote workers working in siloes and in noncentralized environment suffer from quality issues and missed delivery deadlines. “We can hire talent and work with clients from all over the world thanks to the CDE and hybrid working approach,” which we have embraced as part of our culture. Every day, team V+S goes out there to enhance the functioning and experiences of their projects toward a sustainable workflow. Modernization of legacy systems and methodologies is the need of the hour, and V+S does not leave any stone unturned. The urgency in the younger generation’s training and mentoring is necessary, and an efficient transfer of expertise and experience from legacy methods to digital technologies is to be routinely done . By this, the traditional brick-and- mortar processes could be transformed into technologically advanced digital interfaces. There is a lot of work to be done in modernizing antiquated methods of working with legacy systems. The task of transferring the trusted brick-and-mortar process onto a technological interface and training and mentoring the younger generation is thus urgent. “We believe that within the next decade, a large portion of the global architectural, engineering, and real estate development community will fully adopt BIM-based workflows,” he shares. Numerous countries worldwide – mostly in the developed and developing world - have made it mandatory to utilize these dependable methods for all governmental regulatory submissions. Rajarshi Das, Senior architect and CTO at V+S design partners adds that in India, BIM-based workflows have already been implemented in all major infrastructure projects in aviation, roads, and rail networks and are rapidly With V+S Design and Konnect, we see ourselves as the ‘Conductor’ of Design and Construction’s symphony. March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 34
  • 37. catching up in building design, facility creation, and smart city programs. India’s Only Architectural and Engineering SaaS based ERP - Konnect Newton Singh- Senior Software architect at V+S design partners has researched and found that Konnect is the only ERP software in India developed by industry-leading architects and engineers for project-based Architectural and Engineering consultancy firms having over 30 years of A/E domain expertise. “We’ve always been interested in unravelling workflows in architects/engineers/interior designers’ offices. Jagan’s previous domain work experience has aided us in developing this software ,” he says. In other developed western and asian countries, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems like Konnect are widely used to enhance efficiency and ensure smooth partnerships among all project and firm’s stakeholders. The system basically lessens physical load by decreasing errors, facilitating smooth collaboration and workflows in CRM, project accounting, procurement, HR, timesheets, and project management by syncing all in a single platform. As a result, there is a seamless management of day-to-day office procedures. According to Jagan, most small and mid-sized architectural and engineering consulting firms still depend on 2D spreadsheets, disconnected project management siloes, and traditional collaboration software to function internally, like their CRM, HRM, accounting, administration, and project management operations. With such systems, it is impossible to create simple, meaningful, on-demand, and real-time dashboards and MIS reports that can offer qualitative and quantitative information and insights, so that stakeholders can make precise decisions. Konnect bridges this divide by providing numerous operational, technical, business, and financial dashboards on-demand , anywhere as a cost-effective option to all firm’s stakeholders. Konnect -A dream SaaS-based tool for all A/E firm stakeholders Many in the Indian A/E professional services space are unaware of the benefits of using ERP software like Konnect. It takes time and effort to combine and analyze, dissect information to present to managers, team leaders and other heads so they can make sound data-driven executive decisions on their projects. The recent pandemic has made these decision-making tasks even more difficult with people working from home and in remote locations. Jagan feels the world has changed. “for in-house, outsourced, and hybrid work-from-anywhere models, we need complex time and cost tracking management tools.” Konnect can manage drawings, documents, and other deliverables and track project design, a core revenue- earning function of A/E firms. It can also track and maintain associated costs incurred by people working on them from any location and track billing and collection schedules and milestones as long as they are connected to the Konnect system. It has provided numerous benefits, particularly during the pandemic, and many A/E firms in India have benefited from the research and knowledge embedded in the software since its last 25 years of use in large A/E firms. Even after the pandemic has passed, hybrid working models persist and are here to stay. As a result, ERP software solutions like Konnect may become indispensable to most firms in the near future. March, 2023 www.ciolookindia.com 35
  • 38. Revealing the ERP software’s specialty, Jagan says Konnect was created and coded as an in-house program to streamline Venkataramanan Associates-www.vagroup.com (VA’s) processes and operations. It was programmed with the help of engineers, architects, administrators, accountants, sales, marketing, and human resources professionals with over three decades of design and field experience. Jagan Venkataramanan was earlier a senior partner of VA for over 21 years, revealing that although the pandemic is a relatively new crisis, Konnect has been there for quite some time. “We grew to around 175 people on the company’s payroll and over 500 people associated as projects’ outsourced partners,” reflects Jagan. They must have managed over 120 projects at various stages of completion simultaneously. They used spreadsheets and a few canned software products to manage the firm's day-to-day operations about 20 years ago. Big ERPs like SAP and Oracle were present, though they were unaffordable to firms like VA at that time. Thriving with the Dynamic of Tech - Konnect The big ERP players, such as SAP and Oracle, were available but out of reach for a growing A/E firm like VA. They were also not coded specifically to address issues encountered by A/E project-based businesses. “Jagan says he was involved in the firm’s operations at the time and was aware of all the problems we were experiencing,”, who adds, “And we came up with Konnect – a perfect solution which is ever-evolving with changing dynamics and exceeding demands.” Konnect was re-developed through V+S Design Partners – Jagan’s relatively new venture – and its UI/UX was further enhanced. Many new project management features have been added. This SaaS-based offering is continuously being developed and holds advanced features close to the best in the world. Moreover, it is a ‘Made in India’world class product . “We then offered it cost-effectively to various architectural and engineering firms all over India. We believe it will improve their processes, operational efficiencies, profits, and financial stability.” Konnect will continuously enhance the product for project information management and operations management for AEC and other project-focused consulting firms because Jagan and V+S team are truly passionate about the future of the AEC industry. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) based features are being added. “BOTS will also be used on the platform to reduce repetitive human based workflows, reducing dependence on humans and their memories. These will be useful for tracking reminders and actions required by the new age Human + Machine based workflows,” he says. Based on a SaaS platform, Konnect AEC- www.konnectaec.com is now available for immediate implementation by AEC and project-based firms, allowing them to streamline their AEC business operations and become the most efficient, productive, productive, and profitable. “Konnect’s distinctiveness stems from the fact that it was created by architects and engineers for architects and engineers,” concludes Jagan. www.ciolookindia.com 36