IIT Hyderabad team create app for construction projects; wins Smart Hackathon 2019

New Delhi, Mar 23: Students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad have won the Smart Hackathon 2019. The institute was represented by a six students pursuing M.Tech who called themselves SNAAPP. Along with winning the first prize award, the team also won a monetary award of Rs. 75,000.

App allows managers to communicate with engineers on a real-time basis

SNAAPP created a mobile app that could update the hierarchical system of construction site progress. The app helps in generating reports for managers in the sector. It has an in-built GPS and Timestamp to verify images. It includes two dashboards- one for managers and another for on-site engineers. The app allows on-site engineers to upload images and texts on the app and create reports, which is then directly fed into the managers’ dashboards. The timestamp ad GPS then help in authenticating the image sent by the on-site engineer. The app also allows the manager and the on-site engineer to engage on a real-time basis. Managers are able to access the reports on their dashboards as and when the engineer uploads them. Apart from facilitating real-time communication and report generation, the app also helps engineers and managers to create weekly and monthly reports about the status of the project. The app also helps on-site engineers to put up requests for more resources be It more workers, machines or materials required for the construction project to be sustained. The idea behind creating the app is to reduce the costs as well a time required in facilitating communications between managers and engineers in construction projects. The IIT Hyderabad team claimed to have coded for 36 hours to create the app.

Winning team to work with MHRD

The app has gained quite a traction at the event and the team is also planning to work closely with the Ministry of Human Resource Management (MHRD) to extend it as an actual product that can be used for construction related projects.

One of the interesting aspects of the app is that it helps managers to assign tasks to on-site engineers and get immediate feedback from the latter. It would as project management app by keeping track of the schedule and fixing rates for construction workers. While it doesn’t have the facility now, the team is expected to build voice assistance into the app which should help managers as well as engineers. Government agencies working on the projects would also get access to the app (although limited) to keep a track on whether the project is not breaking any construction guidelines.