The team from the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) won the ‘Smart India Hackathon 2019’, receiving Rs 75,000 for creating a solution for the Steel Construction.
The six-member team, SNAAPP, coded continuously for 36 hours to deliver a mobile application to manage the hierarchical system of updating construction site progress. The application can also generate reports for managers and senior authorities.
The innovative application has two parts—the Manager’s Dashboard and Site Engineer’s Dashboard. Different site engineers from different areas can provide the details in the form of text and images. The timestamp and GPS location is picked up automatically, to verify whether the images are authentic. A report submitted from the site engineer’s app, gets reflected on the Manager’s Dashboard facilitating tracking of the progress on a real-time basis. It is also possible for the site engineer to ask for additional material, machine or workforce, whenever required. The application can be used to generate daily and weekly reports.
The application aims to help track the progress of construction work and maintain the reports in real time, in order to improve efficiency. Right now the application is supported by android mobile phones only.
The team hopes to collaborate with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to make the app commercially available for the construction industry.