The world is evolving at a fast pace. Economies worldwide are channelling their energies towards becoming future ready. Infrastructural development is essential to the growth of these economies. However, it could be achieved at a faster pace than it is currently happening across geographies, simply by employing more evolved building technologies.
It is common to see infrastructure projects delayed due to myriad reasons, be it climate, labour availability, material accessibility or regulatory approvals. Traditional building methods are subject to inconsistencies, both in the build quality and the delivery time. With every project that is delayed, the pace of development also slows down further, and this can be detrimental to the growth of essential sectors such as education and healthcare, which impacts society at large.
Through our infrastructure arm, KEF Infra, we have set out to bridge this gap in access to quality infrastructure by shaking up the way the world builds.
Central to our innovative approach of construction is our Industrial Park dedicated to offsite construction – KEF Infra One. Located in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, KEF Infra One brings a world-class, fully integrated, off-site construction facility to bridge the gap of cost, time, resource and quality that presently constrain the Indian infrastructure sector. It is the only facility of its kind in India and perhaps, the world.
Traditional construction methodologies have been transformed into a modern component-based assembly process by using KEF Infra's off-site manufacturing facilities. In an organized factory environment, employing the best robotics and automation technologies available globally, we manufacture complex building components with ease. Elements like columns, beams, hollow core slabs, wall panels, staircases, windows, doors, bathroom units and facades are manufactured at our facility, in a controlled environment. The units are then simply transported by road to the actual site, hoisted and assembled into position using conventional crane equipment. The beauty of the system is that KEF Infra provides end-to-end solutions to its customers, right from design to engineering to final build, and have complete control over the entire process of construction– making us good at what we do!
The facility has five distinct units, with 10 factories featuring the best-in-class machinery for each of the units. The units at KEF Infra One include
- Precast & Concrete works
- Prefabricated PODS, Modular Units, Modular MEP
- Joinery and Fit Out
- Aluminium and Glazing
- Stone Processing
We believe the infrastructure industry needs a change in approach – a newer way of doing things and technology is the catalyst that can make the change. Embracing the essence of Industry 4.0, our business uses cyber-physical systems that enable us to computerize our manufacturing process. Right from the conceptualization phase to the final delivery of buildings, the levels of automation we use, promises to reshape the way things are engineered. Specifically, it changes how things are manufactured, empowering us to deliver vastly superior products. By embracing technology and making it central to the way we build, we are introducing a safe, cost-effective, agile and sustainable system that meets global standards.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM is a contemporary industrial transition from the traditional 2D standard drawings towards a rich information model consisting of multiple data sources, offering a 3D representation of the physical and functional characteristics of places and projects, in real time. Using BIM in early stages allows all stakeholders to see and visualize the model, which represents the actual building components that are used to build the structure virtually before it is actually built on site.
Seeing the building's components, interactions and performance (structurally and thermally) with each other before actual construction, results in significant improvements in safety, waste, cost, time and quality control. It supports KEF Infra's decision making process and enables us to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures efficiently. KEF Infra is the only company in India to employ BIM Level 6 Integration in its design and build projects
The Revit building design software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. KEF Infra uses Revit for architectural design, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) and structural engineering, and construction.