Working Towards a Social Cause: PillarPlus on their way to revolutionizing the public toilets in India

There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental
difference in someone’s life.
Mary Rose McGeady

Any architectural floor plan requires engineering blueprints of fire safety, electrical and plumbing. Due to a shortage of experts, engineering regulations are frequently violated. Stinking bathrooms are widespread in India. The 2019 Surat fire accident resulted in the death of 15 teenagers, and led us to write software that monitors law violations in blueprints. The algorithms evolved into automated AI tools generating the blueprints directly that always comply with building codes. The strong motive of contributing to the country’s betterment through a quality infrastructure has led us to excel in the MEP industry in no time. An effectual intent and a team of result-oriented enthusiasts is what makes PillarPlus stand out. Our radical idea has been the talk of the town ever since it was introduced in the market. Soon, we could expand our network by working with some of the eminent architects, consultants and builders. 

Our company achieved one of many milestones by completing 100 projects recently, which is a consequence of constant dedication towards achieving excellence in what we do. Besides working in numerous locations within India, PillarPlus partnered with foreign consultants to execute projects internationally as well. With each project, our beliefs and objectives have grown stronger, i.e., to induce technology for enhancing the infrastructural facility. 

As a celebration of completing 100 projects, PillarPlus wanted to make its foundation more profound by giving back to society, leading to their success. Continuing with their legacy of contributing towards a social cause, PillarPlus is on a mission of installing 100 public toilets all over the countries in the coming months. 

We recognized the issue when Naman Kasliwal, one of our CEO of PilllarPlus, was travelling to Bihar for a project. The dilapidated condition of the public toilets in the village left him wondering how it is hazardous for the locals and the tourists. The toilets were unhygienic, filthy, lacked cleanliness and necessary facilities like ventilation, electricity and water.

After taking extensive feedback about the problems faced by localities on a daily basis, he realized the urgent need to improve the condition of public toilets all over the country. He shared his views on the current situation and our team at PillarPlus started R&D regarding the issue. The research revealed an astonishing shortage of concerned consultants and a lack of awareness among the public. While there are many government schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, National Health Mission, National Urban Sanitation Policy, National Rural Sanitation Policy, there are not enough consultants working in the domain. At PillarPlus, we decided to take the social responsibility into our own hands and contribute our share to society. Our designers, software team and MEP consultants came together to brainstorm and innovate new ideas.

Inauguration of the first public toilet in Ramgarh, Jaipur

We took the opportunity of revealing our prototype of a public toilet as a token of celebration. Upon completing 100 projects, PillarPlus converted its long-awaited dream into reality by installing two of many forthcoming public toilets in the villages of Ramgarh and Bahelodh. Our team takes great pride in getting the first public toilet installed in a remote village in Jaipur – Ramgarh, a place that had not witnessed a public toilet ever before.

Public toilet at Bahelodh built for a school

We are reforming the design of a public toilet by using our technology and expertise. Our AI-based software generates effective sanitation plans, electrical blueprints and plumbing drawings for the public toilet layout. At PillarPlus, we believe in creating an impact. The ideology runs across the team, which is designing these toilets at zero costs to transform the face of Indian villages.

PillarPlus – Future of Construction is part of the Y Combinator’s w20 batch

PillarPlus – Future of Construction is part of the Y Combinator’s w20 batch

We, PillarPlus, have been selected by Y Combinator for our innovative use of technology in the construction industry devoid of software automation. We want to build cities of the future that are safe, efficient and hygienic by providing highly detailed blueprints in record speed. Smart algorithms ensure generated blueprints adhere to all norms as per the 4000-page document called National Building Codes. Our accurate bill of materials are challenging industry standards of project cost estimates.

Founded by Naman Kasliwal and Rushil Mathur, PillarPlus is currently operating in India, with an aim to replace expensive-tedious-manual designing work with automated software.

During the Y Combinator program, our revenue grew 90% month on month. 60+ architects and contractors from Jaipur partnered with us during this time.

We see PillarPlus becoming a one-stop solution for instant construction planning and conceptualisation. We’re already the world’s fastest service provider of construction blueprints.

PillarPlus plans to:
– Scale to multiple Indian cities
– Build more: structural, product recommendations, brand specifications, building schedule rates, 3D integration

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AI in MEP Drawings: Dawn of A New Era

The trend of AI in today’s technology

Nowadays, with the commencement of the new era of digitalization, technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the internet of things are expanding their feet in every aspect of the industry and domestic applications. The benefits obtained from the implementation of artificial intelligence have reached tremendous heights and decreased a lot of man-hours spend in the work-places and factories/ sites. When we talk about constructional work and civil engineering, the technology has made advancements towards reducing the number of man hours with better efficiency in the construction, engineering and MEP services of a structure. With the advancement in software based approach of blueprint & drawings creation, more accuracy, coordination can be achieved between MEP drawings.  

Significance of artificial intelligence in MEP services

In the construction phase of a project, AI carries out a very important aspect in the structural adaptation of Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems or MEP services. To fulfill security measures, AI works in conjunction with the MEP system for varying several parameters such as air circulation, lighting, etc.

Dawn of a new era in construction engineering: Artificial Intelligence

For getting your MEP systems and MEP serviceswell prepared for AI’s interface and application, certain applications are evolved by engineers; one of them being, Building Information Modeling. In the current scenario under construction management and engineering MEP services, BIM is no more an option but a necessity. Modeling building information using MEP services and decision making is performed by the AI technology implemented in the firm. AI helps in two ways to the construction industry, first, by supporting maximum features common to any business and second, by helping business management and MEP services to direct demand forecasting and scheduling of MEP services.

Astounding features of AI in MEP services

Below mentioned points will make you aware of how much importance is AI holding in the efficient implementation of MEP services of the construction industry.

  • Prevention from over budgeting of your projects and cost-effective project planning 

Predictions of cost overruns are necessary to create a cost-effective design of a structure. Based on size, type of contract, competency in the market, AI’s neural networks are a helping hand in predicting cost overruns in the overall project and MEP services. Dedication of realistic timelines and status of the projects are made possible by the predictive models. Expedition of project delivery is made while adhering to the deadlines as the time taken for inculcating any new resources to a project is reduced to a great extent.

  • Generative designs of AI for the better designing of structures

It is important to make sure that none of the designs from any of the teams would clash with each other to prevent rework. Hence, AI has been designed such that it designs complete 3D models giving architectural, engineering and MEP services professional insight for accomplishing efficient planning and designs in constructional features of a project. Software-based on machine learning is developed to study for the clashes occurring from different models designed by various sub-teams. It is a BIM-based model providing 3D analysis of the MEP services and other construction aspects of services.

  • Alleviation of Risk occurring in construction projects and management

Being an unavoidable occurring factor, the risk is involved in quality, time, safety and cost of any project. AI is used for automatically resolving the issues as the top priority. With the large size of the ongoing project, there is an involvement of several teams and sub-teams with numerous contractors delivering MEP services. AI monitors and supervises with their team members to put their time and effort towards the potential risks prevention at the construction site.

  • Enhanced productivity at the job sites

Although with greater advancements in AI technology, it can never replace human intelligence but at some places, automated robotic machinery is empowering in its work where the requirement of human labor can be overlooked. For performing repeating tasks more proficiently, AI machinery is a part of performing activities such as construction aspects which can be done by itself like welding, the desolation of structures, and brick layering, etc. with this, time is lessened and human workers are freed up. Mobile tracking of the ongoing construction and real-time monitoring, based on facial recognition, onsite cameras and many more.

  • Taking construction safety to 100%

Construction industries are up with their massive concern on the development and safety of their worksites and man-power. Real time activities and interaction can be easily tracked with workers, machines and other aspects of the construction phase of an ongoing project. Alert message to the supervisors about any kind of safety problems which can occur in the future is done by automated monitoring. It is proven that the implementation of AI in MEP services and construction systems have put a decrement in worksite injuries and rectification of expensive glitches taking place in the system.

  • Applicable AI for post-construction 

Modeling of building information (BIM) and storing information of the structures, AI can also be applicable for post-construction features like monitoring issues generated and resolving the issues automatically.

  • Futuristic advancement of AI in construction features and MEP services

Ithas been proved by the implementation of robotics, AI and the internet of things in the construction projects that there is an overall reduction of 20% in costs related to the project expenses. AI can be used for planning MEP designs and systems for the network routing of plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems by MEP services.

Learn how Studio filed a tender for a government project using PillarPlus.

01.

Architect Shail, founder of Nimriti Studio, came to us with a government conference hall project to bid for a tender. The deadline for tender application was just after 4 days, and he needed help with MEP planning and creating a BOQ (Bill of Quantity) as per DSR (Delhi Scheduled Rates).

02.

Our team of in-house MEP experts used PillarPlus software to generate the blueprints and accurate cost estimates on Shail’s architectural floor plan delivering it to him within 24 hrs.

03.

On top of that, PillarPlus helped Shail with on-site execution and selecting the right vendors for the job.

04.

Thanks to PillarPlus, Shail was able to get detailed MEP designs with proper BOQ’s as per DSR within the short time limit and, thus enabling him to file the tender which he might have lost otherwise.

The trend of AI in today’s technology

Nowadays, with the commencement of the new era of digitalization, technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the internet of things are expanding their feet in every aspect of the industry and domestic applications. The benefits obtained from the implementation of artificial intelligence have reached tremendous heights and decreased a lot of man-hours spend in the work-places and factories/ sites. When we talk about constructional work and civil engineering, the technology has made advancements towards reducing the number of man hours with better efficiency in the construction, engineering and MEP services of a structure. With the advancement in software based approach of blueprint & drawings creation, more accuracy, coordination can be achieved between MEP drawings.  

Significance of artificial intelligence in MEP services

In the construction phase of a project, AI carries out a very important aspect in the structural adaptation of Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems or MEP services. To fulfill security measures, AI works in conjunction with the MEP system for varying several parameters such as air circulation, lighting, etc.

Dawn of a new era in construction engineering: Artificial Intelligence

For getting your MEP systems and MEP serviceswell prepared for AI’s interface and application, certain applications are evolved by engineers; one of them being, Building Information Modeling. In the current scenario under construction management and engineering MEP services, BIM is no more an option but a necessity. Modeling building information using MEP services and decision making is performed by the AI technology implemented in the firm. AI helps in two ways to the construction industry, first, by supporting maximum features common to any business and second, by helping business management and MEP services to direct demand forecasting and scheduling of MEP services.

Astounding features of AI in MEP services

Below mentioned points will make you aware of how much importance is AI holding in the efficient implementation of MEP services of the construction industry.

  • Prevention from over budgeting of your projects and cost-effective project planning 

Predictions of cost overruns are necessary to create a cost-effective design of a structure. Based on size, type of contract, competency in the market, AI’s neural networks are a helping hand in predicting cost overruns in the overall project and MEP services. Dedication of realistic timelines and status of the projects are made possible by the predictive models. Expedition of project delivery is made while adhering to the deadlines as the time taken for inculcating any new resources to a project is reduced to a great extent.

  • Generative designs of AI for the better designing of structures

It is important to make sure that none of the designs from any of the teams would clash with each other to prevent rework. Hence, AI has been designed such that it designs complete 3D models giving architectural, engineering and MEP services professional insight for accomplishing efficient planning and designs in constructional features of a project. Software-based on machine learning is developed to study for the clashes occurring from different models designed by various sub-teams. It is a BIM-based model providing 3D analysis of the MEP services and other construction aspects of services.

  • Alleviation of Risk occurring in construction projects and management

Being an unavoidable occurring factor, the risk is involved in quality, time, safety and cost of any project. AI is used for automatically resolving the issues as the top priority. With the large size of the ongoing project, there is an involvement of several teams and sub-teams with numerous contractors delivering MEP services. AI monitors and supervises with their team members to put their time and effort towards the potential risks prevention at the construction site.

  • Enhanced productivity at the job sites

Although with greater advancements in AI technology, it can never replace human intelligence but at some places, automated robotic machinery is empowering in its work where the requirement of human labor can be overlooked. For performing repeating tasks more proficiently, AI machinery is a part of performing activities such as construction aspects which can be done by itself like welding, the desolation of structures, and brick layering, etc. with this, time is lessened and human workers are freed up. Mobile tracking of the ongoing construction and real-time monitoring, based on facial recognition, onsite cameras and many more.

  • Taking construction safety to 100%

Construction industries are up with their massive concern on the development and safety of their worksites and man-power. Real time activities and interaction can be easily tracked with workers, machines and other aspects of the construction phase of an ongoing project. Alert message to the supervisors about any kind of safety problems which can occur in the future is done by automated monitoring. It is proven that the implementation of AI in MEP services and construction systems have put a decrement in worksite injuries and rectification of expensive glitches taking place in the system.

  • Applicable AI for post-construction 

Modeling of building information (BIM) and storing information of the structures, AI can also be applicable for post-construction features like monitoring issues generated and resolving the issues automatically.

  • Futuristic advancement of AI in construction features and MEP services

Ithas been proved by the implementation of robotics, AI and the internet of things in the construction projects that there is an overall reduction of 20% in costs related to the project expenses. AI can be used for planning MEP designs and systems for the network routing of plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems by MEP services.