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.

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.

Plumbing issues in buildings not designed with MEP VS buildings designed using MEP

There exist many factors in developing a high-rise building in terms of plumbing systems such as a careful awareness of water pressure, logistics of water access, and efficiency of the heater, problems related to drainage, vent stack problems and a variety of other resolutions as well as maintenance trepidations. It is very crucial to understand the constraints imposed by the force of gravity while taking into consideration the construction of high-rise structures. No doubt many trained and skillful engineers can handle various constraints presented by a wide variety of buildings. But the thing is that the MEP engineers and their team needs to be very highly imaginative in resolving when it comes to resolving every possible issue generated due to even a minute glitch or unconsidered parameter of the plumbing system. Therefore, finalizing MEP and other designs using the MEP software vanishes these possible issues which can occur after implementing the proposed designs. MEP software lets you design the MEP system free from any performance issue or less-efficient planning. 

Plumbing contractors play a very crucial role in implementing the proposed plumbing design by MEP engineers. While the software designs the MEP designs, availability of very proficient plumbing contractors and their team is the only one who is going to bring out the desired implementations.

Potential issues you can face in a building not designed by using the MEP tool and why you should use MEP?

  • Water pressure issues in high-rise buildings
  • Water access logistics
  • Efficiency in Water Heater
  • Issues related to drainage and venting
  • Maintenance 

Fighting with the problem of varying water pressures in a high-rise building is a major concern. There can be many reasons behind it, either lower supply from the municipality or the most important one is the glitch in designing the plumbing systems. Here also, plumbing contractors can vary the whole scenario. A right implementation of a perfectly proposed design is also the major step in carrying out the desired plumbing system. The requirement of a precise plumbing system design remains a necessity here which can be only achieved after using the MEP software available. 

The MEP software also helps in maintaining the plumbing systems for future purposes. The MEP engineers, plumbing contractors, and their servicemen are well benefited with the feature of water access parameters calculated well using MEP software therefore, they do not need to make complex calculations of the required water access logistics which also have the possibility of an inefficient system. 

The cost-effective water heating systems using natural gas pipe fittings are proved to be the more efficient ones when compared to electrical heating. Therefore, the efficiency of water heating can be achieved with the utilization of resources in a balanced way. Plumbing contractors have the sole responsibility of taking the designed plumbing system to the peak of its performance by employing the plumbers possessing the required skills related to the MEP software.

 The issues of drainage and venting are the most common and frequently occurring issues with the implemented plumbing systems. While taking care of every possible issue related to the drainage and venting before installation and while designing, plumbing contractors can bring out either efficient pipe fittings or a major issue that can result out due to carelessness in the implementation of the whole system. The software designed plans are made out of previously considered problems related to the venting and drainage. 

Monitoring the whole ongoing implementation, keeping supervision over the working methodology of the plumbing contractors and their workers can minimize the chances of occurring any kind of discrepancy in the implementation of the pipe fittings. This monitoring can be achieved by using the MEP software making it easy to monitor wherever and whenever. Hence, there is a direct cut-off of the lack of supervision time and on-site presence of the supervisor. 

Benefits based on MEP software in plumbing services of a building 

Here are the major MEP engineering services offered by the MEP software-based designs.

  • Precise planning and calculations of heating efficiency, venting and air conditioning systems 
  • Central plant designing
  • Comprehensive plumbing system design
  • Standardized resources and parameters for various plumbing operations
  • Automatic operation and activation of sprinkler systems 
  • Efficiency in domestic hot and cold water systems
  • Utility monitoring
  • Efficiently utilized resources
  • Provides the possibility of utilizing nonrenewable resources in a well-efficient manner
  • Displacement ventilation

As the construction of green buildings has become the need of the hour and an essential concern towards the ecosystem, there should be no accommodation for any kind of infidelity and glitches occurring due to improper planning and its implementation by choosing the wrong plumbing contractors. It has been well-noticed that the market of MEP engineering services and usage of MEP software is hiking day by day due to the boom in technology-based design. Therefore, while developing a sustainable building it becomes very crucial to apply the MEP software-based planning and carrying them out in a well-coordinated manner with the help of plumbing contractors having a skillful team of plumbing staff.