Present-day Industrial Building Methods

A massive wave is riding in India as far as infrastructure upgrade is concerned and the construction techniques in the country have seen a major elevation over the past few years with the adoption of global practices. Africa is known to have many well proven building techniques which might be of good use in India as well. Particularly, the techniques of pre-fabrication and reduction of on-site activities are well worth to consider and adopt carefully. Pre-fabrication is primarily the practice of assembling components of a structure in a factory or other manufacturing site, and transporting complete assemblies or sub-assemblies to the construction site where the structure is to be located. This construction technique provides the most innovative and quicker methods of construction ensuring efficient, cost effective and prompt completion of projects which is possibly the pre-requisite for the construction industry in India to meet the tight construction schedules and challenging deadlines.

Growth & Development in the African Market

Recent decades have seen a swift change in the entire industrial and commercial world. The demand for industrial structures in Africa has been on an all-time high due the combination of new information technologies and highly optimized supply chains and distribution procedures along with incredible growth in productivity. These days the building industry in Africa faces an enhanced requirement for:

  • High rack storage areas which house entire or semi-automated storage systems. Such buildings usually tower up to 60 m or more while showing ground floor areas of some thousand square meters. The enclosed racks are generally used as a supporting skeleton.
  • Widespread single storey logistical and production buildings. The typical ground floor area ranges from a few ten thousand up to hundred thousand square meters and needs to be as column free as possible. The height is on average round about 15 meters due to fire regulations and to avoid unwarranted air conditioning costs.
  • Multi-storey buildings for complex production lines or sales floors, particularly in commercial or industrial areas with limitations on space. Such buildings feature up to 3 or 4 slabs of high bearing capacity and are completely air conditioned. Fire regulations are also a vital design criterion.

Situations and Necessities   

The conditions in the industrial building scene are set by competition and demanding builder owners. The majority of newly built industrial and commercial pre-engineered steel buildings are large and thus ring in substantial property costs, large volumes of building materials and on-site labour. The tied up capital is correspondingly high, thus investors look to shorten the building time whenever possible. Additionally, there’s always a great pressure to keep the building costs.  There’s fierce competition that General contractors need to face and are thus struggling in a buyer’s market. It’s quite a common practice to agree on fixed price contracts, which leave no scope to either calculation or execution faults.

Industrial and commercial pre-engineered metal buildings are known to being functional in the first line and hence not the object of significant architectural design.


About Mr. Sunil Srivastava

Sunil Srivastava is a Business Partner at New Life Steel Structures, a leading organization having expertise into the manufacturing of pre-engineered steel buildings. The company has been into the industry since 2 decades constructing multiple steel structures with varied budget in different geographies and operating with a strong sense of work ethics, pride and integrity

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