Voltas UAE boss suggests tech to improve revenue-to-manpower ratio

EXCLUSIVE: Digitisation needed to improve financials, Indian giant's Gumeet SIngh Nanda says at MEP UAE Conference 2019

Gumeet Nanda leads Voltas in the UAE.
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Gumeet Nanda leads Voltas in the UAE.

The adoption of building technology is critical for industries with multiple stakeholders, such as construction, and digitisation could overhaul the way labour, asset, and inventory costs are managed, according to Gumeet Nanda, UAE operations head of India's Tata Group-backed contractor, Voltas.

Speaking at the fifth MEP Conference UAE, held by Construction Week's sister title MEP Middle East on 24 April, 2019, Nanda said the construction industry's reluctance to accept technology has led to its operational processes remaining largely unchanged for the last three to four decades.

However, Nanda continued, contractors in the Middle East are working towards a digital transformation as the construction industry globally remains among the sectors with the "poorest revenue-to-manpower ratios".

Nanda continued: “For instance, radio-frequency identification technology is now increasingly being used on construction projects to manage human resources and inventory, as well as asset features.”

Voltas — Construction Week Oman Awards 2019's Contractor of the Year and among the Middle East's largest mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractors — uses geopositioning technology to track the amount of time its workers spend on site, which in turn drives the contractor's overall project programmes and schedules. 

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