GIS has become a basic necessity here in India with a current market size of $1.0 Billion and is set to double in the next 5 years. In India, all major projects currently involve GIS in addition to surveying & mapping activities. In such projects, consultancy firms have started the use of BIM where GIS is part of the data model. One pioneering Indian GIS & mapping consultant that has been able to carve out a niche in this market segment owing to the transparency of their operations and their commitment to never compromise on the quality of their offerings is Abel Engineering Consultants.
Abel has created a diversified service portfolio so that they can cater to the various requirements of their clients. The primary service verticals that the company offers include GIS Topographical Survey, GIS Bathymetric Survey, LiDAR and Photogrammetry, Underground Utility Mapping, Utility Condition Assessment, Consumer Survey, Highway and Bridges, Urban Master Planning and Drinking Water Supply Schemes to name a few. Adding more about the uniqueness of their services and how the company is able to meet the requirements of their clients, Adinath Pandit who is the Director of Abel Engineering Consultants says, “There are several unique requirements clients come up with. 1) Urgent mobilization of teams – Infrastructure in India is ever evolving at a very fast pace which demands quick actions.
There are instances when our clients requested mobilization of resources within 12 hours across India. At Abel, we ensure to have up to 15% of
Human and Electronic resources on standby for such urgent needs and managing Human resources is a core strength of Abel. 2) Project based expansion of resources – There are certain instances where the project size is very large and complex which would require extra project specific resources. Here, we have a well-designed and efficient in-house training program which takes care of short-term expansion of resources with great effect. We are also empaneled in the Campus Placement program of various institutions across India to nurture experienced professionals in the industry”.
The ability of the company to never compromise on the quality of their offerings has also helped Abel Engineering Consultants to not just create but also maintain an impressive clientele that includes L&T ECC, SUEZ, L&T NXT, iDeCK, Voyants, SMEC, NCC, Surbana Jurong, MEIL and NJS to name a few. Their vast clientele also includes government organizations like KUWS&DB, KNNL, NHAI, Jharkhand Tourism, Military Engineering Services etc.
Speaking more about the evolution of Abel Engineering Consultants and their future plans, Adinath adds, “Abel was started back in 1992 by my father and it was a very conventional Company led by a team that worked hard to get their stories straight. Over the next 20 years, Abel got the right foundation and launch pad it needed to evolve for the modern day infra solutions. Abel saw a paradigm shift in 2014 when I decided to take care of the Operations. The idea was clear, transforming Abel into a new age company that stays abreast of technologies. Since then, Abel has seen a 700% rise in strength and 900% rise in revenue. Investing in the newest technologies, professional organization structure combined with 2 decades of experience were the key factors of Abel’s success.
Exploring future trends like GIS data visualization with Augmented Reality and virtual reality is top priority for us going forward. The possibility of indoor mapping is being tested and studied across the world, which we believe will happen faster than expected. The ever-growing public infrastructure will pave way for the need of navigation assistance inside very large and interconnected buildings. The need for a comprehensive indoor mapping in the near future for efficient entry and exit points and emergency routes to name a few. We are closely following all these developments while at the same time coming up with our own innovations so that we always stay ahead of the curve”.