Course Code: GSSCDE502
Project Management would be an integral facet for smart infrastructure and cities. Smart City projects involve great technical complexity, and require a wide diversity of skills to control and monitor them. Like other complex mega infrastructure projects Smart City projects are subjected to risk and uncertainties throughout all the phases leading to huge time and cost overrun. Managers are faced with the problem of putting together and directing large temporary organizations while being subjected to constrained resources, limited time, and environmental uncertainty. To cope with complexity and uncertainty, new forms of project organization and management have evolved. Project management plays an important role in developing the Smart Cities. Project management has grown in response to the need for a managerial approach that deals with the problems and opportunities of modern society. It provides the diversified technical and managerial competency and decentralized communication and decision making necessary to meet the challenges of complex, unfamiliar, high-stakes activities. Application of modern project management tools would ensure more collaboration, more communication flow and much flawless implementation of Smart City projects. Modern project management concepts of application of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) would reduce the co-ordination problems and would ensure much higher probability of successful completion of the projects within stipulated time and cost frame.
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Course Code: GSSCDE501
Urbanization is not only associated with economic development but over the time it started aspiring people to better quality of life. Cities are seen as solutions for boosting economy, generating employment, creating skills, providing better health services and many more things. Expression of change from being habitat to providing such breadth of services was not brought in a day; cities have eventually developed into these dimensions. However, the state of urban service delivery in India’s cities and towns is far poorer than is desirable for India’s current income levels. Considering that the Indian economy has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world for some time, and aspirations and standards are raising, the current state of service delivery is simply unacceptable. Moreover, a successful city cannot operate efficiently in isolation from its environment. It must balance social, economic and environmental needs. Smart Cities focus on their most pressing needs and on the greatest opportunities to improve lives. They tap a range of approaches – digital and information technologies, urban planning best practices, public private partnerships, and policy change – to make a difference. They always put people first. During this course on Smart Cities Planning and Development, let’s understand the dynamics of an Indian city and learn smart ways to plan, management and maintain our cities.