Data infrastructure can be daunting. There are many different technologies available, but nothing had been foolproof. But now, researchers from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)-Madras and Bombay along with Harvard University are using Big Data to build India’s first comprehensive database on infrastructure projects called Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects (IDIP).
The mapping of infrastructure projects will include the entire infrastructure sector and all types of central, state projects and public private partnership (PPP) ventures. It will also cover all phases of the project – project design and formulation, development, construction as well as operation.
“This is being envisaged in Integrated Database on Infrastructure Projects in India which is likely to be launched in a month’s time,” said Thillai Rajan A, a faculty of the Department of Management Studies at IIT Madras.
The researchers are also collaborating with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), state governments and private sector infrastructure developers. “We are in the process of collaborating with government bodies to continuously update the data on operations of various projects, thus making it almost real-time,” he said.