Dileep Kumar AV, Chairman and CEO,Heilbronn Contracting LLC One of the major contractors providing underground services such as drainage, dredging and reclaimation, canal dredging, water pipelines and stations construction, sewage, road building and real estate, Heilbronn Contracting is was one of the turnkey contractors of the New JW Marriot Marquis Project. The company was involved in all activities from piling to development of infrastructure in the project. Dileep Kumar AV, Chairman and CEO, elucidates on this role of the company, its other projects and future plans. Tell us something about the innovative services provided to the New JW Marriot Marquis Project. We are one of the few contractors involved from the inception till the end of the project. Our initial role included shifting all existing underground services to initiate piling works. We later developed roads and other infrastructure works around and inside the hotel building. Did you face any major challenges during the execution of the project? Kindly elucidate on the same? One of the major challenges included the tight schedules we had to work in. We had to deploy three shifts and work 24 hours every day in order to complete the work on time. What are your other ongoing projects? We are currently involved in a few road projects in Dubai besides earth filling works in Jebel Ali, building projects in Jumeirah village South and construction of luxury villas in Pearl Jumeirah. Out of drainage, dredging, reclaimation, sewage and road building, which is the most challenging and why? Underground services are always the most challenging as unforeseen obstacles and delays have to be tackled with additional resources and shifts inorder to complete the project on time. Alongwith this maintaining the cost of the project is also a big challenge. Elucidate on the quality and safety standards implemented in your projects? We implement stringent quality and safety measures in all of our projects. Our QA/ QC and safety departments ensure the implementation of standard quality and safety practices in our projects. Technically which of your projects was the most challenging? What were these challenges and what were the technologies involved? With just 12 months to develop 200 acre on design and build basis, the Sevens Rugby Stadium project for Emirates Airlines can be termed as our most challenging projects. This barren desert was transformed into a hi-tech area with roads, street lighting, green pitches, underground services, walkways, etc through the use of hi-tech equipment such as bull dozers, graders, steel rollers and dump truckers. Faster and economical construction methods used in this project were appreciated by our client and the International Rugby Board. How do you view the Dubai construction market vis a vis the other GCC market, considering that it just recovering from a slowdown. Dubai was a brand, is a brand and will remain a brand. It's just a matter of time when it will be back in the race. How has slowdown impa-cted the construction industry in the emirate? A lot of companies have either closed, or contracted their sizes in order to survive. What was once a contractor's market, is now the client's market. Rates are com-petitive and it's the best time to start building in this part of the world. The market is likely to improve in the next two to three years, enabling developers to encash on the cheaper costs. Where do you envision the market heading in the future? What are your plans for it? The need of the hour is to survive. Recession can also be viewed as the nature's cleaning process. It eliminates the weaker entities, ensuring the survivall of the fittest. We plan to move forward on our future expansion plans and achieve our targets for 2013. After this, we also plan to recruit new staff besides deploying more equipment.