A shift towards better, advanced and environment-friendly industry practices depends not only on the exposure to such technology but also on how fast we can imbibe and adopt the same, and how fast we can upgrade the existing codes and specs that will help raise the bar of quality and content. A case in point is the high standards put in place for aggregates by the Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways, which transformed the quarry sector into a highly efficient and to a great extent, an organised sector that over a short period is geared to meet the challenging demands in terms of machinery and quality output. The foundation equipment segment that is quite buoyant with the increased demand in the infrastructure segment, particularly in the power, steel, ports and transportation sectors, needs this kind of high standards. It's true that the industry has left the tripod age behind and moved to far advanced methodologies but as per industry inputs, the codes and specs are still old and outdated. In fact, some of the piling techniques widely used in other parts of world is not recognised by the existing codes. There always is an element of false alarm in designers / consultants, due to which there has been very little effort to upgrade the codes. Being one of the fastest developing nations, it is essential that we have more constructive codes and specs. On a different level, it can even help arrest the proliferation of the import of substandard equipment and machinery into our country.At the same time, it is heartening to note that newer piling concepts in India pertaining to sheet piling, micro-piling and CFA has been introduced, and there is a greater push for high end hydraulic piling technology machines to replace diesel piling hammers, thereby eliminating noise and air pollution and increasing productivity through enhanced performance parameters. OEMs are launching advanced piling and crawler drilling rigs equipped with a full load sensing hydraulic system which allows for reduction in fuel consumptions of up to 25 per cent. Some OEMs even offer a wide range of software solutions facilitating not only planning and quality assurance but also process optimisation. However, there is the need for improved government insights and policies to improve and propel growth in this sector.Telehandlers are versatile pieces of equipment that are designed for a wide range of tasks. Though the telehandler was introduced long ago in the Indian market, it still remains a new concept, probably due to the high cost and lack of awareness among the user industry. Our Special Feature provides an insight into this versatile machine.Our Spotlight speaks about the $100-billion opportunity for service providers in Asset Reliability & Maintenance Management (ARMM) over the next five years. In India, the total asset investment in manufacturing, oil and gas, government, infrastructure, construction, utilities, power generation, automotive, steel and other asset-intensive sectors would be around $3 to 3.5 trillion. The capital-intensive assets which the construction industry mainly uses are cranes, dozers, crushers, mixers and excavators. Visibility and control of asset movement can save huge amounts of capital. It's high time the industry reaches a mature level, to implement the concept of ARMM which will help manage assets such as plant, machinery, facilities, and equipment effectively; this in turn, will increase asset utilisation, reduce unplanned downtime and increase an organisation's profitability.