Plehat VR

Plehat Brings Natural Environments into Design Tools

March 13, 2019

Natural elements are an essential part of the built environment. However, BIM tools offer almost no support to landscape architecture. Plehat is introducing a new solution that helps architects and decision-makers to understand the dynamics of nature and make smart design choices.

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Make Construction Contracts as Snappy Videos

March 11, 2019

Construction is a series of big and small contracts. A startup has developed a tool that allows you to make proposals and contracts in one minute with a smartphone.

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Testing Robotic Cleanup on a Construction Site

March 6, 2019

A group of people had gathered at a construction site in Vantaa, Finland, on February 25, 2019. On the floor of a large room, a robot was blinking lights, apparently waiting for instructions on what to do next. This was the first test of an industry-grade cleaning robot for construction sites.


Will International Standardization Make Data Flow in the Built Environment?

March 1, 2019

Some see standards as hindrances to development; others think the opposite is true. A Finnish strategy project argues that complying with international digital standards would both improve productivity and open up new business opportunities for built environment stakeholders.

Citizen-Centric Development: An Interview with Ken Dooley

February 26, 2019

In this interview with Ken Dooley of Granlund, we discuss sustainability from a user’s point of view and how technology will help cities become more citizen-centric.

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Skender named one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies”

February 21, 2019

Skender, a vertically integrated design, construction, and manufacturing firm based in Chicago, has been named to Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019”.

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Smarter Planning Decisions with Geospatial Data

February 20, 2019

As more data on our environment becomes openly available, new ways to use it in design and decision-making emerge. A-Konsultit, a Finnish architectural design firm, and Sipoo, a municipality, set out to use geospatial data in a novel way.


Mapple: Better Design and Business Decisions with Location Data

February 19, 2019

I had the pleasure of interviewing Karolina Mosiadz, COO of Mapple, an urban intelligence startup.

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Digitalizing the Hospital Design Requirements Process

February 13, 2019

Decisions made at the early stages of a hospital project can have a huge impact on its life cycle value. To make sure that a hospital will be a good investment, its future users should be involved in helping set out the design requirements. A Finnish team of experts wanted to see if they could…


Real Estate and Construction Ecosystem in the Making: From KIRA-digi to KIRAHub

February 8, 2019

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment’s recent key project KIRA-digi was set up to promote digitalization of the built environment and construction. Although the project came to an end in December 2018, the work carried out in KIRA-digi will continue under the brand of KIRAHub. In a recent seminar, the lessons learned and future outlooks…

KIRA-digi Climate Corner

Experiments Showcased at KIRA-digi Climate Corner

January 31, 2019

KIRA-digi Climate Corner showcased experimental projects that help save energy and reduce emissions in residential environments. 


APROPLAN and GenieBelt Merge, Creating “LetsBuild” – the Build Phase End-to-End Digital Platform

January 29, 2019

Responding to a rising need to deliver an all-in-one solution, supporting on-site planning, progress communication, snagging, drawings and checklists, GenieBelt and APROPLAN have decided to merge to form LetsBuild – the European leader in delivering an end-to-end solution to the global construction industry.

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