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Destia awards the best dissertations in the field of infrastructure

In August at the National Transport Infrastructure Conference in Tampere, the ‘Best Dissertation in the Field of Infrastructure’ competition was arranged for the ninth time by Destia, and the best dissertations were rewarded. In 2014, it was the turn of dissertations done at universities of applied sciences to receive recognition.

This year there were more participants than ever before in the competition’s history and traditionally the level of the dissertations was very high. The panel of judges not only award a first prize but also highly commend two more.

Antti Kiviniemi’s work ‘Demands for Railways BIM-Based Mass Calculation’ won the first prize. His work was done under the guidance of Jouni Sivenius, a teacher at Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The work was commissioned by VR Track Oy. The subject of the dissertation is very topical. The panel praised the dissertation’s deep reasoning about the effects of the determination of quantities, as well as the ideas presented to software developers and the clear and careful way the work was put together.

The works of Susanna Meriläinen and Laura Paajanen were highly commended.

The panel comprised Liisi Vähätalo (Finnish Road Association), Heikki Jämsä (Infra Contractor’s Association in Finland), Juha Kaitera (Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT) and Esko Mälkönen (Union of Professional Engineers in Finland). The panel was chaired by Pertti Niemi of Destia.

Next year it will be the turn of the best dissertation written at a university to be honoured.