Building the Bigger Picture  

Building the Bigger Picture

Digitalisation is revolutionising the entire infrastructure and construction industry

Destia is constantly developing its services to respond quickly to the demands of a changing world. Digitalisation is one of the key factors influencing business development. Destia is also a pioneer in the field of model-based production.

The infrastructure and construction industries are undergoing enormous change. Urbanisation, climate change and, in particular, questions of accountability relating to the environment and safety are affecting the development of the living environment. These trends have a major impact on the development of Destia's products and services.

Destia's product development can be divided into three areas: model-based production, mobile data acquisition in production, and the production-oriented development of methods and technology. Destia is a pioneer in the field of model-based production, which uses three-dimensional digital models in the design of structures and the planning of production, as well as in the use of construction machinery.

Wireless data transfer and smartphones help collect a wide variety of information on production, transmitting it to servers for analysis. The information can be used, for example, for monitoring production, planning and documenting maintenance, the supervision of working time and in a wide range of reports. Each year Destia has around 50 production development projects in progress.

We are actively involved in the development of the entire Finnish infrastructure industry. By participating for example in the infrastructure modelling collaboration forum buildingSMART Finland and previously in RYM's PRE (Built Environment Process Re-Engineering) research programme, Destia has been involved in the development of infrastructure industry customer practices.

Digitalisation on the increase

Increasing digitalisation is revolutionising the entire infrastructure and construction industry. It affects the way in which projects are designed, produced and monitored. It boosts efficiency, improves the quality of the work and end products, and makes possible more effective reporting and communications between various parties.

Destia is constantly developing its services, which make ever more use of the company's digital expertise. The aim is to improve productivity and thereby make procurement using public funds more profitable for society. An example of such a project is the Kokkola–Ylivieska double-track project. In the Riippa–Eskola part of the project implemented by Destia, model-based production is comprehensively exploited, for example by developing new model-based quality assurance in particular, which can boost efficiency considerably.

Watch the video of the RU2 work in action.

Rewarded expertise

In 2014, the Tikkurilantie project of Destia and Siltanylund won the Tekla Global BIM Awards in the Cast-in-situ Structures class. The project first received an honourable mention in the Tekla Finland BIM Awards 2014 in October, after which it was referred onwards to the international competition.

Destia was responsible for the overall implementation of the award-winning project and Siltanylund for the bridge design. The project was the first large-scale modelling project in the infrastructure industry. It consisted of the design and construction of a street, a bridge over the Vantaa River, pile slabs, an underpass and a connecting trough.

Data models were used as much as possible at the site. The lane structures were built using construction machinery automation and the supervision of the work relied on data models for the lanes and bridges at the construction stage.

New services

Destia is constantly developing new services, in which Destia's expertise and broad geographical network can be exploited. One example of these services is the iLIITU traffic safety service. It is a geographic information-based tool and operating model that helps make up-to-date safety information always available. The service is now up and running in more than 40 organisations. Customers include local authorities, cities and Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Destia is also actively involved in Tekes' (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) development programmes. Destia is a key player in two new Tekes-funded projects in which there is collaboration among companies across sectoral borders.

New kinds of expertise needed

Increasing digitalisation also creates new challenges for personnel training. This is particularly true in the production and handling of digital data models and the exploitation of modern positioning technologies. Destia is actively involved in educational cooperation and gives presentations at schools and events organised by the industry. Destia aims to be a specialist, reliable partner for schools, developing the whole industry and offering interesting jobs for students in the field. Destia also supervises dozens of dissertations each year. In 2014, Destia provided such supervision for around 15 dissertations on product and service development.