€70 million National Highway 3 development project completed a year ahead of the schedule

€70 million National Highway 3 development project completed a year ahead of the schedule 

Construction work on the project of the Finnish National Highway 3 started in the summer 2020, and is completed in November 2022, a year ahead of the schedule. The original plan stated the commissioning would take place in the autumn of 2023.

The highway through Hämeenkyrö was upgraded by constructing a 10-kilometer dual-carriageway section with four lanes. The road has 3 level crossings and 11 bridges. Infrakit has been part of the implementation throughout the whole project. All the way from the design stage to site supervision and quality assurance.

The current average daily traffic volume (ADT) on the sections of Highway 3 along the link is between 2 500 and 16 900 cars per day. By 2040, the average daily traffic is projected to increase to between 2 800 and 24 700 cars per day. The share of heavy goods vehicles in total traffic varies between 6% and 16% (Vayla.fi).

The project was built by the Finnish Transport Agency and contracted by Destia. The new road section will reduce travel time between Helsinki and Vaasa and improve traffic flow and safety on the motorway.

A major infrastructure project requires extensive planning

Good planning is an essential factor in avoiding schedule delays. Infrakit has been involved in the project from the very beginning, collecting the design data.

As part of the digitalization of the industry, Infrakit’s software makes it easier to work in various stages. The software streamlines the flow of information from the design table through implementation to reporting.

The site was executed using a traditional contractor model, but road design solutions were first conceived and developed together. The digital platform has streamlined the design process. Maps and 3D modeling available to all planners have demonstrated the progress of the plans.

In terms of monitoring, Infrakit can be used to control the execution and accuracy of the data. This allows the progress of work to be monitored almost in real time. In addition, accurate data can be compared with the designed surfaces and levels according to structural tolerances.

Digitizing and streamlining the flow of information influences decision-making and follow-up. This contributes significantly to meeting deadlines.

Smooth communication on-site reduces delays

Responding to challenges and changes and making decisions during the project are essential to staying on schedule. Huge amounts of data are generated on-site during construction, and organising and sharing this data considerably speeds up the work.

The collected data makes it much easier to build up a picture of the situation and monitor the work. Decision-making is also easier when there is sufficient contextual data and facts to back it up.

The Infrakit platform allows users to upload orthophotos as map images, on which plans can be visualized. This makes it easy to see that roads, lines and structures have been built where they were designed on the site. This helps to monitor the implementation and progress of works such as pavements, road markings and finishing and surfacing works.

Sustainable development reforms infrastructure construction industry

Sustainability is also evident in the development of roadworks. The Hämeenkyrö project has had a strong focus on the reuse of construction materials, which the Finnish Transport Agency supports with renewed sustainability guidelines. Infrakit is part of this trend. Improved information flow and more efficient use of resources will bring savings in used materials and energy.

Costs can be cut by using recycled materials. This also saves natural resources and allows waste to be recycled instead of simply being landfilled. In Hämeenkyrö, suitable materials imported from the local area have been used for noise barriers and surface materials.

“It’s really rewarding to see our client succeed in their project using the latest digital processes. Of course, an efficiently implemented project has also a significantly lower carbon footprint,” says Teemu Kivimäki, the CEO of Infrakit.

Infrakit promotes the eco-friendliness and sustainability of infra-construction by optimizing resources. Particularly as raw material prices rise, resource efficiency brings significant cost savings. Read more about Infrakit’s sustainability.

Anssi Johansson
December 19, 2022

 

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Infrakit 3.8.1. is out, and here is what you should know about it!

Infrakit 3.8.1. is out, and here is what you should know about it! 

We are delighted to have the Infrakit version 3.8.1. up and running. There are some great new features for you to have a seamless experience in your daily work using Infrakit. We gathered the three most important highlights for you to quickly grasp on, what the new version holds and how it will make your life at the site better! 

Brand spanking new IFC models on map  

It is unfortunately true, that many times 3D rendering is waay too complex to manage, especially on mobile over a bad network. Therefore, we are super happy to bring the new IFC Outline generation for you, which enhances the mobile experience! 2D rendering is important especially on mobile, to avoid complexity and long waiting times. With the new version and reparsing, you will have a collaboration model in 2D, earthworks, and structures in one view. Easier and faster than ever, right?

 

Supercharged communication with new annotation tools 

Communication with the new annotation tools for Saved views is made easier than ever. Internally they help you for example sharing agendas in site meetings, showcasing risks and traffic plans, or requesting information from designers, externally you can share traffic arrangement information. 

 

The power of Saved views is greater than ever, and that power is in the palms of your hands! 

A new era of Security – SSO Login  

Managing your project information in Infrakit is now almost as safe as keeping your gold in Fort Knox… Now it is time for you to call your organization’s IT gurus and tell them to connect your organization’s Azure AD to Infrakit!  

Why? You know better than anyone, that it is everyday life on a site where subcontractors are coming and going, and project staff changes. With Azure AD connection, data security is ensured with an up-to-date user register that automatically syncs up with your organization’s register. 

Check the more in-depth list of new features and improvements of this version from:  https://support.infrakit.com/help/infrakit-office-version-3-8-1

Jere Syrjälä
December 5, 2022

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Welcome the new Infrakit version 3.8.0, where construction collaboration has been taken into a whole new level!

Welcome the Infrakit version 3.8.0, where your construction collaboration is brought to a whole new level!

We are delighted to release the Infrakit version 3.8.0 to general availability! This version brings many long-awaited features, such as turbo-charged 3D visualization, mobile access to saved views, and wider support for Kilometer posts of Railway stationing. And these are only to name a few of the absolute highlights of the release. 

Fast loading and rendering of 3D visuals 

Infrakit has now an intelligent way of optimizing the visualization of 3D models. Firstly, the time for model files to open is now drastically quicker. Secondly, all content opened renders about 10x faster! This improves your experience of 3D visualization on large job sites. 

Please note the new Shade button that highlights the edges of the structures also when they are under other models.  

Psst… look at those even more awesome point clouds! 

Mobile Saved Views 

Collaboration from the field can now be done at a whole new level. With mobile access to saved views, you will be able to select a subset view of the site and share it with all the users you want to collaborate with on the field. Were you either inside your office or on the field with only a mobile phone in your pocket, saved views will save a ton of time and effort from you by showing only the necessary information that another user wanted to share with you.  

Railway kilometer posts 

If you are using Infrakit in a railroad construction project, this is an absolute must-have for you guys, and we are happy to have it ready for you. Now that all the kilometer posts, hence, stations are displayed in Infrakit, locating documents and all the other information is a peace-of-cake. Further improvements to this feature are upcoming in later releases! 

Check the more in-depth list of new features and improvements of this version from:  https://support.infrakit.com/help/infrakit-office-version-3-8-0 

Jere Syrjälä
November 18, 2022

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Infrakit helps infrastructure owners review and approve quality easily through visual documentation to ensure project success

Infrakit helps infrastructure owners review and approve quality easily through visual documentation to ensure project success

With Infrakit construction’s overall quality is improved by real-time monitoring. Real-time view of the project enables you to fix errors and make quick changes, when necessary. This saves time and helps you stay within the schedule.

Our single system architecture saves you both cost and effort while ensuring efficient asset maintenance and real-time data for everyday work from project leader to builder.

Overall quality is improved with real-time monitoring

With Infrakit’s cloud platform construction’s overall quality is improved by real-time monitoring of quality and progress. This enables you to fix errors and make quick changes, when necessary. Real-time view of the project saves time and helps you stay within the schedule.

“From my point of view as the Quality Manager, Infrakit makes monitoring the project in the field so much easier. There is no need to travel 35 kilometres for every little thing when I can just check it from my PC screen at the office. I am not tied to a time or place. It has been a big relief — I can see in real-time how the project is progressing”.

Jussi Laamanen, Quality Manager YIT on case E18 Hamina – Vaalimaa

Efficient asset maintenance brought by centralized data management

On case E16 Eggemoen – Olum BIM coordinator Mohammed Ziani says they have four workspaces consisting of two main projects, a side road and an action road. He states that Infrakit has made the interaction between these spaces easier.

“Infrakit makes that connection easier. There are some basic data that belong together in all the workspaces, so I get a simple overview of them. If there is information that must be sent to the intervention road, then it is practical to retrieve files and transfer them to the space that we share with the contractor. “

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Real-time data for everyone involved regardless of location

Infrakit collects real-time data from the worksite to provide all parties with up-to-date information on how the site is progressing. This information is available on different devices from computers to smartphones.

”While planning the pilot project, we wanted to take advantage of Finnish experiences and know-how – that’s why we chose Infrakit platform. The biggest advantage of Infrakit evolves in construction process, where you can take the whole project documentation everywhere with smartphone or tablet. It is also possible to get access in every PC without owning any specific CAD or design software. And finally, we have an option to check the design solution in 3D.”

Anti Palmi, Manager of Road Construction and Maintenance Division in Estonian Road Administration, explains in pilot project T22 Torma-Levala overlay 

Anssi Johansson
November 13, 2022

 

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Infrakit will be attending bauma 24-30.10.2022

Infrakit will be attending bauma 2022

Bauma 2022 is fast approaching. The event is to be held in Munich between 24.-30. October. Infrakit will be in hall A2 Bauma Digital at stand 231. We are particularly excited to discuss the following topics with partners and customers alike: digitalization and sustainable infrastructure construction sites.

“I am hoping to see increasing interest towards improving digitalization within the infrastructure construction sector in visitors.“ says Teemu Kivimäki CEO of Infrakit Group Oy

Beyond our own topics of interest, we are also looking forward to Bauma’s supporting program that includes the following:

  • Construction methods and materials of tomorrow
  • The way to autonomous machines
  • Mining—sustainable, efficient, and reliable
  • Digital construction site
  • The road to Zero Emission

Pasi Joensuu, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development is looking forward to meeting old friends and new people from the industry. “I’m interested in the increased curiosity towards digitalization of infra construction industry and sustainability. I want to learn from visitors about their challenges and motivation to solve these challenges and make new partnerships.”

“Infrakit has now successfully entered the DACH market, and I am looking forward to meeting all the great people and experts from our civil construction industry to discuss digitalization and how solutions like ours can help execute construction projects in a more sustainable and efficient way.” says Stefan Argiriu Sales Director Infrakit Deutschland GmbH

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Anssi Johansson
October 19, 2022

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Infrakit gives access to real-time information throughout project lifecycle for infrastructure owners

Infrakit gives access to real-time information throughout project lifecycle for infrastructure owners

To help answer the rising demand for digitalization and sustainability in the infrastructure sector, Infrakit provides a cloud platform to help you manage your projects efficiently with access to real-time information to increase trust and transparency.

Projects are built correctly from the start because of automatic quality documentation

Infrakit ensures that all project parties can work efficiently without wasting resources with the bonus of documentation being completed simultaneously. Minimizing the waste of resources will help lessen the environmental impact of the project.

Because of our continuous documentation for progress, quality control and handover materials, you can easily stay on top of what’s being done at the worksite and make sure everyone works with the correct information from the start. This helps avoid unnecessary reworks which saves time and costs while increasing trust and transparency between project parties.

Project Manager Kadi Tuum from the Estonian Transport Administration said: “We had problems with the quality of the lower asphalt surface. I asked the site engineer to register all the places in Infrakit with a picture, where the lower asphalt pavement had defects. After a few years when the top asphalt might have defects, it’s easy for me to inspect the site using Infrakit FIELD app to disassemble the situation that was at this particular location.”

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“All plans and real-time quality assignments are handled through Infrakit. This is important for the owner of the project, who wants quality recognition to take place immediately during the work and not with the traditional way of delay. Without Infrakit, quality designation would not only be delayed, but it would also require more work: quality reports and their storage in a project bank. Now there is no need for it, but all quality measurements and as-built measurements are displayed in real time when the points are taken.”

Sami Laakso, Project Manager, Kreate on case Klaukkala Bypass 

Anssi Johansson
10th of October 10, 2022

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