Hi Infrakit mobile app user, pay attention – Here is what you need to know about our new FIELD and SURVEY apps!

Hi Infrakit mobile app user, pay attention – Here is what you need to know about our new FIELD and SURVEY apps!

We have heard you. You have clearly not been satisfied with our Infrakit FIELD app, especially on Android devices. You as users and we as developers as well, want it to be a nice and smooth app, which helps you to do your work. (Note: These changes informed in this blog are only considering Android devices, if you are using iOS, you can skip reading this and continue your day!)


To make that smoothness and niceness possible, a while ago we made a decision to reconstruct the FIELD app completely, according to your needs. That process required us to acknowledge, that there is a strong differentiation within the user needs of the app. Some of you needed it for surveying purposes with integrations to GNSS equipment to take points, but some of you needed it rather for taking photos and managing project information.


We saw these different worlds in one app being an impossible combo to keep it simple and intuitive for all. It’s like having Food delivery and Social media platforms in one… Just too complex. Thus, we decided to take action, renew ourselves, and separate the app into two. From now on, there will be two apps, Infrakit FIELD, and Infrakit SURVEY. Now, I bet you are wondering “What are they then about, which one should I have?”. Do not worry, you have the right questions, and this blog can provide you with the right answers!

Infrakit FIELD vs. Infrakit SURVEY

After thinking about the difference for a while, it will seem obvious: Infrakit SURVEY focuses on surveying purposes and making it easy; Infrakit FIELD, on the other hand, focuses on being the project information management tool to be used in the field with your mobile phone.


The new Infrakit FIELD will be a completely redesigned version to be downloaded, whereas the Infrakit SURVEY will be staying as “the old Infrakit FIELD app” as long as we have gone through the rebuilding of it (yea, we are going to rebuild it as well!)


So, if you want to use GNSS devices to make log points transfer to Infrakit, Infrakit SURVEY is the one for you.


If you want to take photos, upload them to Infrakit with geolocation, visualize project information on the map such as models, or manage documents, the Infrakit FIELD app will be designed for you.


Now that the difference and what you have to do are elaborated, it is time to introduce the new Infrakit FIELD app core functionalities for you!

Infrakit FIELD -> Photo taking & management on site

Infrakit FIELD -> Visualize and check project information on FIELD


As mentioned earlier, the Infrakit SURVEY app will have the functionalities of the “old Infrakit FIELD app”, just under the new name, so we will not present them at this stage, but during 2024 when we aim to do the reconstruction!

For more app-using instructions, go check out our manuals from Knowledge Base!

Jere Syrjälä
September 7th, 2023

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Drag-and-drop orthos are here with Infrakit version 3.8.6!

Drag-and-drop orthos are here with Infrakit 3.8.6!   

I bet hearing these stellar news will make even chief journalists of Times, Wired, and other of the world’s largest Magazines envy my position as a notorious Infrakit blog writer since I am the one that gets to first tell them… 😉 

Okay, are you ready to hear it… Infrakit eats now orthos itself!  

Now that it’s said and done, let’s take a bit deeper look into what this means for your work! 

Stoop stop stop! I want to steal your attention still for a second before getting into the text -> Our Thesis worker Jetro has worked super hard for this feature to become captured reality (you see the pun intended 😉), thus, I would love to see you giving him a minute or two of your opinions regarding this feature. Link for a Master’s Thesis questionnaire at the bottom of the text, Let us help Jeti!!


Getting orthos into Infrakit has never been easier… 

Would be cool to demonstrate my newly learned skills among orthophotos by explaining to you technical buzz-words to make you break a sweat “Oh this guy knows what he is doing”. But honestly, the feature is so simple that a chimpanzee could use it, so I guess my days of acting cool are over… I mean basically, just by dropping the files into Infrakit you can get access to your orthos in Infrakit Map, Now think about that! 


Let me rephrase this from your point of view. Your work life will get a ton easier by having the relevant and up-to-date information in the form of orthophotos readily chewed up on Infrakit because this feature lets the drone gurus do that so quickly! 


Currently, supported file formats are .tif, .tiff, and .jp2, and all the necessary knowledge and information on using this feature can be found in our KnowledgeBase. 


Check the easiness of this from this video!

… and they can be opened in third-party as well! 

Until Matrix comes alive there is not a single system that can perform everything needed everywhere in one place. Not even Infrakit can solve everything on its own and we quite humbly recognize that. Thus, as always, we want to be as flexible as possible with other awesome software out there, making your life easier when jumping from one software to another! 


For this, we pursue making the opening of uploaded orthophotos in third-party systems superbly smooth! Go check how this is done with Civil 3D from the video below, and other cases from our Knowledge Base!

And a special announcement for integrators and customers having their own pipelines for orthomosaic processing! Please contact us for guidance on super simple APIs that make sharing your content with Infrakit users a true delight.

Super Sharp DWGs!  

You tell us and we hear you! DWGs are essential data to be visualized for you on the Infrakit platform and that is precisely why we have been going the extra mile to make them super sharp and functional for you.

Now we dare to say the version 3.8.6. starts to have them in a fashion that is ultra crisp and clear, take a look at yourself!

For all Autodesk users out there! Now you can also download as-built as a DXF file, data nicely organized to layers by codes.

Pssst… If you are a hardcore Infrakit user, here is a little easter egg for you -> go check what is new on the Infrakit Admin page… or rather, what has made its return 😉 



Check the more in-depth list of new features and improvements of this version from our Knowledge Base

Jere Syrjälä
September 12th, 2023

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Three awesome highlights of the Infrakit 3.8.5 version, that will make your day!

Three awesome highlights of the Infrakit 3.8.5 version, that will make your day!  

Aaand welcome to the notorious release blog session of the month once again my dear fellow user!  


This is the place where we take our work uniforms off, grab a nice fresh ice cream cone from the close-up supermarket, and leave up the “strict” talk of business. Instead, let’s talk to fellow users, and enjoy the new features our superpowered R&D team has prepared for us!  


Though jumping into highlights of “the new stuff” could be cool, let’s spend a second considering “How is the summer until now going on so smoothly and nicely…?”. Well, though the weather has been great “at least here”, it is not a coincidence that everything feels smooth because we have spent more time than ever on improving features by fixing bugs in there! And now let me guide you to the highlights!!! 


Batch edit properties like a Flash! 

Not sure if there are a lot of superhero movie fans out there, but if you have even crossed some ads promoting the movie “The Flash” you surely know that guy is fast! 


And so is the editing of properties of photos! Instead of one by one opening the property and editing for photos, you can be the Flash of your organization to whom everyone asks, “How are you so fast with everything”. You don’t have to reveal your superpower of editing photo properties in batches or you can, either way, your speed will be undebatable! 



Enrich your mass haul freight reports with photos 

Remember when the e-scooter rental companies like Tier decided to add a photo-taking feature for showing how the e-scooter has been parked? For users that was kind of a small thing, though an easy one, but imagine how much help it provided for the ones who had to check how those e-scooters are parked? As an e-scooter company worker, your life just got so much better that day! 


And we did something like that for you! The Infrakit TRUCK app is an awesome and simple approach to controlling mass hauls and freight reports on your site, and now when being able to take pictures of your scale receipts and other additional documents of the trips, it will become so much more useful! And boy are they useful for supervisor when reviewing the trips and freight reports from Infrakit OFFICE! This feature will be brought to you in TRUCK app 2.2.0 version, behold! 


Check the way from the video below. 


Drastically improved design data support 

When using Infrakit as your Go-To tool for managing a project in construction, having all the design data nicely flowing in and getting visible correctly on the map is a day maker. It’s annoying and frustrating when a DWG file is missing objects, landXML Stringline models are messed up or the Tekla IFC models have their weird circus-like colors. Luckily, for this release, we got them in a much much better shape since we fixed over 30 issues on DWG, LandXML, and IFC parsing! 


Also, checking the brand new IFC 2D presentation and support of IFC 4×3 will show how much the design data support has enhanced! And finally, measurements in the map can now be edited as well, which ought to make your life a ton easier! 


With this video presenting all these awesome improvements, have a nice and awesome summer, hope you did not forget to eat your ice-cream you had alongside reading this 😀  

Check the more in-depth list of new features and improvements of this version from our Knowledge Base

Jere Syrjälä
July 24th, 2023

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Unveiling Infrakit 3.8.4: IFC Property Sets, Flexible As-Built Export, and Smooth Adding Of Properties!

Unveiling Infrakit OFFICE 3.8.4: IFC Property Sets, Flexible As-Built Exports, and Smooth Adding Of Properties!

Summer is officially here (even in the Nordic countries, here over 15 Celsius is equivalent to summer), and we all know what that means for infrastructure construction -> prime time to build!

In the summer months when the projects are operating at full steam, it is undeniably crucial to have all the supporting elements in place. As our stake in the construction of infrastructure is to provide you with our software to function as the project information management platform to support your project’s path to success, we cannot afford to be the weak link, but rather the source of strength.

To be the so-called “source of strength” for you, we are eager to showcase the improvements our R&D team has made for version 3.8.4, which we can confidently state making your everyday project life easier than ever! So, time to grab your beloved coffee (or tea) mug and have a 5-minute break watching our new highlights!


IFC Property sets are here!

01001100 01101111 01101111 01101011 00100000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110011 01101101 01100001 01110010 01110100 01111001 00100000 01110000 01100001 01101110 01110100 01110011 00100000 00111011 00101001

Imagine trying to read everything on the internet via binary code. Correct me if I am wrong, but I can’t believe anyone on the planet using any software if it was such! *Awkward silence* Well… Now we have truly taken a far-fetched bridge to justify why our IFC property sets improvement is awesome. This perhaps is the point where you consider why are you reading these blog posts…

But to be frank, I mean that just shows how important it is to have the information in a well-condensed and sorted format to be used! Does it matter that the IFC file has all the property information if it is burdensome to access that information? Now that IFC property sets in Infrakit are in a well-organized form, you can access the relevant information with ease and speed, such as volumes and sizes, or information for the installation crew! 

By the way, just look at how magnificently the Sobstad AS utilizes these! No need to be jealous, but come on, these guys know what they are doing! (Okay, a bit of jealousy is fine until you achieve their level 😉)

Looks at their project in Norway! Søbstad AS: Tanem-Tulluan

Flexible As-Built Export to fulfill the CDE 

Wait, did we just have the same headline on the 3.8.3 release blog? Nope! Last time it was about flexible as-built IMPORT, now it is time for praising flexible as-built EXPORT! The narrative has now beautifully come a full circle, as Infrakit construction CDE features regarding as-built data have wholesome flexibility.

The as-built data can be now exported in a format that directly suits your further use for example in data prep tools when more accurate deviation reports are needed or data is needed for creating mesh models for volume calculation use case.


File and photo properties on the go

Properties are an awesome thing to have for files and photos, that’s for sure. But we know it’s frustrating to add those after the uploading, cause it just could have been done already… Well, not anymore, because we made it now possible to add the properties while uploading! Now that saves a minute or two a day, workdays in the long run!

Check the more in-depth list of new features and improvements of this version from our Knowledge Base

Jere Syrjälä
May 31st, 2023

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Welcome the new Infrakit version with configurable as-built imports!

Welcome the new Infrakit version with configurable as-built imports! 

Have you noticed these release blogs are appearing more often… Hats off to our R&D team! Even more impressive is that regardless of the speedy release intervals, our developers have still carried out remarkable new features and improvements for you in the new version once again. I bet you agree, it is a good to give a moment of appreciation to where it belongs, but who less often gets the credit! *Clapping hands together* Without further ado, let us have a quick glance on what are the highlights in Infrakit 3.8.3!   

Configured as-builts in the heart of the Construction CDE 

Commonly in construction projects, there can be tens or hundreds of data sources for as-built measurements. From machine operators on their grade control systems, surveyors measuring with RTK GNSS and total stations, foremen and supervisors with their grade checking tools to name a few… the amount of data sources and its distributed fashion across many sub-contractors may be overwhelming for quality engineers trying to aggregate the big picture. Not to mention how important this data is for quality assurance of the project and conducting handover to owner. 

That is precisely why we focused on developing our as-built importing function, to support configurable import where you can drop your local ASCII data sets from any imaginable shape. This way, you can collect all as-built data into Infrakit, having it as a single source of truth. The collecting process of as-built data made seamless!

Check out how to use it via the video!


Seamlessly enjoyable photo preview in the map page

Isn’t it just lovely when something functions so smoothly, it feels connected to your mind… Well, the photo integration on our map page is approaching that state certainly. Floating and movable photo preview, edit button in the palm of your hand, interactive map when changing the photo -> The map centers right where the photo location is! 

Milk cartons with caps, screen unlocking with facial recognition, Infrakit map with interactive photo previews… These kinds of “minor-looking” improvements are often underrated, as they at the first glance do not seem important, but you will find them soon enough making your life so much easier, one improvement at a time!  

3D BIM viewer improvements… again!

3D improvements again?? Déjà vu... Did we forget to edit this chapter from the last couple of release blogs? No, we did not! We just improved the 3D view so much once again, that it must be highlighted, as you can now filter as-builts in the view just as in the 2D. Also, you can check surface elevations and coordinates from the 3D models, so no need to run to 2D side anymore for that either.  

Thought buzzing around 3D BIM Viewer improvements, it is worth mentioning that we also improved viewing of 2D models drastically, especially IFC’s, so check them as well!


 Check the more in-depth list of new features and improvements of this version from our Knowledge Base

Jere Syrjälä
April 25th, 2023

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Marja-Terttu Sikiö van Destia: milieukwesties en duurzaamheid worden steeds belangrijker bij de planning van infrastructuurprojecten

Marja-Terttu Sikiö van Destia: milieukwesties en duurzaamheid worden steeds belangrijker bij de planning van infrastructuurprojecten

De infrastructuursector is een van de meest vervuilende industrieën ter wereld. Het merendeel van de emissies vindt plaats na de inbedrijfstelling, maar ook de bouw zelf heeft gevolgen voor het milieu.

Ongeacht de sector worden milieukwesties en duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen steeds belangrijkere onderwerpen in gesprekken, en de lat ligt hoog. Bij de aanleg van infrastructuur betekent het bereiken van deze doelstellingen en het verminderen van de emissies dat nieuwe technologische en materiaalopties moeten worden onderzocht en dat de procedures tot op zekere hoogte moeten worden gewijzigd. Digitalisering zal naar verwachting ook de milieueffecten van de bouw helpen verminderen. Finland heeft hiervoor een goed uitgangspunt, aangezien de afgelopen 10 jaar veel moeite is gedaan om de infrastructuur te digitaliseren.

Om duurzaamheid in de bouw van infrastructuur te bereiken, moeten we holistisch denken. Destia, bijvoorbeeld, heeft een lange traditie van zorg voor sociale duurzaamheid, inclusief veiligheid op het werk en welzijn van de werknemers. Duurzaamheid wordt echter een steeds breder thema in de hele sector, en er wordt steeds meer gesproken over emissies en de gevolgen voor het milieu als geheel.

Wij interviewden Marja-Terttu Sikiö van Destia om te zien hoe zij de discussie over dit onderwerp ziet en wat er gedaan kan worden om verandering te bevorderen.

Hoe ziet u de huidige situatie in de bouwsector?

Ik zie het als zeer positief in de zin dat milieukwesties en duurzaamheid, zoals klimaatwerk, steeds meer worden meegenomen in projecten, ook in gemeentelijke ontwikkelingsprojecten. Voor Destia zijn sociale duurzaamheidskwesties, zoals veiligheid op het werk en welzijn van de werknemers, al lang belangrijke thema’s.

Ziet u iets in de huidige situatie dat vooruitgang verhindert of belemmert?

Ik denk dat het belangrijkste obstakel een gebrek aan kennis en gedurfde experimenten op praktisch niveau is. Als het gaat om grote projecten en duurzame structuren, moeten we natuurlijk enige voorzichtigheid betrachten. Om vooruitgang te boeken in de sector zijn meer voorbeelden van succesvolle projecten nodig, evenals uitdagingen en gebieden die voor verbetering vatbaar zijn. We hebben ook meer bedrijven, gemeenten en mensen nodig die bereid zijn veranderingen te omarmen en als pioniers op te treden.

Hoe denkt u dat de situatie zich in de toekomst zal ontwikkelen?

Ik denk dat er een nog bredere selectie van eisen en perspectieven van duurzaamheid zal zijn waarmee bij nieuwe projecten rekening moet worden gehouden. Nieuwe praktijken zullen eerst worden ingevoerd in grotere pioniersprojecten, zoals alliantieprojecten. Zij bieden een goede gelegenheid om dingen op een nieuwe manier te doen, met nauwe samenwerking tussen de verschillende actoren. Best practices zullen zich vervolgens verspreiden naar andere projecten als gevolg van het succes van de pioniers.

Wat zijn volgens u de belangrijkste factoren om veranderingen teweeg te brengen en de emissies onder controle te houden?

De sleutel is het ontwikkelen en inzetten van vaardigheden, competenties en nieuwe praktijken door middel van proefprojecten. Bovendien kunnen we met de digitalisering de kennisbasis aanzienlijk uitbreiden. Wat de emissies van het vervoer betreft, vinden de meeste emissies van de vervoersinfrastructuur plaats tijdens het gebruik. Dit geldt ook voor lightrail-projecten. Deze emissies zullen worden verminderd door vooruitgang op het gebied van voertuigtechnologie en elektriciteitsopwekking.

Afgezien van de operationele fase worden de meeste emissies gegenereerd door enkele materialen, zoals staal, beton en asfalt. Deze emissies kunnen worden verminderd door gerecyclede grondstoffen te gebruiken. Ook de keuze van machines en transportmiddelen op de bouwplaats is van belang. Meer integratie van gegevensverzameling in de gehele productieketen en het gebruik van deze gegevens voor de planning en uitvoering van emissiereducties is nog steeds nodig op de bouwplaatsen.


Marja-Terttu Sikiö werkt al 14 jaar voor Destia’s Design and Expert Services. Momenteel werkt zij als project- en teamleider bij de afdeling Milieubeoordeling.


Destia is Finlands grootste operator in de infrastructuursector en maakt deel uit van het internationale Colas Group. Het bedrijf ontwerpt, bouwt en onderhoudt de infrastructuur die nodig is voor een goed functionerende samenleving. Hieronder vallen elektriciteitsnetten, bruggen, wegen en spoorwegen. Destia verbetert steden door telematica- en verlichtingsoplossingen te ontwikkelen en door een brede waaier van diensten aan te bieden voor het beheer van transport en infrastructuur.

Jere Syrjälä
March 21, 2023


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