Department of Built Environment

Department of Built Environment

The Department of Built Environment looks for practical solutions for a society whose functioning requires sustainable asset management, efficient water and waste management, sufficient water resources, reliable and safe transportation as well as valid geographic data. Intelligent spatial planning enables built environments that best serve the needs of habitation, business and mobility.

Students and teaching staff at the Aalto University Environmental Hydraulics Lab

News

Mekatroniikan Sirkus 2019
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Foundation for Finnish Inventions names new board chair

Juhani Talvela, Lic. Sc. (Tech.), has been appointed as the new chair of the Foundation for Finnish Inventions board. His predecessor continues as a member of the board.
Jukka-Suomi
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On the Way to a Digital Revolution in Construction

Trimble is one of the partners in the Aalto University-led research and development project DiCtion (Digitalizing Construction Workflows). Trimble’s Jukka Suomi shares his thoughts on how the project is contributing to the digital revolution in the industry and explains what the company is developing in DiCtion.
reppukeilain
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Cutting-edge technology, 3D models and pioneers of open science

The scientific achievements of the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research (CoE-LaSR) have produced plenty of benefits with far reaching impact both commercially and societally.
Tulva Suomessa
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Water knowledge has a central role in the mitigation of climate change

World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked.

Events

Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of water and environmental engineering, Tuija Laakso, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation is "Data-driven network asset management - Focus on sewer systems"
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of geoinformatics, Juval Cohen, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation is "The effect of forest canopy on remote sensing in the boreal region"
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of real estate economics, Pauliina Krigsholm, M.Sc (Tech.)

The title of the dissertation is "Towards a future cadastral system: An exploration of the Finnish case".
ASTRA EIT 2020
Conferences and workshops

Aalto University Summer School on Transportation (Online)

An intensive online learning experience for graduate students and professionals in the field of transportation and urban planning, including online lectures and innovation workshops.

Research

The research and education of the Department of Built Environment focus on fields that are continuously growing in societal importance. Research problems involve the great challenges facing today’s society, including population growth, urbanisation, climate change, globalisation, digitalisation and the increasing use of natural resources.

The Department of Built Environment is home to four research groups – Geoinformatics, Real Estate Economics, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering and Water and Environmental Engineering – and a partner in MeMo, the Research Institute of Modelling and Measuring for The Built Environment. The department also participates in the work of the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research, which is funded by the Academy of Finland.

Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Urban realities are becoming increasingly dynamic, complex and fragmented while demands for their livability, sustainability, competitiveness, and attractiveness increase. Our research connects spatial planning and transportation engineering for developing new scientific knowledge needed in systemic understanding, problem-solving, and integrative planning and policy-making beyond sectoral boundaries, aimed at achieving human-centered living environments.

Traffic in Mannerheimintie, photo Aalto University/Annamari Tolonen

Water and Environmental Engineering

Water and Environmental Engineering research at Aalto University aims to find solutions to decrease resource scarcity and to support sustainability. Our research is divided into two strategic areas: global water issues and sustainable circular economy, which are further divided into four research entities.

Aalto Research groups

Real Estate Economics

Real estate economics analyses the dynamics of real estate markets from the perspectives of e.g. business, planning, technology, value formation and law. The Real Estate Economics research group at Aalto University is the only university-level research unit in Finland focusing on the broad area of real estate.

Real Estate Economics

Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics at Aalto University is a truly multidisciplinary field. Our research and its applications cover a wide range of themes from human-centred to natural environments.

View from the plane used in remote sensing.

MeMo - Research Institute of Measuring and Modeling for the Built Environment

The goal of the Institute is to produce world-class research and development of the measurement technology in the field of construction and environmental engineering.

Contact information

Riku Vahala

Riku Vahala

Built Environment
Head of Department
Department Staff

Where to find us

Otakaari 4

Address: Otakaari 4. Mechanical engineering 1, K1. Mon-Fri 8.00–15.30

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Tietotie 1 E

Water and Environmental Engineering, Water Building, Mon-Fri 8.00–15.45

Vesihuoltotekniikka

Tietotie 1 C

Aalto Ice Tank, Water and Environmental Engineering
Address: Tietotie 1
Mon-Fri 8.00-15.30

Research machine surfing on the ice at the Aalto Ice Tank.

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