Department of Built Environment

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.
Henkilö tekemässä laserskannausta

The institute's work is based on the novel approaches of 3D measuring and modelling research and knowledge management. In practice, this means the measuring and modelling of 3D objects, cities and people (using sensors, data collection, analysis etc.), creating location-based services, combining networks, creating virtual worlds as well as creating and transmitting knowledge, innovations and patents. KAP (knowledge based academic platform) methods and practices are used to integrate innovations and best practices into the society. KAP is both a way to share know-how within our team and to share the tacit knowledge to the rest of society.

Future challenges of the institute are to integrate spatial knowledge (including data measurement techniques, positioning, navigation, GIS) into the social value of the built environment and into housing, decision-making and future retail for healthier environments, smart places and cities.

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To learn about our ongoing projects, please see our project page Projects – MeMo (

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More detailed information on the Institute's activities in different areas is available as follows:

Aalto University

  • Measuring and modelling of Built Environment - Director Hannu Hyyppä
  • 3D, photogrammetry and 3D-studio – Studio manager, Vice Director Matti Kurkela
  • Digital photogrammetry – Prof. Matti T. Vaaja
  • Built Environment – Prof. Raine Mäntysalo
  • Projects, culture sector and 3D – Academic coordinator Marika Ahlavuo
  • Photogrammetry – Prof. Emeritus Henrik Haggrén

Finnish Geospatial Research Institute

  • Remote sensing and photogrammetry, automated vehicles – Prof. Juha Hyyppä
  • Navigation and positioning – Prof. Jarkko Koskinen

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More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.

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The 3D studio mainly contains 3D measuring devices such as laser scanners and cameras. In addition, the studio has workstations for data processing, 3D modeling and visualization.

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Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

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