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.
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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

Latest publications

Comparing positioning accuracy of mobile laser scanning systems under a forest canopy

Jesse Muhojoki, Teemu Hakala, Antero Kukko, Harri Kaartinen, Juha Hyyppä 2024 Science of Remote Sensing

Semantic segmentation of raw multispectral laser scanning data from urban environments with deep neural networks

Mikael Reichler, Josef Taher, Petri Manninen, Harri Kaartinen, Juha Hyyppä, Antero Kukko 2024 ISPRS Open Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

OVI-3 : A NoSQL visual query system supporting efficient anti-joins

Sami El-Mahgary, Eljas Soisalon-Soininen, Pekka Orponen, Petri Rönnholm, Hannu Hyyppä 2023 JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Can the Perception Data of Autonomous Vehicles Be Used to Replace Mobile Mapping Surveys?—A Case Study Surveying Roadside City Trees

Eric Hyyppä, Petri Manninen, Jyri Maanpää, Josef Taher, Paula Litkey, Heikki Hyyti, Antero Kukko, Harri Kaartinen, Eero Ahokas, Xiaowei Yu, Jesse Muhojoki, Matti Lehtomäki, Juho Pekka Virtanen, Juha Hyyppä 2023 Remote Sensing

Kolmiulotteiset korttelit : opas taloyhtiöille kiinteistökohtaisen 3D-paikkatiedon hyödyntämiseen

Heikki Kauhanen, Bai-Bai Bairoh, Miikka Norola, Osamabin Shafaat, Arttu Julin, Toni Rantanen, Kaisa Jaalama, Matti Tapio Vaaja, Lassi Sarlos 2023

Drift analysis and sectional post-processing of indoor simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)-based laser scanning data

Aino Keitaanniemi, Petri Rönnholm, Antero Kukko, Matti Tapio Vaaja 2023 Automation in Construction

Open Geospatial Data Integration in Game Engine for Urban Digital Twin Applications

Toni Rantanen, Arttu Julin, Juho Pekka Virtanen, Hannu Hyyppä, Matti T. Vaaja 2023 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

Idea, keksintö ja maailmanvalloitus : Keksintösäätiö 50 + 50 vuotta

Juhani Talvela, Anne Hassinen, Marjut Honkasalo, Timo Nyberg 2023

Recording the Crystal Flowers - rapid 3D mapping for interactive online content of sculptural worlds

Juho-Pekka Virtanen, Matti Kurkela, Marika Ahlavuo, Hannu Hyyppä 2023 Shapes in Action

Henkilökuva: Tekniikan tohtori Arttu Julin

Marika Ahlavuo, Hannu Hyyppä 2022 Maankäyttö
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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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