Department of Civil Engineering

Olli Seppänen

Professor of Practice

Contact information

Mobile phone
+358503680412
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Description

My field of expertise is operations management in construction. My research interests include lean construction, real-time production control, location based management systems, prefabrication / modular construction, construction logistics and digitalized construction operations. My main goal is solve the productivity problem of construction projects by leaning the process, achieving situational awareness through digitalization (IoT, robotic vision, AI) and moving most of the work outside of the construction site to industrialize construction.

I coordinate the Vision 2030 consortium which includes 13 Finnish construction and design companies who try to develop a vision for how buildings should be constructed in 2030. Vision 2030 consortium funds 2-3 research projects annually and I am currently the principal investigator of two of these projects.  I am the principal investigator in three projects funded by Business Finland:

  1. iCONS –Intelligent Construction Site – using indoor positioning to monitor resource flows in real time
  2. RECAP – Reality Capture – using deep learning techniques to automatically analyze pictures and laser scanned pointclouds to measure progress and quality
  3. DiCtion – Digitalizing Construction Workflows – trying to combine the data sources of construction into a relevant, real-time situation picture for all main stakeholders of a construction project

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Civil Engineering
Jan 2010

DSc dissertation award 3500 EUR

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Building Design and Construction
May 2019

Best paper award PhD paper Best paper award for a PhD paper "Situation Picture through Construction Information Management" at the 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization

Publications

Department of Civil Engineering

Solving design management problems using lean design management : the role of trust

Publishing year: 2019 Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Evidence based residential ventilation: sizing procedure and system solutions addressed by REHVA Residential Ventilation Task Force

Publishing year: 2019 Clima 2019
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Communications and Networking

Real-time resource tracking for analyzing value-adding time in construction

Publishing year: 2019 Automation in Construction
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Deciding between prefabrication and on-site construction: A choosing-by-advantage approach

Publishing year: 2019 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

INTEGRATING INDOOR POSITIONING SYSTEMS AND BIM TO IMPROVE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Publishing year: 2019 Proceeedings of the Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Situation Picture through Construction Information Management

Publishing year: 2019 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Applying Level of Detail in BIM-based project: An overall process for lean design management

Publishing year: 2019 Buildings
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

VBuilt : Volume-based automatic building extraction for as-built point clouds

Publishing year: 2019
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Indoor Tracking of Construction Workers Using BLE: Mobile Beacons and Fixed Gateways vs. Fixed Beacons and Mobile Gateways

Publishing year: 2019 Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)
Building Design and Construction, Department of Civil Engineering

Comparison of Collaboration and Trade Partner Commitment in Takt Implementation Cases

Publishing year: 2019 Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC)