Olli Seppänen

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
T214 Civil Engineering

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
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Contact information

Phone number
+358503680412

Honors and awards

Student prize: DSc dissertation award

3500 EUR
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Civil Engineering Jan 2010

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

Best paper Award paper

Best paper award in 2019 IEEE Conference on Wireless Sensors
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Civil Engineering Nov 2019

Research groups

  • Building Design and Construction, Professor (Associate Professor)

Publications

Digital Twin of a Design Process: An Exploratory Study

Hisham Abou-Ibrahim, Eelon Lappalainen, Olli Seppänen 2022 Proceedings 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Edmonton, Canada, 27-29 Jul 2022

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Coordination Practices: Case Finnish Construction Market

Krishna Chauhan, Antti Peltokorpi, Hisham Abou-Ibrahim, Olli Seppänen 2022 Proceedings 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Edmonton, Canada, 27-29 Jul 2022

The Monetary and Non-Monetary Impacts of Prefabrication on Construction : The Effects of Product Modularity

Krishna Chauhan, Antti Peltokorpi, Rita Lavikka, Olli Seppänen 2022 Buildings

To prefabricate or not? A method for evaluating the impact of prefabrication in building construction

Krishna Chauhan, Antti Peltokorpi, Rita Lavikka, Olli Seppänen 2022 Construction Innovation

Is Construction Industry Still Performing Worse Than Other Industries?

Jan A. Elfving, Olli Seppänen 2022 Proceedings 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Edmonton, Canada, 27-29 Jul 2022

Uncovering and Visualizing Work Process Interruptions Through Quantitative Workflow Analysis

Christopher Görsch, Alaa Al Barazi, Olli Seppänen, Hisham Abou Ibrahim 2022 Proceedings 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Edmonton, Canada, 27-29 Jul 2022

Value-Adding Index - Share of Direct Work Included in Uninterrupted Presence Time

Christopher Görsch, Zhao Jianyu, Olli Seppänen 2022 Proceedings 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Edmonton, Canada, 27-29 Jul 2022

Situational Awareness in Construction Projects Using Takt Production

Heikki P. I. Halttula, Olli Seppänen 2022 Proceedings 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Edmonton, Canada, 27-29 Jul 2022

Experiment proposal for data quality assessment in construction management

Raphael Hippe, Marco Binninger, Olli Seppänen 2022 Proceedings of 33. Forum Bauinformatik, 07. - 09. September 2022

Effects of Daily Management on Design Reliability

Eelon Lappalainen, Petri Uusitalo, Hisham Abou Ibrahim, Olli Seppänen, Aku Hänninen, Kristian Söderström 2022 Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) - Edmonton, Canada - 2022