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
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Student prize: DSc dissertation award

3500 EUR
Palkinto tai huomionosoitus tuotoksesta Rakennustekniikan laitos 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
Palkinto tai huomionosoitus tuotoksesta Rakennustekninen suunnittelu ja rakentaminen May 2019

Best paper Award paper

Best paper award in 2019 IEEE Conference on Wireless Sensors
Palkinto tai huomionosoitus tuotoksesta Rakennustekniikan laitos Nov 2019


  • Rakennustekninen suunnittelu ja rakentaminen, Professori (Associate Professor)


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

Application of Takt and Kanban to Modular Wind Turbine Construction


Comparative Analysis of Planning with the Critical Path Method, Last Planner System, and Location-Based Techniques in Brazil, Finland, and the United States

Natalie M. Scala, Vincent Schiavone, Hylton Olivieri, Olli Seppänen, Thais da C.L. Alves, Min Liu, Ariovaldo Denis Granja 2022 EMJ - Engineering Management Journal

Defining the Maturity Levels for Implementing Industrial Logistics Practices in Construction

Müge Tetik, Antti Peltokorpi, Olli Seppänen, Jan Holmström 2022 Frontiers in Built Environment

Digitalizing Construction Workflow (DiCtion) - final report

Olli Seppänen, Antti Peltokorpi, Yuan Zheng, Mustafa Khalid Masood, Antti Aikala, Joonas Lehtovaara, Markku Kiviniemi, Rita Lavikka 2021

A shared ontology suite for digital construction workflow

Yuan Zheng, Seppo Törmä, Olli Seppänen 2021 Automation in Construction

Using Real-Time Tracking of Materials and Labor for Kit-Based Logistics Management in Construction

Jianyu Zhao, Yuan Zheng, Olli Seppänen, Müge Tetik, Antti Peltokorpi 2021 Frontiers in Built Environment : Construction Management

Using real-time indoor resource positioning to track the progress of tasks in construction sites

Jianyu Zhao, Ergo Pikas, Olli Seppänen, Antti Peltokorpi 2021 Frontiers in Built Environment : Construction Management

To trust or not to trust: Is trust a prerequisite for solving design quality problems?

Petteri Uusitalo, Eelon Lappalainen, Olli Seppänen, Ergo Pikas, Antti Peltokorpi, Nikolai Menzhinskii, Mikko Piitulainen 2021 Construction Management and Economics