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Brand spanking new Infrakit Knowledge Base

We’ve just published a Knowledge Base for Infrakit which covers all our solutions for infra-construction. You can read up on all the features and functionalities of Infrakit OFFICE™ and our Android and iOS apps. If you need to set up integrations to machine control systems there’s a whole section about Infrakit LINK™ and step-by-step instructions to get it done. Or maybe you just want to check out the latest release notes and additions to the FAQ.

You can also access the Knowledge Base directly in Infrakit by clicking the question mark on the bottom right corner.

 

Go check it out at https://support.infrakit.com

Images on Infrakit OFFICE™

There are several uses for images taken at the project site. You can document the existing structures and area before work on the site starts and during the project you can document all work stages. When you are using the Infrakit FIELD™ app for Android or iOS you can easily take images at the site and upload them to your project with the relevant metadata like location information included in them.

You can view the images with a file explorer that allows you to download all the images for storage elsewhere. You can also view all the images on the map and by clicking on an image you get a preview of the picture and more information about this specific picture. It’s also possible to display it fullscreen or edit the information about that picture. Infrakit also support 360 images if you have the necessary equipment to produce them.

 

Download Infrakit FIELD™ Lite on Apple App Store »

 

 

Download  Infrakit FIELD™ for Android devices on Google Play store »

 

Learn more about vehicles on Infrakit OFFICE™

 

Once all the necessary design files have been added to Infrakit and can be viewed on the map the next logical step is to add all the vehicles operating at the project site. Once the vehicles have been registered they are listed on the map “Vehicles” tab and a color code indicates the status of the vehicle:

· Green: An active vehicle with active and working data connections to Infrakit. All assigned models have been synced between Infrakit and the machine.
· Red: Assigned models have not been synced between machine and Infrakit. Either sync is ongoing or waiting to happen or sync has failed, and data connections are down.
· Orange: Vehicle is activated for the project with latest models synced but it’s not online
· Grey: The vehicle is set to ‘on hold’ state or the vehicle is not activated for this project.

 

The separate “Vehicles” page gives an overview of the different vehicles registered on the project, but also gives access to more information about them:

  • The list of all vehicles registered to the project
  • The number of online vehicles
  • The overall efficiency of the vehicles on the project
  • The total amount of working hours registered by the vehicles.
  • Additional information about the vehicle (type, station location, last contact, efficiency, connection time and driver/additional information)
  • Button to “edit” the vehicle (only available for Admins)
  • Possibility to download locally on your computer the as-built points in format CSV, GT or XML for any given time range.
  • Efficiency: graph visualization of the efficiency of each vehicle compared to all.
  • Usage statistics: view for each vehicle, per week, their daily activity with information like exact time, starting/ending station and model used.
  • Manage rights: to define which models are accessible for each vehicle
  • Accuracy: detailed information about the as-built point loaded by this vehicle and its accuracy compared to the reference models.

So by having all the vehicles and work machines connected to Infrakit you get a real-time view of their activities on the work site. We support integration of machine control systems from vendors like Trimble, Leica, Topcon and Moba.

Thank you Bauma!

Bauma attracted more than 620 000 visitors this year! It is the best results in the exhibition’s 65-year history and the number of visitors rose by about 40,000 over the total produced during the previous event in 2016. Most of the visitors come from Germany, but more than 250,000 visitors came from countries outside Germany: Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain and from the overseas.

The clear focal point of this year’s Bauma was sustainable and digital solutions. Digitalization is a “megatrend” in the construction machinery industry, sensors and communication interfaces that collect and analyze data have become standard equipment.

Infrakit had our own stand first time in history this year at Bauma in the hall A2. Our International Business Developer Jan van den Brandt worked at our stand the full week and says it was a great success. During the seven days it was definitely the place to be. So let’s meet again in 2022!

The next Bauma will be held from April 4 to 10, 2022, at the Messe München Exhibition Center.

Jan van den Brandt and Pasi Joensuu happy after successful Bauma-week.

BIM’s advocates in Barcelona

European BIM Summit – the annual international conference on Building Information Modeling (BIM), is held for the fifth time in Barcelona ( 11-12 of April). The conference has become the most advanced reference meeting on construction digitalization in Europe. The event started with a gala dinner at Roca Gallery that was organized by the Col·legi d’Aparelladors de Barcelona (CAATEEB), BIM Academy and buildingSMART.

Coordinator for buildingSmart in Finland Anna-Riitta Kallinen (in red) cheks in dinner at Roca Gallery in Barcelona (Photo: Marc Escola)
General Secretary Ferran Falcó opens the evening at Roca Gallery (Photo: Marc Escola)
President of CAATEEB Jordi Gosalves from European BIM Summit (Photo Marc Escola)
Pasi Joensuu, Linda Hakala, Annabella Polo – Advisor from Business Finland, Jenni Piela and Marja-Liisa Ketola (Photo:Marc Escola)

Massimo Rubino (in the middle) has an active role in advancing the use of BIM in Spain, especially in Catalonia. He is one of the organizers of  the European BIM Summit and also works with BIMtour. BIMtour has held 15 sessions with more than 900 professionals in Spain from November to March in 2019. The sessions will show to the the professionals involved and the attending institutions how the BIM implementation will provide to their project and process higher productivity and efficiency. The purpose of the tour is to help people and companies to keep up with digitalization in construction industry. The gap between companies using the new technologies and companies using traditional methods is expanding. Read more about the European BIM Summit here, and BIMtour (in Spanish) here.

Pasi Joensuu from Infrakit, Massimo Rubino, Executive Director, BIM Academy and Marja-Liisa Ketola, Partner at Inseltrade

Marja-Liisa Ketola from Inseltrade has started to work with Infrakit in Spain. She has started with a market survey on trends and mobile connectivity focusing on motorways, railways, ports and airports. Ketola is actively looking for potential customers in Spain.

Petteri Palviainen, BIM Development Manager from Novatron got involved with BIM Summit Barcelona through InfraBIM Open event in Tampere. Here in Barcelona he explained to the international audience the Finnish way of using BIM (FINBIM) in infrastructure. As a case example Palviainen told about the tramway project in the city of Tampere. The new 23 km tramway is built by a tramway alliance which consist of the client i.e. Tampere city and the service providers, i.e. NCR Group Oy, YIT Construction Services and Pöyry Finland Oy. Infrakit is used in the project as a platform for managing machine control models and as-built information as well as digital handover material.

Petteri Palviainen talking about the Tampere tramway project and the Finnish way of BIM
An important game was shown at the gala dinner, only in Spain!

The founder and CEO of European BIM Summit, Ingasi Pérez Arnal promised:  “Next year one third of the event will be dedicated for infrastructure”. We look forward to it!

First days of Bauma 2019!

Infrakit is finally at Bauma! It is great to be here. The second day has started off busy and it has been nice to meet many familiar and new faces!  3700 exhibitors come from 63 countries and regions.

Our International Business Developer Jan van den Brandt meets with Ulrike Nohlen from MTS.

Our General Manager of Netherlands Tiny Nuiten explaining the benefits of open BIM.

Our staff on Tuesday: Jero Juujärvi, Linda Hakala, Tiny Nuiten, Jenni Piela, Jan van der Brandt, Hannele Zilm-Schulz and Pasi Joensuu

Vice President of International Sales, Pasi Joensuu introducing Infrakit’s functionalities

Infrakit at BIM World Paris 2019!

You can find us at the booth Building Smart (G51) on April 2nd and 3rd, 2019.

If you are in Paris on April 1st and you want to know more about how BIM is used in Finland, you can join us at the Embassy of Finland to discover more. To read more click here.

Very often, public worksites lack information available realtime at the right time and in the right place. Infrakit offers companies and work sites the possibility of obtaining the necessary information at any time and in any place. When all the actors and equipment have all the necessary information in real time, unnecessary costs can be avoided and the projects completed according to the schedule.

Infrakit is an independent platform but works with partners such as Trimble, Leica, Topcon, Moba / Novatron and others! So you can manage all your information on a platform without changing your already existing tools. So, earthworks, topography, execution monitoring or digital DOE, Infrakit allows you to efficiently manage your public works sites!

Come and find us at booth G51!

Infrakit FIELD™ app goes iOS and now available on Apple App Store

 

Our family of mobile apps has grown with a new member Infrakit FIELD Lite for iOS released this month. The latest version is the first stable release and includes all the web mobile functionality. The app works both on iPhone and iPad and will be updated frequently as all of our products. Already this year we have released a total of over 80 new features and improvements across our product line. For iOS we also have Infrakit Truck Tracking app which you can use to track the trucks and other vehicles on your project site.

Infrakit FIELDLite on Apple App Store »

Infrakit Truck Tracking on Apple App Store »

Also if you are on Android don’t forget you can download the apps on Google Play store:

Infrakit FIELDon Google Play store »

Infrakit Truck Tracking on Google Play Store »

 

Faster, cheaper and higher-quality roadworks

Digitalization is making strong advances in infrastructure construction. Pioneers can benefit from the ease of worksite monitoring it brings as well as time and cost savings.

Traditional infra construction has involved printing plans on paper and transporting them long distances around the worksite. This leads to inefficiency and errors. The increasing prevalence of mobile devices, improved communication connections and GPS control systems in work machinery now enable the adoption of digital models. Digital cloud services enable faster construction, more efficient use of resources and less errors and waiting at sites.

“With digital plans, everyone knows what they need to do and have access to the latest updated plans. At the core of it all is an information model where the designs are made as 3D models,” says Teemu Kivimäki, CEO of Infrakit.

In Finland, the digitalization of infra construction is at an advanced level, at least among certain players. Destia is currently the most digitalized company, even on a global scale. Digitalization has allowed the company to decrease project turnaround time by a third. The City of Espoo also uses a digital information model for a variety of purposes. However, Kivimäki considers it problematic that municipal decision-makers often seek solutions from abroad rather than turning to the world-class expertise found in Finland.

“The Infrakit cloud service is an independent and neutral platform that supports all devices. The use of Infrakit makes the project transparent, and processes can be systematically improved. The service provides instant visibility into what’s going on at the worksite and how efficiently. The cloud service can also be shared with others,” continues Kivimäki.

Infrakit operates through a map view that shows all the work machinery at the worksite, project-related plans, and how the work is progressing. The view is real-time. Kivimäki notes that, in the old way of working, plans and the actual as-built status were often only approximate. By using detailed 3D models, it can instantly be seen if there are deviations at the construction site. This makes for higher quality.

 

Work is more efficient when all machines are in operation at once

Road construction is always complex and involves a great many different elements. If one work phase lags behind, it has an exponential effect on the following phases. Using a digital model reduces complexity, as users have a clearer view of the whole and everyone has access to the same plans. Project speed is also increased when machinery can be operated more efficiently. Most of the work is done with machines, yet it is common at worksites for only one machine out of five to be in operation at any one time, while the others wait.

“Using Infrakit, four out of five work machines can be operational at once. The efficiency of the machines is increased by 30 to 40 percent on average,” says Kivimäki.

Road projects are usually tax-funded and cause disturbances to traffic. Hence, reducing project turnaround time and decreasing costs also benefits the local residents. Costs are further cut by reduced material consumption. When the work is done right the first time without needing to tear down previously built sections, less material is used.

“The cost savings brought by digitalization compared to previous working methods is about 20 percent. Of this, the use of Infrakit accounts for some 5–10 percent,” Kivimäki remarks.

Infrakit

– Founded in 2010 as a University of Oulu spin-off project.

– Undergoing strong growth, with doubled revenue in 2018.

– Subsidiaries in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.

– Employs 25 people, about half of them in Finland.

 

“With digital plans, everyone knows what they need to do.”

Teemu Kivimäki
photo by Aleksi Palmqvist

Teemu Kivimäki hopes that municipal decision-makers would see the benefits of digitalization in infrastructure construction and take advantage of the expertise to be found in Finland.

Author Suvi Huttunen, translation from Finnish by Delingua.

(Read this article in Finnish – the link to the original Finnish text is here.)

 

New Infrakit Truck Application

Mobile phones and the whole industry around them is moving at an incredible pace. A year in mobile world is a lifetime in ours if you look at the innovations and new technologies that are constantly changing. Here at Infrakit we know that we must keep up with the change in order to provide our customers with best possible experience.

     

 

    

With this in mind, we’ve developed a new version of our trucks application. The new version increases reliability, efficiency and decreases power consumption. New trucks application was built from the ground up with better architecture and with the latest Android development technologies. We’ve kept the same functionality and provided users with similar interface so the transition from old to the new version will be as seamless as possible. We have future plans to make new features and the new architecture allows us to make these changes faster and improve reliability even more! One more reason for building the new application is that it will work even better on newer devices and on newer versions of Android OS.

We want to improve our application even more, so if you’re interested in being one of the first users to try out our new and improved application, we wholeheartedly invite you to join us in this journey!

For more details and how to download the new truck application, please contact your local Infrakit provider.