What do you do at Sito and what are your responsibilities?
I started working for Sito Rakennuttajat Oy as a project manager in the industry and special structures department in the beginning of February 2016. I’m in charge of the construction of special structures . Another of my responsibilities is to profitably develop and increase the special structures construction business of Sito’s Project Management Sector. My duties also include client acquisition and active selling of our services
Can you tell us about some of the most interesting projects you have been involved in?
My most interesting project right now is the construction of the Isoisä bridge. Commissioned by the City of Helsinki, it is the first infrastructure project in Helsinki where, instead of traditional drawings, extensive use has been made of a BIM model from design to procurement, and from construction to supervision. I started this project under my previous employer and will see the bridge construction through to the end as a Sito employee.
One of my motorway projects that comes to mind is the E18 from Koskenkylä to Kotka. This was a PPP project, where I served as the client’s developer consultant. Another motorway project worth mentioning is the E18 from Hamina to Vaalimaa, where I was Tieyhtiö’s constructing manager. It is no exaggeration to say that both tasks offered a vantage point over infrastructure construction. It was very insightful to obtain a good understanding of the perspectives of different partners.
What would you say are the hot topics within your sector at the moment?
Implementing building information modeling (BIM) in construction is the hottest topic right now. – Performing an external inspection of the design is considerably easier using a model instead of traditional drawings, explains Juha Noeskoski. If models are sufficiently detailed and well-prepared, requests for tender can also be based on them during the procurement phase.
It is of vital importance that contractors use BIM in versatile ways, so that we can find the best data transfer practices together.
Interpersonal skills are also important. You need to get along with all kinds of people. Sometimes, I feel that training that combines the skills of a kindergarten teacher, a priest and a psychologist would be more useful than my existing technology qualifications.