8th Nordic Conference on
Construction Economics and Organization

May 28-29 2015, Tampere, Finland


Professor Bjørn Andersen

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

" Innovative contract and project models in infrastructure projects "

Bjørn Andersen holds a professorship at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has about twenty years of experience in research and teaching within the area of project management. Teaching assignments include courses on risk and quality management in projects, project organization, benchmarking of projects, etc. He is now the Director of Project Norway, a partner-based research center.

In his keynote speech Bjørn Andersen shall cover experiences from different comparable countries with innovative contract and project models for infrastructure projects. These experiences have been collected through a study undertaken by Ola Lædre, Olav Torp, Nils Olsson, and Bjørn Andersen, all researchers at NTNU. Also findings from benchmarking project performance are to be presented as reflections of state of the art practice and its deviations.



CEO Tuomas Särkilahti

Skanska Oy, Finland

"Continuous Improvement of Operational Efficiency – The Skanska Way of Leading Change"

Tuomas Särkilahti has been working for Skanska in Finland since 1997. On July 1, 2014 he was appointed new Business Unit President and CEO of Skanska’s operations in Finland.
Before that Mr. Särkilahti has gained substantial experience in Skanska in various areas. Most recently his role has been Chief Operating Officer, focusing mainly on operational efficiency. Before that he has worked as EVP, Regional Manager, District Manager and Manager within Procurement and Development. Prior to his industrial career Mr. Särkilahti has worked Helsinki University of Technology (nowadays Aalto University) as researcher.
In his keynote Tuomas Särkilahti will provide with his views on sustainable business practices and operational efficiency in a construction company.

Skanska in brief
Skanska is one of the world's leading project development and construction groups, concentrated on selected home markets in the Nordic region, other European countries and in the U.S. With a focus on green construction, ethics, occupational health and safety, Skanska offers competitive solutions – not least for the most complex assignments.


Professor Keith Hampson

Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, Curtin University, Australia

"Research, Development & Innovation: Global State of the Art in Real Estate and Construction Sector"

For more than 20 years Keith Hampson has been leading multi-disciplinary research collaborations across industry, government and academia to remodel the real estate and construction sector. He has a distinguished record of scholarly publication and securing research funding. Keith serves as CEO of the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) developing world-class Australian capability in key areas, including policy and practice in digital modelling, productivity, sustainability, safety, innovation and procurement, to address complex problems in the built environment.



Professor Seppo Junnila

Aalto University

"SMARTer construction - the Internet of Buildings"

Dr Seppo Junnila is a Professor of Real Estate Business at Aalto University in Finland. Dr. Junnila has worked in several occasion as a visiting scholar in University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. Currently he is co-operating with University of Oxford in the area of digital revolution in built environment. He has held two docent positions one in Real Estate Life Cycle Management at Helsinki University of Technology and another in Life Cycle Economy of Built Environment at Tampere University of Technology. He also has a Doctor of Science, Licentiate of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology. In addition, he has a diploma in Environmental Management from the Helsinki School of Economics, and Proficiency in Ecological Architecture, University of Helsinki, Finland. Before joining the academia, Dr. Junnila worked in numerous industry positions, for example, as a Head of Business Development and a Department Manager at Pöyry corporation. He has also worked as a Business Director at Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra).

Dr Junnila's research focuses on life-cycle technologies, management and innovation in built environment. He has initialized and managed several major research projects with more than fifty industrial partners. Currently he leads a research team of 15 researchers in the area.
Dr. Junnila has published more than 60 scientific journal articles in the fields of life cycle management, energy, construction and innovation. He is a recipient of several best paper awards and of the Young Scientist Center of Excellence award from Helsinki University of Technology. He has also received the Best Dissertation of the Year grant from the Association of Finnish Civil Engineers and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Fellowship, the Association of Finnish Civil Engineers Fellowship, the Research Foundation of Helsinki University of Technology Fellowship, and the Real Estate Education and Training Institute Fellowship.