10.30-12.00  Live Development of Mobile App for Construction with Audience Interaction (CGI) e cities 
Mr. Michael Beversdorf (CGI)

A huge current trend is the "API economy" - many companies and public entities are hyping up that they are opening up their data stores for access and use. This is a great start, but the challenge is create tools or services that provide value based on that data. We would like to show an example of how this can be accomplished.

The Uber ride service is a great example of a service and application that does not use anything technically new, rather combines multiple existing data platforms to provide a unique service - maps, mobile location, routing and also importantly, billing.

The Uber app and service is a tool that "I never knew I needed." It is easy to order the service, you don't need to know your location, your phone already knows it. It is easier to trust the unknown driver because his / her picture and car are shown before it arrives. You don't need to have a common language with the driver because you enter your destination and the driver sees that information. And at the end of the ride, no need to sign a credit card slip, the price is deducted from your credit card.

From the above example, it is clear that the USER is satisfied because their needs are directly taken care of. The first step is to discover what information a user needs, for example a construction worker. Then an application can be created.

Our proposal is to host an interactive workshop with the audience, to look at the data provided by various sources weather, sensors, 3D, planning, cost, etc.), decide together on a user and a value-adding use case, then create a mobile application "on-the-fly" that tests whether a particular use or combination of data provides new value.

In order for us to pull off this workshop successfully, we will bring in representatives from our Service Design, Mobile and Construction teams. The service designers will facilitate the interaction and produce sketches of the audience ideas. The construction team understands various roles in construction and knows data sources. The mobile team will create the application that can be tested directly by the audience.

The purpose of the workshop is to awaken the audience to a) the importance of creating user interfaces that directly serve user needs; b) show them how easy it is to create an application that delivers added value; c) also show that a successful requires trials, then errors and new trials.


13.00-14.45 Twinning the City 
Dr. Esri Finland (Esri Finland Oy), Mr. Ilkka Suojanen (Esri Finland Oy), Mr. Marko Saastamoinen (Esri Finland Oy)

Digital twins have been around since the early 2000s. In the resent years these virtual models became more cost-effective to implement due to the rise of the Internet of Things.

In the workshop CTO Ilkka Suojanen and development manager Marko Saastamoinen from Esri Finland will share their insight on why the concept of the smart city through digital twins is obvious and what are the benefits of integrating geospatial components within the digital twin model.

From urban planning to land-use optimization, the trend of digital twins is picking up pace amongst the most tech-savvy countries in the world. Digital twins allow the simulation of plans before implementing them, exposing problems before they become a reality. Architectural aspects that could be planned and analysed through digital tools include; housing, wireless networks antennas, solar panels, and public transport.

Ilkka Suojanen and Marko Saastamoinen believe that creating a digital twin is paramount for any city embarking on the journey of the digital transformation. According to them only with a digital twin in place, can government agencies effectively analyse what can be done with the data and improve citizen living, create economic opportunity and revitalize a closer community. 

In the workshop you will find out how data-rich digital models of the city replicate its physical features and capture its processes in real time. You will also see, how by analysing the collective data from sensors on various physical assets, planners can generate simulations that guide city planning.

According to Ilkka Suojanen geospatial information helps the digital twin become aware of both the actual and relative position of its real-world counterpart. One good thing about having a geospatial component within the digital twin model is that the geospatial component enhances the analytical component so that users can explore and find out things that were not noticed before.


15.15-17.00 Smart Spaces – focusing on the user in the PropTech
Mr. Jan Levermann (Siemens - Smart Infrastructure), Ms. Elisa Rönkä (Siemens - Smart Infrastructure)

The PropTech evolution has been classified by The World Economic Forum (JLL CEO Asia via WEF) into three major categories:

PropTech 1.0: Emerging offerings around online listing sites for residential property (2007)

PropTech 2.0: New services based on data analytics (2013)

PropTech 3.0: New players focusing on emerging technology such as drones, VR and AR as well as blockchain (2014 onwards)

What we see now is the evolution into PropTech 4.0 where focus shifts from experimentation with technology back to the basics: 

Lead question for the workshop: What is the value that can be created and the use cases that should be solved?

Technology in itself holds no value unless it is adopted by its users and same applies to PropTech, which is currently probably at the height of its hype curve. It is certainly not technology that disrupts markets, but customer adoption. With these thoughts in mind it is time to start disrupting also the slow-moving building industry.

What become the defining factors of success is not technology features or even integration capabilities, but instead the use cases that these emerging or existing technologies enable us to solve. Whether the impact is on building experience, operational efficiency or society itself, one fact is the same: buildings are no longer physical structures with a stack of tech deployed. Instead, they are interfaces between the people and the processes and services within, and their role is to be an active contributor instead of a rigid frame. It is all about outcome economy.

If we talk about smart office buildings, for example, buildings play an integral role in employee experience. Buildings are a platform for innovation - enabling activity-based working, community building, well-being and collaboration. Whatever PropTech lies behind is secondary. Because we have seen plenty of examples of ‘smart’ buildings crammed with the latest, greatest tech but where the definition of use cases for same has fallen flat. What one ends up with is simply a giant data dump and an investment with a debatable return.

PropTech deployments should therefore always be deployed in line with business strategy, culture and organizational KPIs. In an office space, focusing on increasing the productivity and happiness of employees while optimizing space and operational efficiency is key. It is about finding a holistic approach to define ‘smart’ and ensuring the tech deployed is scalable across buildings, businesses and time spans. This is where value in the light of PropTech 4.0 is created  - and the central idea for the WDBE 2019 workshop.

Links to Scandinavian reference case for workshop:




10.45-12.15 Transparency, collaboration and resilience across the building value chain 
Mr. Alexander Adkins (Trä Digital), Mrs. Jutta Menestrina (Trä Digital)

We intend to host a workshop where attendees will discover methods for increasing transparency, collaboration, and resilience in the building sector while securing healthier, more affordable living for all. We will reach consensus about the building sector status quo, identify current disadvantages of the established system, and learn how the application of digital technologies and new ways of working can disrupt the industry. We will set the stage for participant mindset by highlighting megatrends we feel are imperative to address. We hope to work with workshop participants with expertise across the entire value chain to equip them with a toolset meant to shift perspective from siloed, sub-optimised working methods, to transparent, collaborative, and resilient ways of working.

Together, Stora Enso and Trä Digital, have established the HEAL Lab, where we work with other members of the private sector, and governmental organisations, to establish a framework for better collaboration and ecosystem thinking. In addition to our expertise in the application of digital technology to the building sector, we rely heavily on service design methods, where workshops are a core component of how we interact with partners, co-developers, and users. 

We wish to spread the success of our workshops with an increasingly wider community, and hope that fruitful collaboration can be born of the WDBE workshop, by aiding others to thinking outside of established practice.


13.15-14.30 5GKIRI: new technology revving up the cities 
Mr. Anssi Savisalo (Sitowise), Mrs. Eva-Lisa Karlsson (City of Helsinki), Mrs. Päivi Ahlroos (City of Helsinki)

New 5g technology opens the era of a variety of novel urban services and opportunities, and transforms cities into platforms for true business innovation and new revenue streams. In the 5g era, the conventional operator business parameters are complemented with long term civil and public development plans, intelligent traffic solutions and other services. The new paradigm demands smooth and agile cooperation between public and private stakeholders. This dialogue is set in evolving urban areas with mixed functions such as industry, manufacturing, residential and cultural areas, all with their diversity of actors and interests.

Together with the audience, we want to search for innovative solutions and workflows that promote the development of 5g based services and business opportunities in cities, and also offer value network models for both cities and service providers in the emerging 5g context. We build the work on the findings of the newly completed 5GKIRI project coordinated by Sitowise and involving eight Finnish cities (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Oulu, Turku, Lahti, Jyväskylä and Kuopio) and Finnish Transport and Communications Agency. In this 8 month project we identified together present bottlenecks in implementing telecommunications infrastructure, and pointed out the future challenges brought about by introduction of intensive 5g network into built environment.

The essential substance of this proposed workshop may also be presented in a concise 15 min presentation, if it better fits the overall programme of the conference.