Case FTIA: brings speed and efficiency to infrastructure construction

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) is a government agency responsible for the maintenance of Finland’s road, rail, and waterway systems. FTIA’s Velho system forms the backbone for information management within the FTIA’s traffic network. Integrated into Velho, is the FTIA’s choice for providing a unified 3D view for maps, ground surfaces, roads, bridges, sewers, and all other visual data relevant to managing smart infrastructure lifecycle.

“ is a powerful tool that offers an easy way to explore 3D BIM models with great functionalities and ease of use. It is important for FTIA that runs in a browser without the need to install the software. They are providing solutions that the industry has needed for years,” says Tarmo Savolainen, a leading BIM development manager at FTIA.


A key concept in infrastructure modeling is standardizing heterogenic data. Uniform processes, instructions, systems, and planning are instrumental in adopting smart infrastructure models into everyday work.

”Our key goal is to harmonize our massive data pool. When information from all construction stages is uniform, we can easily utilize it and avoid lapses within the information chain,” FTIA’s infrastructure modeling specialist Jenna Ikonen says.’s centralized solution enables FTIA to explore baseline and planning materials, combined models, and implementation data. was successfully used for planning, development, and management needs within the Highway 4 Kirri–Tikkakoski project. The platform enabled the project team to analyze risks, review temporary and planned structures, obtain landscape data, and explore the project’s status all the way from preparation and tendering to construction and guarantee-period operation. This contributed to the FTIA integrating as a seamless part of their project portal.

“Having high-quality models from the outset helps us improve our information management process throughout the project lifecycle. This will allow us to build traffic networks better and more efficiently while unifying our operations,” Tarmo Savolainen says.

REMAINING AT THE CUTTING EDGE has proved to be an attractive alternative for global industry giants. When road network and construction data are standardized, is easy to deploy and the benefits can be quickly verified through improved collaboration between stakeholders.

“Finnish expertise in data modelling is at such a high level that other countries are now thinking about things that we already thought about a couple of years ago. However, there is a huge amount of development work done, especially in China, so us Finns must constantly improve to remain at the cutting edge,” Savolainen says.

  • The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency wanted to harmonize their data and find a tool for exploring BIM data throughout different project stages.
  • The FTIA integrated into their Velho system that functions as the backbone for all traffic network information management.
  • enables improved interaction between stakeholders thus resulting in improved planning and implementations.