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Plumbing renovations SiteDrive

The two-week pipe renovation was recognised with a SABRE Award

The pipe renovation concept of Fira Palvelut was recognised in the Real Estate and Construction category of the international, highly acclaimed PR competition, Sabre Awards EMEA, in 2017. In this context, the pipe renovation of a small Helsinki suburb left behind the launch of the world’s tallest building, located in Dubai, and the communication campaign […]

Environmental Policy Let's work together

Understanding the past enables better future

We here in Finland take almost everything for granted. We are used to breathe fresh air and drink clean water. There’s no food that’s missing from our grocery stores. We can buy all the gadgets there is. We have buildings that can be warm or cool, sunny or shady, big or small, made of concrete […]

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From hindsight to foresight

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better,” said the poet William Blake. Although this wisdom may sound old, its real application in business is surprisingly new. But we are not talking about corporate foresight as such. Based on the hundreds of interactive situations with our customers and stakeholders that we have experienced, Kalle […]

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Reach for the stars, and you will at least go further

I was travelling by train in China last year. During this journey, I discussed the potential of the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel project with my colleagues, my voice tinged with doubt. The screen on the carriage’s wall began to show a TV programme about Rovio during the discussion. Peter Vesterbacka was being interviewed, and I mused out […]

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The key to disruption in the construction industry?

There has been much talk, and many rumours, about the construction industry being the next sector to undergo disruption – the collapse of established operating models. Google’s research and development unit Google X began the development of a modular construction system for high-rise buildings back in 2009. Since then, the company has been developing, under […]

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As agile as a pipe repair

Our guest blogger is agility expert Martin von Weissenberg who writes about agile operations that are winning ground in the software industry and could even benefit large-scale construction project. In the past few years, both the software industry and the construction industry have committed themselves to colossal projects busting both budgets and schedules – as […]

Plumbing renovations

A two-week pipe repair – how is that possible?

Fira Palvelut’s pilot project for a two-week pipe repair has received a lot of media attention, with articles in, for instance, Suomen Kuvalehti, Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat. Many people have been asking why pipe repairs have always taken so long, if they can now be done in two weeks. The revolutionary renovation in Roihuvuori was […]

Change in housing Habitation

A home in a nutshell

The first 19 years of my life I lived in a single-family house, complete with garden and all, in a small town. But when I moved away to study, I suddenly had a lot less living space. Adjusting to living in a block of flats in a city took some time, but cooped up in […]

Humans motivation Let's work together

Catching new skills

Construction starts with engineering. Far too often, however, the lack of time and experience may lead to the end result being less than satisfactory. Especially the younger generation has not had the time to learn enough about cost awareness and optimisation. And no wonder: very few technical colleges emphasise how different solutions affect costs. On […]

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Life is a balancing act

A while ago, I happened to surf a bit on Facebook after my evening workout. I spotted a shared link to an article in Kauppalehti about not overdoing it ”Ankara treenaus vei toimitusjohtajan liki burn outiin – ’hyvä kunto tärkeää, ei huippukunto”. The article really made an impression me. Although it discussed the stressful everyday […]