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Data and digitalisation

Data and digitalisation open doors to the future

Data and digitalisation improve the productivity of the real estate and construction sector.

Data for the real estate and construction sector

At Granlund, we believe that data and digital tools should serve all operators in the real estate and construction sector, from investors and developers to property users and maintenance staff.

Digitalisation leads to improved productivity

When information flows and is digitally managed at all stages of the property’s life cycle, clear cost savings can be achieved, the efficiency and scheduling of planning and construction can be improved, production can be enhanced and maintenance processes can be made more efficient.

Survey: The lack of high-quality data is an obstacle to digitalisation in the real estate and construction sector

According to our Digital Economy Market Research 2023, obstacles to digitalization in the sector include the lack of high-quality data, overlapping systems and a lack of understanding of the use of data. Another challenge is that data is not shared among operators.

“The sector is at the beginning of its digital journey. Now is the time to put lifecycle thinking at the forefront and to try to break away from the silos and fragmentation of the sector”, says Francisco Forns-Samso, Granlund’s Director for Digital Business Design. When we invest together in the quality and use of data, we increase the productivity, quality, safety, security and sustainability of the sector.

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Modern office building

Now is the time to put lifecycle thinking at the forefront and to try to break away from the silos and fragmentation of the sector.

Francisco Forns-Samso, Director for Digital Business Design, Granlund

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Standardised information and common standards to accelerate progress

To establish a digital ecosystem for the real estate and construction sector, the data transferred from design to construction and then on to maintenance must be standardised. Standardised tools shared by all project partners and standardised data management are required.

In order for the different systems to work together, clear definitions of the required format and location of the data is necessary. Data connectivity and correct classification play a key role here.

Finland’s new Building Act inspires a digital leap forward


From 2025 onwards, the new Building Act will require the introduction of genuinely digital solutions. In accordance with the act, a machine-readable report containing information on the systems, equipment and materials used must be drawn up for new buildings as well as renovated buildings requiring a building permit.

In practice, the information must be included in a BIM model, which so far has been largely seen as a virtual 3D model of the building. In the future, information linked to BIM models will play a key role.

It is time to forget about the traditional ways of working where the actors in the construction value chain withhold information, sharing it sparingly with others.

Tero Järvinen

Reaching new heights with a digital leap!

“A digital leap in property management is only beneficial when it brings its users real additional value and makes their work easier,” writes our expert Jani Säisä.

We often receive feedback from our customers about the success of the digital leap. In the long run, switching over to systematic and proactive property maintenance creates large cost savings. 

Jani Säisä
Data and digitalisation

Digital services

Our digital services facilitate business intelligence, optimising the operation of a building or building portfolio, and creating more with less.

Smart Building – it’s all about ease, productivity and users’ well-being

The Smart Building service supports the user of the premises and automatically takes the user’s needs into account based on the number and profiles of the people in the building or their preferences. To achieve the best results, smart solutions must be taken into account already when setting targets for the project.

User experience the focus in smart buildings

We help customers identify the features of the building that both create value for their business and meet the needs of future users of the premises. Consulting users at an early stage makes it easier to gain an insight on the functionalities that they expect from the property and the way the functionalities affect MEP design, for example.

Data and digitalisation to support construction projects

In construction projects, we emphasise the importance of creating a shared overview for all parties involved in the project, which is particularly highlighted in the case of major projects with a lot of moving parts. Without digital tools, project data management would be impossible in today’s demanding projects.

Granlund’s project development services are based on data

The project development stage is an important part of a successful construction project because that is when energy, sustainability, life cycle and quality objectives of the project are set.

To support project development, we have developed a benchmark database to accurately assess costs already at the early stages of the project.

Data and digitalisation

4D design

Granlund’s 4D design increases the productivity of construction projects and prevents schedule and cost-related risks. Through visualisation, we support the management of the construction site as well as implementation planning, for example, in terms of schedules, costs, safety or carbon emissions.

Digital property management

With data and digital solutions, higher quality can be achieved with less. Making the right decisions is easier on the basis of reliable data.

The benefits of using data can be seen, for example, in cost savings in energy consumption, the reliable operation of engineering systems and the efficient management of the service network. The managed condition of buildings and effective condition management also have an effect on the cash flow and rental income of properties.

How to succeed in digitalising property maintenance


Data is the fuel of digitalisation. The volume of data is not essential, its quality is. With huge volumes of data, you have to identify what is essential and strive for high quality.


Be prepared for increasing volumes of data as operations are digitalised. Make sure that the chosen technologies are sufficient and that they allow the flow of data and its collection in the correct format.


In addition to automatic sensors, data should also be collected from people. The way in which data is recorded should be taken into account when planning the processes.


Ensure that operational processes are properly specified, the management system supports data utilisation and the utilisation methods and responsibilities are clear.

Successful integrations – functional data transfer

Granlund Manager is a comprehensive and easy-to-use maintenance management software. Numerous integrations are possible – to date, Granlund Manager has been integrated into more than a thousand systems and software.

We are ambitious about integrations of all sizes, whether a small job taking a couple of hours or an enormous one that takes months to complete. Regardless of the scope, our integrations enable data flow and utilisation.

Data and digitalisation

AI Energy Survey – leveraging AI for energy efficiency!

AI Energy Survey calculates and simulates the way to achieve the highest energy savings and the extent to which CO2 emissions can be reduced based on the data in the energy certificate.

With AI Energy Survey, you can quickly determine the energy efficiency potential of an individual property or an entire property portfolio.

AI Taxonomy Survey – AI to determine the taxonomy potential of a portfolio

AI-based AI Taxonomy Survey is the most efficient calculation tool on the market for assessing the taxonomy potential of existing properties. We can quickly establish the potential of a wide range of properties to meet the EU taxonomy requirements.

Digital Twin visualises data and makes it easier to manage

Managing the huge amount of data generated by different data sources of a property manually or using separate computer-based systems is a demanding task. Digital Twin is a long-awaited solution for building information management.

A digital twin is a way to connect the physical and digital worlds through a visual 3D or 2D model. For example, the twin can display the energy consumption of premises using different colours or it can send a symbol alert if maintenance is needed in any location. Read more about Granlund Manager’s Digital Twin solution!

Pioneers in information modelling

Despite diverse challenges, the construction sector continuous to take positive steps. A model example of success is information model-based design, which until just over fifteen years ago seemed too laborious and utopian for many operators to become standard practice.

We have used building information modelling in our projects since the 1990s and, nowadays, we use coordinated BIM models to support property maintenance, in addition to construction sites. For example, our proprietary property management software Granlund Manager can use the building information model from the project design phase.

Our designers use the best digital tools, BIM and design software available. We create building information models with Revit, MagiCAD and CADMATIC software and complement them with our proprietary information management solutions, such as the Equipment data management software.

Why Revit is increasingly used in electrical design – benefits and challenges

Revit has revolutionised BIM-based design, although there is still room for improvement. For electrical designers, Revit is the preferred tool in BIM projects, and clients increasingly demand it.

Revit use improved communication between designers and facilitated the design work.

Timo Kamppuri

Would you like to discuss the topic in more detail? Contact us

Ville Reinikainen

Business Development Director
Granlund Oy

Topi Korpela

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
Granlund Oy

Juho Lepistö

Business Director
Granlund Oy

Vili Tuomisaari

Business Director, Smart Building
Granlund Oy

Ulla Nykter

Digital transformation manager / leading sustainability consultant
Granlund Oy

Tero Järvinen

Development Director
Granlund Oy

Our other strengths


Energy has been at the core of our operations since our founding in 1960. We have extended our carbon handprint to the entire lifecycle of properties.


Sustainability is a key part of Granlund’s operations. We can also help you to be one of the good guys: sustainability is incorporated into all of our services.


New business models, refined collaboration, modern IT solutions and strong lifecycle management models are needed to improve productivity in the construction sector.

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