A new research professor at FGI

Harri Kaartinen kenttätyössäDoctor of Science (Technology) Harri Kaartinen, 50, has been appointed Research Professor of Laser Scanning and Metrology as of 1 October 2015 at the Department of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of the National Land Survey. Harri Kaartinen manages the Combat project, which combines the most recent land surveying technology, robotics and automation with new computing methods. National and international top experts in these fields are participating in the project. Combat is one of sixteen projects to receive strategic research funding from the Academy of Finland.

The research professorship in laser scanning metrology is temporary. After five years, there will be a new evaluation, after which the professorship may become a permanent appointment.

Harri Kaartinen started work at what was then the Finnish Geodetic Institute in autumn 1996. He defended his doctoral thesis at the Aalto University in 2013 concerning the use of test fields when measuring the accuracy of laser scanning.

How does the Combat project impact the public?

"People will see it as a better functioning urban environment, more productive logging and a more timely maintenance of routes", says Harri Kaartinen.

The Combat project studies how data can be collected and maintained easily in the intelligent cities of the future. "We are already making 3D models of cities in Finland, but in future it might be possible to crowdsource the collection of spatial data for mapping by installing laser scanners in cars," says Harri Kaartinen.

In addition, the project is looking for new ways to produce 3D models of forests and routes, i.e. roads, power grids and watercourses. It would be possible to survey a forest using instruments installed in a forestry vehicle. With the help of the 3D map, the forestry vehicle would be able to cut down trees of the desired size.

The members of the Combat project include more than 15 professors and 20 doctors from FGI, the University of Oulu, Aalto University, University of Turku and universities in other countries. Approximately 40 stakeholders, such as notable export businesses, are also involved in the project.

Stakeholders and the general public will be contacted during the research project.