Monitoring temperatures with ioLiving solution at the tower renovation of National Museum of Finland
The 58 metres high tower of the National Museum in Helsinki which stores the treasures of Finland’s national heritage awaited its renovation a long time. Over several decades the museum tower had suffered serious moisture damage, and the structures required renovating. The renovation work was performed in changing conditions on both the tower’s interiors and exteriors. The building work was managed using the expert services and long experience of IKJ-Rakennus which specialises in stone construction. A smart IoT solution was purchased for accurate real-time monitoring of the conditions at the building site.
Changing conditions require real-time monitoring
When bricklaying and plastering works are performed round the year in changing weather conditions, the work superintendence must keep constant track of the temperature and moisture conditions at the site. Owing to the considerable amount of national and architectural value of the property the condition monitoring had to be solved in real time.
“There were 18 scaffolding platforms installed around the tower. It would have been impossible to manage the temperature measurements manually. Even the client of the works required continuous condition monitoring, and a worksite conservator hinted me a technology that could do the job. That’s when I contacted Matti Verkasalo of ioLiving,” Superintendent Teuvo Kivimäki of IKJ-Rakennus Oy tells.
Quick and easy to set up
The scaffolding platforms around the tower were equipped with fans, and the temperature was monitored with ioLiving data saving devices. The temperatures and curing of mortar were monitored by making temperature measurements to ensure adequate mortar strength before laying the next layer of stones. The temperature readings were saved in a cloud service, and both the contractor’s and the client’s superintendence could view the condition data in real time with ioLiving’s solution.
“We had a dozen ioLiving sensors in use. They were easy to install and move to the next level as the work progressed. The condition data was transferred to the cloud service through a cell phone which was kept connected to a charger at the site all the time. During the entire work that lasted half a year there was no need to change the batteries on the sensors. Everything worked really well,” Teuvo Kivimäki says.
Reliable and accurate IoT technology offers unique opportunities
ioLiving is the forefront of condition measurement solutions based on IoT technology in Finland. To date, already 30,000 ioLiving sensors have been installed and over 2 billion measurements made with them. The company is actively developing new solutions to its customers’ needs. Condition measurement technology for construction activity is in the core of the company’s product development.
The IoT solution by ioLiving used at the renovation site of the National Museum of Finland enabled continuous condition monitoring and keeping the time schedules more easily, and as a tool of high cost efficiency it had a positive impact on the profitability of the building project.
“ioLiving’s solution is highly feasible. I was able to monitor temperatures where and whenever I wanted, without having to drop by at the site. ioLiving has an excellent price and quality ratio, and their deliveries are always accurate. I have used their sensors also at other building sites, thanks to the positive user experience from the construction of the National Museum,” Superintendent Teuvo Kivimäki of IKJ-Rakennus summarises.