Vili Korhonen (MSc. Engineering) has started as war room engineer on the West Metro project.
Korhonen’s tasks are to keep track of the project schedule and produce up-to-date information for decision-making purposes. In 2018, a ‘war room’ was created as part of Länsimetro’s big room to track not only the project schedule, but also project costs, quality and occupational safety. Korhonen works in the war room along with another schedule engineer and the war room manager.
Korhonen will graduate from Tampere University of Technology in April 2019 with a Master’s degree in industrial engineering and management, minoring in electrical engineering and renewable energy production.
“My studies combine the traditional disciplines of engineering and commercial sciences,” says Korhonen.
He did his thesis at Merima Oy, a company that provides interior solutions for cruise ships, and has held summer jobs with Sweco PM, at their Ilmala location.
“When I heard about the possibility of joining the West Metro project, I immediately thought, what an interesting opportunity! I expect to learn about project management, and I’m interested in seeing how a project of this size, with so many moving parts, is managed. For instance, there are a lot of subcontractors involved, and their schedules need a lot of reconciling,” says Korhonen.
During his first days on the job, Korhonen will familiarise himself with the project and learn about the special characteristics of tunnel construction.
“I believe it’s important to also gain an understanding of the concrete aspects of what happens on the worksite in order to help ensure that the project stays on schedule and meets the targets,” he stresses.
He is pleased with the atmosphere surrounding the project.
“People seem to respect one another here and are given responsibility right off the bat.”