Author: Tomas Westerholm

Viinikanlahti International Architectural Competition

Tietoa Finland revolutionizes urban planning by digitalizing – Now involved in the implementation of the idea competition for Viinikanlahti, Tampere

Innovative aspects of the idea competition for Viinikanlahti include presenting the most important source data with Weup air-map UI, the jury using electronic tools alongside traditional meetings, as well as returning the competition entries as 3D models on the second stage of the competition.

Tietoa Finland participates in the implementation of the idea competition for Viinikanlahti that has attrected international attention, by supplementing the Weup air-map used in the competition and by developing additional electronical tools for digitizing the traditional competition process. In the future, this development results in the possibility to implement a complete cloud service with a strictly limited title ”architectural competition”.

Scale models and drawings on paper have become out-of-date, which is why nowadays the designers are asked to present the designs in digital form. The Competition Toolkit™ developed by Tietoa solves significant problems of digitally implemented design competitions, such as using file formats that are incompatible with most common CAD software as well as presenting unstuctured and unnecessarily plentiful information. Judging tool™ simplifies the jury work by uniforming the visualization material of all competition entries as well as by a handy browsing tool. In the Weup airmap™ UI, designs can be viewed as zoomable 360° panoramic shots and as 3D models.

The potential of the tools developed by Tietoa is pretty promising. Please do not hesitate to contact. You will get the best solutions for your exact project. The experts and professionals are at your service.  ->  Weup air-map of Viinikanlahti   ->  Competition web page  ->  City of Tampere web page

Read more about:

Competition Toolkit
Weup air-map
Judging Tool

Ask for further information:

Ilkka Terho
Director, customer relations

Tel. +358 40 506 9133


Geo referred high quality CAD data overlays on interactive 360 panoramas.

Automatic competition entry file management.

Judging Tool list view.

Weup air-map™

Tool for making building projects understandable



Weup air-map™ is a user interface made of high-resolution panoramic aerial photos. It works on browsers on all devices. The application allows a new way to navigate above the target area at the most suitable height for perception.

3D models of future buildings, traffic routes and area boundaries can be embedded in the aerial map with geographic accuracy. Images, text and videos can be linked with objects. Alternative plans can be compared, viewed in different directions and zoomed in. The user experience is easy and controlled.

Weup has proven to be an excellent tool for illustrating hard-to-understand projects. Professionals and laymen can easily communicate with a visually pleasing aerial view.

Use cases:

  • Source material for architecture competitions
  • Regional development and campus areas
  • Land use planning and zoning
  • Planning and documentation of building sites


  • Facilitates external and internal communication
  • Reduces resistance to change
  • Life-cycle thinking – upgradeable as the project progresses
  • Everyone understands the project easily

Ask for further information:

Ilkka Terho
Director, customer relations

Tel. +358 40 506 9133

Competition toolkit™

Playbook for architecture competition organizers



The revolution in 3D-modelling and BIM have opened new possibilities in design and visualization. However, at the same time it has made it difficult to organize competitions.

  • The source material is in miscellaneous file formats and it cannot be opened in the most common CAD software
  • Most city models only work in their own operating environments
  • Information is unstructured and unnecessarily plentiful
  • Receiving competition proposals is laborius
  • The work of the jury is difficult when the visualization material of the proposals is difficult to compare due to inadequate guidance
  • Further use and development of competition proposals is a separate stage of work


Competition toolkit™ is a “playbook”, from which you can buy the modules you need:

  • The Weup-airmap shows the source material embedded in panoramic images
  • 3D source material package: well prepared city model and other 3D materials in a form that actually opens in most common CAD software
  • Automated service for submission and receipt of competition entries
  • The jury can compare the entries with a fluent judging tool
  • Well-managed and co-ordinated competition material provides material for publishing and zoning – Life Cycle Thinking


Tietoa Finland Ltd. has 20 years of experience in visualizing competitions. Competition toolkit™ was gradually created to meet the growing need. To its current form, the tool has evolved in the Helsinki High-rise, Tampere Viinikanlahti, Helsinki Junatie and Helsinki East Urban Centre competitions. Realized benefits:

  • A well-prepared competition data attracts more participants
  • Competitors can focus on design when the output data is illustrative and pre-structured
  • The competition organizer saves time by automating the competition processes
  • The work of the jury will be made easier as the proposals have been instructed to be comparable and easy to read
  • Digital competition data reduces the need to travel to meetings
  • Not all suggestions need to be treated as physical posters, even the entire competition can be judged without complicated prints
  • Time saving also brings financial savings



Ask for further information:

Ilkka Terho
Director, customer relations

Tel. +358 40 506 9133

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