Research that goes beyond scratching the surface

Teemu Lindqvist

Geologist Teemu Lindqvist has worked in construction geology and civil engineering at the GTK for just over two years.

“The best thing about my job is that I can have a say and influence civil engineering designs. I get to use geology to bring added value to construction projects. Urban environments are built on top the Earth’s crust and under the ground, which makes it important for us to help designers understand the structure of the crust and the things it’s made of”, says Teemu.

Scientific research is close to Teemu’s heart.

“I wanted to work at GTK because here we get to really dig into the challenges we deal with. Our work is based on research and we always strive to solve problems in a way that is applicable elsewhere as well”, says Teemu.

Teemu feels that GTK has developed in many different areas.

“It’s very interesting to be able to study the megatrend of urbanisation in a research organisation. My work has also taken me to the frontline of digitisation. For example, I’ve become very adept at 3D-modelling new technology”, says Teemu.

Teemu sees GTK as a flexible and research-oriented employer.

“I think it’s great that we usually get to research things in more depth than normal. Our work community is fantastic. I have colleagues of all ages, and I genuinely like working here!” says Teemu.

Continuously improving in his work and advancing in his career is important for Teemu.

“My expertise in how to communicate with different stakeholders, like engineers, about geology has improved immensely. I’ve also become a more skilled negotiator. I have also learned a lot about how to take full use of new technologies”, Teemu goes on to say.

Geological processes have affected the Earth’s crust throughout the existence of the Earth. Teemu thinks that understanding geology brings plenty of added value to construction work.

“Learning about different geological processes, for example, about how sulphate clay is formed in constructed environments in certain types of clay soil, has been very enlightening. Or understanding what effects water’s movements in bedrock have on construction. Or how to ensure a tunnel bore into bedrock will not collapse. Knowledge also cuts construction costs”, Teemu says.

Teemu is looking forward to diving even deeper into cooperation with GTK’s stakeholders in future, and to deepening his understanding on cracking in bedrock. 

“I hope that I can be a part of exciting projects like the Helsinki–Tallinn Tunnel in the future too. Geology is a central part of that project. We participated in the preliminary geological studies for the project,” says Teemu.

Teemu recommends GTK as an employer to those who want to approach things from a scientific point of view.

 “Research is the common denominator in everything we do here. This is also a great place to work at if you’re always hungry for more information,” Teemu concludes.