Tekla Solution for District Heating to Turku Energia as a SaaS Service

26 October 2011


Tekla Corporation                                Press release                                            October 26, 2011

Tekla Solution for district heating to Turku Energia as a SaaS service

Oy Turku Energia, an energy company in Turku, Finland, has purchased a Tekla Solution for the management and maintenance of its district heating network. By this acquisition, Turku Energia strives to concentrate all its district heating network information under a single system. The aim is to increase the efficiency of operations.

The solution is built around the Tekla NIS Basic network information system, which Turku Energia will use to model and document its district heating network. Tekla NIS Basic is a versatile system that is adjustable for the management of both district heating and electricity distribution networks. The solution also includes the Tekla Maintenance application for the maintenance of the district heating network.

Operating Manager Janne Arko from Turku Energia says the company was looking for a system that would allow for organized documentation of maintenance information, generate real-time data on the network's distribution status, and enable setting up a harmonized network model and data transmission for calculation.

- For us one of the key criteria is that all the system features and data can be accessed in the field, so that when an incident occurs, we can quickly and easily locate the nearest closing valves, for example. The system will also enable updating maintenance data in the field.

- We chose Tekla's solution because Tekla is committed to continuous product development and invests in it. They also had impressive customer references.

Instead of a traditional license-based deal, the software was acquired as a service (SaaS, Software as a Service). In the SaaS model, the service provider answers for matters related to the ownership of the software solution, including hardware and maintenance, allowing the customer to focus on utilizing the solution. For Turku Energia, SaaS was an easy choice.

- We chose SaaS so that we could focus our minds on our own work. In this service model, we don't have to purchase the hardware and we don't have to worry about maintenance, backup or version changes. We also get customer support through the SaaS supplier, says Arko.

The SaaS service provider for Tekla's software solutions is Gerako Oy.

- We have supplied Tekla software as a service for several years. Our customers have particularly valued the ease of use at project start-up as well as later on during operation, says Gerako's Managing Director Seppo Järvi.

Tekla's Account Manager Jari Moisio stresses the suitability of SaaS services for companies of various sizes:

- Turku Energia is one of Finland's biggest district heating companies. Getting a large company like this to using the SaaS service is a significant win for us. This shows that SaaS service is scalable for any size of company.

For further information, please contact:

Jari Moisio
Account Manager, Tekla Infra & Energy
Tel. +358 50 372 8028

Janne Arko
Operating Manager, Oy Turku Energia
Tel. +358 50 557 3416


Industry media, Tekla website

Tekla Solutions for infrastructure and energy industries

Tekla Solutions software offering for infrastructure and energy industries offers high-end process support tools from planning to construction, operation and maintenance. Each Tekla Solution is a productized package of Tekla software applications and services for a certain customer group. In the core of the solution is the industry-specific product model which contains key infrastructure and business data.

High-level process support for the customer tasks is provided by industry applications with built-in GIS functionality. Solution capabilities include high-end interoperability with other systems and excellent support for the customer service of Tekla's customers.

Tekla Corporation

With its software, Tekla Corporation drives the evolution of digital information models and provides thus more and more competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries.

Tekla's net sales for 2010 were nearly 58 million euros and operating result 10 million euros. The company was established already in 1966, and today it has customers in 100 countries, offices in 15 countries and a global partner network. The Group currently employs more than 500 people.www.tekla.com

Tekla Corporation became part of Trimble Group in July 2011.

Oy Turku Energia 

Turku Energia is the leading energy company in Southwest Finland. We produce, distribute and sell competitively priced electricity, district heating and district cooling generated in optimally sustainable processes. We are also in charge of building and maintaining energy distribution networks in the city of Turku and give advice to our customers on efficient energy use. In 2010, our net sales were 205.7 million euros and the amount of personnel was 310. www.turkuenergia.fi

Gerako Oy

Gerako is an IT service provider that produces GIS related SaaS services based on Tekla software for infrastructure owners. The company is based in Espoo, Finland. Additionally, Gerako Group incorporates the subsidiary Tocoman Services Oy that produces volume and cost management services for construction. Gerako Group's net sales for 2010 were 4 million euros and it employs 31 people.