The award was established in 2006 by Nordea's Norrland Foundation and awarded prominent researchers at Luleå University of Technology. It is given to researchers with good development potential and whose research results contribute to growth and development. The researcher should be a good representative of the university. The prize is 100,000 SEK.
"This is a great joy! I would like to thank Nordea and my colleagues at The Division of Industrialized and sustainable construction," says Thomas Olofsson.
From the jury's motivation:
At the beginning of the 2000s he was appointed Professor of Construction Production at Luleå University of Technology. Construction Engineering and Management has produced a large number of doctoral dissertations and licentiate dissertations. The major scientific production in the form of magazine articles, book chapters, conferences, reports and popular scientific presentations is more than 250 publications.
Construction Engineering and Management research subject is interdisciplinary and aims to develop the right planning strategies to increase value, save energy and reduce consumption in the building of community resources. Professor Olofsson was an early pioneer to introduce and develop digitalization in the construction industry. His early efforts gave Luleå University of Technology an international appeal and not only strengthened the students' attractiveness as an innovation for industry, but also strengthened the company's work with advanced digital tools, a term today called BIM. This research has also provided the basis for the development of new companies with high potential for growth in both regional and national. Results that can save billions to society.
The prize committee
Members of the prize committee are the Vice-Chancellor of Luleå University of Technology, the deans of the two faculty boards and the manager of Nordea’s Luleå branch, David Jones.