More introductions to the people behind Digirail! This time, we are introducing enterprise architect Oskari Forsblom.

How long have you been working on the project? How did you end up with Digirail?

I joined the project in October 2021, in the early stages of the development and verification phase. I’m a qualified IT architect. Before joining Digirail, I’d been holding architecture training courses for Fintraffic, and had worked as an architect in another Fintraffic project. When Digirail’s development and verification phase began, I was asked whether I’d be interested in joining the project.

I wasn’t a complete novice in the rail sector before Digirail. I’d previously been involved in the development and maintenance of the qualification register, the national register of rolling stock and their associated EU-level interfaces. And I’d also visited the ERA’s headquarters in Lille.

Tell us more about your job responsibilities.

I mainly work with system architecture, but I also help out with other tasks whenever possible, such as reviews. In system architecture, we focus on identifying dependencies between systems and subsystems, and describing them using a standardised methodology. The architectural descriptions we create are used in procurement, requirements management, and many of the documents produced by the Digirail project.

What do you find most interesting about the project?

Learning new things is definitely the most interesting part of the project. Digirail boasts a wealth of expertise and wonderful people, and working with them is a great privilege. I’ve made new friends during the Digirail project — the kind that you can chat with about things other than work.

What do you do in your free time?

I spend my free time with my family. Having two pre-schoolers means that you never have time to get bored outside work. And it’s a good excuse for not exercising. But I do love nature treks. On the weekend, I’ll often pack a camping stove, so that my family and I can cook an outdoor lunch. Photography is my latest hobby, and I try to remember to take my camera with me whenever possible.