Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text It is vitally important that geotechnical engineers acquire the skills to make effective use of engineering analysis tools and the COGAN project was directly aimed at addressing this need. As part of the project an Educational Base, A Competence Framework and Two E-Learning Modules have been delivered, to achieve this.
Modern geotechnical design is increasingly reliant on engineering analysis. However such techniques are barely covered in a university education and concerns persist surrounding inappropriate use of analysis tools by untrained staff.
The construction industry employed an estimated 148 million in the EU-27 in 2007, generating €562 billion (NACE Rev.1.1). In order to face competition, particularly from emerging economies, the European construction industry must compete on a knowledge basis, in accordance with the Lisbon goal. Given that engineering analysis lies at the leading edge of knowledge in design, it is vitally important that engineers acquire the skills to make effective use of such tools.
The COGAN project was directly aimed at addressing this need. The overall goal was to increase the competency of European geotechnical engineers that make use of numerical methods.
The project was executed by a strong EU-wide partnership managed by NAFEMS - a unique not-for-profit company membership organization (& key EASIT member) with sound experience of such projects, and comprised of a university and 6 industry partners engaged in engineering analysis in the construction sector.
The main outcomes from COGAN - all firsts for geotechnical analysis – included:
1. An Educational Base to direct staff development, consisting of Statements of Competence in 14 topic areas.
2. A Competence Framework utilising the EASIT generic framework, built around the Educational Base, to allow formal recording of competence achievement, with links to wider professional/company competence frameworks;
3. Two E-Learning Modules for work-based learning entitled a) 'Setting up a geotechnical numerical model' and b) 'Structural elements in geotechnical numerical models', to achieve in depth the learning outcomes in two selected core competencies, and to promote the development of further modules by training providers.
A list of the 14 Educational Base modules are detailed below:-
Applied numerical analysis:-
Designing a numerical model for numerical analysis
Constitutive models for geomaterials
Obtaining soil/rock parameters
Structural and constitutive models
Validation of analysis results
Design code considerations
Saturated/unsaturated groundwater flow
Foundations (including piles)
Earthworks and slopes
Background soil mechanics
Background rock mechanics
Mining and Quarrying
program or curricula
open and distance learning
The Industry Needs Survey Report is available from the COGAN website at www.cogan.eu.com.
The final version of the educational base has now been completed and some 500 competency statements have been written. It is accessible within the competency framework software at www.psecompetencytracker.org/cogan.