Title Innovative 3D training platform for recycling of waste electric and electronic devices
Project Number 540527-LLP-1-2013-1-GR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The project's objective is the development of ICT-based self- and distance learning training courses familiarizing learners/users with the disassembly of Electrical and electronic devices and the identification of types and qualities of materials embodied. It targets both low level workforce, aiming at strengthening employability, safety at work and developing skills as well as higher employers (materials identification) covering a crucial training gap in the WEEE industry. The training material will be prepared in the form of scenarios, will be enhanced with multimedia material and developed so as to take the form of 3D training scenarios. The scenarios will in turn be transformed into 3D situations through Virtual Environment applications simulating the real world. In these, 3D virtual representations of real devices will be enacted. The beneficiaries will thus be able to participate in simulations of real-life situations (based on the training scenarios) and disassembly the devices.
The production of Electric and Electronic equipment is one of the most developing sectors of the universal industrial production. This development makes these products as one of the most important waste categories that need to be treated properly. In the last decade, significant efforts towards the management of this problem where noted, due to the fact that the life time of these products is reducing. One crucial element of the recycling process is the early identification and removal of the toxic parts of the aforementioned products. Then the screening and disassembly of the different parts of each device follows, and the different materials are forwarded to the relevant factories.
Knowledge is a key point of this procedure. Due to the huge number of different manufacturers, and the evolution of the relevant industries, it becomes sometimes hard to identify all parts of the devices and handle them properly (remove safely, try not to damage them).
RECDEV project's objective is the development of ICT-based self- and distance learning training courses familiarizing learners/users with the disassembly of Electrical and electronic devices and the identification of types and qualities of materials embodied. It targets both low level workforce(disassembly), aiming at strengthening employability, safety at work and developing skills as well as higher employers (materials identification) covering a crucial training gap in the WEEE industry. The training material will be prepared in the form of scenarios, will be enhanced with multimedia material and developed so as to take the form of 3D training scenarios. The scenarios will in turn be transformed into 3D situations through Virtual Environment applications (ICT) stimulating the real world. In these 3D virtual representations of real devices will be enacted. The beneficiaries/learners will thus be able to participate in simulations of real-life situations (based on the training scenarios) and disassembly the devices.
Description With traditional face to face training, we have to draw expensive resources whereas we don’t achieve a high recall rate of the learners. On the contrary, the proposed ICT virtual training environment will offer learners the possibility to apply the acquired knowledge in training scenarios, as many times as they need, from wherever they are addressing cultural diversities, thus provides a European dimension in systems and practices in the field.
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
Product information RECDEV project comes to offer a brand new solution to these barriers by the development of specialized training methodology and content for the disassembly of electric and electronic devices and the identification of the type and quality of materials in these. The training material for the disassemblers, will be developed in the form of scenarios for 3D environments allowing the users to learn of the geometry and parts of each different device, disassembling it to the virtual world with less text and more sound and animation instructions, before it performs it to the actual device. The training material for the higher level personnel will be offered also in 3D scenarios, but with the help of an ontology they will be able to access further information around the devices, the materials for recycling, how to identify the quality of different parts, and their potential exploitation (who would buy them). The advantage of the RECDEV project is that the 3D training scenarios will be easily updated by non expert content authors that they will be able with drag and drop parts to present different variations of the EEE devices, manufacturers’ tips and other best practices. The 3DCMS will be based on partner’s OMEGATECH 3DCMS, that will be customized to offer the desired functionality for WEEE devices. The pedagogical methodology behind the project idea is based in an adaptation of the 'learning by doing' method to the singularities of the recycling sector, utilizing the interactivity and the simulation offered by virtual worlds. Using realistic disassembly physics, RECDEV scenarios will simulate the experience of taking everyday objects apart. Screws, bolts, nuts and every single part will be able to be removed by touch dragging in full stereoscopic 3D. Trainees will be able to interact, use and disassemble the object intuitively by just touching and dragging the parts. Camera will be controllable allowing the trainee to zoom in or out. The proposed project falls under the Development of innovative ICT-based content, pedagogies, practices and services Leonardo Da Vinci operational objective, and under the action Multilateral projects for the Development of Innovation (DOI). The duration of the project will be three years; Twelve months will be devoted to pilot implementation. There is already interest for Recycling Factories (see annexed letters of intent) to exploit the benefits of the training tools. The participation of real users to the pilot implementation phase is ensured as well as that the project outputs are going to cover real users’ needs. The problems that the project is going to cover have already identified in research work and study visits to the same recycling factories. The project’s outputs will be available in several languages (English, French, Greek, Slovenian, Czech, Austrian and Romanian). The methodology and tools will be developed to with aim to be easily extended to other industries beyond the WEEE recycling sector. The proposal clearly addresses the strategic priority “NEW – Sector Skills Alliances - Activites” of the Leonardo Da Vinci, Development of Innovation projects. Additionally, project partners aim during the exploitation phase of the project to devote significant effort for the identification of the needs in the area of recycled materials utilization. This study, will identify new methods of how can the use of the materials collected can lead to new jobs inside each country. There are cases were the factories pay to give away the recycled parts (due to environmental legislation), while these can be cleaned from dangerous substances and utilized through innovative techniques and reused to innovative products. The consortium will survey this field, with objective to identify best practices that create new job opportunities in the sector. The participating organizations also share the experience that traditional face to face training, draw expensive resources and don’t achieve a high recall rate on the contrary with the proposed ICT virtual environments that will offer the learners the possibility to apply the acquired knowledge in training scenarios (equipment disassembly) as many times as they need, from wherever they are, to interact with other learners, thus bridging the gap between theory and practical experience. The participating universities will define the training methodology and integration framework with the national VET systems. The consortium brings together the resources of 7 participating organizations from 5 countries including 3 partners with expertise in Recycling, Environmental Protection and Waste Management (ARVIS SA, Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association and the NCSPC), 2 universities with research work in the recycling sector (Un. of Maribor and Mendel Un of Brno), a consulting company dealing with implementation of sustainable development with a special emphasis on preventive environmental protection (STENUM), as well as a strong technological partner with expertise in 3D content management systems (Omegatech).