Title Implementation of International Guidelines for Welded Structural Designer Training
Project Number 2012-1-RO01-LEO05-21121
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The dissemination activities as well as the training workshops has represented opportunities for an external evaluation of the quality and impact of the project. The feedback and comments received during these activities allow us to implement backup strategies whenever relevant, making sure that the needs of the target groups and users are being addressed.
The International Welding Designer course with International recognition will continue also after the project finishing. After the project ending the training and examination activities will be covered from course and examination fees who will be charged form the candidates. The courses and examinations realized in the frame of the Leonardo project will be free of charge. This will allow to ISIM and to UPT, as well as to the Bulgarian colleagues to add value to their turnover by offering a service requested by the market. For the first year we expect that minimum 30 candidates will graduate the IWSD courses (in Bulgaria and Romania).
The importance of welding design to the global economy is known to be of significant relevance, considering its real impact.
The International Institute of Welding (IIW) is a major welding organizations in which international expertise in welding and welding design is gathered and developed. IIW has developed guidance documents and technology exchange mechanisms to support companies to adopt best practice in welding. This has been a monumental effort, culminating in the installation of an unique and comprehensive training, qualification and certification systems, applied to people and companies, harmonised on a world-wide basis.
The training and qualification of welded structures designers, is presently done in each country on a "national" level. The systems implemented differ from country to country, as some are technologically more advanced than others, promoting the creation of differences between industrial sectors working in these areas within the European region. This situation is disadvantageous in today's competitive market, leading to the creation of barriers to the mobility of professionals in Europe. Furthermore it disables a higher number of qualified persons and also the development of the referred technological areas. The facts, briefly described above, show how important it is to implement a harmonized training and qualification course system in the welded structures designing areas. These areas are becoming crucial in the development of new ways to design welded structures according to the new EUROCODE requirements and the need to change the traditional processes to new and more productive technologies.
The impact of the project consisted in the implementation of common directives, the adaptation and promotion of an harmonised professional qualification based on an IIW Guideline. At present, an harmonised welding design training, based on the new regulations may lead to significant cost reductions. Therefore, this project has promoted the qualification in this area by promoting a commonly revised harmonised training guideline and by organizing minimum 2 pilot training courses in the consortium countries (Romania and Bulgaria).
The European Employment Strategy (EES) highlights the "significant role of vocational education and training in delivering the knowledge based economy". The economic changes and industrial productivity growth require a highly skilled and adaptable workforce in order to face the European economic and social challenges for the future. Industry requests for qualified personnel and the problem consists of the existing qualifications, not recognized in other countries. The increasing need to develop design solutions that allow the production of new items, at lower costs and where the product life time is determinant for competitiveness created a high need for personnel capable of offering such solutions.
At the present, welding design is not dealt in an harmonised way in any of the Eastern Europe countries although there already started to be interest in obtaining this qualification. The industry of these welding techniques grows in around 10%/year, what clearly indicates the need of having a common harmonized qualification system effectively implemented. This will also create a standard level for qualified personnel in these areas, valid in IIW member countries, as well as a new lifelong learning opportunity. A qualified personnel operating in the design area is a determining factor to assure the a lower costs product or structure. The need of implementing the requirements of the EN 1090 refer to new conditions for steel and aluminium structures and regarding the new conformity conditions of structural elements. This leaded to the necessity to have a series of new courses, of which the most important is the one covering the design phase. This need was identified through the contacts within the IIW network. This course content will gather the experience and knowledge of the project partners who, being aware of the industry needs and realities considered that this may help the Manufacturers to remain and be competetive. There exists an IIW guideline for structural design already implemented in 3 countries. A brief resume of the actual guideline is accessible on the IIW website (www.iiwelding.org) . This guideline, realized on voluntary basis, needs to be improved and tested, in order to fit the new raised demands of European Directives and of the industry.
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Recognition, transparency, certification
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Innovation is the key to development, promotion and implementation new technologies. This may be made easier by the use of harmonised, and continuously updated, guidelines for the training and qualification of personnel, starting form the weld design phase. These technological areas have a continuous and significant growth in different industrial applications and this has to be taken into consideration and presented in due time to the personnel categories involved in this innovative activities. This leads also, nearby to the harmonization of qualifications, to an acceleration of the innovative process, fact extremely important in our time.
An IWSD course support, addressing the harmonized and agreed topics of the IWSD Guideline has been realized. The course support realized by all consortium partners was realised in English, in the first phase and then, in the second phase, translated in Romanian and Bulgarian language, by the project partners who will host the pilot courses. Each candidate has received this material (in printed or electronic form), as a material who will allow that nearby to the course support, also more knowledge may be offered to the candidates, in an effort to add as much possible knowledge, in the shortest time.
During the project 24 candidates have graduate the exams and will receive the diplomas in Romania (diplomas issued by ASR CertPers, the Romanian Body Authorized by the International Institute of Welding) and 22 diplomas have been delivered in Bulgaria by the Bulgarian Body Authorised by the International Institute of Welding. Analysis of the outcomes of the pilot courses and establishing the necessary improvements.
ISIM Timisoara developed informational materials regarding the IWSD project in its newsletter (BID). This material was periodically updated following the developments realized in the frame of the project. Also many papers, information sheets and posters were developed by ISIM and the project partners with the aim of making available informations regarding this project in seminars, workshops and conferences.
More then 4 seminars have been organized in each project member country. Also 10 papers were presented at International Conferences by the project partners, of those minimum 7 papers were realsed by ISIM and UPT partners from Romania. Each partner has presented minimum 1 scientifical paper.