Title Transfer of Innovations Provided in Eurocodes
Project Number CZ/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/134020
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country CZ-Czech Republic
Marketing Text The project “Transfer of Innovations Provided in Eurocodes” addresses the urgent need to implement new European standards for design of construction works Eurocodes in practice in five partner countries joined in a project consortium, namely the Czech republic, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. The project is focused on the National Priority 1 of the Leonardo da Vinci programme – “construction and architecture”, and also on the Priority 4 - “skills development of adults in the labour market”.
The Eurocodes, new European standards for design of construction works, provide a basis for unified European market of high quality construction products, services and innovations leading to strengthen the competitiveness of the European construction industry, which is presently a significant source of employment. The Eurocodes, supported by the European Commission, provide necessary means of giving a presumption of conformity with the Essential Requirements of the Construction Products Directive for construction works and products (CE Marking), as well as the reference for technical specification in public contracts. They are built on the best European practice, expertise and present research achievements. Therefore, the effective and early application of Eurocodes in all the CEN Member States yields considerable economical advantages.
However, it appears that application of Eurocodes in building practice is a rather complicated and time consuming process. The proposed project “Transfer of Innovations Provided in Eurocodes” addresses the urgent need to implement Eurocodes in practice in five partner countries joined in a project consortium. The project is focused on the National Priority 1 – “construction and architecture”, and also on the Priority 4 of the Leonardo da Vinci programme – “skills development of adults in the labour market”.
The consortium of partners under the leadership of the Klokner Institute of the Czech Technical University in Prague includes research institutions and universities from five CEN Member States (CZ, ES, DE, NL, IT). They are represented by senior researchers, experienced teachers and lecturers actively involved in national systems of the lifelong education in construction industry. All contact persons of the proposed project are involved in the national and international standardisation activities in CEN and ISO, currently in the process of national implementation of the new European standards for structural design.
The project outcomes include vocational training facilitating to transfer the innovations from Eurocodes to the target groups, the development of original training materials including guidebooks and software tools, web site for dissemination and informative purposes, e-learning and courses and seminars. The project outcomes will be primarily used by civil engineers, designers, technicians and officers of public authorities.
The project should directly contribute to the effective application of Eurocodes in the partner countries. Outcomes will be offered to other CEN Member States and associated countries.
The project addresses the urgent need to support the primary target group in vocational training activities focused on the development of new skills and transfer of innovations provided in the new European standards for structural design. The consortium of partners and their links with the chambers of civil engineers in all partner countries indicate the potential for the development of innovative practice and its transfer among the participating countries. The progressive e-learning and software tools that are being developed within the project illustrate the innovative ICT-based content of the proposed lifelong learning. New skills will facilitate to improve employment aspects in the construction industry throughout Europe.
The project directly addresses the national priority “construction and architecture” as the primary target groups involved in construction industry will obtain new skills facilitating design and verification of the structures and structural products according to the harmonised system of new European standards for structural design - Eurocodes. Benefits of the application of the Eurocodes are as follows:
- functioning of the single market for building products arising from different nationally codified practices for the assessment of structural reliability
- easy exchange of construction services (design and execution of construction works) between the Member States of CEN
- high competitiveness of the European construction industry, which is presently a significant source of employment.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning