Title Increase Vocational Skills to Face Earthquake Risk Inside of Buildings
Project Number 517560-LLP-1-2011-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP
Product e-Learning for prevention-earthquake in the house
Title e-Learning for prevention-earthquake in the house
Product Type open and distance learning
Marketing Text The eLearning package is the main output of the project. It is aimed to theoretical informatics mainly based on visual elements. The elearning includes general knowledge about the non-structural elements concerning furniture, the design techniques which are used currently in this subject and necessary changes which must be done in design to prevent the inhabitants from the risks of earthquakes… The eLearning content is supported by some tools such as forum, mailing, glossary, online tutoring, etc. The eLearning package is in 7 languages (Turkish, English, Bulgarian, Romanian, Italian, Greek, Spanish) which help to be widespread itself to the target group as wide as possible.
Within this project, we would like to create a new job opportunity to the sector representatives via developing an eLearning system about design application which is directly related with human life! The project focused on non-structural elements inside the buildings which are designed and realized by the furniture manufacturers. The non-structural elements were considered in risk level. There are three types of risk associated with the earthquake damage of non-structural elements: loss of life or injury to building occupants, loss of property especially in commercial buildings where the cost of non-structural elements may be as high as 75 percent of the total cost of the building, and impairment or loss of function of an important building or lifeline structure, for example, telecom center, which should be functional just after an earthquake. In spite of all these consequences, over the years, design of non-structural elements was overlooked as compared to the design of structural elements because the focus of engineers had been the prevention of structural failure first, and also because the non-structural elements are not permanently attached to the buildings and often added after the construction is complete.
The nonstructural elements subject has not been taken into account as the necessity of the subject either on the point of the furniture industry and furniture training or on the point of the seismology researches until SISMILE project. Since 1900s more than 2 million people has died in earthquakes all around the world; more than 300 thousand of them are from Europe area. It is hard to say how many of them died because of non-structural materials however in some cases, the percentage increased to 50 %. Lots of EU member countries are under the risk of earthquakes now and the population in this risk area is nearly 260 million. Seismic disasters have been proved the deadliest of all European disasters over the past decade, and cost the continent 27 billion € in damage alone. The importance of citizen protection from the risks within EU policies is a high priority. The enlargement of the European Union enhances the importance of earthquake risk mitigation, since the acceding and candidate states are in many cases seismic sensitive countries.
Target group The workers and manufacturers of the furnishing industry is the target group of the product.
Result The product helps to increase the knowledge and skills of the workers and manufacturers in furnishing industry about furniture design and applications to avoid the earthquake risks.
Area of application The product could be used as a part of current formal, non-formal and informal training systems. Besides, it could be used individually by the target group members.