Title Vocational Training in Assessment of Existing Structures
Project Number 2011-1-CZ1-LEO05-07490
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country CZ-Czech Republic
Marketing Text The project was inspired by the urgent need for implementing principles of the assessment and verification of existing structures in practice in many European countries. It resulted in the development of original training materials including handbooks and software tools, web-sites for dissemination purposes, e-learning, courses and seminars.
Assessment of existing structures is an urgent issue of a great economic significance in most countries around the world as more than 50 % of all construction activities concern existing buildings, bridges and other civil engineering works. Presently the Eurocodes used in all CEN Member countries are primarily focused on the design of new structures. Additional operational rules for existing structures were developed.
The project was inspired by the urgent need for implementing principles of the assessment and verification of existing structures in practice in the Czech Republic and other partner countries. The project consortium, under the leadership of the Klokner Institute of the Czech Technical University in Prague (KI CTU), consisted of the Secondary Technical School of Civil Engineering (CZ) and the research institutions and universities from four EU Member States (DE, ES, IT, NL) and one associated country (TR). All contact persons of the partnership have been involved in research projects dealing with reliability assessment of existing structures. They have participated in the national and international standardization activities within organizations CEN and ISO.
The project resulted in the development of vocational training materials (namely handbooks, software tools, web-sites for dissemination purposes, e-learning, courses and seminars) based on the documents of the international research organization Joint Committee on Structural Safety JCSS and international research projects, selected outcomes of the previous project of the Leonardo da Vinci programme (developed by 5 partners of the present consortium in 2008-2010) and also on background documents to new European and international standards. The innovative results were adapted for needs of education and training of the primary target group (civil engineers, designers, technicians, teachers in technical schools and officers of public authorities) and also for students at secondary technical schools.
The project outcomes are disposable to possible users in all European countries.
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Product information The activities implemented in the course of the project gave rise to various training materials including 3 handbooks (English as well as Czech version), 18 software tools, project web-sites with e-learning (test) platform, 5 international project seminars and 14 short-term courses, held in the countries of the project consortium.