Methodology

The overall methodology of BIMplement is based on the direct implementation of the results of the related BUS and Construction Skills projects in combination with a direct implementation of the methodologies combining quality assurance with large scale qualification schemes. This will be brought into practice on local and regional scale, by demonstrating, testing and validating the methodology and effectiveness of qualification schemes in real projects. By using the existing local and regional networks of the project partners involved a large impact will be achieved within a short time.

The project phases in BIMplement are:

DEVELOPMENT PHASE

BIMplement starts with the development of a BIM-enhanced Qualification Framework/methodology, executed on two dimensions:
– From the BUS and Construction Skills projects (such as BUS-NL, FR, LT and ES and H2020 PROF/TRAC) the approach for a EU Qualification Framework for performing nZEB professional activities will be adapted for:
o Workers: filling the framework.
o Professionals: validation of the PROF/TRAC Qualification Framework and if needed extending or adapting this.
– Adding the cross-trade aspects OR interdisciplinary Skills
– Adding the BIM-process when performing nZEB professional activities. This includes the mapping of which extra skills and competences are needed to optimise the results in nZEB-construction and renovation projects, linked to the professional activities and the workers and professionals involved. An overall matrix will be developed in which the five phases in the construction process are discriminated (programme, design, elaboration, realisation, operation & maintenance), and the professions and specialism involves including the levels. This matrix will be filled in with the skills and competences need for each profession/specialism and the related training schemes to acquire the necessary competences. The EQFmethodology and guidelines for National Qualification Frameworks will be taken into account.

IMPLEMENTATION PHASE

The methodology and related qualification schemes will be implemented on a generic level for the subjects Ventilation and Air tightness. This matrix will be further elaborated for:
– the professions / specialisms and EQF levels involved in each phase;
– the required skills, competences and descriptors for the addressed technologies and
technology components; that are needed to enhance and ensure the quality of ventilation systems and air tightness. Next, this matrix will be linked to the available trainings. BIM will be used as a universal carrier for all the information that is needed for the quality enhancement and related trainings. Moreover, in a next step, the matrix can be linked with ‘real’ projects, documented in BIM.

PILOTS, DEMONSTRATION AND VALIDATION PHASE

Once elaborated, this Quality and Skills matrix will be made specific for each country involved in BIMplement. In the pilots reach involved country selects a number of projects in which the training and qualification, based on the matrix, will be executed and tested in practice. The pilots will be used for the verification of the matrix and the qualification schemes and give feedback to the previous steps. The pilots will also be used to test the value of BIM-enhanced tools to empower the different kinds of learning loops. Each project will start with a small scale local awareness campaign on the necessity of quality control and the role of new methodologies to achieve this such as BIM.

BIMplement aims for a mass large scale qualification implementation of the methodology in 30 – 35 construction and renovation projects in France, as a learning and replication case for the other countries, each executing about 5 projects. In total, the implementation and demonstration takes place in 50 projects.

EXPLOITATION AND REPLICATION PHASE

As the action is limited to training and qualification of professions involved in ventilation technologies and air tightness it is important to initiate and organize further exploitation and replication of the project to increase the number of skilled building professionals and craftsmen across the building value chain. An exploitation strategy should support this and will lead to a continuation after the project duration. This exploitation plan facilitates:
– the upscaling of the methodology to other /new topics
– sustaining the used content within existing tools
– upscaling the action to other countries by a free and open methodology, implementation services and a shared open development platform.

For a fast and effective exploitation and promotion the existing PROF/TRAC open training platform will be used. Another important issue is the collaboration and connection with European umbrella associations (like REHVA, ACE and Housing Europe) and suppliers through EU networks (like EUBAC, EVIA, EHPA etc.). These networks will take care for the further upscaling of the methodology to other/new topics for their products and concepts within the platform.

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