O1: Collecting and reviewing written resources that map the knowledge triangle for transferring research and innovation on sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment in continuing education.
The aim of this study was to give a deep up-to-date overview of different sustainable rehabilitation tools capable to provide and certify the performance of the built environment in order to increase the relevance of knowledge transfer. The study established and introduceed the present-day research and innovation in sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment, integrating different approaches in terms of partner organizations. The study and its review (M1 held in Iasi, Romania, October 2018) addressed to professionals, particularly with academics, civil designer engineers and practitioners as a starting point for the analysis and evaluation of the built environment in what concerns sustainable rehabilitation, as well as highlighting the necessity of progress on this line. This output has been lead by P1-TUIASI for giving a large EU dimension from the beginning of the project. Partner universities (P1-TUIASI, P2-BOKU, P3-UO, P4-USE, P5-UNICAS, P6-UM, P7-HST, P8-BUT) worked with practitioners, civil designer engineers, ecologists, sociologists, researchers, architects, urban and transport planners to collect available documents, writing reports that bring an important contribution to defining present-day tools and methodologies in the sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment. A deep analysis was performed in order to assimilate the technological and research progress to the educational purposes. The consortium had the advantage of going deeper with this analysis since several partner universities are located in cities with innovative tradition in building environment, such as Vienna, Orleans, Sofia, Seville.
O1/A1 Desk and field research, various reports, statistics, references on up-to-date technologies, equipments and knowledge of sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment sector were investigated, while the feedback from the professionals (researchers, higher education experts, academic staff, managers, civil engineers) represents an important input for the study of experiences and good practices in partner countries.
O1/A2 Elaborating and producing the published version of the study (online and paper brochures). The integrated report was made on the basis of comparative analysis of data delivered by the partner universities and practitioners from all over the world, while its summary (30-40 pages) was produced as a paper brochure disseminated in the kick-off International Conference on Critical Thinking in the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management of the Built Environment – CRIT-RE-BUILT (Iasi, November 14-15, 2019). After the conference, the consortium worked to the integrated report, which became a significant part of a Springer Serries Book of Proceedings (40 scientific papers of the 48 papers published in the Springer book “Critical Thinking in the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management of the Built Environmant. CRIT-RE-BUILT. Proceedings of the International Conference, Iasi, Romania, November 7-9, 2019”, Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. The integrated report was made on the basis of comparative analysis of data delivered by the partner universities and practitioners and researchers worldwide.
O1/A3 Conference presentation of the most appreciated papers selected during the first transnational meeting (Iasi, October 2018), disseminating the information towards target groups and large public. Each participant at the conference receiveed the electronic version inscribed on the CD as well as a flyer containing a detailed questionnaire. Conference presentation of the most appreciated papers selected during the International Conference on Critical Thinking in the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management of the Built Environment, published after the event and peer review in the Springer book mentioned above.
O1/A4 Follow up. Every participant at the conference filled in the questionnaire handing it out to the organizer before the endpoint of the event, while participants distribute paper brochures at their universities or during national scientific events.
Every participant at the conference filled in the questionnaire handing it out to the organizer before the endpoint of the event, while participants distributed paper brochures at their universities or during national scientific events.
O2: Establishing legal, institutional and regulatory framework for the advancement and management of a post-graduate development programme for professionals to gather knowledge and competencies on the rehabilitation of the built environment.
The mission of the education and training post-graduate programme was to serve as an authorized continuing education programme addressed to professionals advising on all aspects of technical and scientific aspects of sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment. The starting point of this analysis and documentation was the reference national and institutional specifications that each partner holds on skills, competencies and qualifications. The consortium analyzed them in the transnational meeting held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in December 2018, in order to understand the gap between the level of qualifications and the real level of knowledge, working on defining a co-operative legal framework aligned to European requirements capable to assure new and quality-centered skills and competences for improving sustainable rehabilitation on the built environment through a post-graduate programme. The Consortium defined The curricula of the programme needed to bring an important contribution to defining new tools and methodologies for transferring research and innovation in training, teaching and learning on the sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment.
The proposal for the main directions of this study was (but not limited) at:
O2/A1 Establishing legal national, institutional and regulatory framework for a post-graduate development programme for professionals to gather knowledge and competencies on the sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment, highlighting needs, gaps and models, defining the active role of partner universities and their specialized departments as well as the input gathered from specialized institutes and centres.
O2/A2 Establishing the list of occupations to which the post-graduate development programme addressed taking into account the legal code of Classification of Occupations in force in each country implied in the project. Identification of skills and competences and harmonization in a standard way of the list of national occupations (NOC) with relevant European qualifications and occupations.
O2/A3 Apprising the course units, establishing their number, completing the corporate curriculum, deciding the hours per week in class and for study time, respectively, for each course unit, making room for the future points of novelty after dissecting out the conventional or known part, which is considered as a point of departure from the forthcoming knowledge transfer targeting quality and performance in the sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment. Deciding the policy of credit hours as per European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ETCS) and preparation of the curricula reflecting the balance between the number of lecture classes and the number of application classes, also making room for forthcoming points of novelty.
O3: Critique for establishing requirements that map out the knowledge triangle for transferring research and innovation on sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment in continuing education, after reviewing the written resources.
Critical analysis of the curricula of the course units referring to rehabilitation of the built environment taught in master programmes currently in progress at faculties with expertise in Civil Engineering and Environment fields of study, parts of the consortium, with a transnational meeting held in Orleans in March 2018. Critical analysis proposes to assess specific creative resources achieved through the lectures written by the RE-BUILT team on rehabilitation of the building environment, thinking how to improve their quality imposing intellectual standards. Critical analysis involves efficiency for considering in a thoughtful way the forthcoming subjects on sustainable rehabilitation, finding workable means for meeting any problem, gathering some skills in identifying unstated achievements and values, interpretation of current data and evaluation of arguments, drawing warranted conclusions about the current state of the analysed topic, putting them to test and finding out generalizations. Critical analysis means the knowledge transfer of the specific local methods and good reason approaches to reconstruct them on the basis of wider experience. Rearrangements and new entitlement of existing courses. The O3 critical report was made on the basis of comparative analysis of data delivered by the partner universities and the Consortium decided to add it as a conclusive part of a book, a critical outlook in front of each chapter of dissemination in the kick-off International Conference on Critical Thinking in the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management of the Built Environment – CRIT-RE-BUILT (Iasi, November 14-15, 2019). After the conference, the consortium finalised the O3 report, which became a part of the same Springer Serries Book of Proceedings (only the rest of 8 scientific papers of the 48 papers published in the Springer book “Critical Thinking in the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management of the Built Environmant. CRIT-RE-BUILT, Proceedings of the International Conference, Iasi, Romania, November 7-9, 2019”, Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering. The papers are a state-of-the-art and a critical analysis of the chapter they describe, each paper being a critical study on one of the 8 topics of the postgraduate programme Sustainable Rehabilitation of the Built Environment and a 12-16 pages report on O1 given by each partner organization.
O4: Preparing lectures for teaching in intensive study programmes as for transferring research and innovation through knowledge. Lectures chart the curriculum for the new post-graduate programme.
O4/A1 Preparation of recent critiques of data gathered on sustainable rehabilitation of the building environment. The team prepared recent critiques on sustainable rehabilitation of the building environment from the perspective of different target groups, gathering data acquired in a united enunciation in a guise of paper brochures as well as integrated into a single global report published on the project's website. The online course was a practical resource for constructing the forthcoming curricula of the co-operative post-graduate programme "Sustainable Rehabilitation of the Built Environment". In its initial form, this report derived by curating and adapting resources deployed in the existing master courses at universities that are members of the consortium, refining and adapting them for teaching, in a 12-day programme at Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, in May 2019 (C1).
O4/A2 Enhancing the existent lectures by tools, techniques and content, adding complementary courses in order to help applicants to explore related areas for sustainable rehabilitation in the built environment such as risk mitigation and management. The new two-week lectures, held at BOKU Vienna, in August 2019 (C2+C8), focused on developing skills and competencies in research, innovation and technological transfer applied in sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment, gathering also the student team. The content of the courses is based on a modular curriculum and both of them, curriculum and content, has been designed considering the demonstrated learning potential of the target group, their preferred learning styles and habits.
O4/A3 A new modulus of two-week courses at TUIASI, Iasi, Romania, in November 2019 (C3), in which the scientific literature, good practices, and EU reports will be investigated in detail by partners, who select and adapt the most suitable learning models.
O4/A4 The new developed modulus of two-week courses held at HST Sofia, Bulgaria, in March 2020 (C4), gathered research and innovation for adding value to the analysed issue of sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment. Two modular courses will be developed in order to allow for further developments, with 6 unit courses/modulus (total 12 unit courses) for a post-graduate programme having 280 total hours (24 ECTS credits), uploaded on the RE-BUILT's website.
O4/A5 For the two-week courses held at UNICAS, Cassino, in May 2020 (C5), each partner makes ready to follow the own methodology and procedures for introducing the co-operative post-graduate programme in their running study programmes, either for their own students or for Erasmus+ students as well as for any other international students. One-day workshop meeting with practitioners.
O4/A6 Drawing up the final co-operative curriculum for the post-graduate development programme "Sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment" based on interactive lectures and running effective meetings for training during the two-week short term intensive study programme held at UOrleans, France, in July 2020 (C6). The strategy was based on real practical and inspecting needs in the field of sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment identified during transnational meetings and short term teaching in intensive programmes, on qualification requirements as well as on forthcoming developments. One-day workshop meeting with practitioners.
O4/A7 Inserting improvements and recommendations arisen from questionnaire data as well as from meetings with different divisions of professionals in the course of the modulated post-graduate developing programme "Sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment". Recommendations can modify concepts and lectures content or curricula, number of teaching hours per week, number of credit hours per week etc., emphasising creativity and innovation for adding value to the course "Sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment"- from knowledge transfer (ideas) to new engineering works rehabilitated (marketable products). Every partner elaborated the new content and new formula of curricula, but they unified, transform and adapt it into final e-learning material during the short term programme for teaching held at USE, Seville, Spain in October 2020 (C7), as Open Educational Resources (OER)
O4/A8 Preparing and refining the final content of the developed post-graduate course as it appeared in the book of proceedings "Sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment", published in the final conference, with feedback and quality analysis of the learning content and evaluation reports during the short term programme for teaching held at UMaribor, Slovenia in June 2021 (C8+C11).
O5: Preparation of case study papers and technical documents for meetings with practitioners and experts.
O5/A1 Preparation of meetings and one-day workshop implying building contractors, practitioners, experienced civil engineers and designers, experts, researchers, facilities engineers and managers, maintenance managers, developers and building contractors, experts on risk assessment and management, representatives of associations and organizations in construction and environment, representatives of associations and organizations of quality control for construction works, who compared notes with regard to their proficiency on sustainable rehabilitation with case studies and technical documents and who attended courses asking questions as well. Knowledge transfers from/to research and innovation to/from the academic environment.
O5/A2 Preparation of meetings and one-day workshop implying ecologists as well as sociologists for an efficient building development, transforming and re-engineering the existing built environment, giving it a second life and creative solutions to today's most pressing social and environmental problems.
O5/A3 Preparation of meetings and one-day workshop implying architects, urban planners, transport planners, representatives of national heritage conservation authority, meant to understand the diversity of the European built landscape with cities and places increasingly contributing to global environmental damage, and to see opportunities to resolve sustainable rehabilitation beyond national borders through identification with European values found in the innovative city context.
A1-A3 actions of O5 During the C4 short term teaching/learning activities in intense study programmes, HST organized Days for the REBUILT Construction Sector – A RE-BUILT Project Workshop supporting the built environmental rehabilitation in Europe. The workshop comprised one presentation given by each academic delegate from partner universities (8):
- 17th February 2020
- 18th February
- 19th February 2020 from 15.00-17.00 prof. Ancuta Rotaru and prof. Radu Pescaru TUIASI "Hazard Risk Mitigation: Challenge or Strategy?"
- 20th February 2020 from 15.00-17.00 prof. Dashnor Hoxha UO "Thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical Fatigue of Historical Building: Myths and Realities"
- 21st February 2020 from 15.00-17.00 prof. Martin Závacký BUT "History of Underground Utilization in Brno City"
- 24th February 2020 from 15.00-17.00 prof. Jacinto Canivell USE "Earthen Architecture. Past and Present Approaches"
- 25th February 2020 from 15.00-17.00 prof. Ioana Olteanu TUIASI and prof. Assunta Pellicio UNICAS "Preparing Civil Engineering Students to Work with Innovative Tools & Vulnerability, Seismic Survey and H_BIM Based Structural Analysis"
- 26th February 2020 from 15.00-17.00 prof. Andrej Strukelj UM "Examples of Cooperation with Industry"
- 27th February 2020 from 15.00-17.00 prof. Chong Peng BOKU "Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Its Application in Geotechnical Numerical Analysis"
The workshop explored multiple dimensions of the construction industry including infrastructure, research, technology, application, education, innovation, to rehabilitate the built environment.
O5/A4 Preparation of meetings and one-day workshop implying representatives of central and local administration, representatives of associations and organizations for risk mitigation emphasising that although the most effective educator and appraiser is the impact of a full-scale hazard on a full-scale city, we certainly have to be prepared to plan, mitigate and respond to disasters by sustainable rehabilitation of the vulnerable building stock, and how the law requires technically responsible engineer to report to the municipality any violation in the implementation of the design project for rehabilitation of buildings.
Autumn School in Sustainable Renovation of Buildings and Infrastructures
Orléans, 24-26 November 2021
Context: The 3-day Autumn School is proposed by partners of the Erasmus+ project RE-BUILT (http://www.rebuilt.ce.tuiasi.ro/description/ ). The RE-BUILT project brings together basic issues relevant to the participation of professional groups to lifelong learning activities such as sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment implemented through knowledge transfer, efficiency and performance in the running post-graduate study programs of partner universities in a concise way and from within European perspective. The main goal of the RE-BUILT project is to continuously improve and extend the offer of high-quality learning opportunities in the Civil and Environmental Engineering sectors. In the framework of the RE-BUILT program, this Autumn School is opened for in-person participation for the Ph.D. students of partner universities participating in the project. However, there are 12 more in-person places for Ph.D. students form University of Orleans interested in building and transport/geotechnical infrastructure renovation The Autumn School activities will take place in Polytech Orléans, 8 rue Léonard de Vinci 45072 Orléans Cedex 2.
O6: Knowledge transfer of research and innovation on project's website.
Designing and elaborating the online knowledge-based platform integrating the resources developed within RE-BUILT project, mainly the curriculum and learning content, but also guides and other information. The online platform for knowledge transfer (MOODLE) addressed to undergraduate, master and doctoral students, practitioners and researchers willing to improve their professional knowledge, experts as well as teaching staff. A special online platform was created with the aim of spreading the project's contents, link the platform with the partners and publish the project related events and activities. The platform contains all lectures and applications given during the intensive programmes of learning/teaching. It’s an interactive form of dissemination and dialogue between students and scholars on lectures, forthcoming events, Curriculum. A comprehensive abstract of each event of the RE-BUILT project is posted on the e-platform. At the end of the project, the website also serves to publish the project's results as well as the books “Critical Thinking in the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management of the Built Environmant. CRIT-RE-BUILT. Proceedings of the International Conference, Iasi, Romania, November 7-9, 2019” and "Rehabilitation of the Built Environment in the Context of Smart City and Sustainable Development Concepts. KNOW-RE-BUILT. Proceedings of the online Multiplier event, 15-16 December 2021".
O9: "Rehabilitation of the Built Environment in the Context of Smart City and Sustainable Development Concepts" - a book of proceedings for the final conference.
“Knowledge Transfer of the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management in Built Environment” (KNOW-RE-BUILT).
Proceedings "Rehabilitation of the Built Environment in the Context of Smart City and Sustainable Development Concepts" of the International Conference KNOW-RE-BUILT “Knowledge Transfer of the Sustainable Rehabilitation and Risk Management in Built Environment”) organized within the framework of the project, gathers all presentations, lectures and demonstrations (54 papers), in a Springer book (the 2nd vol. 2022 after the 1st vol. 2020 fully dedicated to the outcomes of the RE-BUILT project, Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering) having as editors the manager and the deputy director of the RE-BUILT project (A. Rotaru, D. Hoxha). Proceedings, in press but available on the project web site (with restricted access until publication), will become available on the book web site starting from July 2022. Additionally, 14 extended and enriched versions of selected peer-reviewed papers from the 54 papers prepared for the Springer book were submitted by seven of the eight RE-BUILT partners to the Special Issue "Studies on Sustainable Rehabilitation of the Built Environment" of the repute journal Sustainability, an open access journal from MDPI, 3.251 Impact factor (WoS). Once again, the guest editors of the special issue are coordinators of the RE-BUILT Project (D.Hoxha, A.Rotaru, W.Wu). The MDPI special issue, that should have been fully available online from May 2022, extended the deadline until June 15th, 2022. The RE-BUILT team does not see the books as a culmination of the dissemination and exploitation plan. Our vision was to find external contributors in order to ensure a new volume every two years post project completion, as a progression that can be extended beyond the duration of the project, and into the future. In this line, the book website, as well as the project website, will be available for at least three years after the project completion period constituting a significant post-project dissemination tool, as a vital contribution to the sustainability of the project.