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BIRGIT project is structured to four main activities, Project Results, PRs.

PR 1 Industry requirements on GIS-BIM training programs and courses

The goal of this activity is to specify the requirements on integrated GIS-BIM training. Some requirements have already been implemented within existing VET programs and courses, but due to societal development with increased levels of digitalization, additional requirements have been formulated. The main target group of this project result is VET providers, both project partners and external providers. Also, companies working in the sector are expected to make use of the requirement analysis, when modifying their business offers.

Review of existing courses and learning material We map existing courses on GIS-BIM integration in our countries and in Europe, look at their learning outcomes and if they include any parts that are open and might be used as a part of the educational offer of the BIRGIT project.

Survey of industry needs We identify demands on knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce, which are needed for the successful BIM-GIS integration. This is done by structured interviews with leading professionals in each country, in combination with an online survey among wide spectra of BIM/GIS users.

The survey has finished, but if you would like to see the survey questions, please visit: https://birgitproject.eu/survey/

Specification of VET courses We will first specify learning outcomes for the courses to be developed, based on results from the previous steps. We will continue with more detailed course-specifications and equipment, software tools and datasets to be used in the training.

PR 2 Localisation of existing courses

It is recognised that partners providing BIM courses today are lacking basic courses on GIS and vice versa. The goal of this activity is to reuse existing courses within the partnership and localize / translate them for usage by another partner. The term “localization” means in this context that courses are translated from one context (language etc) and adopted to national needs in another context.

Translation of the learning materials Based on the new curricula specified in PR1, existing courses are selected for localisation. The learning material is then translated to English using different tools and automatic translation software.

Localisation of learning material and datasets Written learning material and datasets are here translated from English to local language.

Preparation of subtitles for the lectures In case learning material consists of audio or video clips, subtitles may be needed when localising the learning material. In this task, various methods for creating subtitles are tested and applied on selected video/audio clips.

PR 3 Development of new courses

Knowing the needs and desired learning outcomes from the previous PRs, we will develop new courses optimally filling the knowledge gaps.

Above all, we plan to connect competencies from BIM and GIS domains. We aim that the trainees shall be able to coordinate various BIM- and GIS specialists, working on the same project. This synchronisation will allow insights that would remain hidden without the BIM-GIS integration, by enhancing advanced analyses to investigate patterns, assess risks or to include time- and cost-, the 4D and 5D, dimensions.

We intend to develop a modular training for both professionals and beginners. Experts with previous knowledge could select courses to upskill themselves, while the new trainees would follow the whole educational package. The new courses will update the VET programs within the partnership and thus improve their quality.

Methodology for co-creation of courses The new multidisciplinary courses will be developed in cooperation of several partners with diverse expertise. The established SCRUM methodology was modified for GIS-purposes within the giCASES project and will be further adjusted here.

Modern land surveying technologies 3D data acquisition of e.g. bridges or buildings involves different technologies, such as laser scanning, drones or GNSS. Our courses will cover planning of the acquisition, selection of appropriate method and instrument as well as processing of the obtained and collected data.

Smart community building process BIM-GIS integration is crucial for the efficient community planning. The courses will target its implementation in different stages of the planning process, from site-selection and design to maintenance and eventual decommission. We will focus on real-world applications with a plethora of examples.

Data integration Putting together construction-, geospatial- and statistical data has potential to provide more reliable and relevant information. At the same time, it is the main issue of the successful BIM-GIS integration as the data inter-operability is usually limited. Even methods to bring along metadata and attributes are not matured yet. Our courses will emphasise technical means to harmonise the datasets.

PR 4 Testing and updating of learning material

The goal of this activity is to assess the quality of the learning materials being produced, to suggest improvements and to implement a selected set of improvements.

In order to evaluate the quality of the BIM-GIS training offers developed by the project and the related learning material, the Consortium is expected to test and validate such training, both in classroom settings and in online form. The task involves both the planning and organisational aspects of these training actions and the methods for collecting and processing the feedback received for the users participating in those actions.

Such process intends to inform the eventual update and adjustment of the learning materials, for their further adoption and diffusion within partners’ organizations and across EU countries.  

Design, planning of testing of training offer and learning material through a series of four tests (training actions) to be arranged in Sweden, Italy, Spain and Croatia. Each test will share a number of common organisational and content elements but then be adapted to the specificities of the targeted trainees and country situation. The testing will be done adopting common qualitative and quantitative assessment tools, including interviews with the beneficiaries.

Tuning of the training materials thanks to the feedback received from the tests carried out in T4.1, so to guarantee that they are appropriate and relevant for the specific target groups and country specificities. Based on the results of the assessments, a list of proposed modifications and improvements will be prepared, discussed and approved.