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Lean 6σ Learning Academy

UiS is part of the Lean 6σ Learning Academy, organised by European Networks for Performance Enhancement in Mechanical (Manufacturing) and Construction Industry.

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Together with the European Networks (in Finland, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, United Kingdom, Portugal) for Performance enhancement and Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science.

University of Stavanger (UiS) has a number of strong academic communities linked to the field of performance enhancing in Mechanical and Construction Industry.

The areas of expertise include:

  • Mechanical (manufacturing) / Construction
  • Engineering and circular economy (circular construction and manufacturing)
  • Lean manufacturing concepts and lean six sigma implementation
  • Gamification based knowledge dissemination
  • Information Technology
  • Digitalization of mechanical/manufacturing and construction operations [Building information modelling (BIM)]
  • Implementation of lean philosophies in knowledge work (e.g. Engineering design, Product development, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), etc., eco-system mapping
  • Asset integrity assessment and control

European Project “LEAN” ERASMUS+ KA2

The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at University of Stavanger is a member of an international consortium in the European Project “Lean” ERASMUS+ KA2.

The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at University of Stavanger is a member of an international consortium in the European Project “Lean” ERASMUS+ KA2.

The project aims at developing didactic materials for implementation of Lean manufacturing concepts in Engineering Design work focusing on the ‘training by doing and training on the go as effective approaches to lean manufacturing’.

The LEAN project is one of the 23 projects approved out of 276 applications. It aims at disseminating Lean Manufacturing (LM) knowledge via innovative approaches (e.g. gamification) as well as updating the existing training tools involving different education environments: high schools, VET centres, Universities and micro, small and large scale industrial organizations (i.e. both manufacturing and Oil & Gas industry).

The project will be implemented in two years, and managed by Centoform as leader partner of an international partnership made up of 9 members, which consists of 6 educational institutions and 3 industrial organizations. 

Facts

  • Start Date: 01-10-2015
  • End Date: 31-10-2017
  • Project Reference: 2015-1-IT01-KA202-004749

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BIM4PLACEMENT European key competences in building and construction

The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at University of Stavanger is a member of an international consortium in the European Project “BIM4PLACEMENT European key competences in building and construction".

Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be defined as a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. BIM softwares are used to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain many kinds of buildings and infrastructures.

Considering the lack of homogeneous tools validated at European level for training in BIM, this project has the aim of building a bridge between Northern Europe and Southern Europe.

BIM project is a capacity building project in the area of VET promoting cooperation and partnership among 6 different organizations (VET provider, Regional Authority, 2 universities, private company, EU association).

The specific objectives of the BIM project:

  • Upgade and innovate existing training tools and training programs about BIM
  • Increase the synergic use of up-to-date technologies, in an integrated way, with team work approach and personal development
  • Improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning of vocational contents on BIM
  • Increase the cooperation among educational institutions and enterprises in EU for better employability

Facts

  • Start Date:   01-11-2016
  • End Date:    31-10-2018
  • Project Reference: 2016-1-IT01-KA202-005399

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International Collaboration Enhancing Productivity

Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at University of Stavanger is a member of an international consortium that aims at developing didactic materials to improve knowledge concerning the implementation of Lean Thinking in the workplace.

ERASMUS+ funded project Innovative Learning Approaches for Implementation of Lean Thinking to Enhance Office and Knowledge Work Productivity (ILA-LEAN) involves five European countries.

The specific objectives of the ILA-LEAN project:

  • Increase the cooperation among educational institutions and enterprises in EU for better employability
  • Increase the synergic use of up-to-date technologies, in an integrated way, with a team work approach and personal development
  • Improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning of vocational contents on lean in Office and Knowledge of how it works and the workplace
  • Increase the opportunity for distance learning
  • Upgrade and innovate existing training tools

Facts

  • Start Date:   01.10. 2016
  • End Date:    30.09. 2018
  • Project Reference: 2016-1-PL01-KA203-026293

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I-TRACE, Immersive TRAining for aerospaCE

Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at University of Stavanger is a partner of an ERASMUS + Project that is aimed at creating strong partnerships between the world of education and the business world, to develop technical-professional training opportunities strongly anchored to the needs of companies in the European aerospace supply chain.

The project's  focus in Norway is on the process industry (e.g. oil and gas), engineering contractors, and manufacturing industry. It requires education and research to investigate potential methods that can lean the overall operational activities (i.e. minimize waste of time and costs, increase revenue, improve health, safety/security and environmental challenges, etc.). In the offshore petroleum industry, the engineering contractors and manufacturing industry (i.e. sub-contractors) in Norway require immersive mixed and extended reality learning to enhance integrity of plants and operating assets (i.e. design integrity – effective design review; operational integrity – effective training as specified in internal and regulatory requirements; and Technical integrity – inspection and maintenance) similar to the aircraft industry. Especially,  similar to aircraft industry, the aforementioned involves large capital investments, high operating costs, potential hazards type operations, and the serious impact of the accidents to the society, environment, and property.

The advanced simulation in virtual (or augmented/mixed/exnteded) reality environments such as entire power plants and refineries (e.g. such as SmartPlant concepts) are currently under the education and research activities within immersive training discipline. The use of augmented/virtual/mixed/extended realities and simulation that comes from immersive learning allows the validation of operational procedures of the systems, optimization of startup and shutdown sequences of lines, the immersive training of operators and the following evaluation of results achieved, the simulation of faults and failures and their management in the regional industry.  Apart from the educational environments they would immensely help academics to convey complex concepts in an easily understandable means with less effort and high productivity with anticipated outcome from the educational sector.

Also, immersive mixed reality for manufacturing and offshore sector related training is the focus in teaching in complex manufacturing and asset integrity assessment/control of complex offshore systems as these systems involved considerable amount of resources, which requires training workers and developing new skills. Increasing the effectiveness of those processes and reducing the investment required is an outstanding issue. Hence, the modern metaphors such as collaborative mixed reality enable to transmit procedural knowledge and could eventually replace other forms of face-to-face training (e.g. a mixed reality setup with see-through cameras attached to a Head-Mounted Display,  real-time collaborative interactions, and simulated conventional forms of training are the focus).

Currently, research and education work focused on implementing in developing complex product manufacturing procedures (e.g. aircraft maintenance door, sub-sea systems, etc.). It is advantageous to have immersive learning as the performance levels in the immersive mixed reality training are not significantly different than in the conventional face-to-face training condition.

Hence, current focus is to provide training and the use of virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality paradigms in UiS higher education system.

Read more about the project here.

Facts

  • Start Date: 01-11-2018
  • End Date: 31-10-2020
  • Project Reference: 2018-1-IT01-KA202-006836

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TEAL2.0

The Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at University of Stavanger is a member of an international consortium in the Erasmus+ project TEAL2.0.

The TEAL2.O project is implemented by a consortium of 11 universities from Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Italy, Norway and Romania, joined by a private company from Bulgaria. The project seeks to improve access to Science and Technology higher education and reach underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. We believe this goal can be achieved by investing more efforts into Open and Distance Learning. Yet we are aware of the multiple challenges that distance learning meets in resource-poor institutions due to quality issues, shortages of expertise and technological equipment, and insufficient collaboration and internationalization. The project aims to contribute to addressing these challenges through a comprehensive technological solution - an open-access platform for technology-enabled learning environment.

The TEAL2.O solution will offer:

  • Access to MOOCs and other digital learning content developed around the globe
  • Modularity and full customizability, allowing institutions and faculty to design programs and develop teaching content that suit local needs and constraints, including those of underrepresented learners
  • Autonomous assessment and quality assurance
  • Integration of open source hardware and software into the learning process to maximize learners’ exposure to technology and provide access to virtual labs and experimentation
  • Enhanced opportunities for collaborative learning and teaching, allowing institutions to pool available expertise and support quality
  • Learner-centered education, flexible learning pathways and co-creation on the part of learners.

We expect the project to have the following impact:

  • Improved access to university courseware and open learning opportunities in the participating Asian countries
  • Improved access to learning support technologies and virtual laboratories for learners in resource-poor institutions
  • Enhanced collaboration among universities in Asia and Europe
  • More opportunities for learner co-creation in learning & teaching, both in traditional classrooms and online
  • More opportunities for collaborative learning and teaching in the Science & Technology field
  • Improved quality of Science & Technology higher education.

Facts

The project is co-funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ Programme - Capacity Building in Higher Education.

DIG-MAN: Integration of digital tools into product development and manufacturing education

Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at University of Stavanger is a member of an international consortium that aims at developing didactic materials for integration of digital tools into product development and manufacturing education.

The DIG-MAN project supports the overall objective of the ERASMUS+ programme by bringing four universities and one VET centre into collaboration and joint development of novel outputs (digital tools) for higher education. Countries that are involved are: Estonia, Norway, Poland, Lithuania and Italy.

DIG-MAN supports the horizontal priorities of ERASMUS+ by developing basic skills and key competences (1) and by promoting innovative pedagogies and methods for teaching and learning in a digital era. The DIG-MAN project also supports the higher education related field-specific priorities of ERASMUS+ by tackling skills gaps and mismatches that the learning-outcomes of curricula meet the learning needs of students and being also relevant to the labour market and societal needs (including through better use of open and online, blended, integrated and multidisciplinary learning). The global economy is rapidly becoming digital and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is no longer a specific sector but the foundation of all modern innovative economic systems. DIG-MAN project is thus an innovation project aiming to support the wider industrial digitalisation goals for what the digital skills of the educators and students of higher education are crucial. The main focus of the project is on the Master's level students/curricula of engineering, manufacturing and product development but the overall hypothesis (that will be also tested during the project) is that these new digital tools could be used universally in all levels of education (mainly in vocational and adult education). For the transferability and outreach, one VET centre in Italy - Centoform - has been involved to coordinate the testing and dissemination of the outputs into other levels of education.

Higher education has to keep pace with the global market needs for the necessary ICT skills and to support these general goals, the main expected results of the DIG-MAN project are:

  1. The digital skills of the educators are improved with the development of the new "Didactic Guide for utilization of digital manufacturing tools for product development and manufacturing (ProDeM) in higher education" (the Output 1, shortly the "ProDeM Guide" for educators). This new digital guide (handbook) is actively disseminated to other education institutions - not only universities and ohter higher education institutions, but also to other levels of education (please see the Task O1/A3).
  2. The digital skills and other relevant key competences of the students are improved through the development and adaption of the new "Integrated Digital Workbook for ProDeM students" (Output 2) including the whole product development and manufacturing cycle education. The ProDeM Workbook itself is a digital learning material (to be used on a mobile platform or a computer) including exercises to be solved with problem-based learning (PBL) method.
  3. In addition to the integrated workbook, new e-learning materials are developed (at least for 12 courses) for product development and manufacturing (please see Output 3). All materials will be developed as Open Educational Ressources (OER).
  4. Skills of collaborating in team-work, creativity and entrepreneurship will be supported through the ProDeM experiments (please see the Task O3/A2) to validate (and if relevant improve) the newly developed digital learning materials (the new ProDeM Workbook and e-learning materials). In addition to exercises designed with the PBL method, new digital materials will include videos, games and interactive tests collected and developed by the trans-European DIG-MAN team.

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Facts

The project is co-funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ Programme - Capacity Building in Higher Education.

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