Institut de Tecnologia de la Construcció de Catalunya
ITeC is a non-profit private foundation working in the field of the construction sector since 1978. Our goals as an organization to support innovation are: (1) The generation and transfer of information and knowledge; (2) The provision of technological services to improve the competitiveness of the construction sector agents: organizations, companies and professionals; (3) To be a benchmark institution in terms of information, innovation and sustainability applied to the construction sector. We are focused on 6 main activities: (1) Certification of innovative and non-standardized products; (2) new methodologies and tools to manage and make decisions during the construction processes; (3) databases and BIM libraries; (4) sustainability in construction; (5) market research; (6) training activities
ITeC has a strong link with construction industries in Spain. It is a point of reference in the building sector for databases, process management methodologies and for BIM evolution.
Due to its BIM knowledge, its experience in transfer of information and its connection with industry, ITeC’s contribution is relevant for WP2 and WP3 (Literature Review and Needs Analysis and Training Material Development).
It has been analysed and detected that the educational offer must be improved; the application of BIM in the design of nZEB buildings must go from theoretical to practical level because the professionals have an insufficient level of knowledge to carry out the projects, at a practical level (BIM and/or nZEB).
ITeC develops a training needs and skills gaps roadmap, before piloting 12-16 relevant Learning Units LUs with 400-500 construction students, site managers, craftworkers and other experienced operatives, therefore improving their employability. ITeC is also in charge of the coordination and development of the training methodology together with the participation of the partners. It will train and update 120 educators in European HEIs and VETs by implementing pilot tests of the new training resources and training materials, which will be available as transferable Learning Units.
Moreover, being mainly involved in specific technical assessments and certifications, ITeC can give also important support also for WP5 during the testing and piloting of the e-learning platform.
ITeC’s databases includes information on construction products, prices, technical specifications, certificates, product images and environmental data. It also provides users with all the construction sector regulations, including building, industrial and civil works current legislative framework and developments. It represents the source of information to facilitate the prescriber decision-making process.
In relation to process management, ITeC has developed a methodology on construction process management called TCQ. This methodology is based on the Bedec Database and the TCQ2000 software, which covers the construction work life cycle including planning, quality, cost and environmental management. TCQ connects with the BIM work environment software, using multi-platform solutions that guarantee interoperability. Process management skills and background can also be useful for WP6.