Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Final consortium meeting to take place in Padua

The final RiMaCon consortium meeting will take place at the premises of Vettorazzo Costruzioni on Thursday 23rd March. Representatives from all partners will be in attendance. 

The focus of the meeting will be for LEARs to provide updates on progress since the previous consortium meeting (Pilsen, Sepetember 2016), for researchers to update on the progress and achievements of WP4 and WP5, and for discussion of requirements in relation to the periodic and end of project reports.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Subashini Suresh returns from Vettorazzo

Dr Subashini Suresh (UniWolv) has recently returned from her penultimate secondment to Vettorazzo Costruzioni (Vetto).
During her secondment the following key tasks were addressed:
  1. Mapping study: review of project team work on WP5
  2. Visits to four project sites
  3. Understanding and using the variables of health and safety aspects in the software
  4. Project discussions with team from Vetto
Dr Suresh developed her understanding of how the RiMaCon prototype software was being developed and tested and put forward proposals for how SMEs should be supported to use the software in future.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Martin Hirman completes 3 month secondment to Vetto

RiMaCon researcher Martin Hirman (University of West bohemia) has recently completed a three month secondment to Vettorazzo Costruzioni (Vetto). Martin had been at Vetto since December 2016, focusing on WP5.

During the secondment the following key tasks were addressed;

  1. Testing data collection
  2. Preparing test scenarios
  3. Transfer of knowledge on simulation to Vetto staff
  4. Adding testing data to the software database
  5. Verification and validation of software
  6. Preparation of "user satisfaction questionnaire"
The testing data created will serve as the starting data in the prototype software but can be changed by the user. Testing scenarios were prepared and a lecture delivered to staff at Vetto on the theoretical background of software testing and a practical demonstration of the RiMaCon prototype. Martin added all risk factors, key risk indicators and objectives to the software database and verification of the software achieved in collaboration with the recruited researcher from the University of Wolverhampton. A user satisfaction questionnaire was designed and is ready to use. 

The RiMaCon consortium thanks Martin for his significant contribution to WP5. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Secondment News

Two RiMaCon secondments are due to commence on 13th March. Craig Smith (Computors Limited) will travel to The University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic and Dr Subashini Suresh (University of Wolverhampton) will travel to Vettorazzo Costruzioni in Italy. 

The focus of Craig's secondment will be work on the user interface for the RiMaCon prototype risk management software based on feedback provided by researchers at Vettorazzo. Dr Suresh will be working on WP5 (testing & validation) of the prototype RiMaCon software.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

RiMaCon shortlisted for Construction Award

We are delighted to announce that the RiMaCon software prototype has been shortlisted for the 'Innovation of the Year' award at the 2017 West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards.

The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on 28th April 2017 at the ICC, Birmingham. 

Development of the RiMaCon software prototype has been led by the UK SME partner, Computors Limited with support and input from other members of the consortium. Testing and validation of the prototype is currently being led by the Italian SME partner, Vettorazzo Costruzioni. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

European construction output sees falls and rises

Output in the construction sector across the Eurozone fell by 0.2% in December compared to November but grew by 0.6% across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28), including a 2.2% rise in the UK & Czech Republic.


Source: The Construction Index

Monday, February 20, 2017

Secondment News

As the RiMaCon project draws to a close at the end of March, several secondments are currently underway in order to continue work on testing and validation of the prototype software.

Marco Vettorazzo (Vetto) is currently on his final secondment to the University of Wolverhampton, as is Craig Smith (Computors). Dr Shuba Suresh (University of Wolverhampton) is also on secondment to Vetto this week, joining Martin Hirman (UoWB) who has been on secondment to Vetto for some time to progress work on WP5 (testing & validation). 

RiMaCon project co-ordinator, Prof. Chike Oduoza has recently returned from Vetto where he spent a week on secondment to familiarise himself  with the prototype and progress work on testing and validation. He was joined by the recruited researcher from the University of Wolverhampton who demonstrated the prototype software to staff from Vetto and those on secondment and advised on the approach to testing and validation.