Creating training gateways for the construction of smart towns!
The “Urban planning and construction: the path to the smart town” trade and qualification Campus, the 15th of this kind in the AURA region, was launched at ENTPE, Lyon’s college of civil, environmental, and urban engineering, in November, 2019. It brings together further education and research establishments in the professional sectors of architecture, town planning, building, civil engineering, and public works in the buoyant region of greater Lyon and its surroundings. We take stock of its missions and priority actions.
A wider opening onto the word of business and training
The role of the “Urban planning and construction: the path to the smart town” campus is to form a network of stakeholders, to get them working together. From training establishments for school leavers through to professional qualification, from architect and engineer courses to research activities, the aim is to break down barriers and create synergy between the training sectors—basic training, apprenticeship and improvement, the professional world, and that of the regions. These grand objectives have an agenda: promotion and attractiveness of trades in the sector, professional insertion of youths and adults at all levels, research and the development inside the region, collaborative work between trades and levels, and a training map that aligns with companies’ expectations. “Our first missions will be to develop contacts between all regional training bodies involved in construction and town planning and privilege companies’ openness toward skill enhancement. We collect and assess their needs, inform them, and point them to the right people. Today, the campus offers complete training, from school leaver courses to high degrees in thirty or so predefined trades,” says campus chairman Georges Siaux, a retired building company director who has never ceased being involved in training and learning.
We have to raise the profile of trades and counter the disdainful ideas often attached to them. Young people entering building and public works do so keenly and motivatedly.
Addressing the issues of tomorrow’s town
The Campus has developed a constructive, engaging approach to the raising of skill levels. It relies on an integrated approach to urban planning and construction that gives full impact to aspects like the digital transition, notably the with use of BIM, and the changing energy landscape. “The campus will be working with all the stakeholders in jointly building the basis, resources, and means of the smart town. We shall for example provide apprentice training centres with training modules that concern the smart town, like the use of BIM, and we will also be developing the training of trainers themselves,” continues Siaux. Actions will be implemented to integrate human, social, well-being and health aspects in the design of building and neighbourhood technology systems. By attacking on a town-wide front, the Campus sets out in the medium term to cover all the design, construction, and energy management processes in an urban district. Among energy actions already undertaken are the opening of the PRAXIBAT energy efficiency training platform to all training bodies, or the opening of locally initiated complementary training in energy management at the Tony Garnier Bron professional college, an important gateway for professional and technological A-level holders.
We have to pool the technical platforms of the training institutions to achieve better effectiveness. With walls tumbling between sectors, that could prove an invaluable asset.
Integrating technological innovation
Integrating technological innovation “Our educational project aims to integrate recent technological developments in the training scheme. We want trainees, scholars, and adults to be better qualified in order to match job market demands and tackle durable construction issues. Technological innovation concerns low-carbon buildings for newbuild and renovation alike. The integration of energy production and recovery systems in exterior walls or the development of timber construction are just some of the subjects covered in the training”, adds Sheerazade Zemoura -Celet, the Campus Operations Manager. Actions are already under way: organization of conferences on innovative construction materials and solutions, visits to innovative project sites, participation in contests like that of VICAT on “technological and social innovation projects” in conjunction with ENSAL, ENTPE and INSA in Lyon. Moreover, partnership-based research at ENTPE’s laboratories on public building energy efficiency will play a full part in the training modules.
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