Fourth Transnational Project Meeting (online)

On 16 July 2020 the 4th transnational partner meeting of the European Erasmus+ ESSENSE project took place. Within this project a university programme on Building Information Modelling in combination with Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) will be developed taking into account the housing needs of older people in order to remain in optimal physical and psychological conditions. The main focus of this meeting was the development of the course contents as well as the collaboration platform on which the course contents, train the trainer materials and exam templates are provided.

The increasingly ageing population throughout Europe is the background to this project. In the future it will become more and more important to design and technically equip the living environment of older people in such a way that they can lead an independent and self-determined life until old age. At the halfway point of the three-year project duration, the development of the teaching content is nearing completion. In the next step, these teaching contents on the subject of BIM, AAL with a focus on the special needs of physically limited people, will be tested and evaluated in the form of a pilot test. You will find detailed information on the contents in the current newsletter of ESSENSE. In addition to the teaching contents and the platform, the partners also dealt with the question of the dissemination of the project results beyond the project duration.

The ESSENSE website as well as the collaboration platform and all documents developed will be available to all interested parties for this purpose until at least 2024. At the end of the project in the middle of next year, all those interested in this educational program will be invited to a central information event. We will inform you as soon as the date is fixed. The next meeting will take place in January 2021 at the partner of the University of Skopje in Northern Macedonia, hopefully again in person.

If you have any questions about the project or if you are interested in participating in the pilot tests for the ESSENSE platform, please contact the partners of the project.

Next steps within ESSENSE

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During the next months, the ESSENSE partnership will be working on the development of a Blueprint to ensure the follow-up of ESSENSE results. The partnership has identified the main Educational programs, policies and agendas at European and National level in order to analyse the impact that ESSENSE could have on its deployment. In the last quarter of 2020, the didactic material will be ready for testing. ESSENSE will enroll an official announcement to the educational community (teachers, student and experts in BIM, habitat design, education, etc.) to participate in the pilot test action. During this pilot test, the educational philosophy, joint curriculum and didactic materials will be assessed within the eLearning platform. This action will enable the partnership to polish the mismatches on the didactic materials or eLearning platform functionalities.

Current Work Update

During the last months, ESSENSE has developed its Educational Philosophy and Joint Curriculum. You can find the full summary in here

The Joint Curriculum defines the necessary knowledge and skills components regarding key principles of BIM; Smart Housing and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). It covers different aspects related to CAD Design, sensors architecture and BIM management with training tools, didactic materials and eLearning environment to address the different profiles of learners in a target-oriented way.

The Joint Curriculum is divided into 5 modules:


  • Basic concepts on Building Information Modelling

The objective of the unit „Basic Concepts on BIM“ is to obtain an overview of the definition of BIM and the possible uses. What are the advantages of BIM or computer-aided design concerning the data associated with the 3D objects.

  • The needs of the senior citizens and their caretakers

The unit “The needs of the senior citizens and their caretakers” aims to prepare building designers, construction workers, and related professionals to make design decisions that support healthy active ageing, and to implement those solutions in new buildings and refurbishments by focusing on user-centred design approaches.

  • Smart Housing and AAL

This unit’s purpose is to introduce the concept of AAL and Smart Housing to the students. Furthermore, this unit will allow students to get insights into the basic principles of sensing, sensor data acquisition, signal processing and modelling based on data, to design and implement applications for assisting older adults.

  • Interactions between BIM, Smart Housing and AAL

As a goal, this unit “Interactions between BIM, Smart Housing and AAL” aims to introduce the student to using AAL principles and Smart Housing technologies within the BIM method. How to combine the principles of Ambient Assisting Living with the concept of Building Information Modelling.

  • Project Management, Innovation Management and collective competencies for optimum implementation of BIM principles and AAL concepts.

Module 5 comprises all the necessary knowledge for the implementation of BIM methodology from an Innovation Management approach. This module will provide learners with different concepts and methodologies to make the most of the implementation of BIM.

These modules will be freely available at the end of the project in 2021 on the ESSENSE Collaborative Platform with innovative quizzes, exercises and some extra lectures.