We had a visit yesterday of a film production company for a documentary of the MATES project in which we are building the Freeboard pilot.
The Freeboard Project aims to provide a naval work environment to performance a hands-on learning methodology for students of Medium Grade in Welding and Superior Grade of Metallic Construction, Superior Grade in Machining Manufacture Design and Medium Grade in Machining
To achieve this purpose, the project involves the building of a huge real-scale part of a ship. This structure can be equipped with pipes, valves , electric components ( lighting and power circuits) and all kind of required services so as to fit out a ship. Boats are generally built using block assembly process. Each block or independent structure has a different aim to each other (cabins, kitchens, engine rooms...).Once they are made, they will be joint in order to create the full boat. Pipes, wires ,etc… are connected at the same time than blocks are.
This shipbuilding process is the most usual work method in naval companies in our region. Our main purpose is to simulate work conditions so that students face real work environment , such as shipyards, where some of them are likely to work in a future
The project will benefit students in following aspects:Enhancing some abilities and skills such as creativity and innovative ideas, decision taking , teamwork and leadership (since few departments are involved and will have to work together) etc , Health and safe conditions will be emulated : work at heights, fall arrest system, address with handling loads ,etc.., Multi-disciplinary work ( other departments will be involved in order to develop the hole structure…)