What is WEKIT?
WEKIT stands for Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training. WEKIT is an ambitious European research and innovation project supported under Horizon 2020 to develop and test within three years a novel way of industrial training enabled by smart Wearable Technology (WT). In particular, 13 WEKIT partners representing academia and industry from six countries in Europe will build a ground-breaking industrial-strength learning technology platform and unique methodology to capture expert experience and share it with trainees in the process of enabling immersive, in-situ, and intuitive learning. In this way, WEKIT will bring learning content and technical documentation to life via task-sensitive Augmented Reality (AR), making industrial training more efficient, affordable and engaging.
WEKIT will mobilise the community of stakeholders – WEKIT.club – to roadmap safe skill pathways for use of Technology-Enhanced Learning in changing industrial landscapes. The technology platform developed in the project – WEKIT.one – based on a thorough analysis of industrial needs and validated through user tests will enhance human abilities to acquire procedural knowledge by providing a smart system that directs attention to where it is most needed. Thanks to WEKIT, new smarter products and services will significantly improve workflows, enhancing (re)training of workers whose skill sets need upgrading after ‘Industry 4.0’.
- to develop an open Technology platform for Augmented Reality experience based on open standards and licenses
- to Research how we identify, acquire and exploit skills valued by industry and based on it develop and evaluate a conceptual framework for capturing workplace experience, combining it with technical documentation
- to augment Training in situ with live expert guidance, a tacit learning experience and a re-enactment of the expert
- to create a Roadmap for Augmented Reality-experience-based learning together with the Community ensuring high take-up by early adopters in the industry
Scenarios and Pilots
WEKIT will evaluate the wearable experience principle and the prototype in three cases. Two cycles of evaluation will be conducted to improve the learning approach and scenarios, and to make final adjustments in the learning model and the technological platform. The evaluation cases were selected based on qualitative and quantitative impact as well as technical fit. Each evaluation case is led by an industrial partner and aims at trialing the prototype in authentic workplace.
Evaluation case 1 “Exploiting AR and WT in aircraft maintenance” is led by Lufttransport AS, one of the leading suppliers of Air Ambulance, rescue operations and medical emergency, in cooperation with University of Tromsø. The company requires the aircraft be operative and airworthy at all times. Thereby both preventive and corrective maintenance work is needed. The operation environment is demanding due to challenging Arctic weather conditions. The key question is therefore of how to enhance both safe and effective maintenance of aircraft given that maintenance safety and maintenance effectiveness requirements conflict easily.
The targets of this evaluation case are twofold: (a) to research and develop a process for safe and efficient Aircraft maintenance with use of AR and WT and (b) to research and develop a new process for evaluation and documentation of manual maintenance tasks.
The basic idea is that training and performance of maintenance tasks must fulfill the requirements and verification management system set by EASA and ICAO. The training design will include traditional system elements and new AR and WT components developed by WEKIT. Tasks to be tested include: pre-flight inspections; helicopter engine check; decision making and control of critical tasks (Engine Systems); and safety at the sharp end (Communication and Shared mental modelling during Shift handover).
Photo credits: Lufttransport
Evaluation case 2. “Engineering” is led by Ebit, an international group focused on research, manufacturing and commercialization of medical imaging and other innovative clinical solutions, in cooperation with CCA. This pilot can be a tool for exploring imaging from two perspectives: innovation (in technology) and responsibility (in healthcare applications of technology). Through its IT Company Ebit, Esaote offers the most complete Healthcare IT systems for the workflow management of the Radiology and Cardiology diagnostic process in the widest enterprise IT networks, implementing Structured Report, 3D/4D and Mobile technologies. AR and other forms of TEL have a chance to play a large role here, e.g., in innovation support. Tasks to be tested include: Training Needs Assessment in Context and Image in situ inspection.
Photo credits: Ebit ESAOTE
Evaluation case 3. Space is led by the industrial partner AL in cooperation with VTT. Spacecraft is typically designed, developed and integrated by large international consortia of multiple stakeholders. As a result, high-technology sub-system or payload designed in one country is manufactured through integration of components coming from several other countries and finally integrated at system level in a third place. With the envisaged platform developed in WEKIT, time-demanding as well as generating only cost voices elements shall be drastically reduced. Tasks to be tested include: Performance of sub-system test bench; Integration and performance of payload/subsystem at system level, and Ground-ground training for astronauts.
Photo credits: ESA/EAC
Grant agreement No: 687669
Duration: 36 months
Budget: 2 753 144 EUR