From 22nd to 24th June 2015 BERTIM project had its kick-off meeting in Bilbao at project coordinator TECNALIA facilities. The project team met face-to-face and discussed on the project ambition and objectives and its coordinated implementation, with tasks and assignments for the following months.
Strong scientific, technical, technological and manufacturing skills are combined in the well-balanced BERTIM team of 12 partners. They belong to six countries from the European Union (i.e. Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden). It is formed by all main type of institutions needed to cover the overall value chain of the project. The consortium consists of RTOs (research technology organizations), SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and large companies with a great experience. The organization of the consortium in made by geo-clusters. In order to assure replicability the project results the consortium is organized in around three timber manufacturers, one in the South of Europe (Spain) one in Central Europe (France) and the third one in the North of Europe (Sweden). Each industry will be supported by a research centre experts in construction in wood but with their own distinguishing capabilities. Some partners provide a transversal knowledge for the geo-cluster partners (as they are experts i.a. in mass manufacturing, in construction in wood, in dissemination, providing business models and exploitation and software development).
The three-day meeting has been started with the presentation of a brief review of the current status of the project made by the project coordinator from TECNALIA (Spain). At the beginning the participants introduced themselves in a short introduction round. Project partners presented their institutions, their roles in the project and their teams. There was also organized a visit to Kubik by TECNALIA – the Experimental Facility for the research, development and implementation of construction technologies to improve energy efficiency in buildings took place.
The Project Coordinator presented a global overview of the project: milestones, objectives, structure, work programme and expected output. Each work packets (WP) were presented by WP-leaders to clarify main objectives of them. The meeting participants had also the opportunity to visit facilities belong to one of the project partners (EGOIN in Natxitua) where timber building systems are constructed and manufactured.
Next General Assembly meeting of the project was in November 2015.