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Web-linking Heterogeneous Applications For Large-scale Engineering And Services

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-1999-12538

  • Start date

    1 March 2000

  • End date

    31 October 2002

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 207 719

  • EU contribution

    € 1 800 000

Coordinated by:

GRUPPO FORMULA S.P.A.

Italy

Objective

The main objective of WHALES is to provide a planning and management infrastructure for complex distributed organisations working as networks on large scale engineering projects. Members of such a network may be big and medium to small enterprises as well taking into account workers, management, the organisations itself and the consumers, who are integrated as external business partners.
The WHALES system will pursue two main objectives:
to design and develop a set of software components supporting integrated planning, deployment and monitoring of large projects in multi-site, multi-enterprise organisations and
to demonstrate the applicability and benefits of the developed software composed through analysis, implementation and experimental usage on pilot business cases presented by users in the consortium.

Work description:
The four thematic areas in the WHALES project are so defined:

1) Project Management
Project management covers organisation of the project as a whole, partners direction according to the workplan and Consortium strategy, interaction with the Commission, monitoring and accounting of project activities, risk assessment and contingency management, project infrastructure maintenance.

2) Network Architecture & Software Components
The project main body consists of five technical Workpackages (WP3 to WP7) devoted to the study and development of the ICT architecture and software components that are going to support the WHALES network organisation model. Each Workpackage includes the fundamental activities of a quality-based software development process: requirements, analysis and design, implementation, test and deployment. A sixth Workpackage (WP2) provides a common development infrastructure for the teams working on each component, dealing with: methodology and tools to be used, selection of existing re-usable components, co-ordination of joint developments, maintenance of a technical data repository, configuration and change management.

3) Business Cases Analysis & Implementation
In parallel with technical developments, the proposed organisation model and tools are introduced and applied on four business cases proposed by WHALES users in different industrial sectors. Each business case corresponds to a Workpackage (WP9 to WP12) including the fundamental activities of business case analysis, experiment selection and preparation, experiment implementation and results assessment. A fifth Workpackage (WP8) co-ordinates all business cases, dealing with application of common methodologies, metrics and best practices, and ensuring uniformity, comparison and joint evaluation of results produced by each business case.

4) Exploitation & Dissemination
Throughout the project the Consortium prepares and refines its strategy related to diffusion and commercial exploitation of the project results, in terms of marketable products definition, potential market analysis, competitors classification, identification of dissemination and distribution channel, industrialisation plans. These objectives are accomplished in Workpackage 13, where exploitation plans are prepared since the early stages of the project based on an in-deep survey of the target market, and results produced are promoted through publications at conferences, workshops and expositions and through the project's and partners' web sites.

Coordinator

GRUPPO FORMULA S.P.A.

Address

Corso Iv Novembre 57
10090 Cascine Vica Rivoli - To

Italy

Participants (8)

FATA GROUP SPA

Italy

FORDESI - FORMACAO, DESENVOLVIMENTO E INVESTIGACAO, S.A.

Portugal

LISNAVE ESTALEIROS NAVAIS S.A.

Portugal

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATO INTEZET

Hungary

METZ AERIALS GMBH & CO. KG

Germany

MT-SYSTEM LTD.

Hungary

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "TOR VERGATA"

Italy

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-1999-12538

  • Start date

    1 March 2000

  • End date

    31 October 2002

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 207 719

  • EU contribution

    € 1 800 000

Coordinated by:

GRUPPO FORMULA S.P.A.

Italy