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The aim of the project was to strengthen the digital skills of small and medium-sized construction companies (SMEs) by increasing their understanding of technology and awareness of the possibilities of using new technology. A DIGITAL COMPETENCE BOOST FOR SMVS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY The project has led to a free skills development course for small and medium-sized contractors, who often face challenges when they have to carry out digital tenders. The skills development course focuses on digital tools within design and construction production and is tailored to the individual company. THREE AFTERNOONS AND THREE DIGITAL TOOLS Each employee who participates in the free skills development course will need to spend only three afternoons, or 15 man-hours in total, away from work. The teaching is paid for by EU funds, and all the company has to do is to provide the following three digital tools: BlueBeam, Sigma Calculation and Vico Office Schedule Planner. The tools can be downloaded as a trial version, and students receive training in how to use the tools. Nysgerrig på, hvad tømrer- og snedkerfirmaet Egon Olsen & Søn A/S fik ud af deres skræddersyede kompetenceforløb? KOMDIGITAL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COURSE The skills development course takes place at KomDigital. KomDigital is a partnership between several knowledge institutions and representatives of the labour market in the Capital Region. KomDigital offers various courses for SMEs up to and including 2022. The courses focus on the possibilities of exploiting new technology. Her kan du registrere din virksomhed, hvis I er interesserede i at deltage i et forløb PROJECT IDEA AND PROCESS Financing and cooperation The project is EU-funded and aims to increase digitalisation in the construction industry. The project is led by DTU and is a collaboration between the educational institutions DTU, CBS and KEA and the trade unions FH Hovedstaden and IDA plus several other organisations. The idea for the skills development course focusing on small and medium-sized construction enterprises was developed by Jan Fuglsig Lambrecht, lecturer at KEA. The idea for a skills course was in part inspired by his previous job experience as a consultant at the Danish Technological Institute and at Danish Standards. WORKSHOP WITH THREE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES KEA BUILD conducted a workshop with each of the companies Egon Olsen & Søn Ltd., Allan Ploug Ltd., and Børge Nielsen Ltd. The course consisted of three workshops with the following themes: Scrutiny of tender documents Tender evaluation Construction production planning (using the principle Location Based Scheduling). Based on the experience from the workshop, KEA Build developed the digital skills development course, which is now a free tailor-made offer at KomDigital. MORE KNOWLEDGE AND A STRENGTHENED NETWORK The workshop gave the teachers from the Architectural Technology and Construction Management programme at KEA an opportunity to update their knowledge of the challenges facing the construction industry. They also strengthened their network with SMEs in the industry. This is of benefit to the students at KEA because the teachers have gained a greater knowledge of the field of practice. DEVELOPMENT PROJECT WITH SCALABLE DELIVERY MODELS Projektets partnere SmartLearning, ZEALAND, KEA, EASV og CPHBUSINESS, HK og Teknisk Landsforbund. The KomDigital project has also paved the way for KEA Build to participate in the development project "Experiments with Scalable Delivery Models" under the auspices of LearningHub. LearningHub is part of SmartLearning, which is owned by eight Danish business academies. The purpose of the project is to develop and test digital skills development courses for Architectural Technology and Construction Management students and construction companies, but also to develop and offer short courses in building technologies and financial systems.The concept of scalability must be understood broadly, because the project both looks at e.g. the number of course participants, the type of participating companies and the geographical starting point. Read about the experiment with scalable delivery models (FSL) in danish contact person Jan Fuglsig Lambrecht (

Increased digitalisation in design and construction production can become a lever for the productivity development of construction.

3D virtual prototyping in the apparel industry

Several national and international fashion companies, educational institutions and DM&T, Danish Fashion & Textile, were involved in the project, and the results were shared with other representatives from the industry. The project also led KEA to create a new specialisation - Sustainable Fashion Tech. 3D VP can simulate clothing Webinarer om 3D VP se vIDEO: 3D VP - IMPLEMENTERING & WORKFLOW I PRAKSIS se video: 3D VP - Den gode pasform 3D virtual prototyping (3D VP) is a technology that can simulate clothing in relation to how the material hangs, how the material feels (the tactile properties), and the fit of a product. Instead of developing a physical prototype that needs to be tested and modified several times, you can now make a virtual prototype with the same functional capabilities. More sustainability and better economy An estimate shows that, by using 3D VP, up to 60% of the physical production, sales and proto samples can be cut out. This will increase sustainability in the fashion industry while allowing companies to reap the economic benefits of reducing the number of physical samples. When the entire process from idea to finished clothing is sped up, the chance of creating a product that is relevant to consumers increases. It will make the clothes easier to sell, and the stores can reduce deadstock, that is, the amount of unworn, unsold clothes WORLDWIDE COOPERATION WITH THE FASHION INDUSTRY The teachers at KEA Design used the Copenhagen Fashion Summit as a starting point to find inspiration and, at the same time, uncover what competences a potentially new programme should give the students. The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is an annual fashion event with participants from all over the world and a strong focus on sustainability in the fashion industry. The next step in the project was a pilot workshop where the teachers introduced the fashion industry to 3D VP to discuss whether they could see a value in the product. Next, the teachers conducted a series of qualitative interviews with selected companies and educational institutions. The industry and employers’ association for Danish textile and clothing companies, Dansk Fashion & Textile, helped to facilitate contact with the companies. Students from KEA also participated in pilot workshops. Partners The fashion industry Educational institutions Jason Wang, COO & May Fong, Senior Consultant // Alvanon, Hong Kong Helle Jørgensen, Founder & CEO // Artikel store, Denmark Rickard Lindqvist, Designer // Atacac, Sweden Caitlin Martin, 3D Designer // Burberry, England Serena Kim, Project Manager // CLO3D, Hong Kong Idy Lee, Senior Vice President // Li & Fung Sourcing, Hong Kong Jan Chan, Director // Optitex, Hong Kong Thomas Cheung, General Manager // Pad System, Hong Kong Joshua Dorland, // STITCH, The Netherlands Trine Brodie, Designer // UTG, Denmark Anonymous, Designer // XL Design Company, Germany Heli Salomaa, Teacher // Aalto, Finland Sandra Kuijpers, Teacher & Researcher // AMFI, The Netherlands Christel Arnevik, Programme Manager // Designskolen Koling, Denmark Tetsuo Tamanaha, Assistant Professor // FIT, New York, USA Jayne Mechan, Senior Lecturer Fashion Technology // MFI, England Christina Kountiou, Professor of Fashion/ Fashion Marketing and Management // SCAD, Hong Kong THE NEW SPECIALISATION SUBJECT: SUSTAINABLE FASHION TECH At KEA, we focus on three strategic benchmarks for our programmes – sustainability, technology and business. As part of the project, it was therefore important to investigate what competences KEA's graduates must possess to continue to be attractive employees for the fashion industry's clothing companies. The results from the project led to the creation of the specialisation subject, Sustainable Fashion Tech. It is now a line of specialisation on the top-up programme Design & Business and on the Design Technology programme. READ ABOUT THE SPECIALISATION MODULE ON THE BACHELOR PROGRAMME DESIGN & BUSINESS Read about the design technology programme Download the report: 3D Virtual Prototyping for the fashion industry (PDF in danish) Download article for e-book: Using 3D apparel visualisation and teaching to develop new skills and possibilities (PDF) Contacts Lotte Nerup ( Berit Konstante Nissen (

The teachers at KEA Design set out to investigate 3D virtual prototyping and how the technology can be integrated into fashion programmes and the Danish fashion industry.

The physical space as a branding channel

The project was part of the teaching on Entrepreneurship & Design and PBA Design and Business. First, the project aimed at uncovering the intent of the décor in selected stores. Next, it should develop a model that could help the retail industry to better use their physical space as a branding channel. This resulted in the DEAL model, which you can read more about in the attached material. PARTICIPANTS: From KEA, two teachers (Bettine Ortmann and Sofia Viholt) participated together with students from Entrepreneurship & Design. FIRST PHASE: Students selected and contacted shops which they found interesting in relation to décor and supplementary activities. They interviewed the owners, transcribed the interviews, and prepared mood boards. Together with the teachers, they then analysed and compiled the interviews. The following stores (retailers/brands) participated: 13zCafé&Studio, Arla, B&O, Casall, Han Kjøbenhavn, Henrik Vibskov, Hornsleth, Kims Chips, Louise Roe, Mikkeler, Mod, Nova Møbler, Nørrebro Bryghus, Paustian, Rains, RazSpa, Red Bull, Royal Unibrew, Salon, Staedtler, Stalks&Roots, Sticks'n'Sushi, Take Off CPH, Tuborg, Volvo, Whaly & Whiz, Wood Wood. SECOND PHASE: Teachers conducted interviews with the following retail experts: Peter Bur Andersen from the design agency Briq Group in Copenhagen, Melissa Gonzales from the New York-based agency, The Lionesque Group, Robert Erichsen from Reshape Retail, International brand strategist Allan Kruse, who works for Johannes Torpe Studio. Bastian Lind, Partner and Marketing Specialist at "Pureplayeren" and finally Barons, who have just launched their brand in the physical space. Based on this, the DEAL model was developed. The model indicates a method for working with branding in the physical space, and by following this model, all significant aspects will be dealt with. THIRD PHASE: The creation of the elective subject "Branding in the physical space" allowed us to test and fine-tune the DEAL model. The students worked with cases from selected companies and developed concrete solutions based on the DEAL model and supplementary literature. The following companies supplied us with cases: Barons, Edie, Lampemesteren, Yoga Mood, Cam-cam Copenhagen, Son of a Tailor. TEACHING: The DEAL model thus forms part of the teaching on the Entrepreneurship & Design programme and in the elective subject "The physical space as a branding channel" but the model is also an integral part of the teaching on Digital Management Culture, a skills development programme offered by the Danish Business Association and the Danish Board of Business Development CONTACT PERSON: Bettine Ortmann (BEOR@KEA.DK)

The project was inspired by an observation among teachers that although online shopping continued to increase, more enticing shops appeared on the streets with supplementary offers to the goods they sold – for example, yoga classes (LuluLemon) and making one's own ice cream (Magnum).

Design against incontinence

Research project of the year 2021 Please read: Design against incontinence wins research award "Design against incontinence" was a research and teaching project established by KEA Digital in collaboration with the company NoviPel, University College Copenhagen and the University of Copenhagen. The project resulted in IoT solutions, mobile games, wearable tech, and other technical solutions being developed side by side with analogue initiatives such as ‘Knibestriben’. BECAUSE INCONTINENCE IS A MAJOR SOCIETAL PROBLEM Most women who have given birth have occasionally experienced the inability to control the flow of urine from the bladder. In other words, they suffer from incontinence. The aim of the project was therefore to develop products and devices to help women with incontinence and, at the same time, raise awareness of the problem. IT ALL BEGAN WITH A START-UP SEMINAR In 2020, KEA held a seminar for start-ups working with IoT. Here, Claus Leth Jeppesen, lecturer at KEA's Business & IT programme, and Per Liljenberg Halstrøm, lecturer at KEA Digital, found that the company NoviPel's IoT tool VisU Pro had an interesting development potential. VisU Pro is intended to help women exercise and monitor their pelvic floor muscles to counteract incontinence. Read more about NoviPel's VisU Pro Broadly-based project collaboration KEA established cooperation with NoviPel, mother-and-child groups, a midwife from University College Copenhagen, a researcher from the University of Copenhagen and researchers, teachers and students from KEA. CO-DESIGN WITH MOTHER-AND-CHILD GROUPS The project's research group consisted of three employees from KEA: Claus Leth Jeppesen, Per Liljenberg Halstrøm and lecturer from Design, Mette Laier Henriksen. One of the methods used by the research group for idea development was to conduct co-design sessions with Copenhagen mother-and-child groups. Together with the new mothers, the research group developed ideas to combat incontinence in everyday life through pelvic floor muscle exercises and dialogue-creating products such as a ‘knibestribe’ (a ‘pelvic floor muscle exercise’ crosswalk). EXERCISE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR WITH ‘KNIBESTRIBEN’ ‘Knibestriben’, one of the ideas from the project, was exhibited in Guldbergsstræde. ‘Knibestriben’ should remind the female pedestrian to squeeze her pelvic floor while counting to six and thus exercise her pelvic floor muscles. ‘Knibestriben’ was just as much designed to create dialogue and help make the issue of incontinence less of a taboo.

One of the solutions that KEA’s award-winning project against incontinence led to was ‘Knibestriben’ (a `pelvic floor muscle exercise´ crosswalk) in front of KEA.

Development and implementation of clinical guidelines for optometry in Denmark

A clinical guideline is defined as "systematically prepared statements that can be used by professionals and patients when deciding on an appropriate and correct healthcare service in specific clinical situations". ‘Systematic’ refers to the fact that the content of a clinical guideline is based on the best available knowledge, i.e. evidence. The clinical guidelines bridge the gap between research and clinical practice and ensure that the patient/citizen is offered treatment of consistently high professional quality. At the same time, it will be easier for other health care professions to understand the examination methods used by opticians and optometrists. Based on the initial talks with the other Nordic countries, the specialist committee of Optikerforeningen (the association of opticians) has decided to start with the following topics: Record keeping Routine examination by the optometrist Production, adaptation and distribution of optical aids Work glasses (occupational optometry) Fitting and checking contact lenses Examination of patients with cataracts The plan is to draft the individual clinical guidelines and then consult with relevant healthcare stakeholders (e.g. educational institutions within optometry and vision sciences as well as clinicians specialising in the general topic of the guideline). After the consultation period and the associated revision process, the clinical guidelines will be adopted by the board of directors of Dansk Selskab for Optometri (the Danish industry association for optometry). Preliminary draft guidelines: the optometric vision examination (Dansk Selskab for Optometri) Partners: Dansk selskab for optometri (the Danish industry association for optometry) Optikerforeningen(the association of opticians) (The non-cooperation with specific chain stores is deliberate as the guidelines are developed for the entire industry) Teaching: Dansk Selskab for Optometri is responsible for teaching the clinical guidelines as they are published. Publication of guidelines: The first clinical guideline was published in the industry's trade journal "Optikeren", in an article written by Heidi Buchholt, chairman of Dansk Selskab for Optometri. It signals an evidence-based approach to our work and points to the fact that optometry is a health profession. It contributes to increased recognition among other health professions (including doctors and ophthalmologists) and health policymakers. Contact person Kjersti K. Lindblad (

Unlike the other Scandinavian countries, Denmark has no clinical guidelines in the field of optometry. Therefore, the aim of the project is to prepare and implement such guidelines. 


The project will bridge the gap between already established material databases with reliable eco data, on the one hand, and databases/libraries containing newer materials without eco-data, on the other. Because the basis of comparison, on which the user makes decisions, is quantified, and founded on evidence, he or she can perform a better product design. Both product developer and designer can thus make better decisions about the environmentally friendly design, as traditional design processes can usually determine up to 80% of a product's environmental impact throughout its lifetime. The project is carried out by two senior lecturers and two lecturers at KEA, who separate the calculation basis from software typically used in the industry. The teachers themselves develop the central part of the tool, which makes it possible to integrate more and new data, e.g. data from materials that differ from the known materials already used in the industry. STUDENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROJECT New data is collected in collaboration with students from TECH, who measure and collect relevant data about new or alternative materials.The work on issues related to the development of the digital tool includes the following subjects: ‘Sustainability in product development’, ‘Innovation for the green economy’, ‘Construction and sustainability’ on the programmes Production Technology and Product Development and Technical Integration. So far, the project has resulted in the creation of several design tools that contribute to the collection of empirical foundation. Two of the digital design tools focus on the user journey itself and the experience of being able to streamline and execute design decisions via different platforms and User Interfaces. One of the other design tools aims to validate an analytical method for making a quantified estimate of the environmental impact of alternative materials. The tool collects environmental data from secondary sources as well as data that the students themselves have measured in the laboratory.On this basis, the students estimate the environmental impact of the material in relation to embedded energy and CO2 footprint. DIALOGUE WITH THE INDUSTRY Through a survey, we mapped out the level of knowledge and skills about eco-driven design that our downstream companies demand.In continuation of this, we wrote a literature review, i.e., a comprehensive summary of previous research regarding the most important competences that a teacher must promote when teaching practical experimental sustainability.Both studies showed that there is a lack of knowledge about how we work. At KEA, we work both experimentally and analytically when trying to minimise the overall environmental impact of materials. Publication of results: The main results have not yet been published, but the design tools already form part of the teaching on the Production Technology programme (AP degree) and on the Product Development and Integrative Technology programme (Bachelor degree). CONTACTS KristianColvey( Dina Jacobsen( Christian Lystager( Jon Emil Stenz (

The aim of the project is to develop a digital tool that can increase the sustainability of products.