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ADAPT-IT industrial and academic consortium uses 7M Integrate to speed development of training methodologies.

London and Bergen, 25th June 2001 - SevenMountains Software, a leading provider of application management and deployment tools for the net-centric environment announces collaboration with a pan-European consortium of universities and aviation companies. The ADAPT-IT consortium is using 7M software to manage version control and document sharing needs for all members of the consortium who can now access and project documentation across the Internet.

The aim of the ADAPT-IT project is to produce a training design tool that will facilitate the design and implementation of training courses in complex subjects as air traffic control and aircraft maintenance.

The project, running initially over a three-year period, is reliant on close co-operation across a virtual operation. The team members need to work together across two continents and six different countries. To support the free but efficient flow of information between the various participants in the project, the University of Bergen was tasked with implementing a suitable infrastructure that would allow collaborative working in a secure yet extensible environment.

SevenMountains’ software was chosen by the ADAPT-IT IT support team at Bergen for several reasons, but especially for its ability to support secure access over the Internet.

However, the need for the team to control access to data according to user role, personal needs and their position in the structure of the organisation was perhaps the deciding factor for choosing 7M Integrate.

SevenMountains provides an application deployment portal that makes it easy to manage the access of many users in many locations to many different applications (Windows, Web, client/server, mainframe, etc.) within a single, server-based framework. This fitted well with the needs of ADAPT-IT who needed to operate a virtual organisation and run its management systems remotely across the Net.

Jelke Van Der Pal, Leader of the ADAPT-IT project says: “The 7M Integrate solution provides us with a flexible, secure solution to facilitate the quick and effective development of these highly productive training modules. Using SevenMountains software means everyone on the project, wherever they are on the globe, can have access to the most up to date relevant information at any time. It has had a significant positive impact on the momentum of this project.”


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Background Information

The ADAPT-IT project members


The NLR (National Aerospace Laboratory) is a Dutch foundation with roots stretching back to the beginnings of the aeronautics industry in 1919. It has been operating as an independent foundation serving both public and private organizations in the aerospace industry since 1937.

University of Bergen

With approximately 16 500 students and more than 2 500 faculty and staff members, the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway is a medium-sized European university. The university is both a teaching and research institution in most subjects, organized in seven faculties.

SevenMountains Software

SevenMountains Software provides the tools that enable enterprises to centrally manage and administer all of their applications (Windows, Web, client/server, mainframe, etc.) within a single framework.

The Open University of the Netherlands

The Open University of the Netherlands welcomed its first students in September 1984. It is an independent government-funded institution for open higher distance education, established by law in 1985.

The Dutch government's purpose in founding the Open University was to make higher education accessible to anyone with the necessary aptitudes and interests, regardless of any formal qualifications.

The Open University charter identifies two further aims: to create a more cost-effective form of higher education, and to encourage innovation in higher education, in terms of both the curriculum and the teaching methods.

The Open University offers courses and programmes in law, economics, business and public administration, engineering, environmental science, cultural studies and social science.

Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A

Piaggio dates back to 1884 when the company started business fitting out passenger ships and manufacturing rolling stock for developing railway infrastructure with aircraft engine manufacture commencing in 1925 and aircraft manufacture in 1938. Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. was separated from the mother company in 1998 and is a major manufacturer of aircraft engines and a provider of related maintenance services.

The company has always striven to be innovative. Among it’s many notable achievements was the invention of the pressurised passenger cabin in 1936 as well as the design and manufacture the first aero-engine carburettor which allowed an aircraft to fly under power while inverted.

Swedish ATS Academy (LFV/SATSA), Sweden

The Swedish ATS Academy is part of the Swedish civil aviation authorities (LFV) and is the central institution for training and simulation within the field of Air Traffic Management (ATM). The facility is since 1974 located at Malmö-Sturup airport in the very southern part of Sweden and has currently a staff of 55 people.

SATSA has apart from delivering training and simulation a responsibility to develop new training- and simulation methods. As a part of that responsibility SATSA is a main contributor in an R & D project aiming for a more efficient recruitment, selection and training of air traffic controllers.
SATSA provides basic and advanced training for air traffic controllers, assistant controllers, briefing officers and flight information officers. The academy also provides training for instructors, on-the-job coaches, managers etc. SATSA has the responsibility for the recruitment and selection of new trainees on a national basis.

Eurocontrol, Institute of Air Navigation Services (IANS), Luxembourg

Founded in 1960 for overseeing air traffic control in the upper airspace of Member States, EUROCONTROL today has as its most important goal the development of a coherent and co-ordinated air traffic control (ATC) system in Europe.

EUROCONTROL provides the necessary expertise and operational, experimental and training facilities to assist in the expansion of air traffic control capacity to cope with the growth of air traffic.
The EUROCONTROL Institute of Air Navigation Services (IANS) in Luxembourg provides air traffic services personnel with advanced specialist training. Its mission is to provide education and transfer of knowledge in Air Traffic Management (ATM) in an efficient and cost-effective manner, thus contributing to the improvement and harmonisation of European ATM.

The Institute trains air traffic controllers and specialist air traffic engineers, gives instruction in teaching and training methods and provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience through international workshops and seminars. Additionally, the Institute develops harmonised training courses for use by ECAC Member States.

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