The idea of establishing close cooperation between academia and nuclear industry experts was born three years ago in the minds of Doc. Ing. Vaclav Dostal, Sc.D., of the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering., and Mr. Tomáš Ivančík, Czech branch office of Dassault Systemes.
The project work started in early 2013. In the first half of the year there was various preparatory work performed, especially the delivery of licenses for the design software CatiaV6 from the company Dassault Systémes (DS). Since 2014, Energy Institute of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Brno University of Technology actively participated at the project. There was also a cooperation with SPŠ Pelhřimov established. There students model the basic machine components, which are then used in reports of large components.
The basis of the first step leading to the establishment of the project Cenelín were several ideas that would reconcile academia and industry:
Cenelín project has a positive contribution to academia. From the perspective of a university it helps to popularize nuclear industries among potential students and helps to obtain licenses for specialized software for engineering and design. It is a major asset in acquisition of materials for teaching and it connects with the nuclear industry and its professionals. In terms of graduate / student the project brings a higher quality of expertise and interposition of a contact with practice field (contact with potential employers). It also helps to teach the basics of working with modern software for the design and construction of nuclear power plants. The project helps industrial markets as well, as the students can become potential employees with the necessary expertise in the field. It also provides the possibility to influence the syllabus to the needs of the nuclear industry.
The vision of the project is to expand in the future to other faculties and not only on the Czech Technical University in Prague and Brno, but also at other universities or high schools in the country. With the expansion to other faculties this adheres an expansion into other training courses which the CatiaV6 software can help in their field and vice versa, these courses could help the project. The most important benefit of the project Cenelín is linking academia with practice, i.e. with the industry. This is what project wants to achieve by making contact practitioners with students when solving tasks in the project.