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WATER CENTRE

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Scientific and Educational Centre of the Faculty of  Civil and Environmental Engineering – “Centrum Wodne” (“Water Centre”) of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Legal basis for the project

 The project from the indicative list entitled Scientific and Educational Centre of the Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Science – “Water Centre” of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences is being implemented within the scope of Action 13.1 priority XIII of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment for 2007-2013. On 30 December 2008, an Agreement for funding of the project was signed by the Information Processing Centre (OPI) (Intermediate Body II / Implementing Body) and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

The aim of the project

The general aim of the Project is to improve the quality of education on the Faculty, which will support the University in its educational and scientific and research activity, as well as in influencing the economy through the transfer of knowledge. The immediate aim of the Project consists in the establishment of a modern educational, scientific and research centre of the Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Science of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences which will enable to improve the quality of education in the area of architectural engineering, environment engineering and formation as well as to undertake new educational, scientific and research activities, carried out on the highest level of European universities. Information technologies 1Awill also be employed in the process of improving the quality of education and research. Improvement of the quality of education will be made possible through modernising the infrastructure, i.e., purchase of highly specialised scientific and research equipment for the laboratory, used for educational and research purposes. Consolidating and improving the equipment base used in the educational process will also contribute to engaging students of the 2nd and 3rd degree of studies in the scientific and research process, which will allow them to acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge.  Information technologies will also be employed in the process of improving the quality of education. The indirect aim of the project is to increase the potential of the University in the provision of educational services as well as the research and development potential of the University. Implementation of the project will result in the increase of the number of students and candidates for doctor’s degree and, as a consequence, the number of specialists and scientists with specialisations regarded as fundamental for attaining and maintaining economical development of the country: modern technologies, water, materials and environment engineering, construction engineering. Creating the Water Centre as a new structure within the Faculty will result in the increase of employment of research, educational and technical personnel. The attractiveness of the University will also be enhanced research-wise, in the scope of the research conducted at the University. The long-term influence of the Project will be exercised mainly through educating scientific personnel for economy, science and education on the highest level, in the fields most crucial for the development of the country and marking the innovativeness of Polish enterprises. Improving the educational process will elevate it to the level reflecting the needs of the modern and developed knowledge-based society.

Location and general description of the project

 Scientific and Educational Centre of the Faculty of Civil and  Environmental Engineering – “Water Centre” of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences is located at the main university campus in Warsaw, in Ursynów district, at the intersection of Nowoursynowska and Ciszewskiego Streets. The total area of the project amounts to around 14,600 m2. The project is comprised by an educational facility with the development area of 1,954.8 m2 and the total area of 5,565.3 m2, usable area of 4,557.4 2m2 and cubage of 28,167 m3. There are 19 laboratories in the building, equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and research equipment. Scientific and Educational Centre comprises the following laboratories: Water Monitoring Laboratory; Groundwater Flow Monitoring Laboratory; Water Quality Laboratory; Water Chemistry, Sewage Sediments, Soils and Plants Laboratory; Fluid Mechanics Laboratory; Sedimentation Laboratory, Irrigation and Drainage Laboratory; Laboratory of Water Ecosystems Ecology; Laboratory of Ecotechnology; Meteorological Data Control and Atmospheric Processes Modelling Laboratory; Physics of Porous Media Laboratory; Geoinformation Systems and Environmental Modelling Laboratory; Geoinformation and Geodesy Laboratory; Physical Properties of Soil and Rock Laboratory; Mechanical Characteristics of Soil and Rock Laboratory; Dynamics Characteristics of Soil and Rock Laboratory; Geosynthetics Testing Laboratory; Physical Processes in Construction Laboratory; Strenght of Materials and Building Constructions Laboratory. The laboratories are equipped with 310 sets of modern scientific and research equipment and 51 computers together with specialist software and equipment. In the building of the Scientific and Educational Centre, next to the laboratory rooms, there are exhibition rooms which present and popularise the42 research fields of the modern water and sanitary engineering. The permanent and periodic exhibition is intended for teenagers and people visiting the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. One of the original elements will be a drinkable water source with artesian water from the Oligocene (Tertiary) and Pleistocene (Quaternary) water deposits as well as from urban waterworks (from surface water intakes), and the possibility of conducting selected water quality research. An educational establishment called the Water Park is situated in the area around the Scientific and Educational Centre. It is comprised by a model of a watercourse connected with trophic reservoirs, with its outlet in the ultimate water reservoir.  The whole water system represents the water circulation in the environment.  The system is divided into the part which represents a mountain catchment basin and the part which represents lowland river catchment basin. The water system is fitted with models of hydrotechnical buildings, 49situated along the river course and on reservoirs (trap, tower spillway, weirs). The models present sample construction solutions for the hydrotechnical building industry and make it possible for the students and candidates for doctor’s degree to acquaint themselves with modelling systems of hydraulic and hydrobiological conditions. In the reservoir, there is a dock ending with a glass wall and lighting, which allows to descend into the water reservoir and observe the development of the coastal area of the water region. Water in the system of the Water Park flows in a closed circuit thanks to a system of pumps feeding water from the ultimate reservoir to the initial station, which is constituted by a ground object built in gabion and landmass construction. The quality of water is maintained mainly through a natural reed bed treatment plant which is a part of the water system. The mentioned structure is unique in the country. It will be used in the educational process and to popularise general knowledge to illustrate water circulation in nature and to teach about the principles of designing and executing hydrotechnical undertakings. A meteorology station will be situated in the surroundings of the Centre, which will monitor the quality of atmospheric air and selected meteorological parameters measured on multiple levels. The station will operate in the air monitoring network of the Voivodship Inspectorate for Environment Protection. Both the building and the Water Park have been equipped with amenities catering for the educational and work needs of the disabled.

Education and scientific research

State-of-the-art equipment, purchased within the scope of the Programme, will be used both for educational and scientific purposes. Mainly students of Environment Engineering and Construction Industry Faculties and candidates for doctor’s degree of 45environment formation and construction will have their courses in the Centre.  Education will cover 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree of studies. Laboratories, educational rooms and Water Park will be also open to students of other faculties and of interdepartmental studies at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The results of the Undertaking will benefit a numerous group of domestic and foreign students from different student exchange programmes, as well as the University’s academic personnel. The Water Park, which is unique both in Poland and Europe, will supplement the educational process carried out in high and elementary schools. Creating specialised, well-equipped educational and research laboratories will allow not only to improve the quality of education but also to increase the volume and quality of research conducted in the Faculty, which will result in an increase in the number of patents and protection rights obtained by the University. The building also includes rooms where exhibitions will be located, popularising the topics of water and sanitary engineering.

Project execution status

 The construction works have been finished in the Water Centre building and in the Water Park. In accordance with the schedule of project execution, tenders are presently open to furnish the building, provide research equipment, purchase and plant trees, shrubs and vegetation in the Water Park. The majority of the tender processes has already been completed and finalised with the conclusion of agreements for supplying equipment and furnishing the building. Based on some of the concluded agreements, furniture is already being supplied and fitted and educational and research equipment is being installed in the laboratory of educational building. All works related to the organisation and completion of tenders will end in spring 2010.

 Works completion date

 The official opening of the Scientific and Educational Centre of the Faculty of Engineering and Environmental science – “Water Centre” of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences was take place 16 June 2010. The Water Centre is accessible to the students from the beginning of the 2010/2011 academic year.




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