KPD = Knowledge in Practice Document.
One of the fundamental platforms and deliverables of the Composites Research Network (CRN) initiative is the creation and dissemination of best practice tool kits in areas of key importance for Western Canadian composite companies.
At the highest level, the CRN aims to create a standardized, up-to-date living knowledge base that can be easily further updated and extended to other users. The building block for this activity is the Knowledge in Practice Document (KPD). This is the basis from which theory-based practical curricula can be developed and customized for different user groups, with which trainers can be trained, and in turn sufficient numbers of engineers and technicians can be trained in the workforce.
A KPD is a written document on a particular technical aspect of composites design or manufacture. The result of research into a particular industry need, it captures the best-practice generic information that can be shared with CRN members. Use of the KPD may in turn lead to the identification of further areas needing specific research and the output from this would be added to the KPD to augment its value and application.
The concept of the KPD is a response to the challenge of transitioning academic research into industrial practice and of academic research responding to specific industrial needs. With the KPDs, the CRN has a scalable and standard approach to creating a valuable curriculum, at one end grounded in knowledge, and at the other, useful for industrial practice, complete with appropriate-sized case studies that are real and meaningful.
The documents can be tiered for different user levels from entrant companies to major innovators. As they are developed, they become self-administered training tools for the composite community.