The project management is often also referred to as consortium management. Due to the binational nature of the project, there are both Austrian and German project management teams, carried out in both countries by the respective research institutions, Pilot Factory Industry 4.0 TU Wien and PTW TU Darmstadt. The consortium management coordinates the project and communicates with the project sponsors. The project is divided into two areas, “research and development” and ” exploitation of results and generating value” (also communication management).
The research and development project area is managed by a steering committee, which is made up of equal numbers of representatives of the project partners from Austria and Germany and gives equal consideration to SMEs, large companies and scientific partners. The project partners work in thematic working groups according to the project plan with the aim of fulfilling work packages (WP) and milestones. The use cases in the value creation network developed within the framework of the project are assigned to one of the two sub-areas Industrial Research and Experimental Development (to the use cases).
The project area exploitation of results and generating value (WP9), to which the advisory boards are assigned, deals with the project interaction with external partners. The advisory boards are an important part of the communication strategy when it comes to communicating results and addressing industry, methodological and social requirements. A special feature of the project is that the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) – Manufacturing is responsible for coordinating the advisory boards and communicating the results.