Cases

For the Master Case Day multiple challenging cases will be available. You will be working in small groups of students from all master tracks in order to come up with the best solution for the case. Using the knowledge from different disciplines of civil engineering an integral solution can be made. The companies participating confirmed in this years edition on the Master Case Day are: BAM Infra, Witteveen+BOS, Movares and Rijkswaterstaat.

BAM Infra

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the third biggest airport in Europe and is expanding to grow further. At the same time the airport is located in a polder at 4.5 meters below NAP and faces heavier rainfall in the future, due to climate change. BAM is contractor on the airport for  the maintenance and construction of  the airport infrastructure and will  contribute the coming years to Schiphol ‘s ambition to be Europe’s preferred airport.

The compact design of the airport is efficient but also potentially  vulnerable for flooding due to extreme rainfall (T100). The high percentage of paved surface (buildings, asphalt i.e.) prevents effective drainage of rainwater. At the same time large construction works are commenced to increase the capacity of the airport, resulting in a greater runoff and limiting infiltration options. To prevent flooding of Schiphol, causing possible large operational consequences, we need innovative civil engineering.

During the master case day you will be challenged to develop unique propositions to counter the water and keep Schiphol safe and prosperous. Economic and technical feasibility as well as safety and environment will be taken in account. Find solutions, design, define scale up opportunities, assess the pros and cons and let your ideas lift off!

Witteveen+Bos

Last year Witteveen+Bos was awarded the prestigious 10 year contract for the technical assistance of client Rijkswaterstaat for the Ring Utrecht project. This project seeks to increase the capacity of the eastern (A27/A28) and southern (A12) ring road around Utrecht. With 250.000 vehicles per day one of the most important stretches of highway in the Netherlands.

The widening of the A27 is the most challenging part of the project. Not only is it technically very complicated since it is a recessed road, built below groundwater with two major railway crossings; it is original construction in the 1980’s lead to public uproar since it crosses the only forest left in Utrecht. Nowadays this resistance is again an important issue. In the Mastercase you will solve a complex problem, which will test your teams ability to invent a solution that is not only acceptable from the view of construction risks, but also satisfies the surrounding stakeholders and the general public!

Movares

The case zooms in on the quay walls in the city centre of Amsterdam. In the city centre of Amsterdam there are about 200 km of quay structures founded on stilts. A lot of these quays require overdue maintenance and display large vertical and horizontal displacements. Some parts are in such poor shape, that they threaten to fall over. For the past two years, Movares has consulted the Gemeente Amsterdam about diverse quay wall calamities.

During this master case, you will focus on a location that is in such bad shape that drastic short-term measures are needed. You will be challenged to think about the different short-term measures needed to strengthen the walls and guarantee stability while keeping in mind that in a few years the quays will be completely replaced. You will need to take into account the complexity of the surroundings such as old buildings, the heavy traffic and all the intersecting cables and pipes. Given the size of the assignment in Amsterdam, all the renovations will have to be done in a much shorter time span than what was usual up till now while at the same time making sure that the renovations will cause less inconvenience.

Rijkswaterstaat

Rijkswaterstaat faces great challenges to make both its structures and roads ready for the demands of a modern society. This includes important sustainable goals of CO2 reduction (Climate Change) and reduction of fossil materials use (Circular Economy). Within  the klimaatenveloppe 2019  program of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Rijkswaterstaat is given  a project  to come with solutions to make their  networks more sustainable. Rijkswaterstaat is challenged to implement these solutions in its works as soon as possible. The political targets are high; ultimately in 2050 the complete networks have to be completely CO2 neutral and circular in materials use. As an intermediate milestone a 49 % reduction of CO2in 2030 is the target.

During the case you will focus on identifying which sustainable solutions are (almost) available, i.e. ready for use in Rijkswaterstaat works. An important requirement is that these solutions meet the current demands for safety, durability, traffic hinderance  etc. Finally the solutions have to be affordable, i.e. only minor changes in budget are acceptable.  This means you have to perform a multicritera analysis to come up with the most suited solution. Although the task for Rijkswaterstaat is to make the complete network sustainable in the case you will be focussing on a typical road section of given length. The required output of the project is that a list of most promising solutions is ready for presentation to decision makers at he top of the Rijkswaterstaat Board. On basis of this the decision makers have to make decisions on how and at what speed the networks of Rijkswaterstaat will become sustainable.

Sponsors

  • Movares
  • De Bouwcampus
  • BAM
  • Rijkswaterstaat
  • Witteveen+Bos

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