Dutch dike | Royal HaskoningDHV

Organising chaos

Water 29 Jan 2018

Martijn Karelse, Project Manager and Hydraulic Engineer discusses how the latest digital developments are allowing the Go-Wa dike team to keep their options open.

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The need for speed: creating fast opening, large dry dock gates

Transport 11 Jan 2018

The increase in ship size for global freight makes perfect economic sense but the infrastructure that supports this rise needs to keep pace for shipyards to remain efficient and responsive.


New EIA Regulations - what has really changed?

Industrial 21 Nov 2017

On the 16th May 2017, the UK EIA Regulations came into force, transposing the requirements of EIA Directive amendment 2014/52/EU (the ‘new' EIA Directive) into nearly two dozen separate EIA regulations across the UK.

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Following nature’s lead in closing cycles

Water 1 Nov 2017

Over millions of years the ancestors of a tiny beetle in Namibia responded to living in one of the world’s driest habitats and evolved an individual closed water cycle. As the Netherlands hopes to achieve a circular economy by 2050, perhaps we should take inspiration from nature and start small.

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Solving Bolivia's water shortage the Dutch way

Water 24 Oct 2017

We Dutch know a thing or two about altitude-related water challenges but now we’re applying our engineering expertise at the other end of the scale as we seek to help the world’s highest capital city, La Paz, counteract the effect climate change is having on its glacial water sources.

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Working backwards

Water 9 Oct 2017

With ambitions to achieve a circular economy in the Netherlands by 2050 there have been major advances in the recovery of raw materials from wastewater but what use is a recovered raw material that no one wants to use? To close the circle we need to start at its end.


Improving energy efficiency for port operators under pressure

Industrial 6 Oct 2017

Many port operators are seeing a shift in their energy systems from the use of fossil fuels to renewable sources. The impact of this energy transition could be huge unless we identify specific areas where efficiencies could be seen. One such area is the use of Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes, where Royal HaskoningDHV has been involved in an innovative pilot project.

Carrying water in a sieve, is NRW a punishment? | Royal HaskoningDHV

Carrying water in a sieve, is NRW a punishment?

Water 6 Oct 2017

The Daughters of Danaus were condemned to carry water in sieves for eternity. To escape a similar fate we need to employ some smart water solutions to address our aging drinking water infrastructure. Which is the best tool to help us pick the perfect moment to replace our pipes?

Post construction northern view including a pedestrian bridge | Royal HaskoningDHV

Main Road P577 – a new route to economic and social prosperity

Transport 4 Aug 2017

The creation of a new road crossing the river and making its way up Durban’s KwaDabeka Valley has stimulated economic prosperity and social empowerment in South Africa where the government is committed to alleviating the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

Ship Harmony of the Seas in Rotterdam | Royal HaskoningDHV

Cold Ironing: The route to cleaner cruise liners?

Transport 28 Jun 2017

Reducing emissions is a critical factor in the success of ports around the globe. And Cold Ironing – the connection of ships to the local power grid while berthed in port – is just one solution that could help make ports more environmentally friendly.

Cycling path | Royal HaskoningDHV

Three strategies to transform London into a cycle-oriented city with less pollution

Transport 15 Jun 2017

With heaving rush hour traffic, congested roads and public transport bursting at the seams, it is no wonder it takes just five days for London to reach its annual air pollution limit.

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Your road from grey to green – a revised look at the energy transition

Urban 14 Jun 2017

Positive or negative, the last years there is a lot of attention for renewable energy, sustainability and the energy transition. Especially the term ‘energy transition’ is currently very important within government and the industry in the Netherlands. The main question is how we go from ‘Grey to Green’?

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Africa’s infrastructure development: racing tortoises

Urban 5 May 2017

In the ancient paradox of Achilles and the Tortoise, the story goes that, Achilles, a great athlete, makes a terrible error, giving the Tortoise a 100 yard head start in a race.


The future for urban mobility in South Africa

Transport 11 Apr 2017

A range of transport infrastructure must be available in our cities in order to make areas accessible, attract investments and people, to generate social cohesion and economic growth in our cities.


Critical water challenge requires “smart” solutions

Water 21 Mar 2017

I’m sure most people have heard of the phrase “after the drought comes the flood”. It implies that the drought precedes the floods, which is well-known sequence of events around the world, but I can’t help to wonder what then precedes the drought.

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A Societal Review by a Microbiologist: How Nereda® bugs enhance society…everybody wins

Water 14 Mar 2017

Previously I shared my dreams with you on how Nereda® bugs can unify the world. However, unifying the world may not solve all today’s problems. Solving these challenges might be just a stepping stone to world peace after all but can microbiologists help us take that step?

View from water waste facility of landscape | Royal HaskoningDHV

A Geopolitical Review by a Microbiologist: How Nereda bugs will unify the world

Water 1 Feb 2017

Europe may seem more divided than it has been for a long time. Tensions on the eastern borders, pressure in the south and the UK deciding to leave the EU covers it in a nutshell. I hope that our Nereda wastewater treatment technology has a unifying effect on these challenges.

Optimising logistics in healthcare | Royal HaskoningDHV

Optimising logistics in healthcare

Urban 10 Jan 2017

The term ‘logistics’ in healthcare is an interesting and commonly used concept. Depending on your hospital’s involvement, it can either add value or be viewed as a burden to staff and other users of the facility.

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Insight on a major project for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley

Water 22 Nov 2016

Royal HaskoningDHV is a key partner in a comprehensive program to rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River and its tributaries in Jordan, Israel and Palestine, an area home to 300,000 people and a World Heritage List nominee.

Connection of an aircraft to a Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) system | Royal HaskoningDHV | Quickloading.de

Intelligent Clean Apron Concept – a new way to lower the cost and environmental impact of airports?

Transport 14 Nov 2016

The aviation industry has undergone a huge shift towards becoming greener, and a part of this change is the increasing use of pre-conditioned air (PCA). How can we adopt more technologically advanced alternatives into our airports, helping keep both costs and our impact on the environment to a minimum?

Busy doctors preparing for surgery | Royal HaskoningDHV

A healthier hospital with more clout

Urban 14 Nov 2016

Due to better performing and more profitable buildings, installations and medical equipment, you unite healthy business management with higher quality, more accessible and affordable healthcare.


Hlambanyathi access road - a tale of social and economic empowerment

Transport 9 Nov 2016

Social integration is an important part of the South African Government’s strategy to fight the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. The Government is committed to eradicating poverty by creating opportunities where the underprivileged become involved in infrastructure delivery.

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When in drought...

Water 7 Nov 2016

A flash flood in the middle of a severe drought must be one of the most evident signs that the impacts of climate change are real. If we are to create a sustainable response to climate change, we need a change in mindset for those involved.

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Taking a proactive approach to climate resilience

Transport 18 Oct 2016

For some time, the topic of climate change in the aviation industry has focused on the reduction of emissions. But we are seeing the discussion shift towards a second train of thought and one increasingly important question: how do we strengthen airports to cope with risks associated with climate change?


The hospital of the future - will we really need doctors?

Urban 29 Sep 2016

The need for doctors in a hospital is one of the most frequently asked questions when speaking about today’s hospitals and how they will look in the future. In all walks of life, it is near impossible for us to predict what the future holds, albeit that we know that the only constant is change. The hospital of the future is no exception.

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Future-proofing your airside systems

Transport 16 Sep 2016

As developments continue to shift from static to ‘intelligent’ systems that respond to the capacity needs of the individual airport, the key question is: How should airport operators best adopt these new technologies in order to plan most effectively for the future?


De-Stressing water shortages in South Africa

Water 29 Jul 2016

As South Africa suffers its worst drought since 1982 mining companies must look at ways to alleviate stress on local water resources or risk damaging the relationships mine owners need to build and maintain with the local communities.


Breaking down the barriers in UK healthcare

Urban 14 Jul 2016

Healthcare has been in my life from the day I was born, and working as a professional in the industry, I continue to come across new challenges faced in healthcare today across the globe.


Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flow Sharks and Hawkeyes – What is Lurking in Our Sewers?

Water 10 Jun 2016

Stormwater inflow and groundwater infiltration into sewers is a major problem not only for municipalities in South Africa but also internationally. South African municipalities and researchers have reported storm peaks in sewers as high as five times and more of the Average Dry Weather Flow.

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5 Checkpoints for optimal systems replacement produce big cost savings, part II: Schiphol Airport

Transport 9 Jun 2016

In this blog we describe the project ‘replacement of the monitoring and control system for the runway and taxiway lighting systems’ at Schiphol Airport in which 5 checkpoints were very valuable.

plastic soup | Royal HaskoningDHV

How natural motion will clean up the ocean

Water 8 Jun 2016

In January 2016, 29 sperm whales washed up on the North Sea coast. Their stomachs contained an alarming amount of plastic.

Damaged Bridge over Mundeni Aru | Royal HaskoningDHV Blog

Addressing Flood Vulnerability in Sri Lanka

Water 7 Jun 2016

Last week saw tragic news coming from Colombo, Sri Lanka as 92 lives were lost when the heaviest rainfall for 25 years fell in the south west of the country, causing mudslides and flooding.


Why We Need to Rethink Sewerage - THE NEREDA® STORY

Water 7 Jun 2016

The current challenges faced by the South African wastewater treatment industry can only be overcome through innovative and sustainable treatment technologies, such as Nereda®, specially when South Africa produces 800 million litres of sewerage a day.


A brave new digital world? How water management is quickly becoming digitized

Water 25 May 2016

It is more apparent now than ever that the world of water management is quickly becoming digitized. The developments that we are seeing in technology are exciting. It’s clear that we have a wealth of information at our disposal which can be valuable in the context of asset management. The developments we’ve seen so far are just the beginning. The possibilities are endless.


Incident recovery: the investment dilemma

Transport 18 May 2016

The biggest threat to that is a major disaster, whether through natural events such as an earthquake or a terrorist incident as we saw recently in Brussels. A great deal rests on an airport’s ability to either continue to operate or get back up and running as soon as possible.


3 steps to integrated hospital design in the Middle East

Urban 17 May 2016

Developments in healthcare continue to move very fast – and that’s the same whether you’re in Europe, America or in the Middle East. The challenge the industry faces is to understand how we can best offer integrated hospital design with the ultimate aim of providing a great patient experience in hospitals across the globe which is also beneficial for the hospital owner.


Perspectives: Making cities future proof

Urban 12 May 2016

On the 14th of April 2016, during the Dutch EU Presidency, Amsterdam hosted the Innovation Expo. Over 5,500 thought leaders, government and captains of industry came together to share their thoughts and insights into innovative solutions for our urban environment.


The opportunities in the regional food and beverage market

Industrial 10 May 2016

Just recently, I attended Food & Drink Expo, the biggest industry show in the UK. The UK food and beverage industry is one of the most important and dynamic sectors across Europe – it’s worth a huge £197 billion.


A polder in 2016: shared ownership in flood protection

Water 4 May 2016

Centuries ago the first polders were created in the Netherlands. Now, the Netherlands is famous for these polders. We believe that proactive collaborative action makes flood risk management effective. One project for flood risk adaptation in the Botlek area is a fine example of the added value of such an approach.


Flood forecasting at Ghanaians' fingertips

Water 2 May 2016

In 2015, communities in Ghana’s capital Accra fell victim to devastating floods and fire which swept through the city. What if we could give Ghanaians more control over their own safety? Royal HaskoningDHV is developing a ‘Flash Flood Forecasting’ app which does just that.


Creating the 'Water Sensitive Airport' of the future

Water 2 May 2016

Airports play a vitally important role in economic growth and are essential hubs for connectivity and trade. We’re finding that while many airports may have a sustainability agenda of some sort, most are not thinking about a strategy for adapting to climate change at such a high level. That is why we have designed the ‘Water Sensitive Airport’ framework.


Don’t overlook logistics if you’re serious about reducing hospital costs

Urban 20 Apr 2016

Increased demand on hospital budgets comes from every direction – more patients, more specialised equipment, more complex problems, more elderly people. How vital therefore to find ways to exert a downward pressure on costs. That’s why optimising logistics flows is an important focus in design.


Designing for dementia: a new approach for residential care homes

Urban 13 Apr 2016

Where do you see yourself living when you are 85? I ask this question a lot and, without exception, the response is never social care housing. Why not? Why aren’t we building social care housing that you and I would want to live in when we are old?


Why technical understanding is essential in political policymaking

Industrial 13 Apr 2016

Public policy is crucial in determining how people and businesses interact with each other and the world we live in. The focus is on ethics and sustainability, for the good of the world. It is vital that technological skill and insights are a fundamental part of climate change implementations


The future of the passenger journey

Transport 6 Apr 2016

It was interesting to hear about some of the latest developments at Passenger Terminal Expo 2016 in Cologne at the end of last month. Here, I’d like to share just five points which showcase how the industry is moving to ensure that the passenger experience is continually being improved.


Five futures for the global aviation industry

Transport 18 Mar 2016

Last week, I attended the ACI 8th Annual Airport Economics & Finance conference where experts came together to explore best practice in airport investment, financial management and economic sustainability.


How can industry aid the transition to renewable energy

Industrial 22 Feb 2016

The industry in the Netherlands temporarily benefits from lower energy prices and decreasing price volatility. But for how long will this last?


A happy Anthropocene for everyone

Water 2 Feb 2016

We have entered the Anthropocene: a new geological era in which it is obvious that humanity itself affects the climate. What does this mean for those working in water?


Water as catalyst for improved quality of urban life

Water 18 Jan 2016

By focusing on how water can contribute to enhancing society as a whole, water professionals need to leave their comfort zone and put themselves in someone else’s shoes. It also requires having the courage to let go of the familiar and accept a certain amount of uncertainty.