Evolutionary Approach to Resilience | Royal HaskoningDHV

Evolutionary Approach to Resilience

Water 6 Mar 2020

As green shoots start to appear in areas devastated by wildfires in Australia, the natural world is once again showing us the path to better resilience.

The real impact of water | Royal HaskoningDHV

Resilience in Cities: the real impacts of water and climate change risks

Water 20 Feb 2020

According to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Risks Report 2020’, four out of the five threats rated “high” in terms of both likelihood and impact have a direct link to water risks: extreme weather events, natural disasters, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and water crisis. The strong rise of water-related risks into the top five has happened in the last two years.


New Game Plan: From Protection to Risk Reduction to Resilience

Water 20 Feb 2020

Extreme weather events, natural disasters, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and water crisis are in the top 5 of global risks according to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Risks Report 2020’. Resilience, as a way of dealing with these risks, becomes essential for people, businesses and cities

Airports as Ambassadors for greater Urban Resilience | Royal HaskoningDHV

Airports as Ambassadors – towards greater Urban Resilience

Water 14 Feb 2020

Airports, whether serving large urban areas or small island states, can only respond successfully to climate change in coordination with their surrounding cities or towns. As airports are increasingly operating as small-scale cities, they should be seen as both a catalyst and a proving ground for trialling the latest developments in climate resilience.

India’s resilient cities | Royal HaskoningDHV

A more resilient future for India’s cities

Water 31 Jan 2020

From heavy rain to drought, landslides and earthquakes, India is at risk of almost every type of natural disaster. The growth of the urban population will exacerbate the effect these risks have on cities; but with a population of fast technology adopters and a progressive government championing innovation, India is fast moving towards an exciting period of rapid improvement in urban resilience.

STAIN for City Resilience Strategies | Royal HaskoningDHV

STAIN for City Resilience Strategies

Water 13 Jan 2020

STAIN is a new digital tool that enables collaborative strategy processes by giving City Resilience teams an overview of their entire city; and by linking robust, flexible, redundant and integral solutions for strategies that are futureproof on many levels.

Smarter Solutions for Resilient Societies and Economies | Royal HaskoningDHV

Smarter Solutions for Resilient Societies and Economies

Water 7 Jan 2020

South Africa, and indeed the entire sub-Saharan Africa region, is significantly water-stressed and prone to water crises, as demonstrated by both drought and flooding over recent years. Here, Bonga Ntuli, Director Business Unit Infrastructure: Africa for Royal HaskoningDHV discusses the need for enhanced Resilience.


Do you really know the status of your airport’s IT systems?

Transport 2 Dec 2019

When we talk about IT systems in airports today, we’re not just talking about a piece of the puzzle, responsible for part of an airport’s workings; we’re really talking about the entire operation.


5 Things we learned at PTI smart digital ports of the future

Transport 21 Nov 2019

What is the port industry doing to become smarter? And, how can this process be sped up? As port technology continues to improve, data must be made more accessible in both format and availability. Greater industry sharing must become the norm. So too, the creation of opportunities for data specialists within the industry.

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Digital twins: From spreadsheets to full automation

Water 17 Oct 2019

The telepathic link between twins might be the stuff of folklore but as digital advances continue, monitoring and even controlling water infrastructure assets via a digital twin is fast becoming a reality – and just in the nick of time as the water industry faces some significant challenges


5 questions to ask at PTI smart digital ports of the future

Transport 11 Oct 2019

How can technology really help my port? Every port today should be focusing on its strategy to become smarter, but you must decipher which elements will translate to real operational benefits for your port. Ahead of the PTI: Smart Digital Ports of the Future event taking place in Rotterdam, we outline five key questions you should be asking at the event.


5 Questions to ask at Pacific 2019

Transport 2 Oct 2019

What does ‘smart’ really mean for your shipyard? The importance lies in understanding your individual yard’s unique context, challenges and priorities. It’s not a one size fits all! Ahead of Pacific 2019 taking place in Sydney, Australia, we outline five key questions you should be asking at the event.


4 Things we observed at DSEI 2019

Transport 1 Oct 2019

Earlier this month we visited DSEI 2019, the world-leading defence and security event, together with our colleagues at First Marine International. We were struck by the increased appetite for naval shipyards worldwide to improve their performance by using the services and technology we provide, and yet there was also a clear desire to be measured and thorough in driving change.


How smart is your port?

Transport 9 Jul 2019

It’s no secret that some aspects of port and terminal operations remain anchored firmly in the past. Many ports are developing comprehensive Smart Port strategies to help improve operations, embrace new technology and ultimately deliver better against their business strategies. But many don’t know where to start.


How does offshore wind fit into the UK energy mix?

Industrial 9 Jul 2019

Climate change is a global issue as a result of carbon emissions produced by human activity. Generating and harnessing energy from low carbon, renewable sources, such as offshore wind, is one solution to substantially reduce carbon emissions, whilst answering the challenges of meeting energy demand as part of a balanced energy portfolio.


The revolution will be decarbonised

Industrial 1 Jul 2019

How much is environmental compliance worth to you? You know you must do it, so you’ve probably put an Environmental Management System in place with large folders full of registers, forms and spreadsheets. But if something was to happen, and your site was shut down until you could prove you had been compliant, how much would that cost you?


5 Things we learned at TOC Europe

Transport 27 Jun 2019

From smarter master planning to the advance of 5G, the opportunities for port and terminal operators to embrace new technologies are huge. As we reflect on the latest developments discussed at TOC Europe 2019, here are five key things we’re taking away from the event.


The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Offshore Wind Compliance

Industrial 25 Jun 2019

How much is environmental compliance worth to you? You know you must do it, so you’ve probably put an Environmental Management System in place with large folders full of registers, forms and spreadsheets. But if something was to happen, and your site was shut down until you could prove you had been compliant, how much would that cost you?


5 Questions you need to ask at TOC Europe

Transport 3 Jun 2019

Productivity, data analysis, return on investment – these are all day-to-day concerns for port and terminal operators. But what effect could investing in smart port technologies have on operations?


5 Things we learned at CTAC19

Transport 17 May 2019

There is little doubt that the steady introduction of terminal automation is having an effect on ports and terminals around the world. Following the recent CTAC 2019 conference in London, in this brief blog, we take a look at 5 of the most important developments.


Decarbonising the economy - why renewable energy must continue to lead the way

Industrial 3 May 2019

There’s no Planet B, Clean our Seas, Save our Bees, Plant More Trees; these slogans, along with the help of Sir David Attenborough, have brought climate change to the forefront of popular culture. How can society look to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions whilst still generating electricity?

Practical tips for better investment decisions | Royal HaskoningDHV

Practical tips for better investment decisions

Industrial 10 Jan 2019

How can FMCG manufacturing companies make better investment decisions? Business Case Consultant, Sabine Bink, offers insights based on her experience.

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Demonstrating aerobic granular sludge benefits the American way

Water 18 Sep 2018

Two years ago, we brought our fully biological, advanced wastewater treatment solution, Nereda®, to the United States. Even with continuous strong interest in aerobic granular sludge technology, North America surprisingly was the only continent without installations.

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Mining the ‘Blue Gold’

Water 20 Aug 2018

The mining industry has been through a challenging downturn in recent years. Kirshen Naidoo discusses how Royal HaskoningDHV can help improve their efficiency and sustainability for the long term.

Men working on a site | Royal HaskoningDHV

Never go shopping when you’re hungry…

Water 20 Aug 2018

An expensive trip to the supermarket reminds Kirshen Naidoo of the importance of planning as he urges clients to think ahead when it comes to water projects in the industrial environment.

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Household management for engineers

Water 20 Aug 2018

Roy Gent, process engineer for Royal HaskoningDHV’s Industrial Wastewater team in South Africa, recently gained a new perspective on improving efficiency.

Hand pouring liquid | Royal HaskoningDHV

When an ethical choice becomes an economical one

Water 20 Aug 2018

Many companies today are torn between the desire to behave ethically and the pressures on their bottom line. The opportunity to find solutions that work on both levels inspires and motivates Marco Kerstholt of Royal HaskoningDHV’s Industrial Wastewater team in South Africa.

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Award winning bridge unlocks the future for a rural South African town

Transport 14 Aug 2018

A new bridge in rural South Africa has won a regional engineering award for technical excellence. We spoke to Mandla Biyela, Transport and Planning Director for Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa, to learn more about how this project is helping to change the lives of people in the region.


Smart Ports – The Future for the Shipping Industry

Transport 8 May 2018

Ports are now applying technologies never used in the maritime industry before. Predictive maintenance, 3D modelling and digital data collection mean that can perform digital simulations and scenario testing, saving time and money and aiding decision making.

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Size matters – especially in Asia!

Water 4 Apr 2018

The global roll-out of Nereda® technology is fast gaining momentum. Royal HaskoningDHV has recently received the first Nereda purchase orders for the States and now has projects in Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Australia/Oceania. We are currently piloting Nereda technology in Asia, the obvious large player missing in the fast growing Nereda reference list.


Royal HaskoningDHV joins buildingSMART International to lead the charge for Better Information Management

Industrial 29 Mar 2018

It’s not going to be long before all assets in the built environment have a digital twin. It may sound futuristic, but Royal HaskoningDHV is contributing to that vision, today.

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.

Following nature’s lead in closing cycles | Royal HaskoningDHV | James Anderson_Onymacris unguicularis close-up

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.

Solving Bolivia’s water shortage the Dutch way  | Royal HaskoningDHV

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.

Working backwards | Royal HaskoningDHV

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.


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.


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.