Social Governance (ESG) due diligenceEnvironmental Social Governance (ESG) due diligenceindex,follow Project details Period: 2019Client:&nbsp;Multiple Private Equity firmsInvolved Tauw consultants: Tauw Group TRIS team <subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><content1>What was the project assignment? During 2019, the Transaction and Responsible Investment Services (TRIS) team of Tauw Group was commissioned to conduct over 40 ESG due diligence assignments for midcap and large cap private equity clients across Europe. A broad spectrum of industries was involved, including metal processing, plastic production, pharma and med-tech, food and service/consulting industries. Our ESG due diligence was always focused on the ESG aspects relevant for the specific industry and aims to identify ESG risks as well as potential value creation at the individual assessed asset. How was the cooperation with the client? For several private equity companies in Europe, Tauw is the preferred consultant and trusted advisor when it comes to conducting ESG due diligence assignments. Projects are always carried out in close corporation with - and to the satisfaction of - the clients. Our clients appreciate our understanding of the nature of transactions (especially because of the confidentiality rules and information constraints that might apply) as well as the optimal preparation of assessment results needed for their decision making. We are known for our structured and pragmatic approach to ESG assessments, in particular when it comes to assessing mid-market companies in which not all processes are formalised. What are the project results? In all of our ESG due diligence assignments, we identify ESG related risks (if any) and point out potential value creation specific to the asset, taking into account the whole value chain it is embedded in. Recommended actions are suggested for these aspects, which enable the client to make an informed investment decision and to improve the ESG performance of the asset during the holding period.&nbsp;&nbsp;</content1><content2/><title/><subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><title>Questions about this project? FoundationTauw Foundation has a beautiful world in mind; a world in which people live in a sustainable environment with access to clean water and energy.enoindex,nofollowMeer informatie over de Tauw Foundation?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. statementindex,follow and Cookie Policyindex,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>Privacy and Cookie Policy &nbsp; As we respect the privacy of the visitors of the Tauw Group websites we will ensure that the personal information you provide is treated confidentially. 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We shall not be liable for direct or indirect damage that was caused by using, trusting or acting on the information given on this website. This website provides links to the websites of third parties. However, Tauw has no control over and does not construct or maintain these third party websites. We therefore do not accept any liability for the contents of these websites. This website and its contents are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. No part of this website or its contents may be used in any form or medium whatsoever without the prior permission of Tauw.</content><tv><seo.title></seo.title><seo.canonical></seo.canonical><seo.robots>index,follow</seo.robots><migx_holder><item><title>Hoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.,follow,follow usContact usIn Europe, Tauw is present in branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Any questions? Please, contact us. In Europe, Tauw is organised as Tauw Group with branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and Italy and more than 1,100 employees. Tauw holds a top 3 position in the field of environmental consulting. index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content> Tauw Netherlands Tauw Italy &nbsp; Tauw Belgium Tauw Germany Tauw France CAT alliance Tauw&nbsp;Iberia Tauw Group </content></item><item><title>Any questions? Contact us. We are happy to help InternationalTauw Group is an international firm of consulting engineers with branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. index,followTauw InternationalTauw Group is an international firm of consulting engineers with branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain and Italy with over 1,000 employees. In the Netherlands the organisation operates as Tauw bv and Atriv&eacute; bv. Tauw&nbsp;supports clients in a responsible way with clear recommendations taking into account all aspects in the field of the environment, safety, energy, water and the living environment.&nbsp;&nbsp; Tauw Netherlands Tauw Italy Tauw Belgium Tauw Germany Tauw France CAT alliance Tauw&nbsp;Iberia Tauw Group &nbsp;Cat AllianceTauw is a founding member firm of the&nbsp;CAT Alliance Ltd. (CAT),&nbsp;an international business consultancy, supporting global transactions and other corporate assessments of environmental, engineering, and other risks services from Europe, the Americas, and Asia. CAT is a joint venture among three leading consultancies -&nbsp;COWI&nbsp;(centered on Scandinavia),&nbsp;Geosyntec&nbsp;Consultants (centered on the United States) and&nbsp;Tauw&nbsp;(centered on Western Europe) to provide environmental due diligence (EDD) and environmental business consultancy in connection with mergers, acquisitions, delistings, IPO's, etc.. CAT companies provide their multinational clients with local, highly trained environmental professionals who understand country-specific regulations in context with international expectations and corporate requirements throughout the world. The joint venture enables partner firms to collaboratively deliver environmental consulting services in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Collectively, the CAT companies and their partners have more than 13,000 staff and offices in 50 countries.<subtitle/><introtext/><content>&nbsp; &nbsp;</content></item><item><title>Contact usHow can we assist you?,follow,follow from Tauw: press releases, and other articles on current projects.index,follow itemsindex,follow!.html24609Crisis as a driver for change!Crisis as a driver for change!index,followWhile the corona crisis has caused many problems, it also offers opportunities. First of all, it must be acknowledged that the crisis itself is difficult and traumatic for those personally affected by the illness, and troublesome for those whose lives are restricted by the measures undertaken to tackle it. Health and safety are, and continue to be, the top priorities. However, as an innovation manager, this time also offers me opportunities, such as getting new developments off the ground. Change is essential and, now more than ever, we can show that such change can even help us provide better-quality advice. Standardisation based on protocols Our daily work is governed by many protocols: standardised ways of carrying out work to guarantee quality. I would personally like to deviate from these &ndash; occasionally restrictive &ndash; standards now and then, particularly now. Because whether it's measuring the volume of a batch of soil with a drone, or recording the quality of heavy metals with an XRF, there are ways to keep working despite the current situation. However, if you want to use these &ndash; often more efficient, faster and better quality &ndash; applications, you must really do your best to (repeatedly) prove that the working method is comparable in qualitative terms with the standard method. Environmental supervision during civil engineering works One example of the standardisation that we often struggle with during our work is the mandatory presence of environmental supervisors during civil engineering works. It must be acknowledged that an improvement was made several years ago, and environmental supervisors no longer need to be present full time, but only during critical activities. However, it is more the rule than the exception that field activities do not proceed exactly according to plan, due to the unforeseen circumstances that always arise. This represents a major scheduling challenge. It only takes a single phone call from the contractor to say that the &ldquo;non-critical&rdquo; works have been completed earlier &ndash; or will in fact take longer &ndash; and you're in trouble. After all, our environmental supervisors generally work part time on each site, and supervise multiple sites simultaneously, as clients are unwilling to pay them to be present full time. The certifying bodies have already reprimanded us on several occasions because we were not present on a site, while the contractor continued working without waiting for the arrival of our environmental supervisor. On other occasions, we were present and were then sent away because the changes in the schedule had not been passed on. Is that fair? Technology offers a solution With today's digital possibilities, surely this should no longer be a problem? If physical presence is temporarily not possible, then cameras may offer a solution. During the current corona crisis, Microsoft Teams has proven to be an excellent alternative to physical meetings, so why not use it here? For example, an environmental supervisor can obtain a clear view of the situation remotely using a strategically-placed 360-degree camera, and determine whether the works are proceeding according to plan. In fact, we are already using virtual GIS applications, which we can use to issue instructions in the field from our home office. An additional benefit: data is stored, and can immediately be used as evidence. Some assessments could even be carried out later, for example if scheduling requirements mean that the contractor cannot wait for the (virtual) arrival of the environmental supervisor. This is not ideal, because there is a risk that (part of) the work must be done again, but it is an option. Of course, I understand that digital-only working does not offer a complete solution: there is still a desire for face-to-face contact, and it is useful. However, we are learning that a physical meeting isn't needed for every little issue. Exactly the same applies to presence at critical moments: such an approach using cameras could be a useful addition to the working methods in our profession. Go for it! The current crisis has created a need to work from home more, and to minimise physical contact. This is the perfect time to show that some things can also be done differently (comparable or perhaps even better in qualitative terms). This crisis can in fact be a driver for positive change. It is important to work with the certifying bodies as soon as possible to incorporate this working method into the protocols. And in the meantime, I'm continuing to think, for example about what I could do with all that data: automatically processing the images into digital terrain models, using machine learning to assist the environmental supervisor in interpreting the images, etc. etc. Plenty of ideas!<subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><title>Do you have a question about this article? Please contact us below. of large-scale experiment on EquiAsh publishedAfter incineration of residual household waste, a considerable amount of ash remains. This &lsquo;incinerator bottom ash&rsquo; contains rather high concentrations of metals and salts, which are partly leachable. To be able to use bottom ashes as building material, Tauw developed a process called EquiAsh&reg;. Through this process, bottom ashes are upgraded, making them usable as raw material. Results of a large-scale experiment on EquiAsh&reg; was recently published in the scientific journal Waste and Biomass Valorization. Strict requirements for use of bottom ashes In the Netherlands, bottom ash has been used for more than 30 years as a building material in civil engineering constructions. But to prevent soil contamination, the application of bottom ash must meet strict requirements of the Soil Quality Decree. In practice, it turned out to be difficult to meet all the requirements. Therefore, a &lsquo;Green Deal&rsquo; agreement was concluded between the incinerator branch and the Dutch government. This deal involves upgrading the bottom ash to a freely applicable building material, with a much lower leaching level than the original material. This means a considerable effort for the incineration industry in the Netherlands. EquiAsh&reg;; a Tauw process for upgrading bottom ashes In this framework, Tauw has developed a process called&nbsp;EquiAsh&reg;. This process aims at upgrading incinerator bottom ash into a long-term environmentally safe and stable product. This is an important issue because, also after upgrading, bottom ash still contains high amounts of heavy metals, which could become available for leaching in the future. EquiAsh&reg;, which is a combination of carbonation, washing and further mineralisation, realises a safe and stable product now and in the future. The bottom ash is in equilibrium with the atmosphere and the pH is stabilised at values around 8.5. Large-scale experiments with 1,000 ton incinerator bottom ash are performed. After treatment, the bottom ash fulfils the Dutch leaching criteria for a freely applicable building material. Tauw has licensed the EquiAsh&reg; process to Heros, a company which annually treats 650,000 ton bottom ash. After successful experiments, Heros will decide about the realisation of a full scale plant in June 2020. Scientific article on EquiAsh&reg; Results of large-scale experiments with EquiAsh&reg; and reflections on the long-term stability of the pH are now published in the scientific journal Waste and Biomass Valorization. With this link, you can read the article online.index,followDo you have a question about this article?Please contact us below. voted most sustainable port projectThe ‘Port Waste Catch Shoreliner’ project has been voted Most Sustainable Port Project in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). The ‘Port Waste Catch Shoreliner’ project has been voted Most Sustainable Port Project in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). The Shoreliner is a collection system developed by Tauw that captures, removes and recycles floating plastic in the Lekhaven.&lsquo;"We are delighted to receive this award and are especially proud that our industry peers from the port voted for us", states Tauw colleague Remco Pikaar. Sustainable collection system The Shoreliner is a capture system that reduces the amount of plastic in rivers, seas and oceans by sustainably catching floating plastic waste, removing it, and then recycling it. The data that is collected with the capture, measurement and sorting of the floating waste may be shared on request. This data is also used to gather and share knowledge and shape policy around the issues related to plastic soup. Tauw developed the Shoreliner for the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Rijkswaterstaat and the Tauw Foundation.The Shoreliner was improved several times over the course of time: its construction is now more robust and the capacity has been enlarged. Monitoring micro plastics and nurdles In addition to capturing plastics, the Shoreliner is also a good tool for monitoring both macro and micro plastics (so-called nurdles) in surface water. By collecting this data over several years, it can be determined how big the problem actually is and how effective the measures against plastic soup actually are. Several Shoreliners are currently being developed in the Netherlands. More information about the Port Waste Catch project can be found on the website of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts is all about the big pictureInternationalisation is all about the big pictureJasper SchmeitsTauw does great things with regard to innovation, but we certainly do not have to stay within our borders. Last year, I was given the task to investigate the requirement in other countries where Tauw is located, such as Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Belgium. I feel I only saw a small part of these countries, but it did turn out afterwards that my travels stirred things up a bit. The absolute high point of 2018 for me was the trip to Spain, during which I combined my work and private life by taking a tour of the Spanish offices with my whole family (with four young children) in tow. Based on my experiences, I have come to the conclusion that the art of internationalisation is all about presenting the big picture. Developments Within Tauw Nederland, we are currently working on a number of data-related developments: Data gathering by means of sensors, portable analytical equipment, drones, aircraft, and even satellites. Data processing that involves processing the data to create useful (data) tools &ndash; such as the Soil Viewer and the Ecoviewer &ndash; but also a lot inspection tool. Data visualisation in the broadest sense of the word, from which interesting products such as 3D Conceptual Site Models and use of VR/AR for field applications can arise. I am the driving force within Tauw where the first part is concerned, looking at technological developments to gather data. The different development themes are structured as cross-business teams, in which people work together to investigate any developments that are of interest to the business. The data story The development themes need each other, because they come together behind the scenes: we have to create a final product for the customer from raw data. For example, we need to process the raw data from a drone and turn it into a useful point cloud. From this point cloud, we can get information that we can use to change the design of our investigation. Finally, we present the data to the customer in a Virtual Reality environment. We are therefore constantly referring to the &lsquo;Tauw's data story&rsquo;, in which visible processes such as drones and Virtual Reality become truly tangible. However, the most essential step is actually the underlying processing of the data, which is less visible. International innovation At an international level, all the developments are presented under one name: Sensing the Future! This is the term for the development theme of the data collection in the Netherlands, but abroad it presents the entire data story. This is logical, because the raw data must be processed into products for customers and we have already gone through this in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, the start-up of such a process takes longer, because we ultimately seek contact at a later stage from the various themes. We have noticed that we sometimes have to make different choices for the processing in different countries because of varying methods of analysis, legislation, approach, etc. But, thanks to our experience, this is not a major deal and only requires little effort. Comprehensive term As I had already taken into account that I would also promote my development theme internationally, I linked it to an international term: Sensing the Future. This term has gradually become pretty commonplace &ndash; internally and externally, nationally and internationally. Because I include the entire data story, I have noticed that this puts the other themes in the picture too. And that is great, because ultimately it is all about renewing our processes in the broadest sense rather than just renewing a single part: it is all about the big picture! A good example of this is the workshop that we are currently organising in Tarragona.index,followQuestions about international innovations? Please contact us for more information Innova - Workshop Innovation in Soil and Climate ChangeTauw Innova - Workshop Innovation in Soil and Climate Change28th of march 2019In collaboration with Cuatrecasas and AEQT, Tauw Iberia organizes a Workshop today on Innovation in Soil and Climate Change. The best international industry experts from Tauw will present the latest innovations in sustainable remediation systems, digitalization / Data Management processes (3D, Augmented / Virtual Reality) and processes of adaptation to Climate Change. The Cuatrecasas law firm will participate in the Climate Change block with a paper on energy transition and closed networks. Check out the full agendaindex,followDo you have any questions about innovations or this event? pageLorem Ipsum is slechts een proeftekst uit het drukkerij- en zetterijwezen. Lorem Ipsum is de standaard proeftekst in deze bedrijfstak sinds de 16e eeuw, toen een onbekende drukker een zethaak met letters nam en ze door elkaar husselde om een font-catalogus te maken. Het heeft niet alleen vijf eeuwen overleefd maar is ook, vrijwel onveranderd, overgenomen in elektronische letterzetting. Het is in de jaren '60 populair geworden met de introductie van Letraset vellen met Lorem Ipsum passages en meer recentelijk door desktop publishing software zoals Aldus PageMaker die versies van Lorem Ipsum bevatten.noindex,nofollow signs long-term framework HSEQ service agreement with Sime Darby UnimillsOver the coming years, Tauw will be advising Sime Darby Unimills on Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) Over the coming years, Tauw will be advising Sime Darby Unimills on Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) in a range of different areas. To this end, both sides have recently signed a framework agreement. Sime Darby Unimills, which has offices in Zwijndrecht (the Netherlands) and elsewhere, produces and refines vegetable oils and fats, which are then used in the manufacture of calf milk replacements, bakery goods, foodstuffs, margarine, candles and soap. Tauw has already been providing Sime Darby Unimills with HSEQ support for several years. With this new, long-term contract, Sime Darby Unimills has chosen one single contract partner to prevent the fragmentation of information (knowledge and experience) between the various consultancies. Sime Darby Unimills chose Tauw because of its extensive knowledge and experience in a large number of areas of expertise and the positive experiences in recent years. We are proud to have the opportunity to support Sime Darby Unimills in areas such as soil investigation, soil remediation, wastewater treatment advice, noise, emission measurements, procedures and permits, compliance and ISO certification over the coming years. The framework agreement will run from January 2019 to 2021, with options to extend.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts us (foundation)index,follow Suez energy company appreciates flexibility of Tauw measuring teamIt is 2 pm when the Tauw Rotterdam Emission Monitoring Department receives a request for a measurement to be carried out at the GDF Suez energy power plant. It concerns a measurement which has to be carried out on the very same day at the GDF Suez power plant in Luxembourg. Rapid response Despite a full schedule the request is dealt with swiftly. Phone calls are made between the Tauw measuring teams who are working at various locations in the country; cars, personnel and materials are moved back and forth after which the measuring equipment van sets off to Luxembourg at 4 pm.Darkness has already fallen when the measuring team arrives at a silent steam and gas power plant and an operational height of 50 meters is speedily realized. Then the long wait starts until the power plant is finally powered up. We are repeatedly called from the control room to be ready to go, but just as many times it is called off until at 1.30 a.m. in consultation with each other the conclusion is reached that we are not going to succeed. After a short night the measuring team is ready to start again at 10.30 a.m. Ultimately at 4 p.m. it is decided that it is no longer possible to carry out the measurements and that Tauw can return home without having accomplishing its mission. All systems are go However, just as the Tauw van is approaching the Brussels ring road, GDF Suez rings to say that things are likely to succeed this evening after all, and would the measuring team turn back to carry out the measurements. At 10.30 p.m. the signal to be &lsquo;ready to measure&rsquo;; is finally given, but it is 12.30 a.m. before the first measurement can be started up. Eventually it was possible to take 2 measurements each lasting for two hours during the start-up. At 5 a.m. the measurement team is able to grab just a few hours of sleep before driving back to Rotterdam. Appreciation GDF Suez expressed its appreciation for the fact that the team had turned back at Brussels to carry out the measurements after all. For GDF Suez it was vital to be able to supply power to the Luxembourg grid. The competent authorities, who had drawn up the condition that measurements must be carried out during start-up, were also satisfied. GDF Suez has indicated that in future they would like to make use of Tauw&rsquo;s services during these types of start-up procedures.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.,follow Rotterdamindex,follow Deventerindex,follow number of passengers, increasing air traffic and constant pressure from the continuous development and growth of legal demands in relation to sustainability: airports must grow to keep up.index,followAirportsInnovative airport development focusing on sustainability and customer experience Growing number of passengers, increasing air traffic and constant pressure from the continuous development and growth of legal demands in relation to sustainability: airports must grow to keep up. Passengers expect an airport to provide the very best customer experience. Entering an airport should be like entering a city: an efficient and safe city with, for example, short walking distances, the newest (biometric) technologies and a friendly atmosphere. Which airport doesn&rsquo;t want to minimize their environmental impact, be in compliance with local and international laws and regulations and wants to meet the expectations of their customers? The aviation sector not only deals with a large number of passengers, the government and the environment. They are involved in major environmental issues, such as climate change, efficient use of raw materials and air quality, over which they can exert a significant influence, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Innovative improvements To meet the demands of the airports themselves, the passengers, the environment and the government, and to keep track of the ongoing development of the sector, additional attention and continuous improvement is both required and inevitable. Whether it&rsquo;s a relatively small project like improving the baggage handling or an enormous challenge such as building a completely new airport, Tauw adds value. Added value through experience Tauw specializes in giving advice to new and existing airports on their development. We strive for sustainable solutions, suitable for both today and the future. Our strength is our involvement in the complete process or in specific aspects of the (re)development, expansion, growth, maintenance and compliance management throughout airports across Europe. We are able to provide a wide range of services for all airports in the areas of soil, civil engineering, health &amp; safety and compliance management. Our clients include national and international airports, such as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Bonaire International Airport and Frankfurt Airport. Additional information on our services for airports can be found in the Airport capabilities statement: Airports become cities. DownloadsAirport capabilities statement: Airports become citiesHow can we help?Ask our experts and VR Designs3060index,follow goes carbon neutralTauw has signed a contract with GroenBalans for carbon offsetting. This agreement will make Tauw carbon neutral, which means that we will do everything in our power to reduce our carbon footprint and to compensate for any remaining CO2 emissions by buying credits for investments in CO2 reduction projects throughout the world. Tauw is committed to being a sustainable organisation, not only out of our own conviction, but also because our clients, both public and private, aim to achieve sustainable development. GroenBalans offers carbon offsetting through certified rights from sustainable energy projects all over the world, in places where this is needed most. These project create new jobs, improve the local environment and avoid polluting energy developments, such as coal plants. Examples include the Gold Standard wind power projects in China and New Zealand, which are also supported by the World Wildlife Fund.Tauw goes carbon neutralindex,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. soil remediation at Polish industrial siteSince 1996 Tauw is involved in the solution of a soil contamination at an AkzoNobel site in Wloclawek, Poland.After preliminary investigation of hydrogeology and soil contamination, remediation efforts were started and extended in the period 1998-2009. After a beneficial remediation period within which easily available free product was recovered from the soil, an innovative remediation system is being implemented with a challenging and yet feasible target in order to complete the restoration and meet the requirements of AkzoNobels HSE Standards. Tauw carries out the management and verification of this soil remediation. The contractor is ready now to start up the system. During a period of about 5 years remediation targets should be met.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. half-year results for Tauw despite crisisTauw Group achieved virtually the same turnover and profit in the first half of this year as in the same period last year. For the entire 2010 financial year, the consulting engineering firm expects to be able to maintain the financial results at the same level as in 2009. In that year Tauw achieved the best results in its 83-year existence. Tauw Group reported a turnover of EUR 58.8 million for the first six months of this year, nearly as much as in the same period in 2009 (59.1 million). The net profit amounted to 0.5 million, as much as in the previous year. The slight decrease in turnover in the Netherlands was compensated for by the activities in the other countries. All activities outside the Netherlands showed a better performance in the first half year than in 2009. In Germany, Belgium and France a profit was made, Italy and Spain saw some small losses but less than last year. Tauw expects to make a net profit of EUR 2 million for the entire financial year 2010, a figure which is line with the 2009 results (2.1 million). This year Tauw bought a 15% stake in the Italian environmental consultancy firm STEAM. Tauw has also set up a new subsidiary, Tauw Oil &amp; Gas. With these two steps Tauw further expands its position as an environmental consultancy firm for the international oil and gas industry. Tauw foresees great opportunities in particular in the transition from oil to multi-energy sources.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.‘environmental-due-diligence-advisor-of-the-year’.html3103Tauw elected ‘Environmental Due Diligence Advisor of the Year’In the framework of the ACQ Global Awards 2010, Tauw has been elected 'Environmental Due Diligence Advisor of the Year' in the Benelux. Tauw has occupied a prominent position in environmental consultancy with national and international mergers and takeovers for years. The ACQ Global Awards is an initiative of the monthly magazine ACQ Finance Magazine, a monthly that aims at the international merger and takeover market. Once a year different awards are granted based on readers' votes. In different categories parties are eligible who, one way or another, played a role in the realization of company takeovers. Also thanks to CAT Alliance, which we are founding member of, Tauw has been in the limelight for years on end with environmental consultancy in national and international mergers and takeovers. The combination of our understanding of the transaction context, our capacity to mobilize auditors rapidly and our vast international pool of content experts, have earned us a respectable position both in the multinational industry and among private equity firms over the years.&nbsp; 'We see this award as a recognition of our position and as a great incentive to continue unabatedly mapping potential environmental and safety risks for our clients in connection with prospective company takeovers', says Peter van Kernebeek, senior Environmental Due Diligence consultant at Tauw Netherlands.&nbsp;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. annual figures for Tauw in turbulent marketIn 2010 Tauw recorded a turnover of €117.1 million, which is 1.2 percent less than in 2009. In that record year Tauw achieved its best annual figures since being established 83 years ago. In 2010, the operating result dropped by €1 million down to €3 million; profits before tax amounted to €2.4 million (2009: €3.1 million). CEO Bram de Borst says the market has changed structurally. “Tomorrow's winners will be those companies who can adapt the fastest.” In the Netherlands the number of municipal assignments dropped significantly since the second quarter. This was largely compensated by an increase in the volume of assignments from provinces, the RWS (Public Works Department and Water Management) and industry. The financial year showed a cautious recovery in the private sector. The total turnover in the Netherlands dropped by more than 3 percent. Profits before tax amounted to &euro;2.6 million. According to CEO Bram de Borst the market can be considered as being structurally changed, particularly in the Netherlands: &ldquo;The manner in which government authorities make their purchases is changing drastically. The purchasing organisation appears to be in charge far more often. Their focus is particularly geared towards the price rather than on the price-quality ratio. This is one of the causes of the prevailing price war in the engineering world.&rdquo; De Borst thinks that the ability to rapidly adapt to the changes is the key to future success. &ldquo;To respond quickly to developments in the marketplace, that's what it's all about. In the past year, influenced by the crisis, we've already enhanced our commercial strength substantially. That's why we're looking to the future with confidence.&rdquo; Tauw has also been capturing a greater market share in the field of sustainability. Climate change and water safety also offer some good perspectives for the forthcoming years. Through the hydraulic and civil engineering business unit, the company is gearing itself more and more towards the (inter)national water market. Although 2011 will still be marked by a certain degree of shrinkage in the Dutch market, Tauw envisages growth in the other countries. On balance this could lead to a reduction of about 3 percent in the turnover at group level. Due to the introduction of new business systems additional costs have to be taken into account in 2011. However, it is expected that the operational profits will remain at the same level as those in 2010. Tauw Group Annual Report 2010 (film and pdf) In 2010 the Tauw Group recorded a considerable revenue growth in France (15%). A 4% growth in Italy led to a modestly positive result. Profitability in Germany recovered to a good level, which was also as a result of the upswing in the German economy. The profit in Belgium also improved substantially. &lsquo;Spain&rsquo; recorded a loss, but recovery is expected this year.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. wastewater project successfully completedTauw has made a major contribution to the project ‘Development of an Appropriate Methodology for Wastewater Treatment in Small and Medium Sized Municipalities in Turkey’. The focus of the support given by Tauw to the Turkish councils was on technological expertise in the field of domestic wastewater treatment. The focus of the project was mainly on the support of the Illerbank and the Ministry for the Environment in Turkey concerning the implementation of the European Wastewater Guideline and particularly on planning and the design of small-scale wastewater treatment. Quite a challenge Turkey is faced with the challenge of realising more than 3,000 wastewater treatment plants in a relatively short period and making sure that these plants will continue functioning properly in the long term. This is quite a challenge for the Illerbank who are responsible for the realization of the bulk of the project. Besides the need for more technological expertise there are lots of organizational bottlenecks that have to be tackled. The project offered the Illerbank assistance to enable them to carry out this task efficiently and adequately. Thus a handbook was published containing not only recommendations for technical aspects such as plant design, but also organizational aspects in the field of the decision-making process, management and funding. Pilots Various pilots have been carried out for this project the focus being on both recently realised wastewater treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants that were still in the design or planning stage. In this respect Tauw&rsquo;s wastewater technologists have made huge contributions benefiting the interested parties in Turkey. Their technological expertise and advice could be put into practice straightaway. The result of the project is shown on the Illerbank website. Tauw carried out the project in a consortium with Ameco Environmental Services from Utrecht and the Turkish partner IBS Research and Consultancy from Istanbul. The project was part of a Dutch support programme for future EU countries with the objective of stimulating bilateral cooperation between public bodies (G2G). Dutch government organisations Wereld Waternet and Infomil took part for the Netherlands.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. pumping station in England officially openedThe St Germans pumping station, near King’s Lynn – 100 kilometres to the north of London - was officially opened. It is the biggest pumping station in England. The new pumping station is necessary because of sinking ground-levels in the area as is the case for some areas in the Netherlands. The pumping station was designed by Tauw. Tauw was commissioned by the Middle Level Commissioners district water board to supply the technical design. The English firm of consulting engineers Atkins was called in at the request of Tauw because of its knowledge of the English building industry. More durable and more maintenance-friendly Pumps with cast-iron or steel pumping chambers are still frequently being used in England. For the construction of St Germans pumping station the district water board opted for pumps with concrete pumping chambers, which to date have been successfully employed in the Netherlands. They are more durable and more maintenance-friendly than cast-iron or steel pumping chambers. The production technique used to make them, making the moulds for the pumping chamber, is almost like the work of a joiner. Tauw expertise Our experts are engaged in designing, constructing, renovating, maintaining and increasing the capacity of pumping stations at home and abroad on a daily basis. Over the years Tauw has contributed to 35% of the pumping stations in the Netherlands making it the market leader. Engineers worked flat out for four years to realize this new pumping station. In order to prevent the agricultural land in the Fens &ndash; with 22,000 houses - from being flooded its 70-year old predecessor needed replacing. The current pumping station boasts 40% increased capacity and can pump the equivalent of 200 bath tubs of water per second. Expectations are that the pumping station will last for another 100 years.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Iskar Sewage Pumping Station officially openedBen Knapen, minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, officially opened the Novi Iskar Sewage Pumping station on 12 May together with the Bulgarian minister for the Environment and Water, the mayor of Sofia and the Dutch ambassador in Bulgaria. Tauw supervised the design and building process for this project and supplied the process management.Part of the project comprised completing the construction of the Nova Iskar sewage pumping station, which pumps waste water to the Kubratovo sewage treatment plant. The total costs of the construction of the Nova Iskar Sewage Pumping Station amounted to over 6 million Euros. This is partly financed by the European Union. At the end of 2008 Tauw was commissioned to supervise the implementation of the renovation of the Kubratovo central sewage plant for the city of Sofia which provides waste water purification for a population of 1.2 million. The plant was due for a thorough overhaul in order to comply with the standards set out in the European rules and regulations for the removal of nitrogen and phosphate. The total size of the contract for Tauw amounted to 1.3 million Euros.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. of renovated Kubratovo sewage treatment plantThe largest sewage treatment plant in the Balkans, Kubratovo near Sofia in Bulgaria, was officially opened on 13 June. Tauw supervised the design and construction process for this project and carried out the project management. At the end of 2008 Tauw was commissioned, together with HPC, to carry out this 1.3 million euro project. The plant was formally opened by Bulgaria&rsquo;s Prime Minister, the minister and junior minister for the environment and water, the Dutch ambassador in Bulgaria, the mayor of Sofia and the local manager of Veolia.The prime minister, whose birthday it was on that day, was presented with a fish bowl containing two fish as a gift by Sofijska Voda (part of Veolia and plant manager). The fish had been caught in the purified waste water. The costs for the renovation of the sewage treatment plant amounted to over 22 million euros. The improved effluent quality means that the water in the river Iskar, which flows into the Danube, is a lot cleaner. Renovations The renovations at the Kubratovo sewage treatment plant mainly consisted of: Increasing the biological capacity from 1,000,000 p.e. to 1,800,000 p.e. (at 136 g TOD/d) Introduction of nitrogen and phosphate removal to meet the EU effluent requirements. The existing activated sludge tanks have been completely overhauled for this purpose and equipped with various zones for biological phosphate removal, nitrification and denitrification. In addition, two new final settling tanks, a return sludge pumping station and a dose-measuring device for chemicals have been constructed Renovation of primary and secondary sedimentation tanks index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. on Decommissioning of industrial activitiesDuring the last years, Tauw Iberia, with a broad technical and environmental management experience in decommissioning and restructuring of industrial sites, as well as Uria y Menéndez, a distinguished law firm with a large track record advising companies on their legal and environmental liabilities concerning disinvestments, have advised and defended the interests of many clients on decommissioning and disinvestment. The existing economic crisis present in almost the totality of the Spanish industrial sector has forced a large number of industries to (partially or totally) close down their production plants, or to reorientate and optimize their business&rsquo; operations. Based on the above mentioned situation, Tauw Iberia and Uria y Men&eacute;ndez have determined that some issues like existing environmental liabilities (in soil and groundwater), its transfer, liabilities concerning future environmental responsibilities as well as obtaining permits from the public administrations concerned, represent an additional difficulty to an already complex process of industrial decommissioning or disinvestment. Due to the complexity of these processes, they have to be approached from a wide and independent point of view which implies considering different legal liabilities and complex technical specification. Through this workshop, Tauw Iberia and Uria Men&eacute;ndez wanted to offer their clients the possibility to clarify concepts, uncertainties and to share experiences related to the problematic of industrial site closure. Industries and public administrations had the opportunity to exchange experiences and different points of view related to decommissioning and disinvestment.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.‘seagull-takes-off’-tauw-provided-edd-services-in-confidential-take-over-process.html3110‘Seagull takes off’: Tauw provided EDD services in confidential take-over processYou may have noticed the following press announcement some time ago: ‘Resinall Rütgers Resins GmbH (RRR) acquires Neville Chemical Europe BV (NCE). ’During the first three quarters of 2011 a multi-disciplined project team of Tauw has provided extensive Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) services to RRR in the framework of this contemplated takeover. This very confidential process all took place under the code name ‘Project Seagull’. RRR, a joint venture between the German R&Uuml;TGERS Novares GmbH and the Belgian Resinall Europe bvba, approached us in December 2010 to ask for assistance. They indicated that the target company NCE, a producer of hydrocarbon resins for the printing inks, coatings, asphalt and rubber industry, has its operations at the former Cindu site in Uithoorn (the Netherlands). Given the long industrial history of the site (dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century and with the tragic 1992 Cindu disaster as a predominant historic landmark), combined with the site&rsquo;s complicated ownership and permit situation, it became clear to us that this would become a complex and challenging project. Environmental Due Diligence The EDD process started in January with a screening of the environmental permit situation and in the course of the first quarter of the year expanded into a full Phase I EDD. In this Phase I EDD various subjects were profoundly scrutinized, such as (but not limited to) materials handling and storage, waste water treatment, noise emissions, soil and groundwater quality and external safety. Through this process, relevant material environmental issues were identified and directions were given for dealing with these issues and related potential business consequences. In the subsequent second EDD phase, which started in May, further in-depth attention was paid to a selection of subjects. Specific Phase II EDD activities were carried out in the form of a tank farm inspection and a zero level soil and groundwater investigation. This last step was finalized in September Throughout the entire time period, the process was interspersed with numerous meetings and conference calls and accompanied by strict and complex (virtual) data room procedures. All in all, Tauw has been able to assist RRR in this process in a proactive, professional and supportive manner. The EDD project resulted in a satisfied client who, based on our input, was able to successfully complete this transaction with a comprehensive view on the environmental status of the target company.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Germany has new office in LeverkusenTauw Germany opened a new office in Leverkusen. In Leverkusen the former offices of Dr. Stupp Consulting in Bergisch Gladbach and the Tauw office in Burscheid were pooled. Together we can offer our clients a broad portfolio of relevant environmental and planning services as soil and groundwater, hydrology, urban and land use planning, Environmental impact assessments, immission control, and Environmental Due Diligence. Leverkusen is located in one of the industrial areas of Germany with focus of chemical and pharmaceutical industry. For example, Leverkusen is working for the former Bayer industry service, Lanxess, Dynamit Nobel, and EvonikDegussa.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Nijhof reinforces Tauw Group managementAnnemieke Nijhof MSc, MBA, (1966) joins the board of Tauw Group BV. She will be member of the board chaired by Bram de Borst MSc.This effectively means that Annemieke Nijhof returns to the company that she worked for in various capacities, including Head of the Water department. It was in that function that she laid the foundation for Tauw&rsquo;s current position and ambitions in the water sector.As she herself puts it, the choice to work for Tauw is not only for that reason a logical one: &ldquo;I continue to harbour an undiminished enthusiasm about the vital contribution that engineers make in the realisation of sustainable development of our society. Water plays a major role, as does spatial quality and sustainability. These are areas in which Tauw distinguishes itself from others in the market. Having contributed to policy development for years, I find it great to be able to focus on its development in a leading, strategic position with Tauw&rdquo;. With Nijhof&rsquo;s arrival Tauw takes an important step in realizing its ambitions in terms of spatial quality, water and the environment. Nijhof also brings extensive experience in these fields with her. She has previously held posting at various ministries including as Director-General of Water, Senior Adviser for Spatial Development, Sustainability and the Environment, Deputy Director for External Security and member of the board of Grontmij NV. Her knowledge, experience and networks are invaluable for the engineering firm. In her new post Nijhof will initially contribute to reinforcing Tauw&acute;s position in the market. Annemieke Nijhof will - at some point in the future &ndash; succeed Bram de Borst as Chair of the Tauw Group Board.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. sees increase in turnover outside the NetherlandsThe Tauw Group turnover outside of the Netherlands increased by 8.7% in 2011. This continues the upward trend shown in 2010. Turnover in the Netherlands decreased by 7% in 2011 due to government spending cuts. This caused the total operating results to decrease from € 117.1 million to € 113 million. The operating results fell from &euro; 3 million to &euro; 1.6 million. The downturn was due to both a decrease in operating results and losses sustained in Tauw subdivisions in the Netherlands. In early November 2011 the Tauw Group management decided to reorganize the Dutch organization with the main objectives being to simplify the organization, accelerate the decision-making process and structurally improve profitability. The complex structure consisting of a combination of offices, sectors and business units has been converted into a uniform structure with three business units: Water, Industry and Natural &amp; Built Environment. Market in 2012 CEO Bram de Borst expects that the Dutch market for government assignments will remain tough in 2012 and will even show a downward trend. De Borst: &ldquo;In the Netherlands Tauw is largely dependent on the government market. In contrast, we see growth opportunities in other sectors including the international industrial sector. Consequently our main objective is to maintain the total turnover of the Tauw Group at the 2011 level. In 2012 investments in innovation and product development will also be kept at the high level of 3% of the operating results.&rdquo; The 2011 Tauw Group annual report has been published online at,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. emission reduction targetsTauw aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% within the next three years. In order to achieve this target, Tauw is implementing several measures including switching to green power, promoting commuting by public transport and examining waste flows. Tauw's objective is to further reduce the CO2 emission from natural gas, lease cars, electricity, purchased heat, fuel, business use of private cars, and fuel for flights by the following percentages:By 2012: 5% relative to 2010By 2013: 15% relative to 2010By 2014: 20% relative to 2010 Tauw has already reached its reduction targets for 2012 in 2011.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Tauw countries involved in integrated CityChlor projectCityChlor is an international collaborative project aimed at exploring opportunities for the efficient handling of soil and groundwater contamination with volatile chlorinated solvents in the urban environment. Tauw the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France all contribute to this project. Soil contamination is a frequent obstacle for spatial planning and urban (re)development. In the CityChlor project, 9 partners from Flanders, Germany, the Netherlands and France have joined forces, supported by Interreg. By means of literature studies, local pilot projects and specialised studies, CityChlor seeks answers and practical solutions for an efficient approach. Tauw contributes to this project from its offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. Our clients are Dutch partners NL Agency and the Municipality of Utrecht. Their job is, among other things, to tackle the socioeconomic aspects, including an integrated approach to inner city development. Integrated approach The assignment Tauw has received is: How can we ensure that developers and spatial planners include groundwater contamination as well as other underground aspects such as aquifer thermal energy storage, cables and ducts, and drainage in their plans in a timely fashion? At the moment they include them too late, if at all, thereby missing out on opportunities. The city of Utrecht has gained extensive experience in this context in its railway station area, particularly with the link between thermal storage and groundwater contamination. Tauw is involved in this from various perspectives. Tauw also has a lot of experience with the implementation of area-based groundwater management and sustainable management of soil and subsoil. On 12 June Tauw is organising an international workshop in Stuttgart (one of the Citychlor partners) with approximately 30 CityChlor partners and experts in the field of spatial planning, property and groundwater who will be giving input for the final product that is to be delivered mid-October this year.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. treatment on Bonaire to protect coral reefTauw is playing a major role in the realisation of the project Sewerage and Sanitation System Bonaire in which sewers are installed in order to protect coral reef from untreated sewage discharge. The sea water surrounding Bonaire contains large amounts of nutrients from waste water that is dumped in the sea. This leads to algae growth, which suppresses coral growth. The large amounts of nutrients not only affect corals, but also the entire natural equilibrium underwater. The growth of harmful bacteria also increases, which may pose threats to public health. The project is part of an EU programme and is jointly funded by USONA and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Activities include laying 54 km of vacuum sewers, constructing 4 vacuum stations, a booster pumping station and a wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of approximately 58 m3/h. Commissioned by MNO Vervat in an early stage, Tauw has carried out the design and calculation work for the treatment system, and has also been called in to support the M&amp;E engineering. The Dutch contractors Flovac and Aan de Stegge and electrical engineers Mesc from Curacao are responsible for the mechanical and electrical engineering work. Hydroplan is leading the project.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Nijhof appointed CEO of Tauw GroupConsulting and engineering company Tauw has appointed ir. Annemieke Nijhof MBA (1966) as CEO of the Tauw Group bv and general manager of Tauw bv. She will take over all the duties of ir. Bram de Borst, who will become titular director of the Tauw Group. In February 2012 Annemieke Nijhof entered the board of directors of the Tauw Group as intended successor of chairman Bram de Borst. In her new position as CEO she will focus at first on strengthening Tauws market position and realizing its ambitions in the field of spatial quality, water and environmental services for the Industry. Nijhof has a broad experience in these areas. Previously she was Director-General Water, Counsellor Spatial Development, Sustainability, Environment&nbsp; and deputy Director External Safety at several Dutch ministries. Her knowledge, experience and social network are of great value to the consulting and engineering company. Until his retirement in 2014, in his position as titular director De Borst will be responsible for the business development in Italy, Spain and countries outside Europe. Supervisory Board As a result of the management change, chairman prof. dr. Ernst ten Heuvelhof of the Supervisory Board has decided, anticipating his resignation according to schedule in April 2013, to hand down his chairman duties prematurely to drs. Jos Zandhuis, Board Member since 2007.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. street lighting guidance with Recycling LightTauw has developed, in collaboration with LSC (Light Surface Control), Recycling Light, a new, sustainable method of street lighting guidance that is comparable to the "glow in the dark" effect. Light is captured from vehicle headlamps and then continues to glow over a longer period.With this innovation, Tauw has been nominated as 1 of the 3 candidates for the 2012 Enlightenmentz of the Year Election. In addition, Recycling Light is among the 10 finalists for the 2012 EEP (European Environmental Press) Award. Glow in the dark What distinguishes Recycling Light from other sustainable alternatives is that it does not require electricity from the national grid or a battery to store energy. Recycling Light is a method of street lighting guidance which captures the light of vehicle headlamps, concentrates it and returns it to road users over a longer period. The light of a passing headlamp is concentrated using a lens and stored in photoluminescent material. Photoluminescent material can be compared to the glow-in-the-dark stars sold in toy shops which keep glowing at night for a number of hours. Recycling Light can be applied to bollards or mounted on crash barriers. Savings of up to 60% In the Netherlands practical tests with Recycling Light showed very positive results. The object continued to glow over a long period and gave sufficient light output. Since Recycling Light does not require electricity, the use of materials such as lampposts or maintenance, it is up to 60% cheaper in terms of investment compared to standard public lighting. Tauw conceived the idea of Recycling Light because many street lights are on all night whereas only a few road users actually make use of them. This results in not only unnecessary energy consumption, obtrusive light and light pollution, but also in unnecessary costs. Public lighting accounts for as much as 60% of local authority energy consumption. Moreover, many of these lights are located outside urban areas and serve mainly as orientation lighting/guidance for drivers to facilitate early assessment of the course of the road and dangerous traffic conditions.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. sustainable heat to keep cycle lanes free of snow and iceHeating cycle lanes in winter with heat stored in the subsurface under the road. Tauw Netherlands has come up with this concept to keep cycle lanes clear of snow and ice by making use of thermal storage.Cycle lanes which are kept free of snow and ice will be conducive to increase road safety for cyclists. Statistics in the Netherlands indicate that 5 to 10 per cent of cycling accidents are due to slipperiness in winter period. Another advantage is that less salt is needed to grit the roads. An asphalt heat exchanger in the road surface in combination with a geothermal energy storage system is used to store heat in the summer and release it in the winter. Geo-thermal systems are already frequently used to cool and heat buildings. Tauw is researching the feasibility of the concept with various towns in the Netherlands.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.,-belgium).html3121Long-term monitoring of the fish stock in the Albert Canal (Flanders, Belgium)Tauw has been commissioned by the Flemish authorities to monitor the fish stock in the Albert Canal for a period of four years. Long-term research should provide information on diversity, abundance, population structure, trends and development of the fish stock in the Albert Canal.With a water surface of 1,087 hectares, the Albert Canal is the largest water bodies in Flanders.The canal connects Li&egrave;ge to Antwerp and has a total lenght of approximately 120 kilometres .The fish stock monitoring covers a total of nearly 100 kilometres. The monitoring is carried out in collaboration with Kalkman Fishing Service. Several fishing methods are used to assess a complete insight in the fish stock. Based on this assessment, management targets can be defined and recommendations can be made for future fish stock management, e.g. stocking, fish migration, hydropower issues, habitat or nursery areas. The study should also provide insight in angling catches as a tool for monitoring trends in the fish stock. &nbsp;The field work takes place over two weeks each year (october, november). The study will be finalised in 2015.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. cycle lane passes snow testThe heated cycle lane has successfully passed its first test. Tauw performed the test – which received wide media coverage – in a test setup in the Dutch village of Heino on a snowy day in January.In the test setup, water at an average temperature of 7 degrees Celsius was pumped through tubes, which acted as a kind of underfloor heating to make slippery cycle paths passable. And it appeared to work just fine on that snowy day. The cycle lane could easily be maintained at a temperature of 3 to 4 degrees and therefore remained snow free. And it did so with continuous snowfall from 7 am to 6 pm.&nbsp;The cycle lane was built behind the local engineering company Doorgeest Koeltechniek. It was fitted with coils in the concrete through which water at a temperature of around 7 degrees Celsius was pumped. In practice, groundwater will be used, which has an constant average temperature of between 11 and 15 degrees in the Netherlands. The aim of the trial was to establish whether the amount of energy (temperature of the water) required for snow to melt matched the calculations. Other construction types like asphalt are currently in preparation.&nbsp;Keeping cycle paths clear of snow and ice prevents accidents. Heated cycle paths are therefore especially suited for accident-prone areas such as bridges or dangerous stretches near schools.Other purposes of de-icing surfaces with natural groundwater energy are airport runways, railway stations and soccer fields. See also the news report Heated cycle lanes to warm Dutch winter cyclists on BBC World.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. study remediation of pesticide burial site in ArmeniaA consortium of Tauw, Witteveen+Bos, Milieukontakt and Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) is selected by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to conduct a site assessment and feasibility study of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), pesticide burial site Nubarashen in Armenia.The Nubarashen Burial site was built in the mid 1970ies as a disposal site for POPs, obsolete pesticides and other chemicals. The burial site is located on the south east side of Yerevan in a valley subject to severe erosion processes. A small village comprising of summer cottages is located around four kilometres down the slope from the burial site. Other villages are located in the area at some greater distance to the burial site. In 2010 OSCE and FAO experts, assisting the Ministry of Emergency Situations, concluded that emergency measures had to be taken as the complete cover of the burial site had been removed and there was a direct risk of the spread of pesticides waste via surface water and by air. Recently the site was capped with clay and the area was fenced. The Ministry of Emergency Situations also installed permanent site guards. The consortium will investigate the site and carry out feasibility study to support the selection of a long term solution for the elimination of risks for the POPs pesticides waste at the burial site. Special attention will be paid to assess health risks for vulnerable groups living close Nubarashen.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. advice for Interreg project KlikerTauw has been engaged to provide climate advice for the Interreg project Kliker, which involves six Dutch and five German municipalities working together in the Euregio Rhine – Waal.These municipalities have a cross-border orientation and collaborate to learn from each other on how to cope with climate change. The focus is on mitigation: reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The objective is for each participating municipality to develop a road map describing a structured approach to achieving the mitigation targets. In addition, consideration is given to the issue of shaping climate adaptation (adapting to climate change) at the municipal and interregional level. The project is funded by the European Union. Tauw consultancy Tauw will provide advice to six Dutch municipalities. Its services will vary per municipality, since each has its own ambitions and requirements. Tauw will perform CO2 scans, draw up a road map based on a dialogue with stakeholders within the municipality, or provide greater process support. For example by involving local SMEs in climate policy development, or by setting up a climate project in cooperation with the greenhouse industry to further specify municipal climate policies. Tauw is also involved in the learning programme between the municipalities in the two countries. In workshops, conferences and joint pilot projects the municipalities explore obstacles and opportunities in order to find feasible, inspiring solutions. Innovations are crucial in this respect. Not only in terms of sustainable technology, but also social innovations, such as alternative funding structures. How can you, given the financial downturn, achieve climate ambitions and projects and which role does the municipality have to play?index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. seminars Thermal In Situ Soil Remediation in Frankfurt and ParisTauw, together with Krüger from Denmark and Terratherm from USA organized two seminars on Thermal remediation in April in Königstein near Frankfurt and in Paris. The seminars were attended by some 30 clients, who were enthusiastic about the potentials of Thermal remediation as a cost-effective technique. Thermal treatment includes application of heat to the subsurface and transporting the mobilized contaminants to a treatment system for destruction or recovery of contaminants for storage and disposal. Thermal techniques can handle a large variety or organic compounds in each geological setting. Since 2010 Terratherm, Kr&uuml;ger and Tauw organize seminars to provide clients with information on Thermal In Situ Remediation. Following earlier seminars in Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, this year the seminars were organized for clients located in the Germany and France. The clients represented organizations varying from multinational industries to governments and legislating authorities. Seminars Frankfurt and Paris Purpose of the symposium is to provide clients in the possibilities of thermal techniques. Maybe more important, with the information obtained in these seminars, they are able to ask the right questions when Thermal In Situ Remediation is proposed as a potential measure to remediate their impacted sites. The audience learned about the basics of the different thermal in situ soil remediation techniques. A number of cases were presented providing details on the remediation of different contaminants ranging from low boiling volatile organic compounds (PCE, TCE etc.) to high boiling, persistent&nbsp; contaminants such as dioxins in different geological settings (sand, clay, peat, stratified soils and fractured rock). Also costs aspects, performance and uncertainties were discussed that go with the design and application of the different techniques. Thermal remediation is a niche in soil remediation. Tauw has proved to be a key player in this field.&nbsp;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. strengthens financial position in turbulent yearThe 2012 annual results published today reveal that Tauw Group suffered a net loss of EUR 3 million (after taxes), while achieving an increase in turnover of 1.1% to EUR 114.2 million. To strengthen its financial and market positions, 2012 saw the consulting and engineering company setting out a new strategy, restructuring its operations and cutting its workforce in the Netherlands and Spain, while initiating talks with financiers.In the Netherlands, Tauw saw its turnover rise by 2.2% to EUR 85.4 million, while reporting a loss of EUR 3.6 million (after taxes). In Germany, Belgium and Italy profits were reported, while France and Spain also sustained losses. Decline in demand In 2012, Tauw Group appointed Mrs. Annemieke Nijhof MBA as new CEO. The former Director General for Water of the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment believes that the decline in demand from government authorities played a major role in the downtrend in the Netherlands: &ldquo;Tauw had to cut back in the Netherlands in order to balance capacity with the declining demand from our government clients. The mid-year financial results in 2012 forced us to reconsider Tauw&rsquo;s future. A new strategy has been developed and a business review entitled &lsquo;BeterTauw&rsquo; (Better Tauw) has been carried out. This review will also be carried out in other country organisations in 2013. Based on, among other things, the business review, we have implemented the necessary measures in the Dutch organisation. We were forced, much to our regret, to dismiss more than 80 colleagues, who have all contributed to Tauw&rsquo;s development in the past.&rdquo; Year of transition Tauw regards 2013 as a year of transition. The first results of the new strategy are already visible in the Netherlands, such as a major decrease in overhead and other costs. In order to cope with the challenging market conditions, the company is focusing on further professionalisation of the commercial process and financial project management.Towards the end of 2012, Tauw initiated talks with financiers in order to strengthen the company&rsquo;s financial position. Tauw&rsquo;s Executive Board expects to conclude these talks with a positive result shortly. Annual report Tauw Group&rsquo;s full annual report can be found at; the annual report of Tauw Netherlands at,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. is helping to clean up sites contaminated with POP pesticides in VietnamThe Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Vietnam has started a pilot project to cleanup a large number of sites contaminated with POP pesticides. Tauw assists in coordinating the cleanup activities.The highly contaminated soil and POP pesticides waste/residues used to be stored in concrete bunkers, pits, and, occasionally, in stores. In order to gain experience, 9 sites will be cleared during the pilot, which will involve digging up, packing and finally the destruction of approximately 1,000 tonnes of highly contaminated soil and pure POP pesticides, waste/residues.The project is funded by the World Bank / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is carried out by a Project Management Unit (PMU), established for this purpose, within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam. Tauw&rsquo;s role Tauw is the PMU&rsquo;s technical advisor. The actual cleanup of the sites started on 10 June. Tauw is present in Vietnam to ensure the cleanup activities run smoothly. Among other things, Tauw is assisting the PMU in the execution of the project and performing environmental and safety supervision during the work. POPs From the 1950s to the 1970s, large amounts of POP pesticides were used around the world to increase food production. POP pesticides were widely used in agriculture, but they are the beginning of this century banned in many countries. This has led to storage of large amounts of POP pesticides, which have not always been treated and stored in the right way. This poses a great threat to the surrounding environment and people&rsquo;s health.Tauw is active globally in the inventory and cleanup of stock POP pesticides and the remediation of POP pesticides contaminated sites. Together with (local) authorities we work towards safe storage and destruction of these toxic substances and remediation of contaminated sites. In addition, we provide training for governments (capacity building) within the context of the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs.The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) entered into force on 17 May 2004. A large number of Countries are now party to this Convention. The Convention started to imposes a worldwide ban on the production and trade in eight pesticides (aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex and toxaphene), two industrial chemicals (hexachlorobenzene and PCBs) and two by-products of incineration processes (dioxins and furans) from 2004 onwards. These substances are designated as POPs, are toxic and can be transported over great distances through the air or water. POPs can cause adverse effects on the environment and health because they accumulate in organisms. This can result in cancer, sterility and disruption of the immune system.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. wins ExxonMobil Safety AwardAt the annual Safety Day for contractors of ExxonMobil, Tauw was presented with the Safety Award for Flawless Execution: one year without any corporate reportable injury or illness. In the Netherlands and Belgium Tauw has been one of ExxonMobil&rsquo;s contractors in the area of soil consultancy since 2006. As an oil company, ExxonMobil applies strict safety measures. It is not for nothing that ExxonMobil&rsquo;s statement is 'Making safety a way of life!&rsquo;.2012 was the best year to date for ExxonMobil in terms of safety, with the lowest number of incidents. Last year, Tauw put in nearly 19,000 working hours for ExxonMobil without a single incident!index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. street painters visualise watercourse in 3DDuring the transformation of a district in Wijk bij Duurstede, a medium-sized town in the Netherlands, a street was transformed into a watercourse. Water attracts people and enhances spatial quality in the district and its surrounding area. Recently, three world-famous street painters set to work to give local residents an idea of what the watercourse will look like. A Tauw idea. Street painters Local residents and other interested parties watched as the street artists depicted the watercourse in 3D, with banks and adjacent pavements, and including some surprising elements. The three street painters are affiliated with Planet Streetpainting, a global network of street artists. The result was a colourful three-dimensional representation, rendered as accurately as possible, which attracted a great deal of attention. The zone with the watercourse will act as an important pedestrian route through the district and provide a meeting place for young and old. Design of the watercourse In a nearby information centre, residents could express their wishes and suggestions, so that these can be taken into account in the design of the watercourse. Tauw was present, together with the local authority, to answer questions. A number of elements had already been determined, such as a pavement on both sides of the watercourse. &lsquo;Residents already pictured themselves sitting by the waterside in summer or putting on ice-skates in winter&rsquo;, says Eveline de Kock, landscape architect at Tauw. &lsquo;But we also listened to concerns about safety and a shortage of parking.&rsquo;For this project, Tauw is responsible for executing the entire design process in accordance with Prince2, from sketch and definition phase (including substantive studies) to the final design and specifications. Other aspects in the area of safety and health are also taken into account.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.‘natural-catch’-entry-wins-nicole-technology-award-2013.html3131Tauw ‘Natural Catch’ entry wins NICOLE Technology Award 2013During the Namur NICOLE workshop, Tauw was declared winner of the NICOLE Technology Award 2013 with ‘The Natural Catch project: decontamination by means of natural or reusable/recycled materials’. NICOLE NICOLE (Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe) is a European network for the sustainable soil management of industrial sites for industry, academia and consultancy engineering companies. This network created the NICOLE Technology Award to promote technical innovations for risk-oriented and sustainable soil management. The Natural Catch The Tauw entry &lsquo;The Natural Catch&rsquo; is based on the Kanaalpolder project in Zeeland, where a landfill site containing chemical waste &ndash; including chloroethane, dichloroethane, monochlorobenzene and ethylbenzene &ndash; poses a risk for the migration of contamination via ground water. By applying the purifying force of (modified) peat as a natural filter material in a draining ditch in which aerobic and photochemical degradation takes place (Natural Catch) Tauw succeeded in achieving a purification efficiency of 93% - 100% in a pilot study.The purifying power of peat, or of another suitable biologically stable natural material, lies in the adsorbent power of these materials. As a result, components that are less mobile are fixed and components that are mobile are retarded and buffered which prevents shock loading of the micro-organisms in the surface water of the ring ditch. In addition it is an excellent binding material for the required micro-organisms.Advantages of the Natural Catch concept in relation to other purification techniques are the limited operational and maintenance costs, the long storage life and less CO2 emissions.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Arnz appointed to Executive Board Tauw GroupRoland Arnz, general manager for Tauw in Germany, has been appointed as a member of the Executive Board of Tauw Group as of January 1st, 2014. Together with CEO Annemieke Nijhof he will take responsibility for managing Tauw Group.The appointment of Roland Arnz to the Executive Board is in line with Tauw&rsquo;s ambition to strengthen its position as a European consultant for environment and sustainability, with a strong focus on the industrial sector. Focus points for Arnz will be the cooperation between Tauw offices across countries and the strenghtening of international partnerships. Arnz will oversee Tauw activities in France, Germany and Spain, as well as the supporting staff departments Marketing &amp; Communication and IT &amp; Facilities.Roland Arnz, PhD, started his career with Tauw in 1995. He was responsible for successful growth strategies in Germany, through business development, expansion of markets and offices, and takeovers. His experience with multinational clients will help Tauw achieve its growth ambition in the industrial markets. For Tauw GmbH in Germany, Arnz will hand over his responsibilities as country director to Katharina Jankowicz, member of the management for Germany.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. supervises POPs pesticides projects in VietnamSince 2010 Tauw has been making good headway in Vietnam, where it supervises Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) projects. The Tauw project team, led by Boudewijn Fokke, has now started its third major project.In Vietnam it is estimated that more than 3,000 locations are contaminated with POPs. As a party to the Stockholm Convention, Vietnam has drawn up a National Implementation Plan (NIP) containing a work plan for the elimination of the human and ecological risks caused by these contaminated locations. The Global Environmental Fund (GEF) supports Vietnam by making funds available for the execution of projects as part of the implementation of the NIP. The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) for Vietnam is the organisation responsible for managing and spending these funds. The implementing organisation is the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). Review: first project in 2010 In September 2010 Tauw landed the first UNDP POPs pesticides project in Vietnam. This was a brief mission to prepare a detailed programme for the UNDP. This programme has the following three components:1. Improving the capacity of various local authorities involved in the implementation of the NIP in relation to the elimination of old stockpiles of POPs pesticides and the remediation of contaminated sites2. Remedying five sites contaminated with POPs pesticides, including the destruction of 1,140 tonnes of POPs pesticides3. Improving enforcement of the ban on imports and the use of illegal POPs pesticides Second project After a successful tender procedure, Tauw signed a second contract with the UNDP in August 2011. This is the follow-up project &lsquo;Consultancy Services of building capacity to eliminate POPs pesticides stockpiles in Vietnam&rsquo;. The objective of this project is to support MONRE in the implementation of the first two project components mentioned above. This project started in October 2011 and will be concluded in November 2014. Third assignment Since October 2013 Tauw&rsquo;s Project Manager Boudewijn Fokke has strengthened the Vietnamese MONRE&rsquo;s POPs pesticides project team as Visiting Senior Technical Expert. This third assignment consists of five missions of 22 days each. This project will also be concluded in November 2014. Project team Vietnam The Tauw staff involved include Berto Collet, Matthijs Bouwknegt, Guido van de Coterlet and Boudewijn Fokke. The Vietnamese project team consists of two local technical consultants, the project leader, a financial assistant and two secretaries. The project&rsquo;s working language is English and the project documents are translated into Vietnamese. The project office is located in a suburb of Hanoi. The project locations are mostly in the centre of Vietnam and the field work involves a lot of travelling. Activities Tauw has organised various training courses. Ten contaminated sites have been investigated. Post-remediation soil values have been developed and a manual is being written for investigating and remedying sites contaminated with POPs pesticides. Furthermore, legal advice has been given with regard to the execution of soil remediation projects. In addition, Tauw supervises various soil remediation projects.Boudewijn Fokke is also a member of a UNDP assessment panel which assesses the international and national tenders for, among other things, the destruction of the 1,140 tonnes of POPs pesticides and various soil remediation projects. POPS pesticides Until the end of the 1970s large amounts of POPs pesticides were used throughout the world as pesticides in agriculture. This led to the build-up of large amounts of POPs pesticides, which have not always been properly treated and stored. This has created a significant threat to the environment and human health.Tauw is operating globally in identifying POPs pesticides and remedying sites contaminated with POPs pesticides. Together with (local) authorities, we work on safe storage and destruction of these toxic substances and remedying contaminated sites. In addition, we provide training courses to governments (capacity building) as part of the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. General Managers for Tauw Germany and Tauw IberiaKatharina Jankowicz is the new General Manager for Tauw Germany. She takes over Roland Arnz’s position, who was appointed as a member of the Executive Board of Tauw Group. Together with Arnz she represented the management of Tauw Germany since 2008. During this time she was responsible for the offices in Berlin, Regensburg and Moers. Manuel Villarrubia is the new General Manager of Tauw Iberia. He takes over this position from Bram de Borst, who was the interim manager for Tauw Iberia since september 2013. Manuel Villarrubia has a broad experience of more than 25 years in the environmental field, during his last job as Director of Water and Environment at Ayesa, a large Spanish contracting engineering company.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Belgium selected as fast-growing company in the Province of Vlaams-BrabantEvery year the financial-economic magazine Trends selects and rewards the 200 fastest-growing companies per province in Belgium, out of 700 nominated companies. For the second year in a row, Tauw Belgium is selected as 'Trends Gazelle' in the province of Vlaams-Brabant in the category of medium sized companies.Trends Gazelles are companies who make a significant contribution to the economic dynamism of their region, provide employment and bring innovation in their market. These Trends Gazelles are an inspiring role model for other firms and symbolize competitive entrepreneurship.Tauw Belgium is ranked number 41 in the list of the fastest-growing companies thanks to our growth in turnover, cash flow and staff during the period 2008-2012.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. 20 years of Tauw Belgium20 years ago, on the 31st of March 1994, Tauw Belgium was founded under the name Tauw Environment, environmental consultant. Today we count almost 70 employees and can claim that 9 out of the 10 largest Belgian companies have become our customers!In 1991, Tauw started its international expansion from The Netherlands. First in Germany and later on in Belgium. In 1994, the first Belgian office was opened in Flanders. Today Tauw Belgium has become a leading environmental consultancy firm in the three Belgian Regions (Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia).Our customers choose for our service, our drive for innovation and our expertise.Does Tauw Belgium want to continue its growth?'During the last two years, Tauw Belgium was nominated as Trends Gazelle, indicating that we belong to the fastest growing companies in Belgium. This is the result of a determined strategy of sustainable development', says managing director ir. Herve Keirsse. 'Together with Tauw Group and through a thorough market orientation, we are positioning ourselves as a strong European player in environmental consultancy and sustainable development. Our services and innovative power are seamlessly meeting our customer's needs.'20 years Tauw Belgium will not pass unnoticed. Various activities will bring employees and customers together in the course of this lustrum year.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. sees strong increase in profits in 2013The annual returns covering 2013 published today show that profits for Tauw Group rose to EUR 1.6 million (pre-tax). In 2012 the business made a net loss of EUR 3 million. Turnover decreased by 6.7 per cent in 2013 to EUR 106.5 million.Despite a decrease in turnover in the Netherlands to EUR 78.3 million (2012: 85.4 million), the company made a profit of EUR 1.4 million (pre-tax) in its home country. A profit was also made in Germany, Belgium and Italy, while a loss was made in France and Spain. Positive feeling &ldquo;I feel positive about 2013,&rdquo; says Annemieke Nijhof, CEO of Tauw Group. &ldquo;It was a year of change and investment which eventually resulted in a modest profit. An important factor was the confidence shown by the banks in our company and the participation of Wadinko, which acquired 25% of the Tauw Group shares last year. This offers scope for investment, and that is also what we do, in people, in projects, in innovation.&rdquo;In 2013 Tauw put the emphasis on improving project management and being customer-oriented. Annemieke Nijhof: &ldquo;Last year we worked hard to implement the changes and we haven&rsquo;t finished yet. Project management and putting the customer centre-stage remain major points of special interest in the time to come. In addition we see possibilities for growth, both inside and outside the Netherlands. The fact that we&rsquo;re confident about this is evident among other things from the takeover of consultancy firms Steam in Italy and Atriv&eacute; in the Netherlands, as well as the set-up of a trainee programme that started in March this year with 14 young talents.&rdquo; Takeover of Steam and Atriv&eacute; Italian environmental and energy consulting company Steam was acquired in October 2013. Thanks to this acquisition Tauw Italia expands its know-how in the fields of environmental permitting and advanced environmental modelling, and improves its market position in the consultancy for the Italian energy market.The takeover of Atriv&eacute; was confirmed earlier this month. Tauw wants to strengthen its position in urban territorial development and housing corporations in the Netherlands by acquiring the Utrecht engineering consultancy firm. Atriv&eacute; (35 employees) is now a full Tauw subsidiary and will carry on as an independent brand with its own portfolio.Tauw will remain focused on the expansion of foreign activities in the industrial market and improving the returns on activities in France and Spain. Annual report You can find the complete Tauw Group annual report at,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Service Agreement extension with PhilipsPhilips has extended its ‘Master Service Agreement 2014-2015’ with Tauw for another two years. The contract involves a range of consultancy activities in various countries in the field of Environmental Site Assessments, soil surveys and soil remediation, as well as consultancy within the scope of demolition work (decommission survey).This contract constitutes the continuation of our long-standing working relationship with Philips of more than 15 years. For many years Tauw has carried out projects for Philips in the various Tauw countries (the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Spain), and increasingly in Brazil. The new contract also includes other countries such as Poland, India and China.&nbsp;&lsquo;We are pleased with the trust that Philips has placed in our sustainable solutions with regard to the complex environmental portfolio and we see this contract as a fine challenge to demonstrate Tauw at its best&rsquo;, says Laurent Bakker, international account manager at Tauw.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. milestone: The ASML Netherlands obtained a new environmental permitASML, the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, successfully obtained a new environmental permit for their Veldhoven headquarter Campus in the Netherlands on June 11, 2014. Tauw provided a team that, in close cooperation with ASML, prepared the permit application and managed the permitting process.Dutch environmental law requires companies that conduct industrial activities to operate under an environmental permit. Such a permit provides for a regulatory framework in which industries are allowed to perform their activities. Expansion of the Campus Due to a solid expansion of the ASML Campus in recent years, the existing environmental permit appeared no longer sufficient to cover the existing operations properly. Further expansion of the ASML Campus was also not possible within the framework of the old environmental permit, whereas ASML is having ambitious plans for further development of their Campus. In consultation with the local authorities it was therefore decided to apply for a new environmental permit. After a process of a year, it has now been successfully obtained. One permit for the future &ldquo;What is so special about the new environmental permit is that it provides a broad framework allowing ASML to continue its current activities on the one hand and providing absolutely necessary flexibility to expand operations in the future on the other hand. And such expansion can be proceeded without having to obtain any further permits,&rdquo; says Jan Willem Hoezen of Tauw, who has been involved in this project from the start. &ldquo;Obtaining this new environmental permit is a major achievement and a great benefit for a company that constantly has to be prepared for volatile market conditions.&rdquo;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. becomes sponsor of Amref Flying DoctorsTauw signed a 3-year sponsorship contract with Amref Flying Doctors on 13 June, thus supporting a water project in Kenya. Amref Amref Flying Doctors was founded over 55 years ago and has grown to become the most important health organisation in Africa. Amref aims to structurally improve the health of the most vulnerable population groups in Africa to enable them to escape from poverty and to improve their standard of living. Tauw Contribution During the first two years the Amref contribution will be earmarked for 'Clean drinking water and healthy Masai in Kajiado, Kenya'. This project focusses on the reduction in the number of water and sanitation-related diseases among the Masai by improving access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities. This project will enable approximately 50,000 people to gain access to safe water and about 16,500 people will have access to sanitary facilities. These people will also receive training on personal hygiene. The programme runs until 2015.More information on Amref at,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. assessment for the possible restriction of lead in products on PVC recyclingBecause of the hazardous properties of lead, the use of lead in consumer products is constantly being reduced on a European scale. Lead can often be replaced with other components with less or no hazardous properties at all, therefore the regulation of lead is becoming more and more stringent. VinylPlus has commissioned Tauw to make an impact assessment of the possible restrictions of lead in consumer products. Stringent regulation Stringent regulation aimed at the protection of human health could have an inadvertently effect: Recycling of materials already containing lead could be severely hampered, whereas recycling is a spear point in European environmental policy.One of the materials where this might be an issues is PVC. This plastic can be stabilized with lead in order to make it resistant to high temperatures and UV radiation. The European PVC industry has taken on a commitment to phase out intentionally added lead stabilizer by the end of 2015. Because of the long lifespan of PVC products the PVC waste arising nowadays might contain lead. Recycling of the PVC waste will bring lead in new products. Tauw&rsquo;s role VinylPlus has commissioned Tauw to make an impact assessment of the possible restrictions of lead in consumer products. The assessment looked at the possible regulations and the effect these regulations might have on&bull; Gross value added&bull; Loss or increase of jobs&bull; Effect on the human health as a result of exposure to lead&bull; Greenhouse gas emissions&bull; Primary energy consumption&bull; Raw materials consumption&bull; Distribution over waste disposal options.Input for the calculation of these variables was collected through literature study and interviews with experts in the PVC production and recycling industry. Conclusion The study shows that a total ban of lead in new products would result in a collapse of PVC recycling in Europe. This will lead to loss of jobs, and added value, as well as make a negative impact on the environment, while human health isn&rsquo;t affected because of recycled materials. Making an exemption for recycled materials in building materials will negate most of the negative consequences of such regulation.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. from DuPont for 5.000 hours without injuriesDuring DuPont’s global quarterly safety meeting in September, Tauw was recognized for their safe and flawless execution of work at the remediation site of DuPont in Bolzano, Italy. The Tauw team and the contractor (Vitali S.p.A.) were congratulated by DuPont for their achievement of working 5.000 hours without incidents or injuries. Since 2012, a team of Tauw Italy has been engaged in the supervision, sampling and remediation management of the demolition and excavation of above mentioned legacy site of DuPont in Bolzano. During the project:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 75,000 cubic yards of structures were demolished&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 20,000 tons of rubble from the structures were removed&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 20,000 tons of soil and buried rubble were excavatedSpecific project challenges included the limited working area and the excavation depth of 9 meters.During the global safety meeting, DuPont's Project Director Markus Ackermann took the opportunity to comprehensively explain the project to an audience of some 180 DuPont staff and representatives of service providers. The recognition was well received by the DuPont global remediation safety management, which is a great compliment to the Tauw Italy project team.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. framework contract for Port of Rotterdam sediment assessmentTauw has landed a new framework contract for performing sediment assessments for the Port of Rotterdam during the next 3 years, from 2015 up to and including 2017. After a European tender process two of the ten interested market parties have now been awarded the final contract. Port vision &ldquo;The expectation is that in the next few years many sediment assessments will be required,&rdquo; says contract manager Remco Pikaar. &ldquo;In the near future, the ports of Rotterdam and the sea ports of Dordrecht and Vlaardingen must be accessible for increasingly large vessels with deeper draughts. Take, for example, the arrival of the world&rsquo;s largest container ship, the CSCL Globe, or the Pieter Schelte, the world&rsquo;s largest jack-up vessel that can, among other things, transport oil rig constructions in one piece. Both vessels have never been to Rotterdam before. Over the next few years, the Rotterdam Port Authority is investing in revitalising existing port areas.&rdquo; Deepening of Nieuwe Waterweg and Botlekhaven A major priority is accessibility for port-related businesses. An example of this is the Nieuwe Waterweg and Botlekhaven Deepening project. Deepening the Nieuwe Waterweg canal is essential for the desired accessibility of the Botlek port area for larger vessels. At Botlek, 50 million tonnes of cargo are transferred annually. The port must be made suitable for deeper berths: from Panamax-class vessels (maximum draught 13&ndash;14 m) to Aframax-class vessels (maximum draught 15&ndash;16 m).In deepening the Nieuwe Waterweg, approximately 5.5 million cubic metres of sediment which does not yet have a fixed destination, will be dug up. Nautical dredging activities &ldquo;In this project Tauw is currently performing very large-scale sediment assessments,&rdquo; says project advisor Saskia Buijs. &ldquo;Nautical dredging activities require a different approach than regular sediment assessment. Here coordination between policy, the envisaged disposal (with various competent authorities) and the translation into practical implementation plays a crucial role. Other factors also play a role in the port area, such as (extreme) weather conditions, tidal effects, busy shipping traffic and large ships, and the potential presence of undetonated explosives.&rdquo; Buoys and Dolphins project Another project for which we are currently performing sediment assessments is the establishment of several ship-to-ship transfers in the port area. Establishing a total of 22 ship-to-ship transfers will reduce both mooring times of vessels and the burden on the environment at the quays. index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. for renovation of three airports on the Caribbean NetherlandsTauw will be providing advice on the renovation of three airports on the Caribbean Netherlands (the BES islands). Since the establishment of new constitutional relations between the Netherlands and its Caribbean territories in October 2010, the airports of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba have failed to comply with Dutch laws and regulations. The runway, taxiway and apron will be renovated and the control tower in Bonaire will be replaced. In addition, airport lighting will be adjusted and the grounds will be redeveloped at all airports. All this will be done while the airports remain almost fully operational.Tauw will be providing advice in a number of disciplines:&nbsp;&nbsp; - Work preparation&nbsp;&nbsp; - Systems engineering&nbsp;&nbsp; - Risk management&nbsp;&nbsp; - Overall safety&nbsp;&nbsp; - Calamity management&nbsp;&nbsp; - Rainwater storage and drainage&nbsp;&nbsp; - Civil development&nbsp;&nbsp; - Cables and ducts&nbsp;&nbsp; - Process support to subcontractors (SE) Tauw was commissioned by the contractor Van Boekel Zeeland. This contractor bid for the D&amp;C contract which was issued by Rijkswaterstaat (RWS).index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Kliker project completed successfully: on the road to climate neutralityTauw has been involved in providing climate advice for the Euregio Kliker project since 2012. In this project, 6 Dutch and 5 German municipalities in the border region between the cities of Arnhem (NL), Nijmegen (NL) and Duisburg (DE) worked together on dealing with climate change. Completion of the project was recently celebrated in Kleve, Germany.The completion event was attended by the German Environment Minister, the Environment Minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the member of the Provincial Executive for the Dutch province of Gelderland. Kliker The Dutch and German municipalities entered into this partnership to share ideas on how to deal with climate change. The emphasis was on mitigation: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The aim of the project was for every participating municipality to draw up a roadmap detailing how to reach the mitigation targets. Moreover, consideration was given to ways to shape climate adaptation (adapting to climate change) at the municipal and interregional levels. The project was funded by the European Union. Tauw&rsquo;s role In cooperation with the municipalities involved, Tauw prepared the municipal climate policy plans, the so-called climate policy roadmaps. This was done for the Dutch municipalities of Rheden, Wijchen, Overbetuwe, Gennep, Renkum and Lingewaard. In addition, Tauw and Atriv&eacute;, a subsidiary of Tauw, investigated the potential for energy saving in municipal properties. This includes buildings such as town halls, schools, sports halls and community centres.Tauw was also involved in various learning programmes between the municipalities in the two countries, including workshops, working conferences and joint pilot projects aimed at finding feasible and inspiring (innovative) solutions. These not only focussed on sustainable technology, but also on social innovations, such as alternative funding structures. How can you achieve climate goals and projects during a financial downturn and which role can the municipality play?In the coming period, opportunities will be explored for a follow-up, for example in the form of a climate centre in the Euregio. Fine contribution &lsquo;This project has helped participating municipalities to take significant steps on the road to climate neutrality. Policies have been formulated and concrete projects have been initiated, together with amongst others residents, business and schools, to achieve energy savings and facilitate the use of sustainable energy sources. We, Tauw and Atriv&eacute;, have been able to make a fine contribution&rsquo;, concludes Tauw adviser Reinder Siebinga.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Belgium selected as fast-growing company in the Province of Vlaams-BrabantEvery year the financial-economic magazine Trends selects and rewards the 200 fastest-growing companies per province in Belgium, out of 700 nominated companies. For the second year in a row, Tauw Belgium is selected as 'Trends Gazelle' in the province of Vlaams-Brabant in the category of medium sized companies.Tauw Belgium is ranked in the list of the fastest-growing companies thanks to our growth in turnover, cash flow and staff during the period 2009-2013. Trends Gazelles are companies who make a significant contribution to the economic dynamism of their region, provide employment and bring innovation in their market. These Trends Gazelles are an inspiring role model for other firms and symbolize competitive entrepreneurship.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. result for Tauw in 2014: Better operating result in a difficult market“Tauw’s recovery began in 2013 and has continued in 2014”, Annemieke Nijhof, CEO of Tauw Group consulting engineers, concludes. Nijhof: “The changes that we have deployed in recent years are now visible in our annual figures for 2014. Tauw Group closed the financial year with a positive operating result of 1.7 million euros.” The CEO of the Dutch company is proud of the positive developments of the past two years. &ldquo;It confirms that the choices made by Tauw in recent years proved successful for the continuation and improvement of services for our clients. All countries contributed positively to the result. The total turnover amounts to 104 million euros with an operating result of 1.7 million euros. Thus the profit grew slightly compared to the 1.6 million euros from 2013.&rdquo; Fewer costs, more investments The main objective of the current restructuring is sustainable profit growth with a view to continuity. Nijhof: &ldquo;We scored better in the field of tenders thanks to the changes we implemented and we experienced an increase in the volume of work. We are strongly focussed on improving our performance for our customers and we focus on markets where Tauw can make a difference. Think of safety and compliance management for companies. In addition we are reducing our fixed costs. We carried out major cuts in our real estate. We divested square metres and have further improved the sustainability of our offices. The benefits are twofold: we contribute to a better environment and reduce our fixed costs.&rdquo;By cutting costs the company can continue to invest and can face the future with confidence. Major items to invest in are staff development, trend-setting projects and the company&rsquo;s innovative strength, for instance in advanced soil remediation. 2015 In addition to investing in innovations, Nijhoff&rsquo;s main ambition is to further develop the current approach. &ldquo;We keep looking ahead and continue to develop ourselves within our expertise. We will continue to propagate innovations, to carry out great projects and to close 2015 with better results as well.&rdquo;With this course Nijhof wants to further strengthen Tauw in the current economic conditions and in this way be able to face future economic fluctuations. Staff The number of employees fell slightly to 985 (end 2014) representing 902 FTEs. Nijhof is proud of the energetic and motivated attitude of the staff and anticipates an increase in the number of employees. Nijhof: &ldquo;The quality of our service is one-to-one directly proportional to the quality of our employees. This places high demands on Tauw colleagues. Not only where their expertise and professionalism are concerned, but also their motivation and competence to be able to achieve results and provide solutions for our clients. We want to be trailblazers in a world that is constantly changing. This means that employees at Tauw have to continuously develop themselves to deliver added value.&rdquo;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. for Water by AMREF: Tauw provides guest lectures in schoolsIn the week of World Water Day, on 22 March, tens of thousands of pupils all over the Netherlands took part in the Walking for Water event, which is organised every year by AMREF Flying Doctors. Prior to the event, Tauw gave guest lectures in various schools about the importance of clean drinking water to enthuse the pupils for this walk. Walking for Water Primary school pupils walk six kilometres with a backpack containing 6 litres of water. This is a daily task for many of their peers in developing countries. Walking for Water gives pupils in the Netherlands the opportunity to experience what this is like. The children find sponsors for their effort from among their relatives, neighbours and friends. The money raised is spent on AMREF&rsquo;s water and sanitation programme in Kajiado, Kenya, a project sponsored by Tauw. Tauw guest lectures &lsquo;Wow, I didn&rsquo;t know I used so much water in the shower&rsquo;. &lsquo;We also collect rainwater at home, just like Elisa&rsquo;. These and many other surprised comments were made by the pupils attending Tauw&rsquo;s guest lecture. During the lecture, Tauw employees told them about Elisa, a Maasai girl who is able go to school every day, partly because of the well that has been dug in her village. We also talked about trachoma, which may cause blindness if not treated on time. AMREF tackles this problem by training competent nursing staff in the region and improving and increasing water supply. The pupils raised money for this work prior to the charity walk. As guest lecturers we were able to make them even more enthusiastic about this and to teach them about the importance of clean and safe drinking water, both here and in Kenya.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Group strengthens Executive Board with new appointmentOn 1 June 2015, William van Niekerk will join the board of consulting and engineering company Tauw Group. He will be on the two-member Executive Board of Tauw Group bv, led by Annemieke Nijhof. Van Niekerk: “It is an exciting challenge to further develop Tauw.”William van Niekerk (45) is currently Director Corporate Social Responsibility at construction company Royal BAM Group. In this position Van Niekerk is responsible for the corporate social responsibility of BAM worldwide. He previously held the post of Chief Executive Officer at BAM Infraconsult, the engineering company of BAM Group.By appointing Van Niekerk, Tauw has taken an important step towards realising its international ambitions in the area of the company&rsquo;s sustainable development in the international market. This challenge, as he puts it, was a major reason for him to choose Tauw: &ldquo;Tauw has developed into a leading knowledge expert in the fields of water, environment and the built environment. The need for knowledge in these areas is increasing rapidly in the markets in which Tauw operates. It is an exciting challenge to further develop Tauw by providing its clients with even better solutions, which can be supplied from Tauw&rsquo;s international network.&rdquo; International market In his new role Van Niekerk will concentrate on reinforcing Tauw&rsquo;s position in the international market, in which the consulting and engineering company focuses mainly on the industrial sector. According to CEO Annemieke Nijhof, Van Niekerk&rsquo;s knowledge, experience and network are of great value to Tauw: &ldquo;Van Niekerk has a broad background in consultancy, design, construction and sustainable development. With his experience and networks in international markets Tauw will be able to connect even better with its clients. In addition, we share a passion for both the content and the human side of the work.&rdquo;In addition to managing the Business Unit Industry in the Netherlands, Van Niekerk will be responsible for foreign operations. Tauw has offices in Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Nijhof appointed as supervisory board member at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)Annemieke Nijhof, Tauw Group CEO, has been appointed as a supervisory board member for the government at DNB by the Finance Minister Mr. Dijsselbloem as of 1 June 2015.As a member of the supervisory board she forms the link between DNB and the Ministry of Finance. Annemieke Nijhof takes over this role from Wim Kuijken who will become the chairman of the supervisory board as of 1 June.Minister Dijsselbloem expects that Annemieke Nijhof will be able to contribute to the essential debate to the benefit of the authority of and confidence in the sector. &ldquo;She has experience in both the public and the private sector. Her contribution is valuable as she is able to represent both perspectives in the supervisory board.&rdquo;Annemieke Nijhof was Director-General at the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management&nbsp; from 2008 until 2011. Before that she filled various posts at the ministries of Education, Culture &amp; Science, Housing, Spatial Planning &amp; the Environment and General Affairsindex,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.’s-most-sustainable-office-building.html3153OVG Real Estate wins prize for world’s most sustainable office buildingOVG Real Estate recently won the prestigious Sustainable Leadership Award for The Edge, the most sustainable office building in the world according to the BREEAM-NL standard. Tauw supported OVG Real Estate with, amongst other things, preparations of the BREEAM-NL substantiation.The Sustainable Leadership Award is a global prize awarded each year to environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient and socially responsible real estate projects. BREEAM In order to classify the sustainability of a building and its environment, the most commonly used sustainability benchmark in the Netherlands is BREEAM-NL.OVG Real Estate&rsquo;s office building The Edge, situated on the Amsterdam Zuidas, was rated as &lsquo;Outstanding&rsquo;. The building has, according to the assessment of the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the global assessor of sustainable buildings, achieved the highest score ever issued for new buildings.Prior to the construction of The Edge, Tauw prepared the BREEAM-NL substantiation for land use and ecology (LE 1, 3, 4 and 6) and POL 5 and provided ecological supervision (for LE 3 and 4) during construction. We verified that the Flora and Fauna Act was not violated and devised measures - which we checked after implementation - for the benefit of plants and animals, including a green fa&ccedil;ade, oak columns with holes for bees, and nest boxes for house sparrows and swifts.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. starts an international traineeshipIn June, Tauw started recruiting international trainees. In total we are hiring ten trainees (from six different countries) who want to be part of this unique and international adventure. Have you graduated (or are you about to) and do you want to kick-start your career? Apply now! Programme The international traineeship has 4 time periods:- Half a year in country of origin- Three months abroad- Three months abroad- Half a year in country of originBy workshops and training you will get the opportunity to develop continuously, while working international projects. What to expect? Initially you will be given an 18-month contract (for the duration of the traineeship) with the intention of subsequent permanent employment, provided you have successfully completed the trainee programme both to our and to your own satisfaction. You will receive a competitive salary with attractive benefits. And you will of course embark upon a fantastic experience within our international Consulting and Engineering Company!index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Iberia received its SILVER EMAS certificateTAUW Iberia received the EMAS Certificat in the Silver category, as one of the first companies being registered in the Community of Madrid, since 2002.EMAS Registration EMAS Registration (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, according to European Community Eco-Management and Audit Regulation) is a voluntary tool of the European Commission, which enables&nbsp; companies that have implemented a management system to assess manage and improve their environmental impacts and periodically evaluate their performance by declaration verified by independent bodies.In the twentieth anniversary of EMAS Registration, the Community of Madrid Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning has delivered the EMAS certificates issued by the European Commission to Madrid companies who have completed 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of accession to the EMAS environmental management system and audit. Community of Madrid The Community of Madrid wants to recognize the attitude of companies and organizations who persevere in the continuous improvement of its environmental performance that goes beyond compliance with the implementation of environmental management systems, convinced that companies, which are the engine of wealth and job creation, can and must also be leaders improving the environment.In the Community of Madrid 120 companies and institutions may look EMAS logo, which guarantees the reliability of the environmental information they provide, by evidence of exemplary evaluation and management of their environmental performance. Environmental performance "These companies have chosen, the Minister- affirmed, excellence in environmental performance and this places them at the forefront of the changes that are experiencing our production systems and the Spanish society as a whole".In his presentation the Minister highlighted the companies that received EMAS "have shown the sustainability is not an accessory and temporary, but an essential element of its strategic planning, integrated decision making and activity of all the organization. Take care of the environment of a company results in cost savings, branding, attraction and retention of talent, customer loyalty and permanence in the markets."The Minister presented the EMAS certificates to 104 companies in Madrid, one in gold category (over 15 years recorded), 29 in the Silver category (with more than 10 years in the registry) and 74 bronze (5 years EMAS).index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Netherlands helps Rio de Janeiro combat Guanabara Bay pollutionA Dutch consortium of government, companies, knowledge institutes and NGOs has joined forces to help the Brazilians to structurally clean up their polluted bay. On 30 June a small delegation - including Tauw - presented the 'Clean Urban Delta Initiative' to the State Secretary for the Environment of the State of Rio de Janeiro. This collaborative agenda was simultaneously presented to the Brazilian ambassador in The Hague. Contamination of Olympic sites In August major &lsquo;test events' for the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympic water sports venues in Rio de Janeiro are still highly contaminated. Many athletes have expressed their concerns about the 'plastic soup' floating around in Guanabara Bay, and the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the Olympic rowing venue, is also facing environmental problems. The Brazilian authorities are therefore faced with an enormous challenge. They need all the help they can get from abroad. In response to this the Dutch consortium and the Consulate in Rio organised a seminar with Brazilian stakeholders about an integrated and concrete approach in March of this year. As a first step, the Netherlands and the State of Rio de Janeiro concluded a 'Memorandum of Understanding' aimed at monitoring the contamination in the bay. Sustainable approach The Dutch offer is special because of its integrated approach: not just stopgap solutions, but cleaning up as well as working together with the Brazilians to create a circular economy. The waste and sewage that are now causing the contamination no longer have to end up in the bay. Targeted innovative projects can create value from waste and generate new businesses and employment. A good example of a concrete and sustainable approach!The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank are so enthusiastic about the Dutch approach that they would like to help make the proposed approach a success. The 20 concrete and innovative public-private projects that have been proposed require an investment from the Brazilian side, but could eventually generate sufficient value for returns on these investments.Innovative techniques from TauwTauw proposes two innovative techniques that will help in eliminating waste/purifying the water in and around the bay.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A system that quickly and effectively captures plastic waste originating from rivers and inland deltas. The rivers near Guanabara Bay are used as an open sewer and drainage of any waste that is in any way flushable.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A system that should ensure that sewage &ndash; which is discharged in the port of Marina da Gloria (where the Olympics will start) - is guided to the salty, fast-flowing sea water, and that fresh water is driven into the port, creating a current.Both techniques are based on the dredge spoil buffer technique, which is attracting a great deal of interest, both in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world. Role of the Dutch government As initiator and partner in the consortium, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment worked in close cooperation with the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs and the Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro during this process.This initiative ties in well with the efforts of the Dutch government to promote a circular economy and put Dutch knowledge and innovations in this field on the international map.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. risk analyses of POP pesticides in polluted soil using the CALUX methodIn the end of May a scientific article was published about the determination of ecological risks of soil, polluted with POP and other pesticides, using the animal cell tissue- and CALUX method. Boudwijn Fokke, senior project manager at Tauw, is co-writer of this article.The article, written by BioDetection Systems B.V., Witteveen + Bos Consulting Engineers, POPs Environmental Consulting and Tauw B.V., describes the research of the ecological risks of soil in the landfill of Kanibandan (Tajikistan), which is polluted with POP pesticides. The most important conclusions are discussed by the parties in their joint article.A summary of the scientific article, titled &lsquo;Effect-based assessment of persistent organic pollutant and pesticide dumpsite using mammalian CALUX reporter cell lines&rsquo;, is found on Springer Link.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.’s-sediment-storer-and-sediment-settler.html3158Development and installation Tauw’s Sediment Storer & Sediment SettlerMany shallow lakes suffer from accumulation of fine sediment. This sediment build-up is caused by different factors, like shoreline erosion, peat degradation, internal organic production and external inflow or run-off. In order to create lee area’s and improve water quality and clarity, Tauw has developed the ‘Sediment Storer’ and ‘Sediment Settler’. If installed properly, both innovations have proven to be useful in restoring the ecological balance of shallow lakes. The benefits In shallow lakes fine sediment is easily kept in suspension, thereby inhibiting growth of higher order aquatic plants and natural water quality improvement. In the largest protected peaty grassland of Western Europe, the Wormer- and Jisperveld area (The Netherlands), innovative and sustainable measures have been undertaken to reduce hydrodynamics, sediment resuspension and turbidity in order to remediate contaminated sediment, enhance biodiversity and improve water quality. Photograph of Sediment StorerSediment Settler &amp; Sediment Storer Tauw has developed (and built) two types of light weight geotextile constructions, to steer fines and store sediment: the Sediment Settler and Sediment Storer. Both constructions were easy to handle and to install. Despite their low weight, they have proven to be both resilient and strong.First, a pilot was conducted to store 500 cubic meters of sediment behind a Sediment Storer of 50 meters in length. Several weeks after installation of the Sediment Storer in March (2013) vegetation started to develop. By the end of the growing season the sediment top layer was totally covered by a pioneer vegetation of reedmace (Typha), thereby isolating the contaminated sediment underneath and forming a natural cap over the years. Promising results Schematisation of Sediment SettlerIn January 2014 four Sediment Settlers (25 meters each) were placed perpendicular to water currents in order to reduce those and induce settlement of sediment on the lee side. Due to the Sediment Settler, fines transport decreased by 20-40 %. One year after installing the Sediment Settler a few decimeters thick sediment layer had already been formed at its lee side. Even plant species that have disappeared 30 years ago returned on top of the constructions. From pilot to large submerged depots After conducting two successful pilots in 2013, last winter over 2,5 kilometers of geotextile constructions were installed. About 15.000 cubic meters of slightly contaminated sediment was hydraulically dredged and transported to Sediment Stores in order to alter hydrodynamics and induce nature development. By doing so, maintenance costs were minimized and sediment had been beneficially re-used. The project was finalized in April 2015 and the monitoring for the coming years has already started.This project has shown that it is possible to control sediment settling and transport, improving recreational and ecological quality of this wetland area. Nautical bottlenecks were reduced and in lee areas vegetation developed. Dredged material can easily be kept and stored in submerged basins. So, synergies were realized between sediment remediation, water quality improvement, nature restoration and shore line protection.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. manages tender procedure Province of North Brabant concerning Chemie-PackThe winners of the contract for remediating the heavily polluted substrate on the premises of Chemie-Pack are Heijmans and BioSoil. The tender procedure for this project was (co-)managed by Tauw, in collaboration with the Province of North Brabant.The remediation of the Chemie-Pack premises remains a socially and environmentally sensitive project. The fire that raged in January 2011 led to considerable concern and unrest throughout the region of Moerdijk and was given extensive coverage by the media. The demolition of structures above ground, the clearing (by order of the municipality of Moerdijk) of what was left after the fire, as well as the soil remediation, must all be carried out adequately and at affordable costs.The executive parties Heijmans and BioSoil consider the project &ldquo;to be exceptional and challenging, and one that requires a unique combination of underground remediation techniques&rdquo;. Both companies are ready to combine many years of experience in handling remediation projects and microbiological expertise to clear the soil of pollutants. As soon as the contracts have been signed, further preparations will be made by Heijmans and BioSoil to commence work at the beginning of September. Tauw&rsquo;s role Tauw has (co-)managed the entire tender procedure, including selection procedures, negotiations and contracting. Two rounds of dialogue were held during the process. In addition to managing the tender procedure, Tauw provided technical expertise in the area of water treatment technology and (in-situ) soil remediation techniques.Tauw was also extensively involved in various disciplines in dealing with the consequences of the fire that raged on the Chemie-Pack premises. This enabled the organisation to understand the challenges and risks involved in the project, which in turn proved beneficial in managing the tender procedure.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.’s-acquisition-of-bp-pernis-site.html3160Tauw contributes to Koole’s acquisition of BP Pernis siteKoole Terminals brought the aqcuisitioned BP terminal in Pernis into use by the end of July. The former BP site, which was already surrounded by the Koole Tankstorage Minerals B.V. site, has now been incorporated into it. Prior to the acquisition, Tauw was involved in the research which helped establish the acquisition price. Soil investigation Tauw was initially commissioned by BP to perform a soil investigation. The drilling plan, which had been drawn up before the soil investigation was carried out, was approved by both BP and Koole prior to the investigation. BP decided to engage Tauw for this investigation because of our familiarity with the location and the immediate surroundings (historically and recently) and because of our international framework contract with BP Remediation Management for activities within European countries.Based on the results of the investigation and the historical information, Tauw formulated assumptions and boundary conditions for establishing the soil damage. The boundaries conditions and assumptions have been approved by both parties, as a result of which the costs related and involving soil remediation could be determined. Partly due to calculated costs, the deal between Koole and BP was concluded. Various follow-up studies The transfer of the land is now a fact. At the request of Koole &ndash; and with the approval of BP &ndash; Tauw is currently involved in various studies at the former BP terminal and the remaining Koole site.Our activities thus include, for both Koole and for BP, soil and groundwater management plans, baseline soil investigations, remediation-oriented investigations, groundwater monitoring, remediation supervision, nature conservation permit, environmental permits, safety reports (including all supporting documents), emission reports and/or strategic environmental and soil consultancy.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. conducts international EDD for Katoen NatieIn preparation of the acquisition of Dutch logistics company Langen by the Belgian Katoen Natie, Tauw was commissioned to conduct an EDD (Environmental Due Diligence) audit. Tauw Belgium was responsible for the project management and the communication with Katoen Natie about the complex international investigations. All this was done under strict confidentiality and with tight deadlines. All environmental risks under scrutiny In the first stage, experienced Tauw auditors from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Spain simultaneously assessed and reported on the potential environmental risks on all Langen sites. For the Poland office, a local partner was engaged. In the second phase, additional research was performed where needed. The final phase involved preparing a cost estimate associated with the various findings. Tight planning Julie Tegenbos, Project Engineer at Tauw Belgium: &ldquo;The challenge was to have the various phases of the EDD take place within the tight timeframe in all countries at the same time. For example, we only had one week between the order and the report of the first phase. Although this is not unusual for an EDD, it does require a great deal of internal communications and organisation. And it can only succeed if the client also responds quickly to any additional questions. However, the smooth cooperation with Katoen Natie and the efficiency of the entire project team ensured a successful project completion.&rdquo; Concise and comprehensive reports On the basis of various investigations and reports, Katoen Natie was able to obtain a clear picture of the potential environmental risks and the associated costs on the various sites.David Bresseleers, Environmental Manager at Katoen Natie:&ldquo;Katoen Natie has gained extensive experience with acquisitions, but these projects nevertheless remain challenging. We look for reliable partners with an international spread that matches the target. In this project, Tauw was present in the most important countries with a fully-fledged office of their own (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Spain).The issue then is to collect and process a large amount of data in a short period of time in order to provide the management with good advice. Anticipating this Tauw followed a clear structure in their concise but comprehensive reports.During projects of this kind we always try to create trust between all parties involved by assuming a certain openness. Tauw recognised and acted on this in an excellent way, with respect for our interests and the confidential nature of the project".Tauw is proud to have been able to contribute to the positive completion of this acquisition.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.,-ferrara-(italy).html3162Tauw Workshop at Remtech 2015, Ferrara (Italy)Tauw has organized a workshop titled 'Innovative elements and solutions in techniques applied to complex remediation projects' which will take place on September 24th during RemTech 2015, the most specialized event in Italy on contaminated sites remediation and territory requalification.The Tauw event is scheduled on Thursday, September 24th, from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm (B Room) with the following agenda: The use of stable isotopes for dating/origin of contaminants in technical proceedings (Roberto Ferrari, Frank Volkering) Bioremediation applied to industrial sites clean-up (Giovanni Buscone) Sustainability criteria in the evaluation of remediation alternatives (Jentsje de Jong) An example of management of complex remediation cases (Roberto Ferrari) To register for the event please send an e-mail to with your contact details. Tauw/BioSoilIn the Plenary Room instead, in the framework of the conference titled &ldquo;Aquifers remediation technologies&rdquo;, there will be the following presentation by Tauw, in collaboration with BioSoil (Thursday, September 24th, 15.20h): Combination of (anaerobic and aerobic) remediation to treat a complex mixture of contaminants in groundwater. G. Buscone, L. Ledda (Tauw Italia); J. A. Dijk, A. Distante, M. Slooijer (BioSoil BV).Tauw will be present during the exhibition at its Booth n. 39, Pavillon 3. Take a look at the full RemTech 2015 program &gt;&gt;More information about RemTech 2015:,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. CEO Annemieke Nijhof voted Top Woman of the YearAnnemieke Nijhof, CEO of consulting and engineering company Tauw Group, was voted Thursday September 24 Top Woman of the Year 2015.Through this annual election the Foundation's &lsquo;Top woman&rsquo; hopes to adress the persistent misunderstanding that there is not enough female talent available. The election was held this year for the eleventh time.The CEO of Tauw received the award from jury president Pamela Boumeester, Commissioner at Ordina and Heijmans. Nijhof was praised for showing courage in the choices she made and because she successfully steered Tauw through the economic crisis years.The jury also consisted of Nienke Meijer (Top Woman of the year 2014), Thessa Menssen (Top Woman of the year 2013), Onno Verstegen (Member of the Executive Board of Delta Lloyd) and Gerrit Zalm (Chairman of the Board of ABN AMRO). Talents In her speech Nijhof said that it is important to give young talent opportunities and room to grow, and she called on women to use their talents to the fullest. They also called for 'quality through diversity', from her conviction that diversity in an organization leads to better decision making.Nijhof was one of three finalists for this prestigious election. The other two nominees were Manon van Beek (Country Managing Director, Accenture Netherlands) and Frederieke Leeflang (CEO of Boekel NV).Annemieke Nijhof has been CEO of Tauw Group since 2012. She also holds a number of other functions, amongst which Commissioner for drinkwater company Evides and government commissioner at De Nederlandse Bank&nbsp; (Dutch Central Bank).index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.€-64.000-in-sponsored-bicycle-tour-for-amref.html3164Tauw collects € 64.000 in sponsored bicycle tour for Amref From the 10th until the 17th of October, 10 Tauw employees will participate in the Kenya Classic, a six-day sponsored bicycle tour of 400 km through Tanzania and Kenya organized by Amref Flying Doctors. Our Team Tauw has collected EUR 64.000 euro. Kenya Classic Amref Flying Doctors organizes the Amref Kenya Classic, a six-day bicycle tour around the Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Participants have to collect at least EUR 5.500 each to enter this tour. All donations will go to Amref Flying Doctors.A team of ten employees Tauw has committed themselves to this sponsored tour and organized all sorts of activities. With the help of family, friends, co-workers and work-relations, this has resulted in approximately EUR 64.000 in donations for Amref! The current status is available at The Kenya Classic offers not only a sporting challenge, participants will also visit several projects Amref so they can see and experience where the money goes and what Amref achieves. Amref In 2014 Tauw has signed a sponsorship agreement with Amref Flying Doctors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare in Africa. Tauw supports with its sponsoring a project to clean drinking water and improved sanitation in southern Kenya. More information on Amref at &nbsp;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. supports IDI Gazeley with Acquisition of 13 logistics warehouses from Eurindustrial N.V.IDI Gazeley (Brookfield Logistics Properties), a leading global investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, has early October 2015 confirmed the acquisition of a portfolio of 13 logistics warehouses in the Netherlands totaling more than 190,000 SQ M. The deal represents IDI Gazeley’s first investment in the Netherlands and is intended to form the core of a growing logistics platform in the country. 13 proporties The portfolio was acquired from Eurindustrial N.V., a Dutch real estate fund, and includes 13 properties spread across the major logistics hotspots in the Netherlands including Amsterdam, Venlo, and Venray. The assets within the portfolio are currently leased to a variety of leading logistics and distribution companies, including UPS, Syncreon, Canon, and ND Logistics.The total number of assets owned and managed by IDI Gazeley in Europe and China today stands at 1,249 million SQ M with the company now present in seven countries in Europe. Environmental and technical advice IDI Gazeley were advised by DTZ Zadelhoff and legal advice was provided by DLA Piper. Tauw and ChandlerKBS provided environmental and technical advice respectively to IDI Gazeley. The technical teams were directed by Tauw Germany who previously supported IDI Gazeley successfully in acquisitions in Germany. Tauw Netherlands provided a dedicated local team of environmental auditors supported by a pool of technical specialists. Tauw managed to meet the tight deadlines of the project through a dedicated and committed team that succeeded to deliver a solid environmental due diligence assessment.For reference to IDI Gazeley: www.brookfieldlogisticsproperties.comindex,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.‘urban-water-management’-research-results-at-amsterdam-international-water-week.html3166Tauw presents ‘urban water management’ research results at Amsterdam International Water WeekFuture water challenges require innovative and integral solutions. During the Amsterdam International Water Week (2 to 6 November) water will therefore be linked to themes such as food, energy and spatial planning. Tauw’s contribution will involve presentations about multifaceted research in the field of water in cities: ‘urban water management’. Inspiring presentations The central theme of this year&rsquo;s Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) is &lsquo;Integrated solutions for a circular economy and resilient cities&rsquo;. Tauw employees will share their ideas during six inspiring presentations. These will include Jeroen Kluck&rsquo;s presentation on the analysis of the risks of a cloudburst in Amsterdam with the CLOUDS model, and Floris Boogaard, who, together with researchers from UK, Germany and Australia, will present the results of research into vegetated wadis, permeable surfacing and the influence of floating constructions on water quality. Partners Tauw clients and collaborative partners will also present results of studies in which Tauw was involved as a partner. One of them is Jonathan Tipping, teacher at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen and researcher in Floris Boogaard&rsquo;s team. He will demonstrate innovative rainwater solutions using the web tool The Climate Scan is a result of Tauw&rsquo;s project on the influence of floating constructions on water quality. Amsterdam International Water Week The AIWW has an extensive programme, including the AIWW conference, the Aquatech Trade Exhibition, the Sarphati Sanitation Awards and a programme for young water professionals. For more information about the AIWW, go to Publications 1.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Kluck J., Boogaard F.C., Goedbloed D., Claassen M. Storm Water Flooding Amsterdam, from a quick Scan analyses to an action plan, International Water Week 2015, Amsterdam. 2.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lucke T, Dierkes C., Boogaard F.C. Investigation into the long-term stormwater pollution removal efficiency of bioretention systems, International Water Week 2015, Amsterdam. 3.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Boogaard F. Lucke T., Dierkes C., International long-term efficiency of stormwater infiltration by permeable pavement, International Water Week 2015, Amsterdam. 4.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Tipping J., Boogaard F. Lucke T., Duffy A., the development of a web-based map application to encourage knowledge-sharing of climate-proofing and urban resilient projects, International Water Week 2015, Amsterdam. 5.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;de Lima R. L. P., Boogaard F. C., de Graaf. R. E. Innovative dynamic water quality and ecology monitoring to assess about floating urbanization environmental impacts and opportunities, International Water Week 2015, Amsterdam. 6.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Foka E., Lima R, Sazonov V, de Graaf R., Boogaard F., Rutten M., van de Giessen N., Measuring the effect of floating houses on dissolved oxygen levels: Harnaschpolder, Delft, International Water Week 2015, Amsterdam. index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. New technologies for environmental data collectionWebinar: New technologies for environmental data collectionLearn about new technologies that can be used for data collection, helping to reduce your company’s total cost of ownership. index,follow 2 - test webinar Webinar: Incident prevention during soil investigation & remediationLearn about new technologies that can be used data collection, helping to reduce your company’s total cost of ownership.noindex,nofollow Incident prevention during soil investigation & remediationWebinar: Incident prevention during soil investigation & remediationLearn about new technologies that can be used data collection, helping to reduce your company’s total cost of ownership.noindex,nofollow you for subscribing to this webinarWe have received your data in good order. Within a few minutes you will receive a confirmation email containing the information you have entered. You will receive additional information shortly.index,follow environmental profile pays off for TauwDistinctive environmental profile pays off for TauwSuccessful 2019 buffers European environmental consultant against effects of Coronaindex,followDeventer, April 20, 2020 &ndash; Tauw Group B.V., the European Environmental Consultancy firm, again achieved excellent financial results in 2019. The Tauw Group&rsquo;s turnover grew by 7%, from EUR 129 million in 2018 to EUR 138 million in 2019, which was driven by all countries. EBITDA increased by 18% to EUR 8.5 million. To further strengthen its position as a European environmental consultant, Tauw invested heavily in the Group-wide development and implementation of data-driven environmental solutions. The continuous positive performance offers the environmental consultant a buffer against the predicted negative effects of the Covid-19 virus on the financial results of 2020.&nbsp; The past year was mainly marked by the further strengthening of the Group-wide implementation of strategic programs and the consolidation of its participative leadership. Henrike Branderhorst and Ralph van Roessel, the Board of Tauw Group, are proud of the 2019 results. Van Roessel: &ldquo;In 2019, we found the right balance between improving our profitability and the development and implementation of strategic international programmes on soil and groundwater, sustainability, transactions and Responsible Investment Services, and digital transformation. This balance not only boosted our results in 2019 but also enabled us to take a leap into shaping a futureproof Tauw. This fundament and the inventiveness and flexibility of our people gives us the confidence that we can handle the Corona crisis together.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp; Data-driven solutions The digital transformation of Tauw Group has had the management team&rsquo;s full attention. &ldquo;The fast pace of digitalisation and the development of data-driven environmental solutions is absolutely key for companies like Tauw,&rdquo; says Branderhorst. &ldquo;We are very aware though that collecting and enriching data depends heavily on IT solutions, but the biggest challenge is the human interaction with those solutions. Our success in the long-term depends not only on embracing the right techniques but also on fully engaging our people, clients and stakeholders in these changes.&rdquo; Therefore, she stresses the importance of attracting the right employees. Success in both private and public markets &nbsp; The continued focus on the industrial markets for both consultancy and monitoring activities has proved to be a successful strategy in all Tauw Group countries. Additionally, the new propositions and the sharpened go/no go process in the, mainly Dutch, public sector, has resulted in a strong increase of results in 2019. The Group&rsquo;s turnover grew by 7%, from EUR 129 million in 2018 to EUR 138 million in 2019, driven by all countries. EBITDA increased by 18% to EUR 8.5 million. Net profit improved from EUR 3.8 million in 2018 to EUR 4.5 million in 2019. Cash flow was solid in 2019 and solvency improved with an increase of the equity ratio to 47.3%. &nbsp; Participative leadership 2019 was the third year of the employee participation scheme, which gives all Tauw employees the opportunity to participate in the company. &ldquo;In 2019, much attention has been given to the concept of participative leadership, which is strongly connected to the participation scheme,&rdquo; says Branderhorst. &ldquo;In 2019, the concept of participative leadership was further embedded by empowering non-hierarchical leaders. We are building a positive working environment together, where all kinds of employees with any given background feel welcome and happy and are encouraged to explore the potential of his or her talents.&rdquo; Outlook 2020 Before the Corona virus (Covid-19) derailed the European Market, conditions were positive in 2020 in all market sectors relevant to Tauw and its operations. Nevertheless, the Tauw management team remains optimistic. Van Roessel: &ldquo;Despite the uncertainty and based on current insights and actions already taken to date, we are confident that the Corona crisis is only a temporary setback in realising our long-term ambitions.&rdquo; Branderhorst adds, &ldquo;In the coming years, we want to further strengthen our position in the environmental consultancy market, both in the European private and Dutch public sector. We&rsquo;re pleased to see that our more business-driven attitude and daring approach already has had the desired effect.&rdquo; See also: Infographic annual figures 2019&nbsp;(pdf)<subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><title>Andere projectenBekijk ook deze projectenDo you have a question about this article?Please contact us below. can be contacted digitallyWe can be contacted digitallyTauw is also keeping a close eye on the Corona developments and has taken appropriate measures to combat the spread of the virus. The health of each person is of paramount importance in that respect.Consultations, participatory meetings and presentations will have to take place online. In order to assist you with this, we have a number of digital tools available for various kinds of consultations and working methods. By making use of those tools, meetings and our consultancy work can continue to take place. Some of those tools are standard apps, while others are specific Tauw products. We are making every effort for our customers to have meetings take place and to meet agreed deadlines. Your Tauw contact person can be contacted during normal business hours. The biggest change that we are making is that we will make more use of digital tools to cooperate with you and to carry out the agreements that have been made. If you have any questions or concerns in response to this message or if we are able to provide you with additional assistance, please let us know by contacting your Tauw contact person. This way, we are making every effort together to have your projects continue in as good a manner as possible during these extraordinary times. &nbsp;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts not let Corona put a halt to the tackling of vital societal challengesAll of us have to adapt to the new (Corona) reality. Tauw, as an engineering and consultancy firm, is working hard on this as well. So far, most of our office and other employees are perfectly able to perform their work on projects from home, with a little bit of flexibility and by making use of modern digital tools. That is good news for the society.&nbsp;After all, the many societal challenges that we are working on have not disappeared, even though the Coronavirus currently afflicts the entire world. Climate adaptation, biodiversity loss, the housing shortage as well as the nitrogen and PFAS problems continue to be highly topical problems. Putting these vital challenges on the back burner is therefore unacceptable, even if CO2 emissions have temporarily decreased due to Corona. Unfortunately, even after only a few days Corona already seems to have become a limiting factor in relation to the continuation of the projects in which we are actually providing solutions to the above problems. I am not referring to illness on the part of our consultants and engineers, but to the impact that the Corona measures have on our, mostly public, clients. During the last few days projects have sometimes been suspended in a blind panic, hired staff has been sent home and consultations and meetings, which were scheduled months ago, have been cancelled. Not only is this a crying shame, but it is also completely unnecessary for the most part. Modern and innovative firms such as Tauw, as is undoubtedly also the case for other firms in our sector, have an extensive range of knowledge and tools available to properly hold consultations and coordinate in a non-physical (digital) manner. Coordination meetings via Teams or Skype, residents&rsquo; evenings as a webinar, creative sessions using an app and decision-making on the basis of a digital poll - these are all tools that are available and have already proved their worth in practice during the last couple of years. Now is the time to make use of them in a far broader context. Even if you do not yet have any experience with, for example, Skype or Teams, we would be happy to help you master such tools, so that together we can continue working on important projects and societal challenges. The commissioning organisations in the Netherlands and consultancy firms such as Tauw both have a responsibility to society &ndash; the responsibility to continue to make progress on the above-mentioned topical societal themes as well as to keep the economy going in this difficult time. Together, let us make sure that our projects continue. It might sometimes require a bit of flexibility and some goodwill, but together we are able to ensure, through digital cooperation, the continuation of the projects that our country so desperately needs. Surely, we will not let the awful Coronavirus put a stop to tackling the vital societal challenges?&nbsp;&nbsp;index,followDo you have a question about this article?Please contact us below. project GREENEREU project GREENER index,follow Project&nbsp;detail Period: June 2019 - April 2020Client: Province of Zuid HollandCore team members Tauw: Ewout Vossebeld Sanne de Groot Annet de Bakker Brian Abel Richard Veldkamp Kevin Sakko <subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><content1>Tauw Group participates in the EU-Horizon2020 project 'GREENER - Integrated Systems for Effective Environmental Remediation'. GREENER proposes the development of green, sustainable, efficient, and low-cost solutions for soil/sediment and water bioremediation, by integrating several remediation strategies with innovative bio-electrochemical technologies. The GREENER project will effectively accelerate the remediation time of a range of organic and inorganic pollutants of high concern, while producing useful end-products, such as bioelectricity and/or harmless metabolites of industrial interest. Promising technologies To achieve such an ambitious goal, organisms with high bioremediation ability will be identified and isolated. The influence of physico-chemical factors on the treatment effectiveness will be evaluated and proof-of-concept experiments will be performed to define optimal integrated solutions at the lab-scale. A combination of the most promising technologies will be up-scaled and tested on the field. Finally, life cycle analyses will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the solutions suggested. Participation of Tauw The first year of the project GREENER was recently closed with a very satisfactory participation of Tauw. Among other activities Tauw has provided contaminated soil, sediment, wastewater and groundwater samples from 10 different locations in Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany to our collaborators. The Greener partners are using these samples to develop various bio-based remediation technologies for contaminated soil and water environments that will be upscaled at a later stage. Tauw will play a leading role in the upscaling of technologies for water remediation. It is also expected that Tauw will lead pilot scale demonstration in the field of the most promising technologies for water treatment. The GREENER project team consists of 20 partners from Europe and China. The project GREENER (InteGRated Systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation) is funded over a period of 4 years with a total of EUR 4.5 million, including approximate EUR 310,000 for Tauw. &nbsp;</content1><content2/><title/><subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><title>Questions about this project? viewer - Insight into (aqueous) soil qualitySoil viewer - Insight into (aqueous) soil qualitySoil viewer - Insight into (aqueous) soil qualityindex,followContinuous developments in the living environment and at industrial sites lead to exposure of employees or contractors to soil. Regardless of whether your project involves large-scale new construction or perhaps minor maintenance in the sewage system, having access to information about the situation below the surface that is as up-to-date as possible is always important. Tauw has developed the TEGSIS Soil Viewer to meet this need. The Soil Viewer application can be tailored to your requirements and quickly gives you information about groundwater quality, or the quality of the (aqueous) soil. Information about the soil and construction works We call our platform TEGSIS, which stands for Tauw Enterprise Geographic Site Information System. The TEGSIS Soil Viewer gives you immediate information about general soil quality. You can see which areas require attention and the associated soil surveys and data in just a few clicks. The completed and planned soil activities can be easily and specifically monitored online. In addition, our structured data approach simplifies management and maintenance of your site(s)/area. We collect and import the data required and advise you where necessary. With the Soil Viewer, you can: Quickly look for, select and analyse sampling points; Create theme-based maps; Present monitoring well graphs; View the cross-sectional profiles of boreholes; Download selected data. A simple interface for users The soil viewer&rsquo;s interface is easy to use and available in several languages. You can use the system at both local and corporate level to gain an understanding of the soil situation. The start screen allows you to create an overview map (assessed and approved by BoToVa) based on a simple selection in order to view the data in more detail. For example, data relating to a single sampling point, or data relating to several measurement points. This allows you to browse the location-related information for data that requires your attention. In addition, the Soil Viewer provides functions for generating graphs, reports and maps that can support you when making decisions. Source summary Soil information at a location is often based on data that was previously stored in filing cabinets or in other digital programs. So Soil Viewer includes a summary chart identifying the reports from which the data originates. If the reports are available digitally, they can also be viewed as a PDF document in the browser. Tauw's specialised data managers Tauw's team of specialised data managers is at your disposal. They process data in the Soil Viewer and interpret this data in additional GIS maps and other applications that give you an even better picture of the situation based on the available data. We have many years of experience in processing data in a wide variety of formats.<subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><title>Do you have questions about this tool? a hype or here to stay?Drones: a hype or here to stay? Are drones here to stay or are they a hype? They are relatively easy to use and, in time, may even be able to deliver your pizza. In a new book called ‘Drone Professional 1’, Jasper Schmeits, innovation manager at Tauw, explains how drones are used to collect data every day and what role he believes drones can play in the future.Drone Professional 1 is a book where 16 drone experts from across the globe share their visions concerning the future of drone technology, and provide surprising insights about using drones for day-to-day tasks and commercial purposes. The book is not only ideal for drone professionals, but is also an interesting read for people who are less familiar with drones. Since being published in February, the book is among the top 3 most-downloaded books in the United Kingdom and United States! Daily use for drones Jasper's work at Tauw has allowed him to be involved in various initiatives, developments and applications when it comes to drones. For instance, Tauw regularly performs batch surveys with drones and uses them to create 3D visualisations of specific environments. In this book, Jasper highlights the opportunities and threats of drones, also in relation to existing legislation. Which issues do we encounter when drones are deployed to collect data and, in particular, when this data is used? &lsquo;Hot technology&rsquo;? Jasper also wonders how long we will continue to see drones as a &lsquo;hot technology&rsquo;. &ldquo;I have noticed that other technologies also continue to develop, like smartphone cameras that can be used to create 3D images of objects and spaces. Who knows; perhaps we will soon be able to perform our batch surveys with a smartphone. No matter how innovative it is to perform such surveys from the air using drones, it is still safer and - technology permitting - more efficient to do so on the ground.&rdquo; The book Drone Professional 1 can be downloaded via Amazon (Kindle edition). The printed version will soon also be released in the Netherlands.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. contributes to the World Bank’s Study Tour on Nature-based SolutionsThe Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) organizes a study Tour from 7 to 11 October 2019 on Nature based Solutions for a delegation from the World Bank. As part of the tour a network event took place on 9 October 2019 at the office of Deltares in Delft. Tauw led the delegation on an excursion to the Nassauhaven and Brienenoord Island. 10 october 2019 -&nbsp;The World Bank delegation - consisting of government officials from Albania, Georgia, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria - is keen to meet the Dutch water sector to learn from its work and to discuss various coastal programmes run by the World Bank and its partners. The delegation has a special interest in: Nature based solutions for integrated coastal and riverine flood protection Integration of nature based solutions in spatial planning and design and in coastal change mapping Nature-based Solutions in the urban context. The focus in these areas is on technical solutions as well as governance, operation and monitoring Our contribution On 9 October, Tauw&rsquo;s Lisa de Groot, programme manager of the River as Tidal Park programme, led the delegation on an excursion to the Nassauhaven and Brienenoord Island. The programme aims to replace the stone banks of the New Meuse River with attractive and resilient parkland areas where the river's tidal dynamics can be experienced. Fifteen collaborating parties, including Tauw, are working together to achieve this goal. For more information, see YouTube video (in Dutch): index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts Vaanholt new financial director Tauw GroupRemco Vaanholt [44] will become financial director of Tauw Group bv on 1 November 2019. He will succeed Sander Dijkers, who had temporarily held the position since February 2019 after the departure of Brigitte Hegeman. Before, Vaanholt worked as financial director at the Brink Group, a global player in tow bars. Prior to that, he was head of financial planning and analysis at brewer Grolsch and chartered accountant at EY (formerly Ernst & Young). &ldquo;Remco will be bringing considerable financial and international experience with him. He has a history as chartered accountant and has held several senior financial positions in the private sector&rdquo;, says Ralph van Roessel, Director of the Tauw Group. &ldquo;We have thus gained an excellent business partner who will actively help to improve our profitability, on the one hand, and realise the ambitions of the Tauw Group, on the other hand.&rdquo; Vaanholt is enthusiastic about his new job. &ldquo;Tauw has an appealing business model, which focuses strongly on sustainability. Because of its staff participation, and the accompanying dynamics, it is a very special organisation. As financial director, I am thus looking forward to help realise further growth and development at the Tauw Group.&rdquo; &nbsp;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts from Hollywood: a technological broker of the futureLearning from Hollywood: a technological broker of the futureVarious definitions are currently used for the term &lsquo;engineer&rsquo;. Although a concise definition like &lsquo;Someone who graduates from an engineering university or college&rsquo; might suffice, I feel more comfortable with a more comprehensive definition, like &lsquo;A highly qualified person who uses and develops scientific knowledge to resolve engineering, natural science, technology and organisation-related problems.&rsquo; In engineering firms, various (engineering) specialists work together to jointly devise solutions for existing and new problems. How can engineering firms learn from Hollywood? &nbsp; A good script&nbsp; The film &lsquo;Back to the Future II&rsquo; is a true Hollywood classic, and sees Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) and time traveller Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel from 26 October 1985 to 21 October 2015. They end up in a futuristic world packed with huge TV screens and cars that fly through the air. Most of the future predictions in this film have actually materialised; from smartphones to 3D goggles, and from paying with your fingerprints to video calls. The film even predicted the use of Augmented Reality (AR). Films do not automatically become box office hits if they contain enough action, explosions or erotic scenes. No, films are only successful if the script captures people's imaginations. Am I&nbsp;Dr. Emmett Brown? Hollywood is so successful because writers consider developing trends and theorise how society will adapt to them. This involves combining technological developments in an intelligent manner; like when a car is merged with an aeroplane to create a flying car that is capable of resolving the issue of congested roads. I do not see myself as Emmett Brown, but am convinced that engineers like me examine needs that could be encountered in the future. The trick is to write a good script, and resolve a particular problem using existing technological developments. &nbsp; Sample project VR Experience ScheeresluisFigure 1: Combined data from drone survey with 3D laser scanner, which serves as the basis for the VR Experience at the Scheeresluis. Future needs A good example of this is the script we wrote for the Scheeresluis, under assignment from the Province of Overijssel. When asked to set up a Virtual Reality Experience, we proposed a number of ways in which this data could be used (digitally) in the future. By using a combination of accurate and up-to-date survey information (data from a photographic survey using a drone and a 3D laser scanner), an effective data management system and a transparent process, it was possible to realise output that can be useful in several areas. Besides existing needs for the VR Experience, we can also use the data for future needs, such as: Improving the safety and efficiency of activities (incl. contractors and employees). Improving understanding (incl. employees and the public) and accessibility of information. Improving insight into, and control over, assets within the province. Improving the value of your data by combining sources of information. &nbsp; Sustainability goals Our existing activities are based on trends that were identified in the past, and can range from designing a pumping station to developing soil remediation techniques. During each development, there is a moment when the need becomes apparent and where the engineer writes an effective script aimed at offering a solution. This will also be the case in the future. For instance, for developments that relate to the sustainability goals. The &lsquo;Global Commission on Adaptation&rsquo; (GCA) has concluded that a worldwide investment of 1.8 trillion Euro is needed to protect vulnerable areas against extreme weather conditions. So engineers will have more than enough opportunities to find intelligent solutions! Moving away from old methods If engineers want to write good scripts, they must have an insight into currently available (technological) possibilities or possibilities that are being developed. Technological developments that help to improve our projects must be incorporated into our process. When doing so, we must not be afraid to move away from old (traditional) methods and must have the courage to explore beyond the trodden path. Technological broker of the future I am thus proud to organise our second INNOVA workshop in Milan on 28 November. Besides examining successes of the past, we will take a look at opportunities and risks in the future. Together with customers, we will examine global trends and resulting challenges, as well as issues that are giving people cause for concern. We will also give people a sneak preview of our (technological) solutions, which could prove their worth in this disruptive market. This means increasingly working with partners that specialise in specific areas, and bringing the right parties and technology together at the right time: like a technological broker of the future! &nbsp;index,followDo you have a question about this article? Please contact us below. Tauw GroupGovernance Tauw Group&nbsp;noindex,nofollow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>Management&nbsp;Team The Tauw Board of Directors is responsible for managing Tauw Group bv, including determining the mission, vision, strategy, policy and objectives of the company and the realisation of these objectives. Formation Henrike Branderhorst (1972) Ralph van Roessel (1975)&nbsp; Check this link for our presskit &nbsp;</content></item><item><title/><subtitle/><introtext/><content>Staff Tauw Group&nbsp; Formation R. (Rob) SalmanDirector Staff &nbsp; R. (Remco) Vaanholt&nbsp;Director Finance &nbsp; &nbsp; Supervisory Board The Tauw Supervisory Board supervises strategic policy and the general operations of the company and its affiliates. It is their duty to act in the interests of all stakeholders involved and to safeguard the continued existence of the company. Formation Eline Oudenbroek MSc. (1969) &ndash;&nbsp;Chair End of term: 2023 Other occupations: CEO DOS bv, partner at Custom Management.&nbsp; &nbsp; Ellen Faber LLM (1956) -&nbsp;Member End of term: 2023 Other occupations: member of the Supervisory Board of Goudse Verzekeringen N.V., chairman of the Advisory Board of United Talent and CEO Ellen Faber Verbinding en Leiderschap Bernard Fortuyn MSc. (1954) - Member End of term: 2020 Other occupations: until 1 May 2018 project leader Krachtenbundeling ECN Duurzaam en TNO Energy, from 1 April 2018 member of the Supervisory Council of ECN/NRG, from 1 February 2018 chairman of the Supervisory Board of Gasterra BV, member of the Supervisory Board of Hygear BV, chairman of the Supervisory Council of Stichting Nationaal Centrum voor Wetenschap- en Technologiecommunicatie / NEMO. Wim van Hulsenbeek MSc. RA (1949) - Member End of term: 2022 Other occupations: member of the Supervisory Council of Stichting Kinderopvang Humanitas, member of the Supervisory Council of Toezicht Regio College Zaanstad, Supervisory Director Bangroep Automotive B.V. and member of the Supervisory Council of Koninklijke Nederlandse Jagers Vereniging. &nbsp; Country managers &nbsp; Herv&eacute; KeirsseDirector Belgium &nbsp; Erik Martin&nbsp;&nbsp;Director France&nbsp; &nbsp; Henk SchepersDirector&nbsp;Germany &nbsp; Andrea PaneroDirector Italy &nbsp; Manuel Villarrubia Director Iberia &nbsp; &nbsp;</content></item><item><title>Questions about our Management, Staff or Supervisory Board?Please contact us below project promotes the redevelopment of contaminated sitesTauw, several partners and OVAM are working on the so-called RESENAT (Remediation of residual contamination by using nature-based techniques) project.Tauw and several partners from the Netherlands and Flanders are working on the so-called RESANAT (Remediation of residual contamination by using nature-based techniques) project, which aims to advance the redevelopment of contaminated sites in the Netherlands and Flanders. The project is managed by OVAM (Flemish Public Waste Authority). This challenging project incorporates innovative and sustainable soil & groundwater remediation techniques and is subsidised by Interreg Flanders-Netherlands. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate also contributes as a co-financer.Sustainable innovations Conventional remediation and management techniques are either too costly to be applied in certain situations of soil contamination, consume too much energy and too many materials or require too much ground water. RESANAT applies nature-based remediation techniques, in which plants, micro-organisms, natural materials and processes as well as solar energy are used to control residual pollution. Thanks to these innovative techniques, thousands of sites in the Netherlands and Flanders that are still contaminated with (residual) pollution will in time be made suitable again for sustainable use. This in turn will relieve the burden on the available public space. Natural Catch One of the three pillars on which the project rests is the application of the Natural Catch. This is a remediation technique developed by Tauw in which reactive mats (consisting of geotextile and a natural adsorbent to which contaminated particles adsorb) are used to prevent the outflow of groundwater pollution into the surface water. The natural groundwater flow towards a draining surface water body is used as the driving force. The Natural Catch will be further developed and implemented on full scale by Tauw in collaboration with Envisan (Jan de Nul), iFlux, OVAM, TTE and EnISSA (Witteveen+Bos). More information about this project (website OVAM) &gt;&gt;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts monitoring for international knowledge exchange water quality improvementLiesbeth WilschutOver the past 20 years, water quality in Indonesia has deteriorated due to an increase of water pollution. Research and analysis is needed to identify pollution sources and assess contamination in Indonesian water resources. Water quality management is not yet sufficiently integrated in river basin management in Indonesia, which mainly focuses on water quantity. Three Indonesian and three Dutch organisations have teamed up to support negotiation platforms in order to deal with institutional challenges. These challenges include increasing water quality monitoring capacity, building an enabling environment facilitating sustainable industrial change, and developing an enabling environment in support of community concerns and civil society initiatives. The project Fostering inclusive growth, health and equity by mainstreaming water quality in River Basin Management&rsquo; builds on integrated water quality monitoring and modelling within a framework of social learning. The consortium will be able to build links with civil society groups in close cooperation with local, regional and national Indonesian government institutions to clean the Brantas river and secure income and health for East Java&rsquo;s population, in particular the most vulnerable groups. Since the main monitoring is focussed on water quantity and water quality management is not yet sufficiently integrated in river basin management in Indonesia, this gives oppurtunities to implement innovative cost effective monitoring methods as remote sensing. Innovative monitoring In order to implement &lsquo;tools and training&rsquo; for stakeholders in 2017 some innovative monitoring techniques were introduced to raise awareness and stimulate stakeholder involvement and capacity building. Next to underwater drones equipped with sensors and cameras, satellite images are used as water quality indication. This remote sensing technique presents the spatial variation of chlorophyll and suspended solid levels in the Brantas watershed with a resolution of 20 metres. Additional rainfall and evaporation data is collected by remote sensing. Chlorophyll concentrations A first analyses of the Sentinel-2 images from December 2017 shows that the resolution allows to give an indication of chlorophyll concentration in the Brantas river, near Surabaya city. The first impression of water quality shows that the concentrations increase when the river approaches Surabaya city due to discharge of domestic wastewater and industry outlets. This is because higher nutrients stimulate algae growth in the river. Other tributaries show lower chlorophyll concentrations (see figure below) Added value The Benefit of this method is the possibility to map the water quality over time, over a long time period. Sentinel satellite images are available with a frequency of 10 days and represent a large area (but could be useless on cloudy days). Local sensors can measure with a higher frequency and measure more parameters, but they only measure on one location. Experience learned that these point measurements are often nog cost&nbsp;effective due to data loss and high maintenance. Calibration of data from remote sensing is advised and is being done by underwater drones with mulitprobe sensors and cameras in October 2018. The data and calibration results will be available soon. Remote sensing will be used for monitoring of the efficiency of implemented water quality improvement measures. International knowledge exchange will take place from Best Management Practices from other regions in Asia: India and Philippines. More info: Liesbeth Wilschut,, +31 65 05 14 98 3 and Floris Boogaard,, +31 65 15 56 82 6index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. the unsung European environmental consulting contenderThis article is published in the Environmental Analyst on April 24, 2019.The Dutch player - and founding member of the international CAT Alliance JV - is increasingly emerging from under the radar to claim its stake in the European environmental consulting sector with EC revenues nudging &euro;100m. Environment Analyst gets the lowdown on the release of its latest financial results for 2018. Back story Technisch Adviesbureau van de Unie van Waterschapsbonden, almost certainly better known as Tauw Group BV, is a multidisciplinary consultancy with a history stretching back some nine decades. Translated, its full name translates as Technical Consultancy of the Union of Water Boards.Founded in 1928 in Haarlem, the firm came into being - as its name suggests - on the back of a rising need for independent and technical advice on water management issues just as Dutch water utilities were negotiating the transition from steam pumping stations to electrical powered plants. Since those early days, the now Deventer-headquartered firm&rsquo;s expertise has expanded far beyond the water sector and far beyond the Netherlands too; today it describes itself as "an independent European consulting and engineering company" with a strong focus on the environment, servicing the industry, private equity, real estate and government sectors. With a total workforce of over 1,200 across 27 locations in six countries, it looks to address environmental issues, from strategic consultancy to environmental monitoring, and from on-site technical support to transaction services. In fact, with a broad array of EC services - including environmental monitoring, environmental due diligence and compliance, soil and groundwater, infrastructure, sustainability, site development services - Tauw claims to hold "a top three position" in Europe&rsquo;s environmental consulting sector. With around 650 environmental consultants and EC revenues accounting for around three-quarters of total &euro;129m ($148m) revenues, it&rsquo;s perhaps not an empty claim. EC revenue is reported to have been climbing steadily in the past few years and was approaching &euro;100m last year.There have been some significant milestones along its journey including the establishment of a laboratory in The Hague in the 1950s, and the addition of engineering consultancy services - focused on construction, hydraulic engineering and environmental hygiene - in the 1960s. Then during the 1970s it played a central role in the emergence and development of Dutch environmental policy, and the 1990s saw the company&rsquo;s expansion across the continent with the opening of branches initially in Germany, Belgium and France and later (from 2000) in Italy and Spain. An active M&amp;A strategy too has helped it achieve its current position. In the last five or six years notable purchases have included: German consultants, Lubag and Dr Stupp, Dutch housing consultancy, Atriv&eacute;; Italian environmental and energy consultant, Steam (EA 22-Oct-13); Belgian environmental consultant and soil expert, Geosan NV (EA 16-Aug-16); and Pro Monitoring (formerly part of Eurofins) adding air related areas, including emissions measurements, air quality measurements and workplace measurements (EA 23-Jan-18).But getting to this point hasn&rsquo;t necessarily been straightforward; recent years saw the firm severely challenged by the wider downturn impacting much of Europe, its core stomping ground. Region-wide recession and austerity began to bite just as Annemieke Nijhof took up the role of Tauw CEO back in 2012, notably in the firm&rsquo;s domestic Dutch market when group revenues were that year squeezed by 8%. Undaunted, Nijhof set in motion a recovery strategy (including redundancies), whilst crucially securing the financial help of a local venture capital firm, Wadinko, which took a 25% minority stake in Tauw in 2013. Buffered by Wadinko&rsquo;s backing, the rewards of these efforts quickly began to be felt. In fact, just four years later the firm was sufficiently confident to buy back the minority share held by Wadinko, bringing Tauw once again fully back into the hands of its employees and management. Employee ownership model Now, under its &lsquo;employee participation: participatory leadership&rsquo; structure, all permanent Tauw employees are given five certificates with at least 50% of them independently purchasing additional share certificates. It&rsquo;s a model the firm feels strongly underpins its success: "In our view, this participatory leadership is a very logical choice. Our employees have always felt strongly committed to the Tauw organisation. We achieve our results together and everyone has an equal stake in them."And, building on an 8% revenue hike in 2017, Tauw&rsquo;s most recent financial results are further evidence of the strategy&rsquo;s success with 2018 full year turnover up 9% again to &euro;129m, its best result in its 90-year history. Tauw&rsquo;s domestic Dutch market represents around two-thirds of the total, whilst its wider European operations take the remainder. EBITDA rose to &euro;7.2m in 2018 from &euro;6.0m the prior year, whilst the net result stood at &euro;3.8m up from &euro;3.0m. The FTE staff total at year-end stood at 1,062, up from 1,003 the previous year. With Tauw once again a "proud people-owned company" with a renewed sense of self-belief (bolstered by strengthening financial results), Annemieke Nijhof decided last year to step away from the top role for a well-deserved break. The firm is now looking to the future under the joint CEO leadership of Henrike Branderhorst and Ralph van Roessel who share management responsibility and the company portfolio. International EC standing enhanced through CAT Alliance Environmental consultancy, as already highlighted, represents a defining part of the firm&rsquo;s activities. The c650-strong EC contingent offers expertise on a broad range of areas, including transformation of energy systems, climate change resilience for water management systems, circular economies, biodiversity, environment quality within the built environment, and much more besides. Services around ESG considerations, compliance management and site development are said to have seen an increase in client demand in recent years. What has also grown of late is the EC team&rsquo;s geographic reach and whilst still firmly rooted in Europe (and with no desire to change that in the near future), it does undertake projects on a worldwide basis. Pivotal to achieving that global reach has been Tauw&rsquo;s founding role in the CAT Alliance joint venture established in 2001, together with partners COWI of Denmark and the then Enviros-owned Aspinwall (which has long since disappeared having been itself acquired under several more guises), with the aim of providing environmental due diligence services to multinational clients globally. The alliance was expanded with the addition of US-based Geosyntec in 2014 (EA 10-Jan-14), increasing its scope to 13,000 staff in 50 countries and notably increasing opportunities in the US. And the range of services offered through the Alliance too has grown over the past 15 years including EHS management systems and compliance and related consulting services.As Tauw outlines: "The CAT Alliance has enabled us to quickly assist our customers worldwide, across a range of sectors - including chemicals, energy, food &amp; drink, manufacturing, waste and infrastructure - offering extensive knowledge of environmental laws and regulations." In fact, the Tauw team has worked as far afield as Iran where it helped to design and construct a drinking water installation for the city of Birjand; Surinam where it has undertaken hydrological studies for the Surinaamsche Drinkwatermaatschappij (SWM); and Vietnam where it has assisted the UN Development Programme in the clean-up of pesticides contamination. Last year the team worked on a series of urban climate maps on key regions of South Africa in response to the increasing impact of climate change-related urban flooding and thermal stress in urban areas (EA 17-Jan-18). The firm hopes the initiative will assist local urban planners in the design of sustainable cities in South Africa, whilst drawing on the lessons learnt from pilot studies in three cities Taiwan (Tainan), Thailand (Ayutthaya) and Netherlands (Groningen).Tauw also has strong links with Brazil having formed a partnership with Brazilian environmental services firm, Grupo EPA, last year to further develop a range of environmental services in the country (EA 23-Apr-18). Clear objectives and technological solutions Looking ahead the firm has a clear set of objectives for its core EC operations, in line with its 2020 Tauw Group Strategy, the core thrust of which is to further strengthen its position in Europe.In a nutshell, the firm is aiming for a "sustainable and healthy market position" in Europe&rsquo;s environmental consultancy sector, and its key strategy is based on the following: Focus on the market opportunities in its current six European home countries. [With no intention of opening offices in new countries, projects in the rest of the world will be steered and executed from Tauw&rsquo;s existing locations]; Services must contribute to the spatial quality across urban and industrial environment. All projects must demonstrably deliver sustainable solutions which lead to a better environment; Exclusive focus on those projects which can add value for its clients eg through product leadership, operational excellence or bespoke offerings. A move away from markets where services are seen as commodities and undervalued through fee erosion. Engineering services will remain part of the portfolio but must be part of projects in which it delivers sustainable solutions; Leadership position in data collection, data enrichment and data delivery and use of information technologies to develop new and better services; and Strengthened position in Europe&rsquo;s soil market, across both private and public sector clients, whilst broadening the application of its &lsquo;top knowledge and experience&rsquo; on soil towards &lsquo;land stewardship&rsquo;.Tauw is quite clear of the opportunities ahead: "There is ample room for innovation, employee development and further growth." However, as with the wider environmental consulting industry, it is also aware that digital technologies will be critical to its future success, and that to acquire and maintain its strong position in Europe, it will need to invest heavily in technological solutions: "We believe such investments are necessary in our radically changing environment, which needs sustainable solutions." Indeed the firm is already taking steps in this area, with the establishment of Technology Development Board with a strong focus on data management whilst also assisting in the development and application of new measurement methods including machine learning, drones and XRF (x-ray fluorescence[TJ1] ), and the translation of results with VR/AR.It states: "By adopting a position as business developer, services that are traditionally viewed as consultancy proposals are being transformed into products that combine specialised consultancy with new technologies." It is, it adds, a logical development, given the company&rsquo;s ambition of digital transformation, which is "certain to play a major role in its business development activities for 2019 and beyond". Digital disruptor However, the innovation goes beyond the use of new digital tools and applications, as Tauw is looking to positively disrupt existing business models.Harking back to those early days as it partnered the Dutch water industry through a period of transformation, Tauw is looking at alternative and innovative business practices to better service its clients. In October last year it launched an independent 80-strong business unit of "technical interim staff" called Syntraal (EA 09-Oct-18), which it hopes will answer a growing need in the market for interim professionals in the field of environment, water, civil engineering and safety.Headed by managing director Hans Westerhof, the unit calls upon permanent Tauw professionals with key specialisms on an interim, project-by-project basis, and also brings in freelancers as associates when required. As Tauw says, Syntraal is an alternative approach which "takes labour market flexibility seriously, while maintaining high employment practice standards", offering both individual experts and dedicated teams whilst guaranteeing project continuity thanks to the pool of expert staff at its disposal. Meanwhile, last month the firm launched its Amfius offering. Targeted at local and regional authorities, such as municipalities and water boards, Amfius assists in the extraction of local renewable energy sources and new heating technologies as a replacement for natural gas-fuelled systems, both for heating and cooling public buildings such as swimming pools, schools and care complexes. One project facilitated by Amfius has seen the transfer of residual heat from purified waste water from a local potato processing plant run by C&ecirc;laV&iacute;ta to heat the De Veldkamp swimming pool in the nearby village of Wezep, both cutting gas costs and reducing carbon emissions. It is, as the firm states, "yet another example of transforming its consultants&rsquo; innovative technical thinking power into a new business model, whilst making a substantial contribution to a cleaner and more sustainable world".So, with a clear innovation-driven strategy and a dominant position in its European home ground with 600+ environmental consultants, who knows where Tauw will be in the next nine years &ndash; let alone ninety. &nbsp;index,follow Forum on HCH and Pesticides in SpainFrom 3 to 6 November, international experts on Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) pesticides meet during the 13th International HCH and Pesticides forum in Zaragoza, Spain. The main issue of this Forum is the consequences of mismanagement of Lindane landfills. Tauw as one of the founders of the International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA) actively participates. Hundreds of researchers, experts, environmentalists and country representatives will participate in the event. As one of the founders of the International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA), Tauw actively participates. POP pesticides experts from Tauw present and organize a group of sessions on &lsquo;Sustainable management of POP pesticide contaminated sites and landfills; Transfer of experiences from Bailin (Aragon), Viet Nam and EECCA countries.&rsquo; The sessions Tauw experts present or are involved in, are: &nbsp; &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Experiences with in situ remediation of Hexachlorocyclohexane in soil and groundwater, by Charles Pijls, Tauw &nbsp; &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Session Chaired by Rick Cooke, Man-West, and Boudewijn Fokke, Tauw -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Experience of the HCH Bail&iacute;n landfill dismantling: characteristics of the scenario, control and actions by Pedro de Miguel S&aacute;nchez, Sarga Spain -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sustainable management of POP pesticide contaminated landfills in Armenia and Georgia; &nbsp;by Matthijs Bouwknegt, Tauw -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Situation and management of Cismichioi Landfill in Moldova; by Ion Barbarasa from Ministry Environment Moldova -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sustainable management of contaminated Harbour sludge in Broekpolder in the Netherlands by Anton Roeloffzen from the DCMR Milieudienst, Rijnmond, The Netherlands -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The importance of project management in soil remediation project / POP pesticides landfill rehabilitation projects by Flip Kips, Tauw &nbsp; &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Session chaired by Flip Kips and Pedro de Miguel S&aacute;nchez -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Viet Nam and the progress on sustainable management on sustainable management of POP pesticides contaminated sites by Vinh Hoang Thanh from the &nbsp;Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Recourses and Environment -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Guidelines on the sustainable management of POP pesticides contaminated soil and sites developed in the scope of the UNDP / MONRE POP-pesticides project in Viet Nam by Boudewijn Fokke, Tauw -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Remediation technology demonstrations on dioxin contaminated soil in Vietnam and their potential broader application to POPs contaminated sites byRick Cooke, &nbsp;Man-West Environmental Group Ltd. in Canada -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Collecting, Transporting, Storing and Destructing POP / PCB in Cement Kiln Holcim Vietnam, ARP on behalf of Geocycle, Vietnam by Ed Verhamme &nbsp; &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chair Rick Cooke and Co-chair Flip Kips -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Discussion and closure &nbsp; There is also a poster session, posters related to above sessions are: &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Viet Nam and the progress on sustainable management of POP pesticide contaminated sites from the Ministry of Natural Recourses and Environment (MONRE) in Viet Nam and UNDP &middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A research on the potential enhanced biodegradation of Drin contaminated harbor sludge in the Broekpolder, Vlaardingen (Rotterdam NL) made by Malte Lessmann, Student of the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kamp-Lintfort (Germany) &nbsp; More information on the Forum can be found at www.hchforum.comindex,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.’-market.html16901Tauw captures the Luxembourg’ marketTauw is proud to announce the expansion of our activities to the Luxembourg market.&nbsp;With offices in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain, we operate successfully in an international environment. Our focus for the Luxembourg market will be soil investigations, follow up of soil remediation and air measurements. Our request for Soil accreditation was approved by the Luxembourg Authorities in December 2015. The Air accreditation is expected in the coming months. The development of our activities have already started from our office in Gembloux (Belgium). Projects containing a soil remediation plan and groundwater monitoring for retail stations, and a soil investigation in the scope of an Environmental Due Diligence (EDD), has been launched. The Luxembourg market offers a wide range of opportunities within our line of business. Based on our experience, we expect to create added value to our (future) customers.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Maasai thank TauwTauw sponsors Amref Flying Doctors. The project we sponsor -‘Clean water, healthy Maasai’- was completed at the end of 2015. A good time to look back: what results have been achieved? Of course there is also a new project that is about to be launched: ‘Clean water, a matter for everyone!’ in Addis Abeba, Afar and Oromia (Ethiopia). The project in retrospect Kajiado (a province in Kenya) is an arid area with few sources of safe drinking water. The region is inhabited by the nomadic Maasai who roam the plains with their cattle. The lack of safe water and knowledge about hygiene is the cause of a lot of diseases, in particular among (pregnant) women and young children. This project focused on reducing the number of water and sanitation related diseases among the Maasai by improving access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities. Results The &lsquo;Clean water, healthy Maasai&rsquo; project ran from 2012 until the end of 2015. The results (up to June 2015) Amref has been able to realise with this project, thanks to the financial support of a number of companies including Tauw, are listed below: 45,000 people gained access to safe drinking water thanks to new or repaired water sources. Approximately 80 water committees have been trained in the use, management and protection of the water sources. More than 30 villages have been declared Open Defecation Free (defecation no longer takes place outside). Almost 15,000 people have gained access to sanitary facilities.25 teachers have been trained to give lessons in schools about hygiene and sanitation. 40,000 people have been educated in hygiene and sanitation. Good results, which become really tangible when a local project manager talks about one of the wells which was realized with our financial support. To ensure (financial) sustainability, well users pay a small fee for the water in proportion to usage. This is how the community saves for the upkeep of the well. The poorest families, who cannot afford the fee, do not have to pay. Looking ahead: &lsquo;Clean water: a matter for everyone!&rsquo; The five-year health programme &lsquo;Clean water: a matter for everyone!&rsquo; will be launched in 2016. A lack of drinking water, poor sanitation and waste (living in slums) lead to unhygienic situations in the urban areas of Addis Abeba, Afar and Oromia (Ethiopia). This often results in health problems. Local authorities do not have the financial means or the expertise to tackle the problems. In addition policies frequently fail to be effectively implemented. Amref Flying Doctors will start tackling these problems with the support of Tauw. More than 140,000 people in slums and other poor areas will ultimately benefit from this project that focuses on: Providing information and training on hygiene to children in schools and slum dwellers. Installing and expanding facilities for clean water and sanitation in slums and schools with the assistance of local partners. Training local authority employees and giving them support in their management tasks. Partnering with the local business community and involving citizens in the decision making process. Motivating (and supporting) young people and women to set up sustainable small businesses related to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. For example public showers and toilets. Tauw &amp; Amref Flying Doctors Tauw signed a three-year contract with Amref Flying Doctors in June 2014. This means we have committed ourselves to the Amref water-related programmes. For more information about Amref Flying Doctors and the wonderful projects that they carry out visit,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. assists with development of the waterfront of the Ganges RiverIndian architect bureau Archohm asked Tauw to assist in the development of the Ganges River waterfront in Kanpur, India. For the kick-off meeting a delegation of international Tauw experts travelled to India.The city of Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh province) is not facing the waterfront and therefore not meeting its full potential. The Ganges River is very important because of religious believes. Because of industrial and domestic waste and ashes of religious funerals, the river is highly contaminated. The goal of this international project is to open the city of Kanpur to the Ganges River, by treating sewer water discharges, developing green open spaces, and increasing mobility and recreation. The purpose of the inception mission was to visit the city of Kanpur (inspecting the riverfront), to discuss challenges and to provide potential solutions. Effects so far Our findings were presented to &ndash; and received positively by - the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA). Numerous Tauw projects (ranging from dike improvements and flow space for rivers, to innovative constructed wetlands) illustrate the strategy. As we are continuously involved in international riverfront studies, such as Beijing and Manila, we are much appreciated by the KDA. The next step is to present our plan of action to a formal committee. Cooperation Tauw and Archohm Archohm is a design-studio offering consultancy for architecture, urban design, interiors, landscape and product design. Sustainability and climate preservation are their top priorities. This matches perfectly with Tauw&rsquo;s ambition: creating sustainable solutions for a better environment. Tauw&rsquo;s expertise and experience in civil engineering, ecology, (waste)water technology and sustainable urban storm water management was one of the reasons for Archohm to cooperate with Tauw.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Germany wins Deal of the Year Awards 2015The Acquisition International (AI) Magazine have announced Tauw GmbH as a winner of the 2015 Deal of the Year Awards.The year 2015 marks a very successful year for transactions in the M&amp;A market, with AI stating that the opportunities for growth and expansion have never been better. In this regard; the magazine honors stakeholders in international top deals of multinational corporations or smaller businesses during the last year with its award program. Tauw GmbH and CAT Alliance ltd. were involved as independent advisors in several international top transaction deals last year. In particular for our services in an international multisite transaction deal in the manufacturing/engineering industry, we were honored for &ldquo;Best for Phase I Environmental Due Diligence - Germany &amp; Environmental Consultancy of the Year &ndash; Germany&rdquo;. More informationFor further information please check the homepage of AI Magazine.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Iberia joins AEQT as Business PartnerTauw Iberia and the Chemical Industrial Association of Tarragona (AEQT) have signed a collaboration agreement, which designates Tauw Iberia as Business Partner of AEQT. The agreement has been signed by Teresa Pallarès (Director AEQT) and Enrico Coggiola (Business Developer Tauw Iberia).With this agreement Tauw Iberia will be in a preferred position to offer its services portfolio to the 31 MNIs operating at the Tarragona Petrochemical Area, which represents 25% of the total chemical production in Spain and one of the main chemical hubs in the Mediterranean region. &nbsp;As expressed by Teresa Pallar&eacute;s in the news release: &ldquo;Tauw Iberia is working together with its clients supporting the research of the balance between production and sustainability, assessing them from the definition of the strategic lines until the control of the environmental risks associated to the different industrial operations. The knowledge of the local context together with the international expertise of Tauw represents the added value of Tauw Iberia as a specialized environmental consultancy.&rdquo;&nbsp;Tauw Iberia is proud to collaborate with AEQT and positively contribute with its efforts to create a better and more sustainable environment at the area Tauw Iberia is currently working at the area with Vopak, Dow, Kemira, Clariant and Celanese. More informationwww.aeqtonline.comwww.chemmedcluster.comindex,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. continues healthy growth in 2015Tauw achieved a positive EBITDA of EUR 6 million in 2015 and a pre-tax result of EUR 3.7 million, doubling the pre-tax result. This increased from 1.4% of the turnover in 2014 to 3.6% in 2015. “A confirmation that we made the right choices in recent years”, said Annemieke Nijhof, Tauw Group CEO.The positive result is partly due to the high performance of foreign branches. Nijhof: &ldquo;The branches outside the Netherlands performed better than predicted. This demonstrates that Tauw as a consulting and engineering firm also has added value for clients outside the Netherlands. This is how we realize our ambitions in the European market.&rdquo; This ambition was underlined in 2015 with the appointment of William van Niekerk as Executive Board Member. He focuses on reinforcing Tauw&rsquo;s position in the international market in addition to the industry in the Netherlands. He heads the Tauw Group together with Nijhof.2015 in figuresTauw doubled the pre-tax result from 1.4% to 3.6% of the turnover. The doubling of the results was achieved, in addition to the good performance abroad, thanks to a lower cost structure and constant added value. The Tauw measuring and inspection services experienced a healthy growth. The number of FTEs in the Tauw Group remained virtually the same.*2015 annual figures are subject to final approval from our accountant Flexible SolutionsThe operating profits doubled compared to 2014. Tauw has been experiencing a steady growth since 2013. One of the success factors for this steady growth is the introduction of Tauw Flexible Solutions which involves seconding staff. Nijhof: &ldquo;We have identified a demand in the market for interim professionals and project secondment in the field of the environment, water, civil engineering and safety. We would like to keep Tauw staff available for our own projects, but we would also like to enable them to make a contribution, through secondments, to meeting the needs of the clients. We are focusing on expanding this flexible way of working in the coming years.&rdquo;Focus on industry The growth of the profitability of Tauw is mainly related to industrial clients. &ldquo;They work with us to realise their sustainability goals,&rdquo; says Van Niekerk. &ldquo;We apply innovative technology worldwide for cleaner soil, cleaner air and cleaner water for clients who want to improve the environment they are working in.&rdquo;Social relevanceThe causes championed by Tauw in 2015 included improving the environment. &ldquo;One example is the stimulation of awareness about the hazards surrounding asbestos and the removal of asbestos roofing material,&rdquo; says Nijhof. &ldquo;In my opinion it is vital that we develop an ambitious and innovative programme for asbestos.&rdquo; In 2015, Tauw was also one of the firms to initiate the recently concluded climate adaptation City Deal, a platform for knowledge sharing between cities. Nijhof: &ldquo;Councils and water boards can learn from each other. Every town will have to deal with the consequences of climate change. Flooding and periods of prolonged drought will occur more frequently in the future. Many cities approach these problems in similar ways. We would like to contribute to sustainable solutions for these problems.&rdquo;InnovationTauw will continue to focus on technological developments and innovation in 2016. Nijhof expects Tauw to be able to again achieve good figures next year. &ldquo;We expect a growing demand for our services. Water management, sustainability and climate adaptation will continue to be items that require action,&rdquo; Nijhof concludes.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. is gathering steamIt can be years before an innovation achieves its first success, and this was the case with SewerThermal. About 5 years ago, following a joint study tour with district water boards and district councils in Switzerland, Tauw examined whether SewerThermal could also become a success in the Netherlands. The technology had to be adapted to Dutch conditions: a SewerThermalsystem which was both suitable for pressure lines and also able to compete with the low natural gas prices.In the first few years local councils and water boards showed considerable interest, but things did not progress beyond feasibility studies and opportunities maps. The next step for the development and construction of the system failed to materialize. Until the town of Urk decided to take the plunge. Urk decided to install a riothermal system in the pressure line system to heat their (to be renovated) swimming pool at the end of 2014. The extra costs for the riothermal system amounted to half a million Euros with a payback period of 12 years. The riothermal system became operational at the beginning of 2016 making this the first pressure line based system. The heat is recovered from the raw sewage which is discharged via the pressure line. The situation in Urk is typical of many municipalities; pressure lines are in the vicinity of swimming pools or other units requiring heat. The monitoring plan in Urk will not only show how efficient the system is, but also if the water is cooled down and how this affects purification efficiency. Looking forward This brings us to a point where many municipalities will follow the example of Urk, with SewerThermal regarded as a serious option for sustainable heating. We are currently working on various concrete assignments, including outside the Netherlands. Together with Tauw Belgium we have fully explored the applicability of SewerThermal for the city of Antwerp. The main advantage of riothermics is that, unlike wood pellet or other burners, there is only an electricity demand to be dealt with. The success in Urk marks the beginning of a period of new and sustainable heat technology in the Netherlands and Europe.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Henk Schepers appointed Director of Tauw GermanyMr. Henk Schepers, MBA, is appointed Director of Tauw GmbH per 1 June 2016. As per the same date he will resign as Director of Tauw bv, the Dutch subsidiary of Tauw Group. Mr. Schepers will focus on the further growth of Tauw GmbH. Further he will work on acquisitions in line with the execution of the &lsquo;Tauw Group Strategy 2016-2020&rsquo;. The Tauw GmbH strategy focusses on being a high-end awarded and national acting consultant for industry, real estate and public sector. Therefore, we will enlarge our service portfolio and presence in various regions of Germany.&nbsp; The Executive Board of Tauw Group is very pleased that Mr. Schepers will assume the position of Tauw GmbH indefinitely, after having worked in this position on a part time basis since 2015. &ldquo;Tauw GmbH is very important for Tauw Group and has excellent results and a good outlook. The long experience within Tauw as well as his personality make him a good leader for the German Team. Mr. Schepers is a good example of &lsquo;the Best of Tauw at every location&rsquo;. We wish him and Tauw GmbH all the best!&rdquo;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. project for Campine Recycling NV"Mining and valorisation of critical Metals from former industrial landfills" Campine Recycling NV commissioned a MIP project (Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform) to Tauw Belgium and Witteween+Bos who act as supervisors of the project in collaboration with Recmix, Jacobs Concrete, KU Leuven and OVAM. This first of its kind project in Flanders focuses on the recoverability of critical metals still present in old industrial landfills and mono deposits. This particular criterion combined with the criterion of "Waste to Land" can be decisive on how to proceed with Enhanced Landfill Mining for this and other similar sites. The older mono deposits of Campine Recycling are likely to contain substantial amounts of antimony. The MIVAMIL consortium will examine the recoverability combined with a study of the potential markets for the residues, for example secondary raw materials and raw materials for the steel industry, keeping in mind the specific treatment methods that were applied to these materials like separation methods, removal sulfide, carbonation, etc. The final purpose of the MIVAMIL consortium is to embed the experience gained during the characterization of the landfill itself as well as the landfill material into research protocols for (historical) landfills, and to establish useful processes for the re-mining of (critical) metals and residues from non-ferrous industries.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.’s-business.html16912Amref Project Update: Clean water is everybody’s businessThis year Tauw started supporting the five-year health programme ‘Clean water is everybody’s business!’. With this project Amref Flying Doctors is working on providing access to clean (drinking) water, sanitation and hygiene for 140,000 people in Addis Abeba, Afar and Oromia (Ethiopia).Flying start Marjolein Ooijevaar, Amref Flying Doctors project manager, manages this project and set off for Ethiopia for the inception stage. She says: &ldquo;The project has just started, which means that there are a lot of exploratory talks with partners for example. We are now laying the groundwork for the future and among other things formulating the learning needs of the project. For example how we can improve the scalability of the existing twelve water kiosks, and how we can promote cooperation with public bodies. Other priorities are the benchmark measurement, getting the entire team on board and finding suitable sites where we can carry out our project. The government will have to cede land for this purpose, so that will take quite some doing.&rdquo; A good example A public shower has been realized in the Kechene slums in Addis Abeba (see picture). A cold shower costs 5 Ethiopian birr (&euro;0.20); a hot shower is 15 birr (&euro;0.60). The shower is combined with a coffee shop and a car wash which shows business acumen. Marjolein: &ldquo;When visiting a project like this we pay attention to positive matters as well as any points for improvement. In this case we ask ourselves if the water used for the car wash can&rsquo;t be re-used water.&rdquo; And this is now being worked on: the small company has started installing the infrastructure for &lsquo;recycling&rsquo; water. In addition investments have been made in solar energy (to heat water) and ways to cooperate more closely with the local authorities are being explored. Clean water: a matter for everyone! Amref launched the five-year health programme &lsquo;Clean water is everybody&rsquo;s business!&rsquo; at the beginning of 2016. The local authorities within the urban areas in Ethiopia have neither the budget nor the expertise to tackle water, sanitation and hygiene problems. Additionally, policies are often not implemented effectively. Amref Flying Doctors is now addressing these problems with Tauw&rsquo;s support. The project focuses on: Providing information and training sessions on hygiene to children at schools and to slum dwellers. Installing and expanding facilities for clean water and sewer systems in slums and schools with the help of local partners. Training and supporting government officials in their management tasks. Partnering with the local business community and involving citizens in the decision making process. Motivating (and supporting) young people and women to set up small businesses focused on sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene. This includes for example public showers and toilets. Tauw &amp; Amref Flying Doctors Tauw signed a three-year agreement with Amref Flying Doctors in June 2014. With this contract we are committed to water-related Amref programmes. For more information about Amref Flying Doctors and the wonderful projects that they carry out visit,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.‘safety-infographics’-to-ensure-international-project-safety.html16913‘Safety infographics’ to ensure international project safetyProviding information on health and safety risks related to the implementation of projects is vital, but in developing countries this is sometimes a major challenge. How do you communicate with local employees who do not speak, read or write, English? With the help of students Tauw has developed ‘HSE infographics’ to better be able to ensure safety within these projects. POP pesticides Tauw has worked on POP-(Persistent Organic Pollutants) projects for many years in Europe and beyond. Commissioned not only by multinationals, but also international organisations such as UNDP and the World Bank. For example, in Vietnam, India, S&atilde;o Tom&eacute; and the former Soviet Republics. How do you train without language? Tauw started a project with students from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science (Germany) at the end of 2013. Together they tried to find an efficient way to communicate safety information within projects in developing countries. This resulted in an initial set of infographics. Tauw consultant Boudewijn Fokke used these for safety/toolbox training sessions in various POP pesticides projects. This resulted in the infographics being included in the national &lsquo;Guidelines on sustainable management of POP pesticides contaminated sites&rsquo; in Vietnam. Boudewijn: &ldquo;The pictograms really make a difference. No huge PowerPoint presentations and complex documents, just simple &lsquo;to the point pictures&rsquo; which provide enough information and with which we can easily show the real safety issues&rdquo;. Further development of infographics The infographics were further developed by international students from Rhine-Waal in 2015. The students are studying under Prof. Dr. Daniela Lud (former Tauw employee) in the Faculty of Communication and Environment. They worked out scenarios which have recently been transformed into new infographics by Tauw designer Pieter Diekema in the Netherlands. &ldquo;There are now 25 scenarios with which we interactively provide safety information on our projects. The scenarios can be applied in many more locations and under different circumstances enabling us to reach even more people in similar situations&rdquo;, said Pieter.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. takes on Plastic-Free Rivers ChallengeTogether with drinking water supplier PWN, Rijkswaterstaat (the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) is organising the Plastic-Free Rivers Makathon, which challenges market players, students and other creative minds to develop an innovative solution to remove plastic from rivers. Ideas will be shared and technologies combined in order to devise new innovative solutions. Tauw is participating in the concept ‘A better world with ease? Collect plastic within plastic’. Background Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans via rivers, lakes, streams and other waterways. This plastic must be removed from the rivers before it reaches the ocean. The &lsquo;plastic soup&rsquo; is a threat to our living environment, our economy, and to the health of both aquatic and human life. Programme The Makathon consists of four days: On the Design Thinking Day (which took place on 20 May), participants explored the issue of plastic waste in rivers, devised potential solutions and created rough mock-ups from the various available material. On 10 and 11 June, participants will co-create to produce prototypes of the different solutions. Various experts will be present to provide information during these days. Master classes will also be held. On 1 July, a selection of teams will be able to present their innovative solution, including a business plan, to the innovation board and potential clients. The candidates with the best innovations will win the use of a test site on a Dutch river (the IJssel). Tauw&rsquo;s idea Tauw&rsquo;s concept &lsquo;A better world with ease? Collect plastic within plastic&rsquo; involves a plastic collection system based on natural behaviour. The system filters plastic from large waterways in much the same way that nose hairs protect the lungs. This passive collection system produces a maximum catch and can be applied to any river. Innovative Guanabara Bay approach In 2015, Tauw was involved in the &lsquo;Clean Urban Delta Initiative&rsquo; to help Brazil with an innovative system to quickly and effectively capture plastic from around the rivers and deltas near Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympics will be held there in August 2016 and many aquatic athletes had expressed their concern about the &lsquo;plastic soup&rsquo; in the bay. More information about the Plastic-Free Rivers Challenge can be found on,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. cleans up polluted rivers with Living Lab Manila Flood Free 2016-2020(Mega) cities are facing problems that are the result of urbanization and climate change, such as heat stress, drought, floods, air and water pollution, and poor sanitary conditions. Tauw provides advice on polluted rivers to various international projects, such as in Beijing (China) or the Ganges (India). This year, ‘Living Lab Manila Flood Free 2016-2020’ was launched. The challenges require a multifunctional integrated approach, as applied in the Wetskills Water Challenge or &lsquo;Living Lab&rsquo; concept. In April, ten students from the Netherlands and three from the Philippines spent one week studying the issues in the Philippines under the supervision of Floris Boogaard (senior consultant at Tauw and professor Spatial Transformations at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen), Marius Palsma (Waterways), and Rick Heikoop (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences). The working week was set up in line with the Wetskills concept: students work in groups in a &lsquo;pressure-cooker setting&rsquo; on a practical urgent issue in an intensive and solution-oriented way within a short period of time. Floating `sausage&rsquo; The students worked together with local parties on finding solutions for a polluted river in the Pateros district and for the frequent floods in Manila. The students came up with an innovative solution, the &lsquo;Longganisa&rsquo; (sausage in Filipino). This idea was inspired by, among other things, the Silt Inhibitor (Dutch website), and can be used in many different international projects. William van Niekerk, Tauw Group Executive Board Member and Chairman of the Internationalization Topsector Water: &lsquo;In the coming decades the greatest challenges for a sustainable world will be fighting the effects of climate change and urbanisation. The best sustainable solutions for these challenges can only be found by a multidisciplinary approach and involvement and participation of all stakeholders. This project is a good example of this.&rsquo; Sustainable innovation The students gave their final presentations during a closing meeting with officials from the Philippines on 25 April. The next group of students will leave for the Philippines in October 2016 after a national introduction consisting of a two-day &lsquo;Delta cities - Lely in the 21st century&rsquo; Masterclass in collaboration with the Delta Talent Academy. This is where the innovative final product will be designed in detail prior to implementation in the polluted rivers of Pateros and in the Pasig River, and where international opportunities will be explored. Marion Derckx, the Dutch ambassador in the Philippines: &lsquo;Collaboration is most effective if it takes place at all levels: local, regional and national. And with a variety of stakeholders: knowledge centres, businesses, government and citizens. That is why this collaboration is an enhancement to our activities in the area of water management in the Philippines. If you combine different experiences and insights, you can generate new solutions. This contributes to truly sustainable innovation.&rsquo; Knowledge as an export product All the collaborating parties can look back on a successful &lsquo;Living Lab&rsquo;. The various innovative end products will be shared at international conferences in the coming period. Floris Boogaard: &lsquo;I am proud of the wonderfully innovative end result achieved by the students in this multidisciplinary international collaboration. These new &lsquo;champions of change&rsquo; are capable of handling multidisciplinary projects with limited resources such as money and time. They are a valuable addition to one of the most important export products of the Netherlands: &lsquo;technical knowledge&rsquo;, and this is something we can be all very proud of.&rsquo;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. a look at the updated corporate brochureTauw's corporate brochure (Introducing Tauw) has been updated. It includes a variety of items including interviews, iconic projects and the financial annual report.We present our history, projects, employees, mission, vision and passion in pictures and text. You will also find a summary of Tauw's financial results for 2015. A good year in which we managed to double the operating results. Tauw Group CEO Annemieke Nijhof says: 'Most of all I am proud of the stories in this booklet. Stories by Tauw staff expressing their love for their profession, their clients, their projects and 'their Tauw'. Stories that put a face to our business, a people's business. Where we are connected with our stakeholders and with each other.'index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Group and Geosan join forcesThe Belgian soil expert and environmental consultant Geosan NV becomes member of Tauw Group BV. Therefore industrial clients of Tauw and Geosan get a strong impulse of expertise to assist and guide them in solving environmental problems, in complying with current rules and regulations, and in improving their sustainability. Geosan is a strong and vital company and had recently expressed their wish to join Tauw Group. &lsquo;Tauw seems to be the perfect partner for Geosan in developing our business and attaining our Strategic Goals in Belgium and in the North of France. The right haven for our employees and overall the partner who can support us in developing our product portfolio and servicing our customers even better&rsquo;, says H&eacute;liane De Vlieghere-Haus, former Managing Director and founder of Geosan NV. The request of Geosan fitted perfectly in the &lsquo;Strategy and Ambitions 2020&rsquo; of Tauw Group and Tauw Belgium. Growth On July 29th 2016, Tauw Belgi&euml; NV acquired the shares of Geosan NV. &lsquo;Growth by acquisition is a strategic priority of Tauw Belgium. We have the ambition to fully cover the Belgian territory by 2020. Welcoming a thoroughly sound player as Geosan is an important step in realizing this goal&rsquo;, says Herv&eacute; Keirsse, Managing Director of Tauw Belgium. Keirsse continues: &lsquo;Geosan, founded in 1989, was one of the first Belgian Soil Experts, a well-known brand with a good reputation, a strong regional presence and a healthy financial structure. By acquiring the Geosan shares, Tauw Belgium will drastically improve its market share and its market penetration in the provinces of West and East-Flanders and in Brussels. It also offers new opportunities to further penetrate the real estate and construction segment, an ambition shared by Geosan and Tauw Belgium.&rsquo; The Geosan offices in Belgium are located in Brussels, Gembloux and Izegem. In France there is an office located in Douai. Together they have an annual turnover of 2.8 million euros with 28 employees. Tauw Belgium has offices in Gembloux, Leuven and Lokeren. 60 employees generate an annual turnover of 7.5 million euros. During an integration period of at least two years, the companies Geosan NV and Tauw Belgi&euml; NV will continue to co-exist. In the meantime they will reinforce each other&rsquo;s position on the Belgian market, in particular taking care of soil &amp; groundwater contaminations and site (re)development.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Nijhof talks about building bridges with UNESCO-IHETauw Group CEO Annemieke Nijhof talks about building bridges and shares her to do list with UNESCO-IHE, the Institute for Water Education.She talks about her professional upcoming priorities such as citizen participation and the increase of diversity of disciplines across the Tauw project teams. Annemieke Nijhof was Board member at the UNESCO-IHE foundation in 2010-2014. Click here for the full article in UNESCO-IHA&rsquo;s online magazine &lsquo;Update&rsquo;.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.‘safety-in-chemistry’-steering-group.html16919Annemieke Nijhof to become Chair of the ‘Safety in Chemistry’ Steering GroupThe Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has asked Annemieke Nijhof, Tauw Group CEO, to become Chair of the Steering Group for the ‘Sustainable Safety in Chemistry 2030’ programme. The government, industry and science are working together in this programme with the aim of eliminating all incidents involving harm to citizens or the environment in the chemical industry by 2030. According to State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment, Sharon Dijksma, current safety policy is too often incident driven and lacks a concerted and comprehensive long-term agenda. She is aiming for a non-toxic environment (link to our Dutch website). Industry, government and research institutes jointly developed a strategic paper in the autumn of 2016. The document describes the vision for safety in the chemical industry up to 2030. This vision was presented in the autumn to directors and managers from the (petro) chemical and industry, ministries, municipalities, provinces, safety regions, and research institutes. Tauw CEO Annemieke Nijhof led the creation of the strategic paper and presented the results at this meeting. In the coming year, she will chair the Steering Group which will define and monitor the programme&rsquo;s strategy. Nijhof: 'I think it is important to really work together on the long-term challenges the sector is facing. No one should compete on safety: to reach the next level, transparency and sharing are an absolute must.' Roadmaps The programme is mapped out in 5 roadmaps: &nbsp;Roadmap 1: Safe investments and disinvestments, sustainable asset management Roadmap 2: Towards an integrated policy implementation Roadmap 3: Towards a transparent and secured sector Roadmap 4: Space for (petro)chemical clusters Roadmap 5: Towards a high-quality knowledge system for the chemical industry State Secretary Dijksma considers it important to establish of long-term goals for sustainable safety. &lsquo;It can be fruitful if government, industry and science work together on ambitions for a safe and healthy environment. The horizon for the collaboration is 2030, the dot on the horizon is a safe industry with no incidents involving harm to residents or the environment.&rsquo;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Site Development. Together We Chart The Course.Companies are affected by international and domestic social developments. Entrepreneurs always want to take the driver’s seat. Tauw provides guidance and support in setting the right course. The life cycle of business locations is safe with us. Enjoy the film as a source of inspiration. One prime example is Chevron Oronite Technology, a company with whom we have enjoyed a strong and lasting relationship for more than 10 years, something that is emphasised by Chevron Oronite Technology in a recent corporate film production by Tauw on one of its most rapidly expanding propositions. Tauw firmly holds a leading position as consultant in the field of sustainable location development. Tauw Takes Care!&nbsp;&nbsp;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. Turning theory into practice at the Safety ConferenceThe Dutch Association of Safety Science (NVVK) is organising the biennial Safety Conference in Papendal, the Netherlands on 29 and 30 March 2017.Tauw specialists are hosting a number of sessions on this theme in plenary and parallel sessions. Annemieke Nijhof, Tauw Group CEO and Chair of the ‘Chemical Safety 2030' steering group, will also explain the five road maps drawn up at the request of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.From road maps to work programmes The programme consists of 5 road maps: 1. Safe investments and disinvestments2. Integrated implementation of chemical industry policy3. Transparency and safety in the industry4. Spatial integration of (petro) chemical clusters5. A high-quality knowledge system for the chemical industry The government, industry and science are working together in this programme with the aim of eliminating all incidents in the chemical industry involving harm to citizens or damage to the environment by 2030. Annemieke Nijhof oversaw the establishment of the road maps and is now overseeing the translation of these road maps into concrete work programmes. Lectures Tauw safety experts and occupational hygienists will discuss the road maps in more detail in three talks: Aligning education with the professional fieldThe road maps show that high-quality safety knowledge is a major challenge for the &lsquo;Chemical Safety 2030&rsquo; steering group. That is why advanced safety expert and occupational hygienist Niels Leerling will discuss the role of the Integrated Safety Experts (ISEs) in the professional field on 29 March. He will go into detail about the expectations of businesses and of ISEs themselves after completing their ISE training, and how ISE training courses can be better aligned with the professional field. Responsibility for safetyOn 30 March, advanced safety expert Daan van Wieringen will talk about taking responsibility for safety. To illustrate his case he will take an example from practice which shows how expectation management is used to shape Tauw&rsquo;s safety programme. The safety programme is based on formulating expectations (not just describing what is not allowed) and how employees can interpret these expectations and which tools are available for this. Integrated policy implementationRoad map 2 describes the integrated implementation of policy in the chemical industry, with the aim of sharing knowledge and expertise in an integrated manner. On 30 March occupational hygienist Saskia Vermij will take a look at helpful ideas used in other sectors. How often do we look at what others are doing and make use of good ideas conceived in other fields? Why not? Are we too proud or do we want to come up with everything ourselves? For more information and to register for the Safety Conference, visit the NVVK Conference website (Dutch).index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. figures show strong performing Tauw in 2016Tauw performed above expectations in 2016. Turnover increased by 6.7% and we saw an increase of 24 FTE (average) in employee numbers. In all countries where Tauw is located, the performance was above budget. "An achievement to be proud of," says Annemieke Nijhof, CEO of Tauw GroupAccording to Nijhof, drivers for the positive results are a slowly improving market and more focus of the company on the fields of work where Tauw is leading, such as , environmental services for industry measuring and inspection services, and the sustainable development of the environment. "This year we have benefited from the company's ongoing improvements. Think of streamlining our business processes with LEAN and increasing our commercial effectiveness. The key success factor remains the passion, dedication and creativity of our more than 1,000 employees." In Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and Spain, Tauw improved its result (EBT) to a total of EUR 1.9 million. In Belgium, Tauw acquired environmental consultant and soil expert Geosan. Nijhof: "This underlines our international growth ambitions. Geosan is an excellent addition to the services of Tauw in Belgium." In the Netherlands, Tauw performed well with a result (EBT) of EUR 2.5 million. An important milestone was the opening of the seventh and eighth office in respectively Enschede and Leeuwarden. The total workforce of Tauw Group grew last year by 6.5% to 1,069 employees (year-end 2016). "This year we are looking for many new employees again. We currently have about 30 and an additional 15 to 20 for talented graduates to enter our traineeship program," says Nijhof. Leading projects In the Netherlands, Tauw played an agenda-setting role in the national authorities programs for the removal of asbestos roofs, long-term safety issues for the chemical industry, city deals on climate adaptation, and the accelaration of the sustainable development of the construction sector. Nijhof: "I am a member of the task force for the latter, because I am fully committed to foster the knowledge and experience of engineering in addressing major challenges concerning energy, raw materials, climate change adaptation and replacement of existing infrastructure."index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. minister brings 2D drawing to life with Tauw AR appFor a moment minister Henk Kamp, the Dutch minister of Economic Affairs, stood in virtual reality. On April 10 he visited Twinsense 360, the company that developed the ‘Tauw Augmented Reality app’. “In his opinion, the Tauw AR app is a very good and innovative way to bring 2D technical drawings to life in 3D”, says Kamp. The minister visited the app developer because of his interest in virtual and augmented reality and its possible application in several industries. Especially the use in construction he considers to be promising. Virtual and augmented Virtual reality allows a person to look around in a virtual world created by a computer, for example with VR-glasses. Augmented reality means that 3D-elements are added to the current reality. The developed technologies offer numerous applications for construction, retail and logistics. Augmented reality for example can bring construction projects to life in 3D. This makes them immediately visible and ready to use. The development of these techniques goes extremely fast and the minister was surprised by the enormous diversity of applications of virtual and augmented reality. Tauw AR app The Tauw AR app transforms several 2D designs into 3D (buildings, technical information and the surroundings from all angles) with a smartphone. Download the app from the App Store or Play Store.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. sulphur content in bitumen poses risksAccording to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the average sulphur concentration in crude oil is on the rise. The IEA expects 70% of oil reserves to contain higher sulphur concentrations (Duissenov, 2013). As a result, bitumen also contains a high concentration of sulphur (hydrogen). Although the industry has taken initiatives to desulphurise various oil products, this has not yet been done for bitumen. High concentrations of hydrogen sulphide, which could even be fatal, are regularly found in bitumen.Daan van Wieringen, safety manager at Tauw Group, has written a whitepaper on the subject: &lsquo;The fatal smell of bitumen&rsquo;. He observed that although European standards have led to a drastic drop in sulphur content in fuels, this does not yet seem to be the case for bitumen. The H2S concentrations measured in road tankers are at a level that poses considerable risks for people working in the chain. &ldquo;If safety comes first, this should also apply to the safety we pass on in the chain&rdquo;, says Daan. &ldquo;I call on those involved - bitumen manufacturers, hauliers, asphalt plants and bitumen processing facilities - to better address, and further control, the risks of hydrogen sulphide in bitumen.&rdquo;index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag.‘heat-stress’-wins-romania-wetskills-water-challenge.html16925‘Heat stress’ wins Romania Wetskills Water ChallengeThe 25th Wetskills Water Challenge recently took place in Bucharest. It is an event for Dutch and Romanian students and young professionals with a passion for water. Five teams were challenged to work on solutions for water problems in Romania. The team dealing with the case ‘Climate effects on the city: heat stress’, supervised by Tauw and Hanzehogeschool (Hanze University of Applied Sciences) Groningen, emerged as the winner. Heat stress The winning team made use of the Tauw heat stress map. It shows where extreme heat can occur in cities on very hot days and where you can take measures. The team recorded the effects based on data from local participants and interviews supervised by Floris Boogaard (Tauw/Hanzehogeschool Groningen &lsquo;Climate in the city&rsquo; international projects), Jeroen Kluck (Tauw heat stress expert/Amsterdam Hogeschool) and Paul van der Wal (maker of the Tauw heat stress map). The case showed that heat stress is experienced as a problem in Romania, and that awareness of the issue as well as mutual cooperation are essential when tackling this. The team designed a smart phone app that charts both problem locations and possible solutions to stimulate climate adaptation in Bucharest and other cities. Assessment of the jury The jury assessed the winning team as follows: &ldquo;We chose a team with a market ready, feasible and flexible solution. Due to climate change, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. For Bucharest this has consequences such as heat stress and flooding. Our case owner asked for a multifunctional method for risk assessment and mitigation. The core of our solution is a game based app that stimulates citizens in a fun way to collect relevant data on which adaptive solutions can be based. Based on input from other cities in Europe, the app will also show possible solutions.&rdquo; More information about Wetskills on:&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Wetskills 2017 Videoindex,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. extends sponsorship of Amref Flying DoctorsTauw extended its sponsorship of Amref Flying Doctors in June 2017.Tauw commits to sustainable solutions for a better environment in each and every project and consultation on a daily basis. But an (international) sustainable spatial environment is not something that you can achieve on your own. Which is why in June 2017 we extended the three-year sponsorship of AMREF Flying Doctors (which started in 2014) by one year. We hope to be able to make a real difference with the long-term nature of the sponsorship. Amref Flying Doctors was not a random choice. Our financial contribution (20,000 euros per year) benefits the &lsquo;Making WASH Everybody&rsquo;s Business&rsquo; project. This project focuses on tackling unhygienic situations, (drinking) water shortages and the ensuing health problems in Addis Ababa, Afar and Oromia (Ethiopia). More information about the project and the results so far. More information about Amref Flying Doctorsindex,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. and HAL24K win Data Challenge 2017 from Dutch government agency RijkswaterstaatTauw and data science startup HAL24K have won the Data Challenge 2017. The challenge was based around 'Smart water management' and was issued by Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Maximum yield from water The competition is an initiative set up by a number of partners in the 'Smart water management' programme, which includes Rijkswaterstaat and several regional public water authorities. Participants in the challenge were asked to develop a method to extract as much social, ecological or economic efficiency from a cubic meter of water. The data was derived from the catchment and drainage area of the North Sea Canal and Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. Due to the complexity of the involved water systems, Tauw&rsquo;s water experts and the data science specialists of HAL24K decided to collaborate. A combination of AI and machine learning The winning solution combined artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Employing advanced methods of data intelligence, Tauw and HAL24K modeled the operational (flexible) water level management on a large-scale and with a high degree of accuracy. By using historical data in conjunction with ML and AI, the team predicted water levels what adjustments would be required for optimal energy consumption and various climate conditions. The solution also highlighted how to ensure optimal water distribution between the different management areas. Jeroen Mol, CEO of HAL24K said: &ldquo;We have developed algorithms that can learn from past data to provide real-time predictions. It is good to see that even in water management in the Netherlands, which is already administered very well, our advanced data science can make a positive contribution. Ultra-complex systems such as these suit our HAL24K Platform perfectly.&rdquo; Tauw and HAL24K investigated the water damage in the management area of Hoogheemraadschap de Stichtse Rijnlanden. They used precipitation data, pump data, target levels and surface water levels over the past five years to build the AI and ML models. The jury was impressed with the comprehensive solution and the visualization of the model and how it identified underlying issues. The Tauw and HAL24K team was able to deliver a concrete result in a short period of time, which is applicable to multiple management areas and lends itself perfectly for further development. Annemieke Nijhof, CEO of Tauw said: &ldquo;The results show the enormous potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence. They provide an excellent basis for many applications within water management. This enables us to better support decision making by administrators and policy makers.&rdquo; About the data challenge The Data Challenge 2017 took place within the framework of the 'Smart water management' programme. The organization included Rijkswaterstaat, Water Authority Amstel, Gooi &amp; Vecht, Hoogheemraadschap de Stichtse Rijnlanden, Hoogheemraadschap van Rijnland, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, in cooperation with Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), STOWA, Dutch Water Authorities and Nelen &amp; Schuurmans. Rijkswaterstaat acted as secretary.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. presents projects during European congress about sediment management in GenoaRealizing new nature with sediments? Building with nature is hot and Tauw has been working on this theme for a while. During the 10th European congress about sediment management in Genoa we have presented some of our results by two oral presentations and a poster. Distinctive in geotextiles During the session Using sediments as a resource Chiel Lauwerijssen (Tauw Netherlands) has presented our experience regarding reuse of sediments in nature development projects. Since we have introduced the Sediment Storer in 2013, Tauw has been distinctive in applying geotextiles in nature development projects in The Netherlands. In each project we gain more knowledge from experience that we use to optimize our innovations and to provide customized solutions for our clients. Non destructive research techniques During the session Sediments moving to land, and soil moving to water Patrick Jacobs (Tauw Germany) has presented our experience regarding an innovative and non-destructive research method of Medusa (gamma-spectrometer) to identify hotspots of dioxines (PCDD/F) in a floodplain. Al lot of money can be saved, since suitable control measures can now be taken on these hotspots instead of the entire floodplain. Our poster was about risk assessments of heavy metals in sediments. In our Tauw laboratory in the Netherlands we have conducted several experiments to characterize different kind of sediments and to determine the availability (flux) of contaminants to define risks for water quality. Download our poster here.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts at RemTech 2017Drone applications in site characterization & remediation and sustainable land management. These are the main topics of Tauw at this year’s RemTech (September 20-22 in Ferrara, Italy).Tauw is going to take part in Remtech Expo, the most specialized event in Italy on contaminated site remediation and territory protection and requalification. We are represented with a stand (no. 39) in the exhibition area and our experts will participate by presenting the following on September 21: The next step: from risk based to sustainable land management (10.30 am)By Laurent Bakker, Director Soil &amp; Groundwater at Tauw Group, and chairman of the Regulatory Working Group NICOLE (Network for Industrially Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe) Drone applications in site characterization/remediation (3.00 pm)By Len Geisler, climate and innovation expert at Tauw Nederland The round table on innovative technologies in site characterization and site remediation (3:45 pm)By Laurent Bakker, Director Soil &amp; Groundwater at Tauw Group During a poster session Jasper Schmeits, Innovation manager at Tauw Nederland, will show some examples of geophysical soil measuring techniques. Tauw will be also presented with a stand in the exhibition area. &nbsp;index,follow,-spain.html16930Tauw Soil Seminar in Tarragona, SpainTauw Iberia, part of Tauw Group, is organizing the next XI Tauw Soil Seminar on the 15th of September 2017 in Tarragona, Spain. During 3 days, more than 50 international experts from the 6 European countries where Tauw operates, and its partners from the US and Latin America, will have the opportunity to debate and share knowledge about the state of the art technologies and innovations in the soil and groundwater remediation sector.In this special edition of the Tauw Soil Seminar, due to the participation of Tauw Iberia in the Chemical Industrial Association of Tarragona (AEQT) as business partner, the seminar will open its doors to the industry for the first time since the beginning of the Tauw Soil Seminar. The aim of this seminar is to share knowledge together with our industrial clients and interested parties, in a special&ldquo;open door&rdquo; session. Annemieke Nijhof (CEO Tauw Group) will close the event with a presentation about the perspective of the (petro) chemical sector in the Netherlands, particularly focusing on safety. Annemieke has been recently appointed as chair of the steering group for the &lsquo;Sustainable Safety in Chemistry 2030&rsquo; program. The Dutch government, the industry and the scientific sector are working together in this program. The horizon for this collaboration is 2030, the dot on the horizon is a safe industry where no incidents occur with damage for residents and the environment. Program &nbsp;index,follow improves result by 11% in first half 2017In the first half year of 2017, consultancy and engineering firm Tauw Group improved its turnover with 9% to EUR 58.8 million (2016: 54.0) while EBITDA rose with 11% to EUR 3.3 million (2016: 3.0). Employee numbers increased to 998 fte (2016: 924). The company expects this line of growth to continue in the second half of 2017.Annemieke Nijhof, CEO of Tauw Group: &ldquo;The results in the first half of 2017 are an indication that Tauw is strengthening its position as the engineer and consultant for environment and sustainability in the authorities and industry markets. We are excited and challenged by the growing awareness and willingness to contribute to the big transitions on sustainable development. Resource depletion, loss of biodiversity and climate change fuel our creativity to assist our clients in solving their day to day issues in a sustainable way. We focus on innovation, creativity and translate this into tangible solutions. This leads to diversification in our service portfolio and client groups, and fuels our ambition to expand to new regions in countries like Germany, France and Spain.&rdquo; Key figures first half 2017 Tauw has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. In all of these countries, Tauw&rsquo;s turnover and order portfolio have increased or are stable in the first half of 2017. In general, most markets that Tauw is active in are showing good economic circumstances. In the context of positive market conditions, maintaining and attracting new and qualified staff remains one of the major challenges in all countries that Tauw is active in. The company is implementing several programs (recruitment, training, international exchange) to ensure an adequate level of quantity and quality in its staff portfolio. Nijhof: &ldquo;An important asset of Tauw is our sincere dedication to sustainability and the employee participation in governance.&rdquo; New governance In the first half year of 2017, a new employee participation scheme was successfully introduced. The buy-out of investment company Wadinko and the implementation of a new employee participation scheme paved the way for full ownership of Tauw by its employees per 1 July 2017. Project highlights first half 2017 Winner Data Challenge 2017Tauw and data science startup HAL24K have won the Data Challenge 2017 from Rijkswaterstaat and several partners. Employing advanced methods of data intelligence, Tauw and HAL24K modeled large-scale water level management with a high degree of accuracy. By using historical data in combination with machine learning and artificial intelligence, the team predicted which adjustments would be required in water levels for optimal energy consumption, water distribution and various climate conditions. &nbsp; Urgent soil remediation at touristic beach of MallorcaThe popular tourist beach in Mallorca, Spain, was contaminated by cooling and isolating oil from an 132 kV electrical cable that connects the electrical power from Mallorca to the nearby island of Menorca. Because of the potential risk to the health of beach visitors and to the protected Red Natura area and dunes, this led to an urgent remediation project, including mounting and dismantling, just before the opening of the tourist season. The remediation was performed in three weeks by on-site washing of the polluted soil, and later refilling the remediated area with clean soil, as well as treatment of the extracted groundwater. The final results were a high reduction of the soil and groundwater contamination (&gt;99,5%) allowing the beach to be opened for the public at the start of April. &nbsp; Dredging the Den Helder harbourTauw started the preparation of large-scale dredging in the harbour of the northern town of Den Helder in the Netherlands. In total, some 300.000 m3 will be dredged. This give the port sufficient nautical depth for the largest ships. &nbsp; One of the largest pumping stationsOne of the largest pumping stations was opened in June 2017 near Volendam in the northwest of the Netherlands. The pumping station can pump up to 120 million liters of water per hour. The province of North Holland asked Tauw for tender and contract management. &nbsp; Assessing the condition of 150 km of dikesFor the Rivierenland water board in the centre of the Netherlands, Tauw has started to assess the condition of 150 kilometres of dikes alongside some of the largest rivers in the Netherlands. This will take six years and is carried out together with enigineering company HKV.index,follow develops climate adaptation maps for AfricaUrban flooding and thermal stress have become key issues for many cities around the world. With the continuing effects of climate change, these two issues will become more acute and will add to the serious problems already experienced in dense urban areasIn Capetown the worst drought in a century is forcing the most stringent water restrictions ever implemented for South Africa's second largest city. The city has less than 10% of its useable water remaining for its nearly 4 million residents. For this reason Tauw is developing urban climate maps for special climates as South Africa. Thermal stress map for Johannesburg These maps such as heatstressmaps are developed since the sectors of public health and disaster management are in need of tools that can assess the vulnerability to floods and thermal stress. A GIS-based thermal stress map for Johannesburg (figure 1) is made and was presented during the economic mission to South Africa (Cape Town, December 2017) to stakeholders and received with much interest. During this mission was concluded that there is a wealth of opportunities for innovative Dutch businesses and startups to help tackle local challenges. Climate change is causing more extreme weather: longer periods of drought, higher temperatures causing heatstress, more severe storms and heavier rains battering our coasts and our cities. Beyond climate change response we can build sustainable and resilient cities, working in the sectors represented on this trade mission: water &amp; maritime, climate and technology &minus; sectors that are pivotal to the transformation needed. Implementation in South Africa For this reason Tauw will work closely with stakeholders in South Africa on new tools as heatstressmaps to tackle this wicked problems. Research with Capetown university will focus on verification of the heatstressmap and developing and mapping solutions to cool down urban dense areas and make cities more resilient. Lessons learnt from this approach in Asia and Europe will be used by the implementation in South Africa. The strategy and results will be presented at the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference in Capetown. On this congress the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) will also be launched. Tauw joined the Groningen GCECA network at the climate top in the North of the Netherlands in November 2017. Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) is working to build excellence in order to accelerate progress on climate adaptation, by convening groups of stakeholders worldwide and supporting projects that can increase or measure the impact of actions. It bridges various domains and engages with stakeholders from national, regional and local governments, NGOs, multilateral organisations, businesses, financial parties and knowledge institutions. The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation will be accommodated in Rotterdam and Groningen. These two cities have reeled in the GCECA by jointly submitting the most convincing bid and will be launched at Adaptation Futures 2018, Dialogue for Solutions, Capetown.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. to be the biggest air measurement provider following acquisition of Pro MonitoringTauw Group BV has strengthened its position in the field of air measurements with the acquisition of Pro Monitoring BV. Both companies signed an agreement on Tuesday 16 January and announced that they will continue together under the name Tauw. Just like Tauw, Pro Monitoring - previously part of Eurofins - is a strong player in the field of air measurements. Through Pro Monitoring Tauw will gain direct access to new markets, including the agricultural and shipping sectors. Excellent opportunity By joining forces we can offer clients even more flexibility and a strong boost in expertise and innovative power. They will receive even better support and guidance in air-related issues, such as emissions measurements, air quality measurements, and workplace measurements. This will enable them to comply more effectively with legislation and regulations and together we can contribute to a sustainable environment. Roger Stoeltie, Business Unit Manager for Measurements, Inspections &amp; Advice at Tauw, believes the acquisition has clear added value: &ldquo;The acquisition of Pro Monitoring reinforces our position in the area of measurements and inspections in the European market. Clients from both companies will benefit from the joining of innovative services and products for a clean environment and a viable future.&rdquo; Double deal In addition to the acquisition of Pro Monitoring, a contract has also been signed with Eurofins for laboratory analyses. Tauw now has two laboratories for providing clients with all the environmental analyses. Alongside the partnership with Eurofins, we will also continue to work closely with our trusted partner Agrolab. Strengthening the air team As a consequence of the acquisition, the name Pro Monitoring will be dropped, and the office in Barneveld will close. The eleven employees, including Director Wim Meijer, will join Tauw&rsquo;s air team. Meijer, who was also actively involved in the projects, will become an air consultant. Meijer: &ldquo;In the nearly 23 years of its existence, Pro Monitoring has built up close client relations and a wide variety of expertise in the field of air measurements. The expertise and experience of the new team will give an upgrade to the portfolio, and the employees see great opportunities both within the air discipline as well as within the variety of professional disciplines at Tauw&rdquo;.&nbsp;index,follow of Rotterdam In the coming years Tauw will be performing sediment assessments for the Port of Rotterdam as part of a framework contract. ‘The expectation is that in the next few years many sediment assessments will be required,’ Tauw contract manager Remco Pikaar states. ‘In the near future, the ports of Rotterdam and the sea ports of Dordrecht and Vlaardingen must be accessible for increasingly large vessels with deeper draughts.Pikaar: &lsquo;Take, for example, the arrival of the world&rsquo;s largest container ship, the CSCL Globe, or of the Pioneering Spirit, the world&rsquo;s largest single-lift vessel that can, among other things, transport oil rig constructions in one piece. Both vessels have never been to Rotterdam before. That is why the Rotterdam Port Authority is investing in revitalising existing port areas over the next few years.&rsquo; DEEPENING OF NIEUWE WATERWEG AND BOTLEKHAVEN A major priority is accessibility for port-related businesses, such as in the &lsquo;Nieuwe Waterweg and Botlekhaven Deepening&rsquo; project. This deepening is essential for the Botlek port area, where 50 million tonnes of cargo are transferred annually. In future the port must be able to accommodate Aframax-class vessels (with a draught of 15 metres). In deepening the Nieuwe Waterweg, approximately 5.5 to 7 million cubic metres of sediment will be dug up. NAUTICAL DREDGING ACTIVITIES &lsquo;In this project Tauw is performing very large-scale sediment assessments,&rsquo; says Tauw project advisor Saskia Buijs. &lsquo;Nautical dredging activities require a different approach than regular sediment assessment. Here coordination between policy, the envisaged disposal (with various competent authorities) and the translation into practical implementation plays a crucial role. Other factors also play a role in the port area, such as extreme weather conditions, tidal effects, busy shipping traffic and large ships, and the potential presence of undetonated explosives.&rsquo; BUOYS AND DOLPHINS PROJECT Another project for which we are performing sediment assessments is the establishment of several ship-to-ship transfers in the port area. Establishing a total of 24 ship-to-ship transfers will reduce both mooring times of vessels and the burden on the environment at the quays.&ldquo;Even for the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the scope of the sediment assessment is exceptional.&rdquo;Edwin Hupkes - Senior Project Developer, Port of Rotterdam Authorityindex,followContact us Any questions? Our experts are happy to help Participation LivestreamLivestreamnoindex,nofollow<subtitle/><introtext/><content/></item></migx_holder></tv></resource><resource><url></url><id>23827</id><pagetitle>Tauw supports Sime Darby Oils in transition to new ISO 14001:2015</pagetitle><longtitle>Tauw supports Sime Darby Oils in transition to new ISO 14001:2015</longtitle><description>The new version of ISO 14001 was published in 2015, and in 2016 Sime Darby Oils asked Tauw to support the transition to this new version. </description><introtext>‘The collaboration with Tauw is the kind of collaboration you’d love to have with all parties: short lines with a joint proactive approach.’ André ’t Mannetje, ESH Officer (Sime Darby Oils) </introtext><content>Update of the existing environmental management system Sime Darby Oils Zwijndrecht Refinery BV (formerly Sime Darby Unimills) is a manufacturer of vegetable oils and fats located in Zwijndrecht. Sime Darby Oils already had a policy to prevent and minimise the environmental impact of its activities in place for years. In 1996, this was ratified with the implementation of an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001:1996. The new version of ISO 14001 was published in 2015, and in 2016 Sime Darby Oils asked Tauw to support the transition to this new version. Thanks to the existing relationship, Tauw knew its way around the organisation. The involvement of the employees of the various departments in the update of the management system to meet the new requirements greatly increased their commitment. Employees also became more aware of the way in which they can prevent and minimise environmental impact. Short lines and stakeholders identified Together with Sime Darby Oils, Tauw drew up a plan of action, and then we went to work. Doing the work on site as much as possible shortened the lines, so we were able to ensure that the customer was constantly informed of the state of affairs. Together, we identified the stakeholders of Sime Darby Oils. Not only the Environment, Safety &amp; Health (ESH) division was involved, but also, for example, the people working at the production and personnel departments, who were interviewed to find out who the stakeholders are. These stakeholders include the permanent contractors working on site. They bring both risks and opportunities. Risks if they do not abide by the rules, but also opportunities because they specialise in carrying out their work as environmentally friendly as possible. Transition to ISO 14001:2015 completed We will not take over Sime Darby Oils&rsquo; management system; it remains in their own hands. The transition was completed in early 2018 and ISO 14001:2015 certification has been achieved. The collaboration between Sime Darby Oils and Tauw was recently secured with a framework agreement and we are delighted to have the opportunity to support them in the field of Quality, Health, Safety &amp; Environment (QHSE) over the coming years. &nbsp;</content><tv><seo.title></seo.title><seo.canonical></seo.canonical><seo.robots>index,follow</seo.robots><migx_holder><item><title>Can we help you with the transition to ISO 14001:2015?Please contact us below launches Amfius: project developer regarding local heat and cold recoveryTauw Group BV has launched Amfius: a project developer for the realisation of products in which local heat is used as a substitute for natural gas.On 18 March 2019, Tauw Group BV launched an innovative scale-up: Amfius. Amfius is a project developer for the realisation of products in which local (residual) heat is used as a substitute for natural gas. The company uses this to heat and cool public objects such as swimming pools, schools and care facilities. Thanks to this local approach, Amfius is able to meet the local heating and cooling demand in a sustainable way. Environmental heat Amfius &ndash; active in the Dutch market &ndash; recovers heat and cold from the immediate surroundings using technology such as aquathermia, riothermia, ambient heat and residual heat. This means that lakes, ponds, sewers, sewage treatment plants and the like suddenly become sources of energy, which can be used by large energy providers to heat and cool things such as swimming pools and schools in a sustainable manner. Tauw Group Director Ralph van Roessel welcomes the scale-up. &lsquo;In order to boost the transition to a sustainable environment, we need innovation. And we put this into practice every day within our own Tauw organisation. It is wonderful to see how the innovative engineering brainpower of our advisors is now being applied through Amfius, making a substantial contribution to a cleaner and more sustainable world. This makes it evident that we are a truly adaptive organisation that is able to respond quickly to changing market conditions.&rsquo; From investment to realisation By linking local heat sources to local heat consumers, Amfius brings supply and demand together. Amfius is transparent about costs, revenues and payback. The company takes the initiative in investment, construction and operation, thus taking care of everything. Hans Westerhof, Director of Amfius: &lsquo;The project development and the techniques we use are extremely suitable for implementation at facilities using heat, such as swimming pools, schools and care facilities. This way, we ensure that these objects are no longer dependent on fossil natural gas. It allows us to take concrete steps in the energy transition and continue to build a sustainable world.&rsquo; Swimming pool water heated by potatoes The technology has been implemented in a swimming pool that is currently being heated by the residual heat produced by potato manufacturer C&ecirc;laV&iacute;ta. Here, Amfius is working together with all parties involved to give substance to sustainability on a local level. Westerhof: &lsquo;This type of project shows that with Amfius, we are able to respond quickly to the current transition into a sustainable society.&rsquo;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts‘de-vaart’,-the-netherlands.html16953Assessment of water quality in Waterway ‘De Vaart’, The NetherlandsEnvironmental-technical consultancy services on the water quality improvement of waterway ‘De Vaart" ordered by water board ‘Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier’.Waterway &lsquo;De Vaart&rsquo; has been classified as a surface waterbody under the EU Water Framework Directive. The quality of the environmental was threatened by high metal concentrations and increased levels of (polycyclic aromatic) hydrocarbons. By Tauw sediment cores were taken to characterize the internal layered structure and the extent of the contamination. Consequently, an environmental risk assessment was performed to determine the proportion of the water contamination by diffusion at the soil-surface water interface with the use of software program &lsquo;SEDImentASsistent&rsquo; (SEDIAS). In combination with geotechnical location inspections, results indicated that action had to be taken to ensure the standards for water quality. Tauw developed a customized recovery action-plan that formed the base for the executive proceedings with Computer Aided Designs (CAD) in order to remove as much contaminated sediment as possible and prevent shores from collapsing. In the period from January until March 2017, over 11.000 m3 of sediment was remediated. To finish the project, a thin 0,3 m sand layer is deposited to cover the area of around 2.5 hectares to prevent future diffusion of left contaminants to surface waters and oxidation of peat. Also, the sand layer will improve water clarity, since resuspension is limited.Finally, control measures taken in waterway &lsquo;De Vaart&rsquo; will have a positive environmental impact on the biodiversity and shoresindex,followContact us Any questions? Our experts are happy to help up pesticides in Vietnam“The status of POP contamination was far beyond the project baseline. The project team was able to adapt to the new situation and introduce a nationwide strategy.” Truong Thi Quynh Trang - Project Manager United Nations Development Program Since 2010 Tauw has also been making headway in Vietnam where we work in POP pesticides*. Meanwhile, the second major project has been completed. But there is still much more work to do. In Vietnam it is estimated that more than 3,000 locations are contaminated with POPs. DETAILED PROGRAM FOR THE UNDP In September 2010 Tauw landed the first project &ndash; a brief mission to prepare a detailed program for the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) with three components: improving the capacity of local authorities involved in implementing the National Implementation Plan (NIP); the remediation of five contaminated sites; and the improvement of the enforcement of the ban on imports and on the use of illegal pesticides. The follow-up project had the extended title &lsquo;Consultancy Services of building capacity to eliminate POPs pesticides stockpiles in Vietnam&rsquo;. The objective was to support the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in the implementation of the first two project components and the project was concluded in November 2014. THIRD ASSIGNMENT In October 2013, as a Visiting Senior Technical Expert, Tauw Project Manager Boudewijn Fokke reinforced the MONRE project team for the third assignment. It consisted of eight missions, each lasting 22 days. The project locations were mostly in the centre of Vietnam, where Tauw organised various training courses.Ten contaminated sites were investigated. We developed post-remediation soil values and wrote a manual for the investigation and remediation of other sites. We also gave legal advice and supervised soil remediation projects. Moreover, Boudewijn Fokke joined an evaluation panel for international tenders for the destruction of old stocks of POP pesticides. PESTICIDE BUILD-UP Until the end of the 1970s large amounts of POP pesticides were used throughout the world as pesticides in agriculture. This led to many POP pesticides contaminated sites which have not been managed properly. A major hazard for the surrounding environment and people&rsquo;s health. Tauw operates globally in identifying these sites and obsolete stocks of pesticides and providing remediation support. Together with local authorities we work on the remediation of these sites and safe storage and destruction of these toxic substances. We also provide various training courses within the framework of the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs.As a party to the Stockholm Convention, Vietnam has drawn up a NIP, containing a work plan for the elimination of the human and ecological risks caused by these contaminated locations. The Global Environmental Fund (GEF) supports Vietnam by making funds available. The UNDP in Vietnam manages and spends these funds, while the MONRE carries out the plans. *Pessistent Organic Pollutants like DDT and HCHindex,followContact us Any questions? Our experts are happy to help AirportSince 2014 Tauw has been a partner of Eindhoven Airport for a wide range of services. Eindhoven Airport is the second largest airport in the Netherlands. The airport is highly dynamic: in 2013 the terminal was expanded and a hotel was built on site. Recently the platform has been expanded with two aircraft parking positions, a project for which Tauw carried out various activities. The aircraft parking positions are also suitable for larger types of aircraft. &lsquo;We were asked to participate in the construction team responsible for the engineering and execution of the aircraft parking positions,&rsquo; says project manager Thijs Wessels. &lsquo;Tauw undertook the engineering work for drainage and sewers, applied for soil and ground radar investigations and carried out various permits, in close collaboration with the construction team partners and public authorities such as the municipality of Eindhoven and De Dommel water board.&rsquo; TAUW TAKES CARE Tauw also remained involved during execution, says Thijs Wessels: &lsquo;We checked the construction drawings for drainage and sewers, for example, and the construction calculations for sewer pipes and manholes. In addition, we supported the team with, among other things, investigation and supervision of asbestos remediation. A great multidisciplinary project and an excellent example of Tauw Takes Care.&rsquo;index,followContact us Any questions? Our experts are happy to help commissioned Tauw for long-term projects for its subsidiaries in Brazil and Belgium. Investigation activities as well as remediation of soil and groundwater contamination started in the late 1990s.Brazil Continental Automotive do Brasil is located in the municipality of V&aacute;rzea Paulista. It has several areas which are heavily contaminated with volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons (VOCl) and hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) to a depth of up to 150 m below grade. Tauw is the project manager and planner for this remediation project. One of the first and biggest in Brazil. After thorough investigation we came up with a complex remediation plan comprising various technical approaches to the contaminated soil, groundwater, and soil vapour. At that time, experiences with this kind of remediation within Brazilian environmental agencies were low because such environmental projects were only just starting. This made the challenge even bigger. We had to put in quite some effort to convince the S&atilde;o Paulo environment agency and the responsible district attorney to sign a remediation contract that defined theconditions for a remediation period of twenty years. The remediation is being carried out under the supervision of Tauw and Grupo EPA, Tauw&rsquo;s partner consultancy in Brazil. Current activities comprise groundwater abstraction and purification, multiphase extraction and excavation of contaminated soil. We constantly monitor the project with different modelling tools. And we apply innovative remediation approaches when appropriate. Tauw contributed to the fact that remediation water is now being re-used by local industry. This is a welcome sustainable solution in the S&atilde;o Paulo region, with its current lack of water and frequent periods of drought. Belgium The remediation project in Belgium is one of the more complex ones that Tauw Belgium has realized to date. The Continental plant in Mechelen produces antilock braking systems for almost the entire Western-European car industry. And a serious groundwater contamination with chlorinated solvents was delineated during the soil survey. Due to local conditions and the different remediation techniques applied, a thorough follow up and interpretation of the field data was obligatory to obtain maximum contaminant mass removal. We guided the project on an almost daily basis, in close cooperation with the local people in charge. The open communication between Tauw staff and Continental staff resulted in lasting and mutual trust. This relationship led to the successful implementation of the project. What did we do? Soil and groundwater investigation Remediation planning Remediation supervision Cost controlling Project Management Meetings with authorities &ldquo;Tauw is always a competent partner who offers suitable and economical solutions. The projects are in good shape!&rdquo;Thomas Sewald - Head of Environment Automotive Corporate Quality &amp; Environment Continentalindex,followContact us Any questions? Our experts are happy to help,-technical-due-diligence-and-real-estate-valuation-for-axload’s-majory-stake-in-mennens-group.html16959Environmental due diligence, technical due diligence and real estate valuation for AxLoad’s majory stake in Mennens GroupIn March 2012 AxLoad, top-ranking supplier of lifting and cargo securing products and services, acquired the majority of the shares in Mennens Group from De Hoge Dennen Capital, a Dutch privately held investment company. AxLoad is part of Axel Johnson International, a Swedish Multinational, and with the Mennens acquisition AxLoad has some 1,500 employees and presence in all countries in Northern Europe. In the framework of the acquisition, Tauw performed environmental due diligence (EDD) and technical due diligence (TDD) assessments, as well as a second opinion of existing real estate valuations. The portfolio included seven production sites in the Netherlands and Belgium. The EDD involved Phase I compliance and liability checks including dataroom desk studies and site inspections. In follow-up Phase II soil and groundwater assessments a number of sites with potential soil and groundwater liabilities were investigated in more detail and where needed remediation cost estimates were produced. The TDD comprised the technical scrutiny of the buildings, installations and utilities. Cost estimates for technical remedial actions were produced and prioritized as immediate, short term, mid term or long term. The TDD was performed in cooperation with CVO Group. Real estate valuations (market values) were performed on the basis of site visits and existing recent valuation reports. The valuations were carried out in cooperation with Troostwijk Valuations. Tauw also provided specific advice in the elaboration of the Sales and Purchase agreement.index,followContact usAny questions? Our experts are happy to help water programme in SurinamTauw carried out a multiple-case hydrological study for the Surinaamsche Drinkwatermaatschappij (SWM) in cooperation with the Anton de Kom University/Universiteit van Suriname AdeK and Trustfull Services. A request was submitted within the framework of the Crashprogramma Drinkwater to actualize the existing hydrological knowledge for two areas. The project was subdivided into three parts: Van Hattemweg, Commewijne and a training course. Van Hattemweg Tauw examined the possibilities of doubling the Van Hattemweg pumping station capacity. Ground water supplies suitable for the preparation of drinking water are limited due to the limited number of fresh water spots. Specific issues to be dealt with in the catchment area are the presence of other drinking water pumping stations such as Lelydorp and Helena Christina. But the large-scale bauxite mining in the past and even current mining also have a huge impact on the geo-hydrology. Temporarily due to large-scale drainage activities and permanently due to the removal of the clay topsoil over many square kilometres. In a field study the existing groundwater measurement network was re-sampled to determine changes in quality in recent decades. Geo-electrical measurements have been carried out to actualize the dividing line between freshwater and salt water. All field work information and a great number of old research reports have been incorporated into a groundwater model. Calibration took place on the basis of field measurements and measurements at pumping stations carried out over a great number of years. A preview of a Van Hattemweg pumping station with double capacity shows good potential for expansion here. Commewijne The Commewijne district shows quite a different set of problems regarding drinking water in spite of a similar groundwater and geo-hydrology situation. There are hardly any pumping stations here because only one pumping station was built along the only big road that was built to open up this area: the Morico pumping station. However, it was never brought into production due to the civil war. Field work was also carried out here to actualize data. New monitoring wells have been drilled up to a depth of approximately 100 metres. The calculation model in Modflow and Mt3d and the field data show that in this case the freshwater/saltwater dividing line did advance as far as Morico, but that further west only brackish to salt water is accessible. Another freshwater source lies in the much deeper A-sands. This aquifer&rsquo;s calculation models have been actualized and enlarged to include an Mt3d model. This shows that the current pumping stations can be kept in production for the time being, but that salinization will cause problems on the north side. index,followContact usAny questions? Our experts are happy to help drinking water IranTauw is helping design and construct an installation that provides the Iranian city of Birjand with clean drinking water. The drinking water contains too much chromium(VI) and the hardness of the water is too high. Tauw has examined whether the so-called pellet water softening technique is usable for the removal of chromium(VI) from drinking water.index,followContact us! Any questions? Our experts are happy to help project RECONECTOn 26th September 2018, EU Horizon2020 project “RECONECT- Regenerating ECOsystems with Nature based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk rEduCTion”, kicked off in Portofino, Italy.The second General Assembly of the project takes place in the Van der Valk Hotel in Zwolle, The Netherlands, on 8th &ndash; 10th May 2019. All project partners come together to discuss project progress and plan for subsequent stages of the project. The programme includes a field trip with the 80 international participants to the river IJssel to get a taste of the Dutch programme &ldquo;Room for the River&rdquo; (Ruimte voor de Rivier), and also features presentations by, among others, Henk Ovink (Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands), by Zoran Vojinovic (RECONECT Project Coordinator), Pritha Hariram (of FMO, Dutch Development Bank), and Ingwer de Boer (advisor to the project and former Director of the Room for the River programme). Together with BDCA (Bulgaria) and UFZ (Germany) Tauw leads work package 2, &lsquo;Demonstration&rsquo;. Work package 2 aims to achieve cross-border knowledge exchange about &lsquo;nature based solutions&rsquo; (or, &lsquo;building with nature&rsquo; solutions) that are demonstrated or will be demonstrated in various EU countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, as well as through case studies from Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and Brasil. Being one of the &lsquo;demonstrators&rsquo; itself, Tauw brings in the &ldquo;Ruimte voor de Rivier&rdquo; (&lsquo;room for the river&rsquo;) project of &lsquo;Stroomlijn&rsquo;. EU Horizon 2020 Tauw is represented in the project&rsquo;s executive board and leads one of the 6 work packages, while partaking in most other work packages. We are one of the leaders in this large Horizon2020 project &ndash; with an EU contribution of around 13 million EUR, with a total expenditure profile of around 44 million EUR, and with 36 partners. For facts and figures of the project, please refer to: The coming about of the project A project of this stature brings a history. Much conceptualization, brainstorming, alliance formation and cups of coffee have preceded the current status. Overall project management is in the hands of IHE Delft with whom Tauw implemented different international studies into &lsquo;waste water management&rsquo; and &lsquo;heat-stress mapping&rsquo; in countries like the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand which were essential references to get involved in RECONECT.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts Situ Book"Soil contamination is still a black box to many."Soil contamination is still a black box to many. It's something very deep below us and we can't see it. With this book, we want to give you an insight into what we've learned during the past thirty years. index,followIn Situ BookBased on this experience, we share our perceptions of what goes on in the soil beneath us and how we can deal with it", says Charles Pijls, one of the eight authors who worked on this version of the book In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice for four years. The authors accurately explain the in situ remediation technologies that are available. They present new insights, optimised technologies and interesting combinations of remediation methods without the need for earth moving. The book costs &euro;49.00, including shipping and VAT. Book with latest insights into in situ remediation The soil forms the vital basis of our existence. But what goes on down there? How do these natural, organic processes work? Which contaminating substances are disruptive and harmful? Soil remediation technologies have drastically improved over the years. Sometimes even, its own capacity for recovery is used. With an incredible sixteen in situ remediation technologies, this revised edition provides a practical and application-targeted overview of the possibilities, as well as the impossibilities. Technical reference work In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice is a technical reference work packed with information. The information was collected after many years of experience in soil survey and soil remediation and through collaboration with contractors, research institutes and universities. The result is a valuable tool for educational purposes and a popular study book at universities of applied sciences. It provides an insight for managers and anyone responsible for the environmental portfolio during the preparations of remediation projects. On a closing note, it is a detailed representation of the improvement, refinement and combinations of applications of virtually all in situ technologies. Background information Twenty years ago, the Netherlands experienced a peak in terms of soil issues. Subsequently, the soil consultants of Tauw wrote an initial exploration about the application of in situ remediation technologies. The request to do so came from Uitgeverij Kluwer, as part of a series of study books into environmental control. Once the consultants started to focus on writing, their passion for this reference work increased and it never stopped. Now, they share refinements and improvements with anyone involved in soil contamination, either through work or study. Thanks to this new edition, it has become a statement of Tauw's soil expertise. The previous edition was published twelve years ago.&nbsp; Authors Emile Marnette, Charles Pijls, Frank Volkering, Tobias Praamstra, Bert Scheffer, Marian Langevoort, Dirk Paulus and Ronnie Berg How to order You can order the book by completing the order form, it costs &euro;49.00 per book (including shipping and VAT). Payment in seven days. After payment the book will be send.A word from the AuthorHow can we help?Ask our experts achieves 8% turnover growth in 2017Tauw Group B.V. achieved good financial results in 2017, as was also the case in 2015 and 2016. We reported an 8% rise in turnover from 109 million euros to 118 million euros. The year 2017 was marked by Tauw&rsquo;s buy-back of the minority share interest (25%) from investor Wadinko. This brought our company fully back into the hands of its employees and management. The combination of a financially healthy situation and employee participation give the firm a stable foundation for the future. In the coming years there will be plenty of room for innovations in projects and employee development. Employee participation Tauw Group opted for a unique form of employee participation in 2017, in which participation and ownership have been deliberately separated from the management structure. According to Tauw CEO Annemieke Nijhof, this participatory leadership is a very logical choice. &ldquo;Our employees have always felt strongly committed to the Tauw organisation. We don&rsquo;t want to create a partnership in which the managers have both the organisational power and the largest share of the profit. We achieve our results together and everyone has an equal financial stake in them. Thus, all employees with a permanent contract have been given certificates. In addition, at least 50% of our employees have independently purchased additional shares.&rdquo; Technology Development Board Tauw employees spend a significant part of their time on product and knowledge innovation. In order to acquire a strong position at an international level, Tauw will continue to invest heavily in new technological solutions. Those investments are necessary to remain at the forefront in the coming years in a radically changing environment. There will be a strong focus on data management and the innovative translation of research results and advice. Tauw's Technology Development Board, established in 2017, is taking major steps in the development and application of new measuring methods with drones and XRF, and the translation of results using VR/AR. All countries positive At 11% of the total, the Tauw entities in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain made up the largest share of the 8% turnover growth in 2017. Nijhof: &ldquo;This is in line with the 2020 Tauw Group Strategy which focuses on further strengthening our position in the European industrial sector.&rdquo; Added value grew by 9% from 86.3 million euros in 2016 to 93.7 million euros in 2017. This increase is also particularly reflected in these countries (a 10% increase). The gross result was 3.7 million euros. The Dutch group companies contributed 1.9 million euros to this result and the other countries contributed 1.8 million euros. The results from these countries remained the same as last year. Due to the additional costs involved in the refinancing and the introduction of the employee participation, the gross result in the Netherlands was lower in 2017 than in 2016. In the 2017 financial year, all Tauw group countries and all business units in the Netherlands achieved a positive result. France and Spain saw a considerable improvement in their results. The net result increased from 2.9 million euros in 2016 to 3.0 million euros in 2017. Key figures Outlook Tauw also expects positive market conditions for all relevant market sectors in 2018. Nijhof on 2018: &ldquo;We will focus on further strengthening our position in the European industrial sector, either through autonomous growth or acquisitions. The objective for the Dutch public sector in 2018 is to further improve the positive result.&rdquo; The overall financial objective is stable profitability of at least 5.7% EBITDA in 2018 and 7% in 2020. The turnover target for 2018 at group level is 121 million euros, with an EBITDA of 7 million euros and a gross result of 5.1 million euros. See also: Infographic annual figures 2017index,follow achieves 9% turnover growth in 2018Tauw Group B.V. achieved good financial results in 2018. We reported a 9% increase in turnover, from 118 million euros to 129 million euros.Tauw Group B.V. achieved good financial results in 2018, as was also the case in 2016 and 2017. We reported a 9% increase in turnover, from 118 million euros to 129 million euros. The year 2018 was marked by two changes. Henrike Branderhorst and Ralph van Roessel succeeded Annemieke Nijhof as the management team of Tauw Group. In addition, a new brand was launched: Syntraal. Syntraal is an independent entity for technical interim staff. Our engineering office is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.The new management team presented an agenda for Tauw Group B.V. to become one of Europe&rsquo;s leading environmental consultancy companies. The coming years will be characterised by sustainable profitability, digital transformation and becoming an even stronger and more adaptive organization. Branderhorst on 2019: &ldquo;Our focus for all European entities will be on improving our position on soil and environment-related issues in both the public and the private sector. In addition, data collection and enrichment and achieving our ambitions in the field of sustainability are set to play key roles in our future provision of services.&rdquo; International boost Although its foreign group companies contributed significantly towards the company&rsquo;s profitability, the Dutch part of Tauw Group B.V. accounted for the largest part of the 9% turnover growth in 2018. The added value increased by 8% from 93.7 million euros in 2017 to 101.1 million euros in 2018. The gross result was 5.3 million euros. The Dutch group companies contributed 3.4 million euros to this result and the foreign group companies contributed 1.9 million euros. The gross result in the Netherlands increased by more than 74%. In the 2018 financial year, all foreign group companies and all business units in the Netherlands achieved a positive result. The Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy saw a considerable improvement in their results. The net result increased from 3.0 million euros in 2017 to 3.8 million euros in 2018. Key figures &nbsp; 90 years as an employer of choice Established in 1928, in 2017 we opted for a unique form of employee participation, which makes the employees co-owner of the company with influence on strategic decisions of Tauw. But that&rsquo;s not all. Branderhorst: &ldquo;We are part of a success story that started 90 years ago. However, to prepare ourselves for the next chapter we need to evolve into a company in which every professional willing to contribute to our ambitions can have the dream job that he or she longs for. Diversity and inclusion will be the essential to becoming the employer of choice we want to be. That is why our internal focus extends to those two values.&rdquo; Adaptive organisation 2018 has been a year of exploring and realising alternative business propositions. By launching Syntraal as an independent subsidiary, Tauw highlights its focus on interim activities and demonstrates that it takes labour market flexibility seriously, while maintaining high employment practice standards. By adopting a position as business developer, services that are traditionally viewed as consultancy proposals are being transformed into products that combine specialised consultancy with new technologies. This is a logical development, given the company&rsquo;s ambition of digital transformation, which is certain to play a major role in its business development activities for 2019 and beyond. See also: Infographic annual figures 2018index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts kitOn this page you can download photos and logo's from Tauw. These materials are free to use for Tauw related publications. On this page you can download photos and logo's from Tauw. These materials are free to use for Tauw related publications. index,follow<subtitle/><introtext>&nbsp;Condition: It is not allowed to edit the images or to use them for other purposes than for online or offline publications about Tauw. &nbsp;</introtext><content/></item><item><title>Henrike Branderhorst & Ralph van Roessel (Board of Directors)Ralph van Roessel Henrike BranderhorstBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsLogo's and infographics .jpg &nbsp; .png &nbsp; .jpg Tauw90Years infographic (.pdf)ImageryHappy running childCycling in the cityBoy playing with fountainJumping in a lakePlaying with waterMore about Tauw InternationalWhere can we help you with?Please contact us, if you have some questions! you for your registration for the Tauw Participants Meeting 2019!Thank you for your registrationBij aanvullende informatie, wordt u per mail op de hoogte gebracht.You’ll receive a conformation e-mail where you can find the data you’ve entered. The final agenda and relevant meeting documents will be send to you two weeks in advance of the meeting. noindex,nofollow whomFor whomTauw advises and supports multinationals, industry, investors, real estate companies and public authorities. Together we create a sustainable future. Tauw contributes to a sustainable environment. We do not do this alone, but together with our loyal customers who are often more like partners. Our customer base is broad. We advise and support multinationals, industry, investors, real estate companies and public authorities. Together we create a sustainable future. index,follow we doWhat we doTauw offers sustainable solutions for a better environment. Our range of services is broad. We offer sustainable solutions. Our range of services is broad. Our passionate experts strive to balance economic, environmental and social aspects in everything they do. We collaborate with our customers and provide support on environmental issues, from strategic consultancy to environmental monitoring, from on-site technical support to transaction services. We always look ahead. That is why our product portfolio continually adapts to a changing environment. index,follow ComplianceCompliance QEHSCompliance gives organisations a license to operate. Ensuring compliancy in the areas of Quality, Environment, Health & Safety (QEHS) is thus essential. Compliance with laws and regulations gives organisations a license to operate. Ensuring compliancy in the areas of Quality, Environment, Health & Safety (QEHS) is thus essential. The question is: how do you secure an integrated approach? Tauw bundles its expert knowledge to provide comprehensive compliancy advice to enable organisations to simultaneously seize and sustain opportunities and to fully comply both with statutory and social obligations.index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>Which requirements must we meet? How do we know if we still comply with the environmental, health and safety regulations? Which directives and legal developments need to be considered? Are there any potential environmental risks to our company? How can we optimize our company processes regarding quality, health, safety and the environment? All our customers have to deal with these questions. That is why these important points for attention are fully interwoven in our compliancy services. Our experts have many years of experience and advise organisations comprehensively on topics such as occupational health and safety, legal developments, quality issues and environmental safety. We help you comply with current laws and regulations and ensure operational safety. Tailored compliance management We offer support in compliance management by way of a proven roadmap. This includes a tour at your organisation&rsquo;s location(s) during which we establish the applicable laws and regulations. We then record the outcome in a company-specific registry, based on which a compliance tool is implemented. In this way, your organisation is continually informed about relevant laws and regulations and the extent to which the business complies with them. We also make recommendations on measures aiming to increase your level of compliance. Phases of compliance management: Assessment and controlThis phase provides insight into and management of location-specific HSE laws and regulations, in accordance with our ASPI methodology. Compliance Tool (optional)Our tool provides control over and ensures compliance with (statutory) requirements and compliance-related issues. Compliance audit (optional)Your compliance status is determined based on HSE laws and regulations and current company operations. The environment and occupational health and safety Especially in environmental protection and occupational health and safety, companies are, regardless of their size and industry, exposed to a variety of laws and regulations. Consider, for example, the monitoring and implementation of healthy working conditions, but also safety in spatial planning (rail safety, tunnel safety, flood risks) and safety research on keeping installations in operation. Relying on our cross-industry experience, we are your expert advisor in the field environmental protection. The same goes for occupational health and safety. We believe the long-term success of a company depends to a significant degree on its employees. Foresighted entrepreneurs therefore take preventative measures to ensure a healthy and safe working environment with occupational health and safety measures. Certified and sound methods Our advice, and technical knowledge, is tailored to certified methods such as ISO and VCA. This guarantees that our customers not only comply with legislation and regulations but are also protected against risks. Timely anticipation on changes in legislation and regulations avoids non-compliance situations and unnecessary risks and costs.</content></item><item><title/><subtitle/><introtext/><content>Your future-proof compliancy experts Thanks to our expertise in many different areas, we can offer sustainable solutions, also in the field of QEHS compliance. We have a long-term vision that enables our customers to anticipate (changes in) laws and regulations in a timely manner. Our approach is practical and innovative. Want to no more about our proven approach? Give us a call! &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</content></item><item><title>Projects: Compliance QEHSCan we help you with compliance? Please contact us below! MonitoringEnvironmental monitoringEnvironmental monitoring is a broad concept. It is an essential part of environmental consultancy.To what extent do soil, air and water (the environment) comply with existing local and European requirements and standards? We monitor, inspect and advise. For this, we can rely on more than 25 years of experience and heaps of knowledge and expertise, also on EU standards and protocols. We advise companies, industry and governments and work together with local partners.index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>Reliable measuring is important. After all, the results can have major consequences for people, companies and the environment. Our experts place measurements and inspections in a broader context: we measure, monitor, inspect and advise on all aspects of the quality of the living environment. Whether it concerns soil, air, ecology, noise and vibration, asbestos, wastewater or inspections concerning management and maintenance. Monitoring the living environment Are there protected species in a development area? Might we find asbestos in our building or in our soil? Do our emissions meet the set requirements? Our measurements, inspections, data processing and research, provide certainty about the quality of the living environment or the environmental performance of your industrial or government organisation. Qualified measurement, sampling and analytics are the basis for any environmental assessment. Central to this are the reliable detection and evaluation of abnormalities and contaminants in the entire project environment, as well as the subsequent analysis in accredited laboratories and detailed advice on the applicable statutory provisions. Our aim is to contribute to a sustainable environment. Based on our environmental monitoring results our customers can take specific action towards this mission. Air emission measurements Many industrial processes result in the emission of polluting contaminants into the air. The industrial community has adopted measures to limit these emissions. In these efforts, process-specific advice can be beneficial as can reliable measurements. After all, companies and governments want to keep abreast of the amount of emissions of air pollutants. This is necessary for the application or the granting of permits, but also, for process monitoring. Tauw is at the forefront when it comes to performing emission measurements. We are an accredited measurement body. Our emission measurements meet all necessary requirements. As an expert in the field of air measurements, our services also extend to workplace measurements and air quality monitoring. Asbestos inventories and sustainable solutions Tauw strives for an asbestos-safe society. That is why we offer tailored solutions at all stages of the process: from asbestos research to asbestos inventories and asbestos advice. Do you suspect asbestos in your building, object or in soil? Our experts come up with pragmatic and safe solutions. The first important step is efficient and accurate asbestos research, varying from a quick scan to a contamination survey. We adjust the inventory to the type of project concerned. Think of real estate transactions, demolition and exploitation models. We can also draw up plan for sustainable remediation and cost estimates or even carry out the entire preparation, supervision and management of asbestos removal. Sound environmental monitoring is strongly advised to ensure the long-term safety of a project. Tauw is a competent partner for professional groundwater sampling, measuring groundwater levels, pumping tests, on-site groundwater treatment as well as deep-water sampling and waterbed sedimentation. Innovative measurements with drones Tauw is a front-runner when it comes to using innovative measuring techniques. We routinely use drones, remote sensing and geophysical tools to map and measure objects, structures, and contaminants. The use of drones is an example of an innovation that can no longer be ignored and has proven its value in the world of (soil) measurements and inspections. Drones are easy to use, save time and rapidly accumulate huge amounts of data. These data can be applied directly in reports and related advice. Your future-proof for sustainable measurements Tauw is a reliable sampling partner for the natural resources of soil, water&nbsp;and air. We use routine analytical methods to ensure that your business is compliant with government regulations and detect irregularities at an early stage. An essential feature of our customer-specific, pragmatic and innovative approach is flexibility in terms of time and swift project realisation, while ensuring compliance with legal requirements at all times.</content></item><item><title>Any questions?Our experts are happy to help infrastructure experts support you in projects of all types and sizes. Our focus lies on sustainability and innovative solutions.Today, infrastructural interventions require both (public) support and awareness of environmental consequences. How does our infrastructure fit best with its surroundings and how do we guarantee the quality of the living environment? Our infrastructure experts support you in projects of all types and sizes. Naturally, our focus therein lies on sustainability and innovative solutions for a safe future environment.index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>Infrastructural projects often have a multidisciplinary character and increasingly complex requirements. After all, this field of engineering planning shapes and changes our environment the most. Such demanding projects appeal to us. We have all the necessary knowledge and experience in house to successfully manage and handle your project demands. Location development for a secure future Relying on a wide range of planning and consulting services regarding infrastructure, we support our customers in location development. For example, we come up with forward-looking concepts for the construction and maintenance of traffic systems or supply and disposal networks. Thereby, we focus on developing long-term usable, sustainable and safe solutions. Environmental management Good environmental management is an important success factor for Tauw. In the analysis of successful soil, road, hydraulic and other projects, three issues stand out: social benefit, necessity and the environment. This is reflected in services such as: dismantling and renovation concepts, sustainable roads, property-related wastewater disposal concepts and more. &nbsp;We offer comprehensive services for the dismantling and renovation of your location and the existing infrastructure, thereby including modern refurbishment methods. When it comes to sustainable roads, we, for example, consider the reuse of asphalt and apply heat and cold storage. In infrastructural projects, we often aim to integrate land use improvement and water systems. This requires specialised provisions of a highly constructional nature. Tauw has long-standing extensive expertise in designing and constructing measures to integrate land and water. We design and construct bridges, dykes, watercourses, water control structures, guard locks, and pumping stations. Innovative tools for infrastructure: augmented reality and GIM We use Geographic Information Modelling (GIM) to literally map the impact a project has on the environment? The goal of GIM is to provide geographical area information and visualize project progress, research results, planning, risk management and much more. The possibilities of virtual and augmented reality are endless, also in infrastructure projects. It can be used to give stakeholders a good understanding of a design, or used to generate new ideas and insights at an early stage. VR an AR are also very useful tools for safe working and reduction of potential failure costs. Your future-proof infrastructure consultants Tauw always looks from the outside in. Thanks to our strong connection with the environment, we create the necessary support for infrastructural interventions. This makes each design future-proof. Collaboration is in our DNA. We develop each project plan in close cooperation with our customers. Furthermore, questions about infrastructure often do not stand alone and touch upon many themes. Our consultants are happy to act as a source of information for the future.</content></item><item><title>Projects: InfrastructureAny questions?Our experts are happy to help developmentSite developmentTauw accompanies industries, investors, project developers and governments comprehensively in the complex process of site developmentThe new development or change of use of land and building areas can pose legal and financial risks for project developers and investors. Especially the development of pre-occupied industrial and commercial areas places high demands on interdisciplinary planning. Tauw accompanies industries, investors, project developers and governments comprehensively in this complex process. index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>Sustainable solutions for site development Working towards a complex site development project with environmental challenges? In need of smart solutions for ecological issues during a construction project? We are your answer. Sustainability and innovation are the driving forces behind the start-up, redevelopment and closure of industrial and business sites. We ensure that you comply with all applicable rules and regulations and that you can run your business in a socially responsible way. Our expertise in area and site development is based on decades of experience. We are a leading European consultancy in this field, always offering sustainable solutions. Site redevelopment is often a complex process. It covers a very broad range of aspects that cannot be summed up in a single service or term. Projects may involve questions regarding asset management, design and construction, dismantling and demolition, project management, risk assessments, permits, ecological issues and much more. That is why location development as we see it is the umbrella under which numerous expert fields are offered in full. Our specialty? Offering a multidisciplinary approach whilst taking on projects that pose complex environmental challenges. It is after all our mission to contribute to a sustainable environment. A solid base for new developments Anyone who plans to (re)use commercial space, is faced with a mountain of questions: what legacy lies hidden in buildings or in soil? Should we expect any unpleasant surprises as an investor? Assessing the issues in advance is a challenge that requires experience and a targeted approach. As experienced specialists, we accompany you in this process: from the first risk assessment, to deconstruction, to preparation of the construction site. We take over the complete planning and coordinate all the processes. This may involve: location selection (for industrial developments) a wide range of permit applications (including necessary investigations) hazard and (environmental) impact studies process safety reviews consulting authorities on your behalf civil engineering soil and groundwater investigations designing and monitoring soil and groundwater remediation preparing the selection of contractors regulatory studies and evaluation of health risks waste audits prior to demolition works asbestos studies (inventories and reviews) supervision of soil and groundwater remediation supervision of asbestos removal and demolition works ecological studies resolving planning and zoning issues &nbsp; Full-service development with a sustainable touch Our focus is always on sustainable solutions. That is why, for example, we take sustainable decisions when choosing the right location for site developing. While it is still in its early stages, we are also committed to the concept to Land stewardship: a key approach to the transition towards a Circular Economy. Tauw is an active partner in NICOLE (Network for Industrially Co-ordinated sustainable Land management in Europe).&nbsp; Your future-proof consultants for site development&nbsp; Questions about site development do not stand alone and touch upon themes such as soil, water, air, ecology, civil and installation technology, safety and legislation. Tauw can rely on in-house knowledge in all these areas of expertise. That&rsquo;s why we offer tailored and integrated solutions, and a single point of contact for clear communication. &nbsp;Ultimately, our aim is to unburden our customers. We can quickly switch between disciplines to make your development possible. Naturally, we keep to a tight schedule and stay within. &nbsp;</content></item><item><title>References <subtitle/></item><item><title>Any questions? Our experts are happy to give sound advice. and GroundwaterSoil and groundwaterTauw has over 350 experts in-house who tackle any soil and groundwater issues in a sustainable, innovative and cost-efficient way. Soil is one of our foundations. For over thirty years, we have been a top player in Europe in the fields of soil pollution and groundwater contamination. Governments, industry, private companies and others see us as a reliable partner that is always looking for sustainable and innovate solutions. Our aim is to unburden our customers by reducing and solving soil liabilities.index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>The nature, cause and size of soil surveys and projects vary considerably. As do the issues that need solving. We apply our extensive experience in all kinds of soil issues, from policy to research to remediation, providing answers to questions such as: when is soil investigation necessary? How extensive is the soil contamination on our development site and what are the associated risks? Who is responsible for the pollution on our site? How do we quickly reduce contamination risks? Soil pollution risks Soil and groundwater contamination and remediation is a matter of managing risks, be it the human risks or environmental risks. Are you responsible for soil or groundwater contamination on your company premises? Then it is key to quickly establish the extent of your liability and preferably reduce it. Responsibility for soil pollution is increasingly a legal issue. Therefore, information on the origin or age of the contamination is crucial. Tauw offers extensive experience in site-specific risk assessment and remediation technologies on-site, in-situ and off-site. We offer guidance in all processes concerned and provide advice on a tailored combination of management and remediation technologies. Sustainable remediation When soil is contaminated, it is very likely that it is necessary to take measures. Whether it is necessary to take measures and what these are, depends on the degree of pollution, the laws and regulations, the risks that the pollution entails and the (future) use of the site. Our experienced advisors develop a remediation strategy for each location that meets your needs and the applicable laws and regulations. We advise and design sustainable solutions using as much as possible natural processes and materials. We consider the broad range of these factors to develop sustainable solutions such as sustainable land solutions, constructed natural barriers for groundwater contamination, soil remediation - using sustainable technologies that make use of solar energy and aquifer thermal energy - sustainable groundwater treatment and waste water treatment with helophyte filters. Tauw as prime remediation contractor &nbsp; Nature-based solutions When it comes to soil and groundwater solutions, innovation is our middle name. We apply the latest techniques and methods, such as thermal remediation. A very topical example is bringing healthy soils back into urban areas to prevent heat stress or for water storage in the event of flooding. Another example? We are working on the conditioning of soil to increase its purifying effect and bearing capacity and to reduce its permeability in the case of soil protection. In addition, we continually update our knowledge on so-called emerging contaminants to provide solid advice on these chemicals that could pose potential risks. A social task The clean-up of soil and groundwater contamination is above all a social task. Contamination can be a danger to the health of residents or affect flora and fauna. In addition, they often traverse development plans of governments and companies, and they have a negative impact on the value of sites. The remediation of soil and groundwater pollution is not just a cost. Social benefits consist of a cleaner environment, a more pleasant living environment and the creation of (development) space. The soil and groundwater work field does not stop at soil research and soil remediation. That&rsquo;s why we also offer solutions on topics such as: environmental hygiene asbestos in soil thermal soil remediation, soil protection site development soil policy land management and land stewardship pesticides Geo-information (GIS) and Soil-information systems &nbsp; Your future-proof guide on soil Our soil and groundwater services do not stand alone. Soil and groundwater projects often require a wider approach, that may include site development, monitoring, water management, infrastructure and transactions. Tauw can offer you tailored solutions and services, which cover all these topics. &nbsp;</content></item><item><title>MembershipsTauw is an active partner in NICOLE (Network for Industrially Co-ordinated Land management in Europe) and contributes to international (ISO/CEN) and national standardisation bodies.&nbsp;We are also a member of the&nbsp;International&nbsp;Sustainable Remediation Association.&nbsp;Globally, we are involved in formulating policy and taking care of the needs of multinationals in solving and reducing their soil liabilities.DownloadsCapability statement advanced soilSoil & Groundwater related contentAny questionsOur experts are happy to help Sustainable development is a social and global guiding principle of the 21st century. Sustainable development is a social and global guiding principle of the 21st century. This means ensuring a self-regenerative long-term, ecological, social and economic structure. As part of a unique and interconnected system, every organisation, whether industrial, governmental, financial, private or public – and each person - may contribute to sustainable development. As environmental consultants, it is our mission to create sustainable solutions. That is why we always take sustainability into account in our services, in our advice, in how we innovate. We do not offer pre-cooked solutions though. Instead, we collaborate with our customers to understand their evolving needs, and provide the best possible, pragmatic and above all sustainable solutions. index,follow “Sustainability is not a product”Towards sustainable organisations Sustainability has become inevitable. It also discloses unprecedented opportunities for business and organisational developments. Taking sustainability, social and environmental impacts into account is an essential strategic element of successful business operations. Think of climate solutions, water and energy management issues, employee welfare, and much more. The relevance and severity of these issues should not be neglected. That is why companies need reliable partners with global expertise and local knowledge. Tauw will help you formulate clear policies and strategic objectives. We advise on the implementation of sustainability in business models and create practical solutions. We help our customers turn their organisation into a sustainably operating company. This brings enormous benefits in terms of profit, reputation, efficiency and acceptance. Sustainability is our business&nbsp; In 2015, a planet-wide framework regarding sustainability was set by the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offering a roadmap towards 2030. Establishing these goals, requires action and innovative solutions. Sustainability is not a product. It is a way of thinking and a practical concept. That is why sustainability is part of everything we do and reflected in our services. These include (but are not limited to) aspects such as: Climate adaptation Carbon footprint Water footprint Circular economy Waste water solutions&nbsp; Compliance management Sustainable remediation&nbsp; Hazardous materials and waste management&nbsp; Ecology and biodiversity Energy transition Emissions Nature-based solutions Environmental, Social, and Governance&nbsp; Responsible Investments Environmental monitoring Your future-proof guide for sustainable solutions It is our mission to deliver 'sustainable solutions for a better environment' and naturally we live up to this mission. For this, we can rely on many years of experience in environmental and sustainability issues. Through the years, we have built up large network of interdisciplinary experts in a variety of fields. It is precisely this combination of in-depth technical and organisational know-how, paired with detailed industry knowledge and consulting expertise, which distinguishes Tauw from other consultants in sustainability. &nbsp;Our sustainable solutionsAn example of how at Tauw we think practically about a clean and sustainable environment is our plastic waste catcher. Tauw Shore Liner is an innovative tool to reduce plastic soup in ports. Questions about sustainable development?Our experts are happy to help, environmental, health & safety, and sustainability issues combined with liability consequences play a crucial role in transactions.In global markets, merger and acquisition pose major business challenges but also create opportunities. Today, environmental, health & safety, and sustainability issues combined with liability business consequences play a crucial role in transactions and affect management strategies and decisions. No worries though: we are here to help. We aim to make business risks quantifiable for our customers, so you can adjust your business plans and strategies accordingly. index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>&ldquo;In transactions, trust is key&rdquo; Understanding and determining potential environmental and health and safety liabilities in your business is crucial at any time, but especially when dealing with mergers or acquisition. Do we comply with regulatory requirements? Are our licenses and permits in place? Is our business sustainable? These questions require answers prior to a transaction. That&rsquo;s where Tauw comes in: we take worries away and provide answers. We guide investors, multinationals, industry, real estate developers, pension funds and others through the entire transaction process, based on expertise and mutual trust. When it comes to Transactions, we offer two lines of services: Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). Environmental Due Diligence: a reality check&nbsp; In transaction&nbsp;processes, environmental, health, safety and sustainability aspects can harbour cost and liability risks. As regulation in this area increases, so do the risks. Therefore, EDD is highly recommended. The assessment provides your deal team with a reality check related to the (potential) business risks and consequences.&nbsp; &nbsp; Our EDD consists of two phases. Phase I offers insight into the paper reality. Our technical Phase I EDD approach is very much tailored to your needs. We address your demands and reflect on the size of targets and investment risks. Together we develop the scope and decide on aspects that need to be investigated. Certain situations or risks require further investigation and analysis. That is where Phase II starts: the practical issues. In this phase, fieldwork is done to assess soil, hazardous materials such as asbestos, waste water, air pollution and more. The results of this form focal points and opportunities for improvement, for example in the field of compliance, raw materials, waste savings, and potential presence of hazardous or banned substances. Naturally, we are happy to also support the development and implementation of sustainable and innovative solutions. ESG and Responsible Investment In the investment market, the ESG perspective potentially delivers major contributions to the value of enterprises acquired. Hence, investors, including private equity firms, increasingly see the benefit of addressing sustainability and ESG in the context of their investments. More and more often, customers approach us with questions concerning Environmental, Social and Governance and Responsible Investment. How do we invest responsibly? What does ESG entail? How do we effectively implement ESG or RI policy? How do we identify and manage ESG risks and opportunities in our investments? As one of the leading providers of ESG services, we support our customers in all areas, aspects and stages of ESG integration. Our services include, but are not limited to: strategy and management consultancy, ESG and Responsible Investment policies, ESG Due Diligence, monitoring and reporting, operations consulting, and supply chain assessments. Broader than technology, further than just today&nbsp; Our customers very much appreciate that we offer more than strategic advice. Our technical expertise is an added benefit, especially when it comes to risk assessments and integrated services. By looking at familiar issues from a different perspective, we create new views and innovative solutions. This different perspective &ndash; broader than technology, further than just today &ndash; ensures pragmatic, sustainable and feasible solutions. Global competence, local presence The scope of transactions often exceeds borders. We offer a worldwide service that includes extensive knowledge of environmental laws and regulations. As a founding member of the CAT Alliance&nbsp;we can rely on a global network of consultants in 50 countries, enabling us to quickly assist our customers worldwide, offering knowledge of local regulatory and culture. &nbsp;</content></item><item><title>DownloadsWhite paper ESGTauw Transaction services (ESG)Projects: Transactions Any questions?Our experts are happy to help cooperates with a wide variety of partners and parties on water issues. Our focus is sustainability and innovative solutions.Our climate changes, sea levels are rising, and fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce. This means that good water management in all its aspects is a key issue for municipalities, business and industry. That’s why Tauw cooperates with a wide variety of partners and parties on water issues. Naturally, our focus therein lies on sustainability and innovative solutions for a safe future environment.index,followWater is our source of existenceWater management has been in our portfolio since our very foundation 1928: 90 years of experience that we are proud of. Our range of services and expertise in the field of water is broad, however our focus areas are: Innovative waste water treatment Discharging waste water minimizes pollution of soil and surface water. That&rsquo;s why our experts dedicate themselves to separating clean and polluted water streams, for example through sustainable water purification systems. The innovative systems break down pollutants into harmless components and recover valuable components for re-use. We bundle technological research and design, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering to realise high-quality systems for sewage treatment (WWTPs), wastewater treatment (AWZIs) and individual waste water treatment (ibas). Water chain and circularity Tauw advises on the optimisation of the sustainable water chain; from sink to sewage. In doing so, we provide answers to questions such as: how can we make our water chain future-proof and climate-neutral?&nbsp; The answer often lies in making smart use of new technology, such as new sanitation and ecological post-purification and thereby contributing to a circular economy. Climate adaptation Due to climate change, more extreme weather is to be expected. This may cause flooding, damage to foundations and green areas and possibly heat stress. For local governments, timely anticipation is key. The same goes for industrial and commercial parties: anticipating weather-related damage is increasingly economically relevant.&nbsp; Our experts have developed innovative tools that quickly provide insight into the impact of climate change. These tools literally map the effects of climate change by means of heat stress and flooding maps, which provide insight into the costs and benefits of smart solutions. Hydrology: surface and groundwater When it comes to the topic of hydrology, we are very much focussed on the water system of the future. Supported by surface water models, our consultants provide insight into water systems, for example via water system analyses, answering questions such as: what effect do environmental factors such as soil subsidence have? As experts in regional groundwater models, we calculate complex groundwater systems and predict the effects of interventions on, for example, agriculture, nature and urban water. Do you need temporary drainage for the construction of a road, pipeline or tunnel? We provide advice on a dewatering plan. Our groundwater experts are happy to think along with you about sustainable innovation. We also advise on topics such as water safety, groundwater contamination, pumping stations and strategic issues. Your future-proof source of information Questions about water management often do not stand alone and touch upon themes such as soil, infrastructure, ecology and more. Our consultants are therefore happy to act as a source of information for the future.DownloadsFlood model Bergen NorwayAny questions?Our experts are happy to help EquityPrivate EquityTauw provides sustainable advice on environmental risks and responsible investing. Sustainable advice on environmental risks and responsible investing.index,followResponsible investing and sustainable solutionsWhether it is about starting a business, investing in innovative companies or strategic investments in real estate or industry, private equity firms form an integral part of the financing and development of the economy. They are also exposed to considerable risks. Our private equity customers can rely on our competences when it comes to considering environmental risks, sustainability issues, and making safe decisions.Environmental and sustainability issues pose significant cost and liability risks to merger and acquisition processes. Identifying, evaluating, and minimizing environmental liability risks is thus essential. In this trusting process between investor and consultant, we establish environmental risks through due diligence. For over twenty years, Tauw has been supporting investors worldwide on environmental due diligence, health and safety compliance and Environmental Social Governance (ESG).&nbsp; We are a founding member of the CAT Alliance network, which guarantees access to more than 13,000 experts worldwide. Our understanding of the investing context and its requirements, combined with timely, high quality delivery, has resulted in many recurrent customer relationships. Your partner for sustainable solutions We offer our private equity customers sustainable and cutting-edge solutions. In doing so, we strive to develop a partnership based on trust and mutual understanding.&nbsp;Overview of servicesContact usAny questions? Our experts are happy to help consultancy for a future-proof industryLeading consultancy for a future-proof industryindex,followIndustryToday, our industry is highly globalised. This internationalisation requires not only a deep understanding of the global and local context but also an eye for sustainability and social responsibility. Our customers in industry can rely on us to provide contextual knowledge as well as sustainable solutions and expert advice for a future-proof industry.Tailored advice for sustainable business objectives Tauw helps multinationals and other industrial customers to develop sustainably. For more than 25 years, we have been offering a wide scope of services to the industry. We currently work for (and together with!) no less than 25% of the main industries in Europe. This includes sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, manufacturing, automotive, logistics, energy, oil and gas, maritime, and airports. Our customers have a responsible role in society. Employees, authorities, residents and suppliers alike expect responsible corporate management that takes social, ecological and economic aspects into account. Tauw takes care of your concerns, helping you to create opportunities and achieve your business objectives. As an independent consultancy, we provide tailored advice in the areas of the environment, safety, energy and sustainable management. This may include, but is not limited to, environmental monitoring, transactions, soil and groundwater issues, permits, and compliance. We combine our expertise in these areas to deliver integrated advice tailored to your needs. This enables you to take advantage of opportunities in a sustainable way, whilst at the same time meeting your legal and social obligations. Your number 1 consultancy for a sustainable future-proof industry We use our brainpower to help capitalise on the added value of sustainable development of (industrial) locations.&nbsp;This is rooted in the heart of our service. We offer sustainable solutions and develop long-term, lasting relationships with our industrial customers, based on trust and mutual understanding.Overview of services<subtitle/></item><item><title>Any questionsOur experts are happy to help consultants for governments: shaping the future environment.Environmental consultants for governments: shaping the future environment.index,followShaping the future environmentSustainability is essential for future development. This is especially true for public authorities and municipalities, which are mandated to implement legislations and use public funds for the purposes of society and the living environment. Our governmental customers can rely on our independent advice and sustainable solutions in areas such as soil and groundwater, site remediation, ecology, water, climate adaptation, infrastructure and more.&nbsp;We are environmental consultants and engineers who are aware of the countless interests that are present in public space. Technical possibilities and impossibilities, necessary adjustments, environmental conditions, and future value all play a role. Therefore, we consider not only the use but also the experience and the future value of the space around us. We contribute to making your projects socially feasible. We provide advice in the fields of soil research, groundwater remediation, flood risk and disaster prevention and offer rapid and targeted measures in the event of building pollutants. We literally and figuratively build bridges and help construct water control structures, such as viaducts and dykes. We also have ample experience in innovative and green solutions for energy saving, and thus cost-reduction. Furthermore, authorities can contact us for environmental impact assessments (EIA), environmental monitoring and legislation. We assist governments, on local, regional, and national level, with the implementation of their policies. In doing so, we help shaping the future environment. Naturally, our focus is on sustainable and innovative solutions. Your partner for sustainable solutions Relying on more than 80 years of experience, Tauw combines Europe-wide experience with state-of-the-art methods. We safeguard the feasibility of your plans and offer independent advice, an open dialogue, and a balance of interests. We develop partnerships based on trust and mutual understanding.Overview of services<subtitle/></item><item><title>Contact usAny questions? Our experts are happy to help TauwAbout TauwWe are Tauw: an independent European consulting and engineering company with a strong focus on the environment.We are Tauw: an independent European consulting and engineering company with a strong focus on the environment. We are environmental consultants. We use our knowledge and experience to create sustainable solutions for a better environment. We are proud professionals who strive to balance economic, environmental and social aspects in everything we do.index,followWho we are SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT Tauw contributes to a sustainable environment. We advise and support companies, industries and governments&nbsp;on making choices for sustainable development. We do not do this alone, but together with our loyal customers who are often more like partners. And with passionate professionals who are proud of the solutions they come up with. Together we devise sustainable solutions. Our range of services&nbsp;is wide, as is our expertise. We aim to offer integrated solutions, tailored to our customer&rsquo;s needs. Our dedicated people have a great sense of responsibility and care for the environment.Global presence, local expertise In addition to technical expertise, a wide product portfolio and great empathy, there is another crucial pillar in Tauw&rsquo;s consultancy: local presence. We can rely on an extensive network of regional offices in Europe and an excellent worldwide network. This allows us to work closely with our customers and develop long-lasting relationships. An added benefit of this is that we are at the forefront when it comes to knowledge and development of local legislations. Thus, we can offer country-specific solutions. &ldquo;We can openly say that we are independent consultants who have no other interest than to find the best environmental solution for our customers. That is something to be proud of&rdquo; Our missionTauw has a mission: to contribute to a sustainable environment, together with our customers. We believe that the quality of our living environment can always be improved. As long as this is our conviction, we continue to exist and do what we do best.Our mission is our promise Our proud professionals use their knowledge and willpower to create sustainable and efficient solutions for a better environment. Ultimately, our objective is to create actual benefit to the environment, to economy and overall to society. &ldquo;I am very proud to be working for a company that has &lsquo;sustainable solutions for a better environment&rsquo; as a mission.&rdquo; Our storyOur mission has been in our DNA ever since the foundation of Tauw in October 1928 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. It may not come as a surprise that water is at the root of our company. Tauw was established due to a rising need of independent and technical advice on water management issues. Our name is in fact an acronym of Technisch Adviesbureau van de Unie van Waterschapsbonden, which translates as Technical Consultancy of the Union of Water Boards.&nbsp;Water is our source Our earliest assignments mainly deal with water management. However, road construction and electrification are soon added to our portfolio. In the years that follow, we also start monitoring existing drainage installations and take on various assignments for municipalities. And the activities keep expanding. Post-war reconstruction leads to growth, particularly in the construction of pumping stations. In 1953, our development is temporarily halted by the devastating flood in the coastal areas of the Netherlands. However, as industrialisation increases, so does the amount of wastewater. Therefore, in 1954, we establish our first laboratory in The Hague. In the late 1960s Tauw expands and adds engineering consultancy to its portfolio focussing on construction, hydraulic engineering and environmental hygiene, on top of our existing services. Europe becomes our playground By the late 1980&rsquo;s the Tauw company has grown from 5 to more than 125 employees and continues to grow exponentially, mainly because of a considerable number of acquisitions. Europe becomes our playground as we establish branches in Germany, Belgium and France and later also Italy and Spain. 90 years and still going strong In 2018, we proudly celebrate our 90th birthday, together with more than 1.200 employees. Tauw today is a proud people-owned company that can rely on solid knowledge and experience. We are a leading European provider of environmental engineering and consulting services. &nbsp;DownloadsCapability Statement<subtitle/></item><item><title>Contact usAny questions? We are happy to help. a career change? Join our professional playground! Contemplating a career change? Looking for job opportunities? Join Tauw! We are an independent European consulting and engineering company with a strong focus on the environment. Our proud professionals use their knowledge and willpower to create sustainable solutions for a better environment. Ultimately, our objective is to create actual benefit to the environment, to economy and overall to society. Want to join our mission?index,followAbout TauwMore than 1,100 Tauw employees work across Europe to create a clean, safe and sustainable living environment. They are driven, curious, and passionate experts in their fields. Together we devote ourselves to a great variety of projects and develop innovative and efficient solutions for a better environment. Our people are our value. We are proud of our unique form of&nbsp;participatory leadership.&nbsp;Tauw employees feel strongly committed to the Tauw organisation. We achieve our results together. We also want our people to be happy with their work and workplace. That&rsquo;s why&nbsp;safety comes first,&nbsp;as do equal opportunities.Our ValuesGovernance and organisationSocial responsibilityOur CultureJoin our professional playgroundOur culture&nbsp; Our corporate culture is informal. The atmosphere is amicable. We believe that a good atmosphere, combined with your ambitions and competencies, affects your career to a great degree. At Tauw you can be yourself, as a professional and as a person. From your personal passion, you can come up with smart solutions for a clean, safe and sustainable environment. &ldquo;I am very proud to be working for a company that has &lsquo;sustainable solutions for a better environment&rsquo; as mission&rdquo; Tauw University We like to invest in our people. That is why each employee has a personal development plan, which focusses on continuous learning and growing. We even offer an internal training programme: Tauw University. Tauw University gives our people the opportunity to develop their skills and keep learning new things.&nbsp;Field of expertiseThanks to our broad range of services and our many fields of expertise, we have a diversity of jobs and opportunities on offer, plus a wide scope for further development. Water Sustainability Soil and groundwater Compliance Infrastructure Environmental monitoring Transactions Site development Other Current JobsPlease check our country websites for job opportunities Tauw Netherlands Tauw Italy &nbsp; Tauw Belgium Tauw Germany Tauw&nbsp;Iberia Tauw&nbsp;France Open applicationsNo suitable jobs currently advertised, but interested to join our playground? We welcome open applications. Feel free to send us your resume and motivation and do not forget to mention what it is you are looking for. We cannot promise anything, except that we will take your application into consideration.Any career questions?Our experts are happy to help EstateSustainable real estate: advising on the full real estate life cycle.Sustainable real estate: advising on the full real estate life cycle.index,followSustainable real estate Sustainability is an essential foundation for future development. In real estate development, long-term economic success goes hand in hand with environmentally and socially responsible strategies. Our customers in real estate can rely on our sustainable solutions and expert advice concerning the full real estate life cycle. Real estate and buildings are the basis for work and housing and an important part of economic value creation. Result-oriented real estate management includes - as required by law &ndash; the building and operation of structures in such a way that life, health and natural resources are not endangered. Tauw offers a comprehensive scope of expert services for real estate companies, varying from environmental monitoring to due diligence to transaction services and risk assessment of properties. We also participate in consortia for the redevelopment of both urban and industrial areas. Naturally, our focus therein lies on sustainability aspects. We believe that result-oriented real estate management includes taking into consideration health, safety and the natural environment. This includes economical use of soil, water, energy and resources. Your partner for sustainable solutions We offer our real estate customers sustainable and cutting-edge solutions. In doing so, we strive to develop a partnership based on trust and mutual understanding. &nbsp; Overview of servicesContact usAny questions? Our experts are happy to help Tauw In situ book Please answer the following questions.... &nbsp; Number of books* &nbsp; Shipping adress* &nbsp; Zip-code* &nbsp; Residence* &nbsp; Country* &nbsp; Emailadresse i.v. invoice* &nbsp; Phonenumber* &nbsp; Name company or university* &nbsp; Email &nbsp; Sort of order* Company Private &nbsp; VAT-number* &nbsp; Different invoice-address* No Yes &nbsp; &nbsp; Adresse* &nbsp; 5 + 8* =&nbsp; &nbsp; Zip-code* &nbsp; Place* &nbsp; Country* &nbsp; Notes for invoicing &nbsp; index,follow you prepared to cope with the global megatrends of tomorrow? Have you implemented measures to adapt your business to declining ecosystems, rapid urbanization, and stricter market regulations? The time is now for businesses to develop the capacity to thrive in a fast-changing environment. The Tauw Environmental Resilience Assessment (TERA) helps you with that. index,followTERA The Case for TERA As global megatrends continue to shape our world, they result in environmental impacts that affect businesses around the world. Companies become increasingly exposed to more extreme and frequent stresses and shocks such as flooding, resource scarcity, or new environmental regulations, that pose a direct threat to their operations. In order to secure business now and in the long-term, organizations need to find ways to identify and manage the risks stemming from those trends and events. TERA has been designed to help with that. It is an assessment tool that evaluates the environmental resilience status of your company and/or individual sites. In doing so, TERA identifies the material environmental hazards that impact your business and assesses whether your company has taken appropriate action to mitigate or adapt to those. On the basis of an initial assessment, TERA helps to prioritize measures that your company can pursue to become more resilient to global megatrends. The tool is flexible with regards to the various risks and hazards it considers and assesses, which makes it particularly suitable for alignment with global and industry standards, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). TERA is able to support you in tracking your progress against these standards as well as in formulating future action for enhanced goal contribution. How it works TERA introduces the concept of resilience demand and capacity. The resilience demand displays the potential impact that environmental stresses and shocks might have on your business, whereas the resilience capacity represents your company&rsquo;s ability to anticipate, prevent, and react to this impact. TERA assesses both your company&rsquo;s demand and capacity for resilience. In order to facilitate an assessment, TERA breaks global megatrends down into four main categories: Natural hazards (e.g. weather extremes, flooding, drought, seismic hazards) Resources (e.g. energy, water, waste, production resources) Environmental impacts (e.g. soil quality, air and water quality, biodiversity, ecosystem services) Socio-economic situation (e.g. urbanization, traffic, building contaminants, health &amp; safety) Clearly, different firms are exposed to different environmental risks, depending on the nature of the business and the location of sites. Therefore, when defining the scope of the assessment, we work together with you in order to determine those categories and sub-categories that are the most material to your business and operations. For each of the selected categories, TERA assesses resilience demand and capacity individually, assigns scores, and weighs them against each other. As a result, the tool provides you with information on how environmentally resilient your business is with regards to different risks and threats. For each category, as well as for the overall site, the resilience status will be determined. In addition to that, the tool identifies areas of high priority, in which the implementation of measures is particularly urgent, thereby helping your business to create a focused set of follow-up actions. Based on the results of the initial assessment and identified resilience status, we will provide you with recommendations on how to secure your business today and in the near future. Disclaimer TERA assists you in managing environmental risks, reducing future costs and minimizing exposure to the impacts of global megatrends. The tool helps you to continuously improve the environmental resilience of your sites and prepare your business to adapt to and react upon the threats stemming from global megatrends.&nbsp;&nbsp; DownloadsInfographic TeraHow can we help?Ask our experts participates in EU project GREENERTauw Group participates in the EU project GREENER (InteGRated Systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation) Tauw Group participates in the EU project 'GREENER - Integrated Systems for Effective Environmental Remediation' as part of the funding program Horizon 2020. On 1 April the kick-off meeting of the project GREENER takes place in Burgos (Spain).The project team consists of 20 partners from Europe and China. The project GREENER (InteGRated Systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation) is funded over a period of 4 years with a total of EUR 4.5 million, including approximate EUR 310,000 for Tauw. Biological-based treatment of polluted soil and water Aim of project GREENER is the development of biological-based degradation methods for the treatment of polluted soil and water. Among other things, Tauw will support the GREENER partners in taking samples from contaminated soil and water for use in laboratory testing. In addition to this, Tauw accompanies the planning and implementation of pilot tests. Horizon 2020 Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework program for research and innovation, is supposed to help translate globally competitive research into better growth and jobs. Participation is open to legal entities established in an EU Member State, an Associated State or a third country. In order to become a cooperation partner, there are a number of rules for participation. Participation is open to such institutions as universities, colleges, research institutes or companies. Tauw hopes to gain new insights and to expand the network by participating in this project.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts Technical Consultancy of the Union of Water Boards was established on 13 October 1928 and started out with only 5 employees. Now, 90 years later, we employ over 1.200 motivated environmental consultants who create sustainable solutions for a better environment. Let’s celebrate our 90th birthday together! Tauw90Years infographicindex,followThe Kick-off party90 Years of Tauw: The Book Tauw recently released the book '90 Years of Tauw', filled with pictures and stories related to the Tauw history!Tauw over the years Take a look at the some old pictures below. We also used them while writing '90 Years of Tauw'.<text/></item><item><title/><text/></item><item><title/><text/></item><item><title/><text/></item><item><title/><text/></item><item><title/><text/></item></items></item><item><title>Upcoming 'Tauw 90 Years' eventsQ1&nbsp;2019 Opening Tauw Exposition Tauw Pensioners meeting&nbsp; Q2 - Q3&nbsp;2019 Sustainability March Client events&nbsp; Q3 - Q4 2019 Tauw 90 Years: Cooldown&nbsp; &nbsp;More information about our 90th anniversary?Please contact us. We would love to tell you more about our history or upcoming events. emissionsindex,follow,follow waterindex,follow,follow,follow selectionindex,follow,follow designindex,follow designindex,follow and contract managementindex,follow management and oversightindex,follow,follow,follow remediationindex,follow efficiencyindex,follow resilianceindex,follow managementindex,follow adaptationindex,follow,.html23302Environmental Phase I Assessments,index,follow II ESAsindex,follow,follow engineeringindex,follow waterindex,follow safetyindex,follow ValuesCore valuesAt the heart of all our actions are integrity, professionalism and social responsibility. These are the core values that underpin Tauw’s company culture.At the heart of all our actions are integrity, professionalism and social responsibility. These are the core values that underpin Tauw’s company culture. It is a set of behaviours that we expect our people to embrace. index,followSafety &ldquo;Everyone is entitled to safe working conditions&rdquo; Safety first&nbsp; Incidents happen. We are very aware of this. That is why, at Tauw, we put safety first. Period. All our employees should be safe and return home unharmed after a day&rsquo;s work. Safety is thus a key topic in everything we do. We also strongly believe that rules alone don&rsquo;t guarantee safety. It is very much a question of awareness, culture, monitoring and reporting. Safety mostly comes alive when you have to deal with it yourself. A mother, for example, feels responsible for the safety of her children. But what seems logical at home is often much more complicated in our industry. At Tauw, we therefore urge our people to consciously take that obvious safety of home along to the workplace. Safety rules Our people carefully comply with the Tauw rules and regulations and instructions concerning safety at work. They make sure that their activities are carried out in a safe manner. Unsafe situations and (near) accidents are always and directly reported. Our organisation-wide reporting tool Safety Incident makes it easier to report and monitor incidents. Its effectiveness has now been more than proven. The number of reported incidents increased by more than 300%, both in office situations and in the field. Naturally, safety is a major priority for our clients as well. Reduction of incidents within industrial sites is a key priority. Statistics show that 50% of safety incidents concern own staff. The other 50% however occur with hired personnel. Therefore, safe working conditions are a concern for all parties involved. At Tauw, we use our knowledge and experience to make a virtue of necessity: safety first. &ldquo;Safety is not a matter of course and should always be on everyone&rsquo;s agenda.&rdquo; Sustainability &ldquo;Sustainability is present in everything we do&rdquo;&nbsp; To achieve our mission and live our vision, we initiate and contribute ideas towards a sustainable future. Offering sustainable solutions comes with a responsibility: to be sustainable yourself. Therefore, we continuously strive for green solutions and services. Three key guidelines apply in these respects: Our guidelines: practically sustainable 1 We advise our customers in making sustainable choices&nbsp; 2 We continuously strive to optimise our own sustainable development. 3 We invest&nbsp;in a sustainable future&nbsp; People, Planet, Prosperity We advise our customers on making sustainable choices. We monitor the environmental quality, apply innovative nature-based solutions, regulate permits and optimise business processes. In doing so, we take into account the vulnerability of nature, biodiversity and human interest. Practically sustainable&nbsp; We continuously strive to enhance our own sustainable development in all its facets. That&rsquo;s why we work on reducing our carbon and water footprints, give room for the personal development of our people, and actively pursue our company to reflect the society we live in. We aim to be as green as possible in areas such as mobility (green cars), waste management, energy management and more. Together we work on stable, sustainable profitability. In a broader spectrum, Tauw is committed to and positions itself in the United Nations framework of Sustainable Development goals, including the&nbsp;2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.EthicsOur ethical standards At Tauw, we acknowledge the need to comply with the highest ethical standards, especially in our field of expertise. That&rsquo;s why we abide by the code of ethics of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). In doing so, we recognize the industry is critical to achieving sustainable development of our society and the environment.&nbsp;Main aspects of this standard are: Integrity and impartiality Fairness, honesty and loyalty supporting all actions Being aware of and obeying the law Contribute to the well-being of shareholders, customers, the economy and the society. A people&rsquo;s business Our people should feel safe and be able to do their work in an open and honest working environment. That&rsquo;s why we urge them to treat each other respectfully. Any statement (or conduct) containing threatening, sexual or otherwise harassing, discriminatory, defamatory or offensive content in any manner or by whatever medium. Tauw is above all a people&rsquo;s business. We want our people to be happy with their work and workplace. We have incorporated this into our policies and guidelines. In addition, we perform employee satisfaction surveys on a regular basis to monitor wellbeing so we can adjust if necessary.Any questions?We are happy to help and organisationGovernance and organisationIn the Tauw organisation, ownership and participation have been deliberately separated from the management structure. In 2017, Tauw opted for a unique form of employee participation: participatory leadership. Ownership and participation have been deliberately separated from the management structure. All Tauw employees with a permanent contract have been given certificates and at least 50% of them have independently purchased additional share certificates.index,followGovernanceParticipatory leadership: in it together People-owned and proud "The starting point is to govern together&rdquo; In our view, this participatory leadership is a very logical choice. Our employees have always felt strongly committed to the Tauw organisation. We achieve our results together and everyone has an equal stake in them. The proceeds of the sale of Tauw share certificates go to the Tauw Foundation. The board of the Tauw Foundation has an independent position. As a result of this ownership structure, Tauw is not a publicly traded company.OrganisationTauw Group Tauw has more than 1200 employees and is organised as Tauw Group with branches in The Netherlands Belgium Germany France Spain Italy In Europe, Tauw holds a top 3 position in the field of environmental consulting. Read more about our management &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Tauw Group in numbers Founded Different branches CountriesAnnual figures 2019 &nbsp; Annual figures 2018&nbsp; Click here to see the figures in .PDF<subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><content1/><content2/><title>Organisational Charts Annual figures &ldquo;We achieve our results together. Everyone has an equal stake&rdquo; Tauw is doing well. In recent years, we achieved overall positive results. This is in line with our 2020 Tauw Group Strategy that focusses on further strengthening our position in Europe.Key figures In 2017, Tauw achieved an 8% turnover increase: from 109 million euros in 2016 to 119 million euros in 2017, with a gross result of 3,7 million euros. The net result increased from 2.9 million to 3.0 million. Results we can be proud of. 2018 and beyond: outlook The combination of a financially stable situation and our unique form of employee participation gives our organisation a stable foundation for the future. In the coming years, there is ample room for innovation, employee development and further growth. To acquire and maintain our strong position in Europe, we will invest heavily in technological solutions. We believe such investments are necessary in our radically changing environment, which needs sustainable solutions. We will also focus on further strengthening our position in the European industrial sector. &nbsp;Any questions?We are happy to help responsibilitySocial responsibilityTauw wants to contribute to a better environment. We do this in our daily activities but we are also aware of our social responsibility.Our mission is our promise. Tauw wants to contribute to a better environment. We do this in our daily activities, by creating sustainable solutions, but we are also aware of our social responsibilities as a company. That’s why we support initiatives that contribute to the sustainable environment we strive for. index,followTauw Foundation In 2017, Tauw established the Tauw Foundation, which has two main objectives: &nbsp; To encourage and (financially) support non-profit initiatives that focus on societal impact and are in line with our mission and activities. To (financially) support Tauw Group to ensure its continuity. The Foundation&rsquo;s assets come from the proceeds of the sale of Tauw shares. The proceeds are put to good use: to contribute to a better world. Sponsor of nature education On the local level (in the Netherlands), Tauw is committed to promoting nature education. We do this by sponsoring IVN, the Dutch institute for nature education and sustainability . Every year, we donate to IVN. These donations are used to work on a sustainable society, with the underlying idea that involvement in nature encourages sustainable action. One such action is closing the gap between children and nature. We believe that children should be able to play in a natural environment. That&rsquo;s why our professionals voluntarily devote their time and knowledge to classrooms and invest their expertise contributing to the mission of IVN. IVN is our partner when it comes to the immediate environment. Global remediation of POP pesticides&nbsp; At the global level, we use our expertise, manpower, experience and financial resources for responsible use of pesticides. Until the end of the 1970s, large quantities of POP pesticides were used worldwide in agriculture. This has led to the accumulation POP pesticides that have not always been properly treated and stored. As a consequence, they pose danger to both people&rsquo;s health and the environment. That&rsquo;s why we work on a global scale to actively detect POP pesticides and remediate the contaminated sites. Together with (local) authorities, we work on the safe storage and destruction of these toxic substances. We also provide training to governments (capacity building) in the framework of the implementation of The Stockholm Convention on POP&nbsp; &nbsp;Can we help you?Ask our experts Oudenbroek to become chair Supervisory Board Tauw GroupWe are happy to announce that Eline Oudenbroek (1969) has agreed to become the chair of the Supervisory Board. Until recently this role was executed by Ellen Faber (1956), who will stay on as a member. By appointing Mrs Oudenbroek, who was already a member of the Supervisory Board, the Board is fundamentally unaltered which gives the new Tauw Group management a solid set of advisors. Mrs Oudenbroek has been appointed until 2023.Also Mrs Faber has confidence in her successor. &ldquo;During my time as Chair Eline has proven to be a valuable asset to our team. With her sharp mind, wit and stamina we have already tackled major decisions such as the change in the Board of Directors in 2018 and the introduction of the employee Participation scheme in 2017&rdquo;. Mrs Oudenbroek is proud to take this role. &ldquo;As a member of the Tauw Supervisory Board I got to know the Tauw Group as an organisation that profoundly strives to balance economic, environmental and social aspects in everything they do. It is an honor to contribute to this dynamic 90-year old company by supervising its strategy and operations&rdquo;. Mrs Oudenbroek is also partner at Custom Management Interim Directors. More infomation about the management of Tauw Group&nbsp;&gt;&gt; &nbsp;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts activities in Brazil: A reliable partnership with Grupo EPA Since 2002, Tauw has been cooperating with the Brazilian environmental consultancy Grupo EPA, which has already enabled numerous projects to be implemented in Brazil in the last few years. In order to further expand this successful partnership in the future, Tauw and Grupo EPA have joined forces to establish a consolidated partnership and to offer high quality environmental services all over Brazil. Having worked for more than 40 years in the field of environmental services, Grupo EPA is one of the most established companies in the Brazilian market. Grupo EPA and Tauw have now joined forces to offer high quality environmental services in Brazil. Since June 2017, Tauw representative Ralf Engelhardt (Tauw Germany) has been based in S&atilde;o Paulo, and will remain there for an estimated period of two years. In close collaboration with Grupo EPA, Ralf is responsible for the coordination of local projects and expanding business development in Brazil. Successful collaboration Tauw and Grupo EPA have successfully collaborated in Brazil to develop comprehensive technical services and tailor-made environmental solutions for all kinds of industries. Together, we provide our clients with in-depth knowledge and support across the entire field of soil, water and environmental management. The Tauw-EPA team comprises a large number of highly skilled employees with long-term experience in all fields of environmental consultancy. We know the Brazilian market thoroughly and apply international expertise in local contexts. An overview over our Brazilian services We are specialized in Soil &amp; Groundwater (Soil and Groundwater Investigations, Remediation Planning &amp; Execution, Groundwater and Contaminant Transport Models), Environmental Services (Environmental Fieldwork, Air Dispersion Studies, Site Closure Management, Environmental licensing, Water Management &amp; Water Risk Assessment, Contaminated Sediments) and Environmental Due Diligence (Phase I and II Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessment). We implement a combination of state of the art and innovative remediation technologies, including: large diameter drilling for contaminated soil excavation, In-Situ Thermal Remediation, In-Situ Chemical Oxidation, and microbiological approaches. Reference project: Continental Continental commissioned Tauw for long-term projects for its subsidiary in Brazil. Investigation activities as well as remediation of soil and groundwater contamination started in the late 1990s. Continental Automotive do Brasil is located in the municipality of Várzea Paulista. It has several sites which are contaminated with volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons (VOCl) and hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) to a depth of up to 150 m below grade. Tauw is the project manager and planner for this remediation project. The remediation is being carried out under the supervision of Tauw and Grupo EPA. After thorough investigation, we came up with a complex remediation plan comprising various technical approaches to the contaminated soil, groundwater, and soil vapor. Current activities comprise groundwater abstraction and purification, multiphase extraction and excavation of contaminated soil. We monitor the project continuously using different modelling tools. And we apply innovative remediation approaches when appropriate under cost-benefit aspects.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts City Climatescan applicable globally The &lsquo;International City Climatescan&rsquo;, which raises awareness of climate adaptation in cities, has proven effective. This practical, action-oriented method, for identifying climate challenges in cities has been implemented globally and was presented at the international conference on &lsquo;Resilient &amp; Responsible Architecture &amp; Urbanism&rsquo; on 11 April. The climate scan will be performed in the near future in the Netherlands, Poland, Indonesia and the Philippines. Tauw made an important contribution to its establishment. The changing climate affects the living environment in our cities. A well-known example is heavier precipitation resulting in floods. However, climate change also affects air and water quality, and rising temperatures in cities may cause heatstress. It is important that all stakeholders are aware of these climatechange related challenges. Triple helix collaboration In the Netherlands, the so-called &lsquo;analyze, ambition, act' adaptation strategy is often applied. The first step - knowledge - often involves stress tests. In the coming two years all municipalities in the Netherlands must perform a stress test to identify bottlenecks in areas such as flooding, draught, and heat. At the end of 2017, following various international exploratory city scans including in the megacity Metro Manila, the international City Climatescan in Rotterdam was set up in order to put the necessary steps in place to go from &lsquo;analyze' to &lsquo;action&rsquo;. During a scan, an international team works together in a &lsquo;triple helix&rsquo; composition (governments, companies, and knowledge and educational institutions, including young professionals and students) for a short period of time, during which the status of a municipality&rsquo;s climate adaptation is assessed with various stakeholders and tangible measurements and results. Resilience in urban areas or neighbourhoods The ability to gather relevant information and measurement data in a short time frame about the level of resilience at street or urban area level makes the climate scan unique. This knowledge may help citizens and other stakeholders in urban areas or neighbourhoods to develop support for, and implement, climate adaption measures. The participating parties worked together to select a variety of challenges for the Rotterdam City Climatescan: risk of flooding, heat stress, water quality (micro pollutants in surface water and plastic waste), and air quality. Parties involved The Rotterdam City Climate Scan was a joint initiative by the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Wr&oacute;blewska Technical University in Gdansk, with Ignace van Campenhout and colleagues of the Urban Development Department of the city of Rotterdam taking the role of client. The climate scan was possible thanks to the collaboration of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), CityDeal, TNO, Tauw, Climate Cafe, INDYMO, and the international INXCES and WaterCoG projects. Representatives from each organisation along with 60 students carried out the City Climatescan in Rotterdam. The updated methodology and the results will be presented at the&nbsp;Adaptation Futures Conference&nbsp;in Cape Town in June 2018, which will also see the launch of the&nbsp;Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation. Moreover, various tools that Tauw helped to develop, such as&nbsp;heatstress maps&nbsp;and the climate scan will be demonstrated. For more information about the International City Climatescan see article:&nbsp;Research results of a new governance method in climate adaptation; the international City Climatescan.index,follow 2018 WTCA General Assembly: the Importance of Climate Adaptation within CitiesAcross the globe we are facing (the consequences of) extreme precipitation, heat stress and draught brought about by climate change. An issue which needs to be addressed by everyone. How do (international) companies and governments deal with this? This is just one of the major topics that will be discussed by more than 150 international delegations from 60 countries in Leeuwarden at the 2018 World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) General Assembly. From 22 to 24 April 2018, around 400 representatives from 60 countries (all of which are affiliated with the World Trade Centers Association) will meet at the WTCA General Assembly 2018 to share knowledge and experiences related to social themes such as climate, (water) technology, food and agriculture, health, energy, and property. Tauw will of course also attend, given that we have gained a great deal of experience in the Netherlands and Europe with issues related to climate adaptation and (urban) water management. We will, among other things, host a workshop and organise a special excursion for the international delegations, because we want to share our knowledge and learn from the experiences of others. Workshop: (The Consequences of) Climate Change in Cities (Tuesday 23 April) The changing climate affects the living environment in our cities. A well-known example is heavier precipitation, resulting in floods. What is less well-known is that climate change also affects, among other things, air and water quality and city warming (heat stress). What consequences should governments and businesses take into account? And how should they respond to them with their policies and methods? During an interactive lecture, Dr. Floris Boogaard (senior consultant at Tauw and Professor of Spatial Transformations at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen) and Dr. Jeroen Kluck (senior expert at Tauw and Professor of Urban Water Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam) will enlighten the audience on Tauw's approach to climate adaptation within cities. Smart analysis tools and scans, such as the international City Climate Scan, enable a quick and comprehensive identification of (future) problem areas. Linked to this we provide advice and project support to be able to anticipate these problems. In doing so, we help to prevent issues affecting the landscape, the environment and local residents. Special excursion: Elfstedentocht and Climate Change (Wednesday 24 April) Tauw is organising an excursion program together with the Friesland Water Board, the Royal Vereniging De Friesche Elf Steden, the Elfstedenhal Organisation, the Museum of Friesland, and the LF2018 (Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture year) for the international trade delegations. Culture and history will be alternated with a substantive programme dealing with urban water management and the consequences of climate change. After all, this is one of the reasons that it is more than 20 years since the &lsquo;Eleven cities ice skating race&rsquo; (Elfstedentocht) took place in the Netherlands!index,followhow can I help?Ask our experts Thermal Soil Remediation: is your knowledge up to date?On May 24 2018, Tauw and Kr&uuml;ger are organising the seminar &lsquo;Thermal Soil Remediation&rsquo; in D&uuml;sseldorf, Germany. This seminar targets the in-situ application of thermal soil and groundwater remediation, giving the attendants in-depth insight into the advantages of this approach,&nbsp; including the preparations for contracting such works and the risks for client and contractor. The seminar (free of charge) focuses on aspects like why to choose thermal and what to expect during execution, how to prepare for this and expected rate of success. Subjects The seminar will touch on the following subjects - Understand the thermal technology- Tender considerations &ndash; what to specify, how to get bids that are comparable- Thermal from a risk perspective (client, authority, thermal vendor)- Operational aspects (e.g. level of nuisance on the surrounding)- What can be achieved using thermal soil remediation Program - Welcome- Thermal soil remediation in brief and what to expect (Kr&uuml;ger)- Project risk perspective (Tauw)- A visual walk through a thermal remedy with built in discussion breaks- Lunch- Case study &ndash; Brazil (Tauw)- Project risks from the provider perspective &ndash; case study (Kr&uuml;ger)- Thermal remediation from the clients perspective - The Capital Region of Denmark (tentative) The seminar is setup for ongoing discussions and knowledge sharing of the different stakeholders. Date / place 24th of May 2018 at 10.00 - 15.30Maritim Hotel D&uuml;sseldorf, Maritim-Platz 1, 40474 D&uuml;sseldorf.The hotel is connected to the D&uuml;sseldorf Airport through a footbridge. Interested? Participation is free. For registration please contact Viola Bednarski:Email:&nbsp;vba@tauw.comtel.: +49 30 28518321index,follow publishes new edition of book about in situ remediation The latest version of the book entitled In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice will be rolling off the presses this month. It is a technical reference work about remediation without the need for excavation. Previous versions of the book provided information about new technologies in this field. After eight authors spent four years writing the book, they now publish an update with improvements and refinements. The book, published by Tauw, shows the developments in the world of soil remediation. Co-author Frank Volkering: "From the 1990s until 2005, a lot of development took place with the use of governmental programmes. Things are different now, the discipline has grown up. If we develop any technologies or concepts these days, it's virtually always done during regular projects, together with the customers and the contractors or on our own initiative." Innovations All kinds of disciplines play a role in tackling soil contamination such as microbiology, chemistry and civil engineering. All these areas are experiencing innovations that are important to soil remediation. The methods to distribute substances in the soil have improved, for instance. And it is also clearer now how trees can contribute to soil contamination. That is why the soil specialists were working on a revision of the book, in addition to their jobs as soil consultants. Proud Annemieke Nijhof, the CEO of Tauw Group, expresses her pride in the foreword. She thanks the authors, who did this work voluntarily and mostly in their spare time. But also the clients, who weren't afraid to let Tauw's professionals try out new technologies during their soil projects. Nijhof: "Because they gave us the opportunity, our young engineers were able to learn by trial and error and become experts in situ remediation. That's why the discipline has grown up." On sale now The authors are Emile Marnette, Charles Pijls, Frank Volkering, Tobias Praamstra, Bert Scheffer, Marian Langevoort, Dirk Paulus and Ronnie Berg. The book is an excellent reference work for professionals and is highly recommended for educational purposes. In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice was written in English and can be purchased on Tauw's website. index,follow Nijhof transfers management Tauw to Henrike Branderhorst and Ralph van RoesselOn 1 November 2018, Annemieke Nijhof [52] will hand over her role as CEO at Tauw Group B.V. to Henrike Branderhorst and Ralph van Roessel. Over the past seven years, Nijhof has steered Tauw towards a financially healthy, participatory organisation with a solid European base. She now feels it is time for a new management team. Nijhof will continue to work as a consultant for Tauw. With Henrike Branderhorst [46] and Ralph van Roessel [43], Tauw will have a young, energetic and supported management team. The two new leaders will each have the same management responsibility, and will share the portfolio. Branderhorst will serve as Chair of the Board and, as such, will be the face of Tauw. Branderhorst:&nbsp;&ldquo;Making the move from our current management positions to the management board is an exciting step for us. At the same time, we are very pleased that Annemieke will remain active in Tauw.&rdquo; Solid foundations The reason for this handover is that Annemieke Nijhof searches for a better work-life balance. In the past seven years she has laid down/built/realised a solid foundation for the future of the Tauw organisation.&nbsp;&ldquo;I am extremely proud of the development Tauw has made in recent years and the fact that I have been able to make an active contribution. We are a healthy, and display self-confidence and ambition. Participation is solidly embedded in the organisation and we have a fantastic, highly independent leadership team who share responsibility for Tauw&rsquo;s future.&rdquo;&nbsp;Nijhof is not leaving Tauw and will continue to be available to deal with the special demands of clients, such as mediation and complex managerial issues. Nijhof:&nbsp;&ldquo;I think it is very special and symbolic to go into Tauw&rsquo;s 90th year with two new young leaders at the helm.&rdquo; Tauw roots Henrike Branderhorst and Ralph van Roessel both have their roots in Tauw. They complement each other well in terms of personality and experience, and have a shared dream for Tauw. This new management team is grateful for the trust and wants to continue to build on the foundations laid down by Nijhof in recent years.&nbsp;&ldquo;With the specific knowledge and skills of our consultants in the Netherlands and abroad, Tauw is uniquely positioned to tackle the current social issues around climate change and the shape of the built environment&rdquo;, according to the new Tauw management team.&nbsp;&ldquo;Our challenge is to implement this course of action with courage and a positive attitude, and to provide a healthy financial return and a stronger focus on our European activities in order to continue to contribute to relevant social issues in the next 90 years.&rdquo;&nbsp;The choice for a duo-leadership team matches Tauw&rsquo;s current size, and allows the existing short lines between the Board and senior management to be maintained.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts Water Tech Week 2018 - Tauw presents: Climate Resilient CitiesThe global water technology sector is increasingly organized in hubs. The European Water Tech Week Leeuwarden 2018 (EWTW 2018) - which will take place from September 24 to 27 - will connect these hubs in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands), the United Nations Innovating City for water technology. At this special event, the sector will meet and inspire each other in the innovative climate of WaterCampus Leeuwarden. One of the three lectures about &lsquo;Climate Resilient Cities: 1001 Best Management Practices and innovations&rsquo; will be presented by Tauw and partners. At EWTW 2018 innovation, technology and policy leaders from companies, universities and governments get together during several inspiring events. EWTW 2018 will among others feature the Wetsus Annual Congress 2018, Water Alliance WaterLink2018 and a dedicated trade show. All of this will be accompanied by a unique cultural program linked to water, to celebrate Leeuwarden&rsquo;s official status of European Capital of Culture in 2018. Multidisciplinary cooperation The event will focus on the question how multidisciplinary cooperation can help to solve societal challenges around water. Issues like water scarcity, water pollution and water and health will be on the agenda, just like the water sector&rsquo;s contribution to the circular economy. Viewpoints from businesses, science and politics will be brought to you by key-note speakers from all over the world. In interactive sessions and on the trade show floor, the topics will be elaborated further and business and development opportunities will be explored. Session &lsquo;Climate Resilient Cities: 1001 Best Management Practices and innovations&rsquo; Date and time: Wednesday afternoon September 26th 2018 Cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable for climate change and there is an urgent need to become more resilient. The risk of flooding, heat stress, water quality (micro-pollutants and plastic waste) and air quality need to be assessed. Several stress tests helps policy makers and practitioners to gather valuable data for decision makers at city level. Detailed insight in the vulnerability and resilience of their district enables them to implement climate adaptation measures in the near future. In this session Floris Boogaard (Tauw/HUAS), Jeroen Kluck (Tauw/HvA), Karel Veeneman (wetterskip Fryslan) en Rui de Lima (Indymo) will present the lessons learnt from the 3 steps in climate adaptation approach: Analyse, Ambition, Act. Several successes will be presented and they will seek in an interactive discussion for ways to make more cities resilient. Tauw presentation &lsquo;Sharing 1001 BMPs&rsquo; Urban flooding and thermal stress have become key issues for many cities around the world. With the continuing effects of climate change, these two issues will become more acute and will add to the serious problems already experienced in dense urban areas around the globe. Therefore, urban planners and several stakeholders in public and private sector are in need of (quickscan) tools that can assess the vulnerability to floods and thermal stress. In this session Jeroen Kluck and Floris Boogaard present the latest research on international flood- and heatstressmodelling (examples from Europe, Africa and Asia), solutions implemented around the world and tools on international knowledge exchange. More information about&nbsp;this session&nbsp;and the&nbsp;EWTW 2018.index,follow MarnetteEmile Marnette is a soil remediation consultant and one of the eight authors of the book In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice. Marnette specifically contributed to the description of thermal remediation: The sanitation of soil pollution by applying heat. This reference work describes 16 of the most common techniques for on site remediation, based on the practical experience of Tauw experts.index,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content> &ldquo;I frequently consult the book as a reference work myself.&rdquo; The back of the book contains a large number of tables with substances that were the subject of soil remediation. Marnette: &ldquo;That's why I often use the book as a reference myself.&rdquo; Marnette also emphasised how the chapter with practical examples makes the book very useful. That this is an appealing facet is shown throough a nice anecdote. Marnette: &ldquo;One time someone made a remediation design based on the examples we described. That is of course not what we intended, as the descriptions lack sufficient depth for this purpose. But we did take it as a compliment. Clearly the descriptions of the techniques and the practical experience are so inspiring that someone used them with confidence.&rdquo; Heating His more than 25 years of experience in soil decontamination has given Marnette great expertise in the various techniques. He also co-wrote multiple sections of the book. &ldquo;There are various ways to remediate polluted soil, for example by blowing it out, or through excavation. When you perform in situ remediation, there is no need for excavation; we break down the contamination or convert it into a substance that is not harmful to the environment. Heating of the soil is very effective when it is polluted with volatile substances, such as petrol, that evaporate at a relatively low temperature. Substances such as these can easily be retrieved from the soil and treated above ground.&rdquo; Future Unlike in the past, legislation in the Netherlands no longer allows the addition of foreign substances to the soil. In general, this legislation is adhered to. Most major contaminations have also been remediated by now. Nevertheless, according to Marnette, cleaning and keeping the soil clean is still a topical issue. &ldquo;Incidental new contaminations still occur. Fortunately, thanks to the current guidelines these incidents are reported nowadays. But there are other issues. For example, we have discovered that certain compounds of substances present a problem, contrary to what we used to believe. And there is the antibiotics issue. Those substances ended up in animal manure through animal feed, and have been spread out over our agricultural lands in that way. What is their effect on groundwater and our drinking water? There will always be new issues.&rdquo;&nbsp; The completely revised edition of In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice was published in May 2018.</content></item></migx_holder></tv></resource><resource><url></url><id>23347</id><pagetitle>Charles Pijls</pagetitle><longtitle></longtitle><description></description><introtext>Charles Pijls uses his background as a chemical technologist to advise on the chemical and physical techniques applied on site with soil remediation. In the new, revised edition of In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice he mainly contributed to the descriptions of technical aspects. Pijls has more than 25 years of experience in the profession and he was also involved in the creation of the first edition of the book.</introtext><content></content><tv><seo.title></seo.title><seo.canonical></seo.canonical><seo.robots>index,follow</seo.robots><migx_holder><item><title/><subtitle/><introtext/><content> &ldquo;Understanding how substances behave in the soil and how to influence that is the essence of the book, in my opinion.&rdquo; How do you tackle soil pollution without earthmoving, based on the latest techniques and insights? This is the question that Tauw's soil consultants address in the book&nbsp;In Situ Soil and&nbsp;Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice. The authors present a comprehensive approach to the subject, but co-author Pijls believes that the essence is described right at the start of the book: &ldquo;The first chapters explain how substances behave in the soil. This is essential knowledge to understand the possibilities and limitations for remediating contamination. With that insight, you can design a suitable solution.&rdquo; Introducing substances He sees the experience with innovative techniques to introduce substances into the soil as very relevant. Pijls: &ldquo;In situ remediation often requires the introduction of something into the soil, such as oxygen, bacteria, or chemicals. At the same time, this presents the main technical challenge. Throughout the years, we have acquired different experiences with various techniques for this. A new method, for example, is where soil and reagents are mixed on site with the help of large-diameter drills or high-pressure injections.&rdquo; Effects of in situ remediation Besides providing information about substances and techniques, the authors also describe the less obvious effects of in situ remediation. One of the aspects they explain, is how to make a correct estimate of the air injection pressure to prevent liquefaction of the soil. They also warn that sometimes on site decontamination may appear successful, while all that has happened is that the pollution has been moved. Tauw is a pioneer in the implementation of in situ remediation techniques. As a knowledge organisation, Tauw frequently organises workshops and seminars about soil-related topics. This book provides professionals with a current reference work. The completely revised edition of&nbsp;In Situ Soil and&nbsp;Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice&nbsp;was published in May 2018. The book is written in English.</content></item></migx_holder></tv></resource><resource><url></url><id>23348</id><pagetitle>Frank Volkering</pagetitle><longtitle></longtitle><description></description><introtext>Frank Volkering trained as a microbiologist and specialises in researching and remediating soil contamination. He specialises on natural, biological, and chemical processes. In the revised edition of In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice , he shares his experiences. It is his goal to explain to professionals at home and abroad what works, and what does not work when remediating soil without earth moving.</introtext><content></content><tv><seo.title></seo.title><seo.canonical></seo.canonical><seo.robots>index,follow</seo.robots><migx_holder><item><title/><subtitle/><introtext/><content>When asked about what he finds interesting about the techniques in this edition, Volkering mentions stimulation of natural processes in order to break down contamination. One of the ways to achieve this, is by introducing oxygen into the soil. This ensures bacterial activity that can break down oil contamination, for example. But the use of trees appeals most to him. Volkering: &ldquo;Trees generate oxygen, which makes for a more active biological life around the roots. That is how trees can help solve contamination. It is a relatively new in situ method that is far less intensive than other methods.&rdquo; &ldquo;The Netherlands became the first country in the world to structurally clean the soil, simply because we had to reuse our surface area.&rdquo; Becoming a pioneer Despite the fact that the Netherlands is a small country, we are pioneers in the field of soil remediation. There is lot of interest from abroad in this specialism by Tauw. Volkering explained the development: &ldquo;In the past, our soil was not regarded as something that needed protection. There was a gas factory in every city, and waste was simply dumped in large pits. We also used to build new neighbourhoods on sites that had previously been used as landfills. This caused people to get sick. But because of the limitations of our surface area, building elsewhere was usually not the most obvious option. This resulted in the Netherlands becoming one of the first countries in the world to structurally clean its soil. That is how we amassed our current experience in soil remediation.&rdquo; International perspective on soil Although Tauw's soil specialists are most experienced with soil in the Netherlands, international colleagues where also involved in the creation of the book. The reason for this is that the soil found in the Netherlands is different from that in many other countries. Volkering explained: &ldquo;Our soil contains a lot of peat, sand, and clay. It is mostly sediment brought down with the waters of the Rhine that has settled. The soil of the countries around us usually contains more rock. Substances behave differently there, it is a different type of &lsquo;black box&rsquo;. That is why we also focused a lot on other soil types. This makes the book of interest for professionals at home and abroad.&rdquo; The completely revised edition of&nbsp;In Situ Soil and&nbsp;Groundwater Remediation: Theory and Practice&nbsp;was published in May 2018. The book is written in English&nbsp;</content></item></migx_holder></tv></resource><resource><url></url><id>23349</id><pagetitle>Once the smoke clears...</pagetitle><longtitle></longtitle><description></description><introtext>Martin Doeswijk</introtext><content>A home electric car charger was recently installed at my house. At Tauw we now drive electric cars. It is just one of the steps we have taken to contribute to a sustainable environment. In this blog I would like to tell you about the &lsquo;treasure&rsquo; I found after the proverbial smoke caused by the installation of the home charger had cleared. This true story is not intended to suggest incompetence within any particular professional group, nor am I under any illusion that it couldn&rsquo;t happen to me or to Tauw. I would however like to show the wider relevance of this incidence. After all, if we are able to uncover this treasure, the improvement potential is immense! The Project THE PROJECT involved installing a home charger, digging a trench to connect the home charger to the fuse box, and upgrading the power supply. Preparations started out smoothly. An inspector came to assess the situation in December 2017 in order to ensure that the charging station would be installed on time and in the right place. It turned out that a relevant part was missing, and a revised offer was needed in order to be able to proceed with the work order and schedule the work several weeks later. A second inspector from the electricity network operator came to upgrade our power supply. He confirmed that the same relevant part was missing and would make sure this was remedied immediately. I was happy when the work planner called a few days before the start of the work to talk things through. But confusion hit me when shortly afterwards another work planner called me to say that the work could not be carried out. A short while later I was informed that THE PROJECT would in fact go ahead on the agreed date. Day 1 At 8.00 am sharp three men arrived. They welcomed some fresh coffee as they had all just driven in their separate cars from Limburg which was a three-hour drive. Then the men from the power supply upgrade arrived, also each in their own cars: one with a small excavator, and the other with a generator. After the coffee they returned home without having been able to complete the work because the part required to carry out the power supply upgrade was missing. The three men from Limburg kept on working, manually digging a perfect trench to our front door, and went home early in the afternoon. Each of them had driven three hours to do a job that took them less than four hours, only to drive back again for three hours. The following day the connection, including the power upgrade, would be completed. From bad to worse After this, things went from bad to worse in THE PROJECT. In the days that followed nobody showed up and I had to call several times to find out what the delay was. We were told that they would get in touch to let us know when the work would actually begin. The delivery date for the electric car had to be postponed. A concrete driller was sent to carry out the appropriate preparations. In the end he had no choice but to turn around and go home again because the gas pipe, which was in the correct position on the drawing and the photo, turned out to be in the way after all. A different angle was chosen, which unfortunately destroyed the natural stone skirting on our wall. The reopened trench for the power upgrade was closed up again when the power cable turned out not to have the quality specified on the paperwork. The installer who was summoned for the charging station&rsquo;s connection could therefore only do half his work. I had no choice but to postpone the delivery of the car once again. The inferior power cable was replaced a week later. The following day, the installer came to do the other half of his work. This went remarkably smoothly, until he wanted to make a call to activate the home charger. Our telephone wasn&rsquo;t working because the telephone cable had apparently been damaged by the digging. This also explained why our internet speed had reached a historic low point. After six days the mechanic from the telephone company showed up. He discovered that repairing it was rather complicated, so he would come back with a colleague the next day. Eventually, six months later, the home charger and our internet were in working order. The moral of the story Looking at this project, the &lsquo;bill&rsquo; (see diagram) speaks for itself. By working together, smart planning, smooth communication, and improving the processing of data (offer, drawing plans), the work could have been carried out in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. When considering the enormous task of installing home chargers throughout the whole of the Netherlands, the improvement potential is gigantic. Even when Murphy&rsquo;s law (anything that can go wrong will go wrong) is not at work. If I draw a parallel with any kind of project, regardless of sector or industry, where people have to work together, to plan, to draw plans, calculate, dig, install, build, model, report, etc., the improvements that can be achieved are almost baffling. Even at Tauw. Which is why we are strongly committed to learning and continuous improvement. How we do this? The solution lies in reducing wastage that lurks everywhere. Wastage in overproduction, transport, stock, waiting, over-processing, correction, movement, and not using, or misusing, talent. And last but not least, the human factor. In THE PROJECT there was one man, the installer, who did feel responsible. By keeping the human element in mind he was at least able to alleviate our suffering. This is a sharp contrast to digital and paper communication. If we all tackle the abovementioned wastages and keep the human element in mind, then the smoke will clear and the treasure will be there for the taking...</content><tv><seo.title></seo.title><seo.canonical></seo.canonical><seo.robots>index,follow</seo.robots><migx_holder><item><title>Can we help you?Ask our experts til erfarne fjellfolkMartin van Doeswijk(Listen to experienced mountaineers) Why learning cross country skiing is no different than the running of a project, team or company.&nbsp;An introduction to the influence of the learning capacity through the 7 + 1 areas1. Day 1 of my skiing holiday in Norway was marked by making ourselves at home in the cozy cabin, renting cross-country skis (they are long and thin!) and the first spielerei in a starters area.The next day starts with the first of five real cross-country skiing classes. It initially appears to be a lesson in humility, but once I am aware2&nbsp;of the right posture, the conviction comes that there is indeed room for improvement!&nbsp;We learn that the classic cross country skiing, as cross-country skiing is also called, has four methods3.&nbsp;We learn to perform these four methods at different speeds, so the variations are endless and we will soon be able to handle any situation, whether the trail is flat, up or goes down.After the morning classes we can practice what we just learned and I notice that the exercises of day one are not sufficient anymore.&nbsp;Good advice4&nbsp;from the teacher pops up: 'throttle back and do the exercise in slow motion'.&nbsp;By carrying out the exercise quickly, it looks impressive, but I camouflage my bad posture, proper take-off and -not unimportant in langlaufen- &nbsp;the twist my hips.&nbsp;And because I want to look good at the end of the week between all the experienced skiers, &nbsp;the 'it's all about balance&rsquo; is going to be my guide for the correct course5&nbsp;of this week.Minor inconvenience as injuries, difficult trails with steep climbs and descents or bad gliding skis, sometimes throw a spanner in the works, but flexibility, growing confidence and fine wax6are gaining the upper hand.As the week progresses I both move and improve faster!&nbsp;And it is not only the teacher who emphasis the principles to anticipate on rapidly changing circumstances such as weather and snow conditions. Also the mountain board that hangs above the dining table in the holiday cabin teaches us the importance to listen to experienced mountaineers7.&nbsp;Properly packed to take longer trips, from day 3 we therefore pack food and drink for the road8&nbsp;and we rest regulair.&nbsp;&nbsp;Of course work after a week of cross-country skiing I was no match to the real cracks in when it came to&nbsp;technique and fitness but this real-life learning experience made me realize again how paying attention to the various learning aspects (see footnotes), not only can result in spectacular progress, but also&nbsp;&nbsp;how much fun and satisfaction you can get from it.&nbsp;Regardless of whether it's on vacation or at work!Ha det G&oslash;y!&nbsp;(Lots of fun!) [1] In this blog I refer in footnotes to the 7 + 1 areas to influence the learning ability[2] Awareness[3] (Learn) methodologies[4] Communications[5] Improve Race[6] Structures and Systems[7] Customer Value[8] Supplying networkindex,followDo you need advice?Contact me now!×-learning.html23351Excellence = Falling × LearningMartin DoeswijkOnce a year you can find me on my snowboard in the Alps. Beforehand I worry about whether I am still up to it, but after the first descent and the first smooth bends I am already yearning for the first fresh deep snow and over the course of the week I try to push my limits a little with a jump from a ramp or a rail slide. Sometimes my overconfidence is punished with bruises. But the ecstasy of a successful jump or a successful board slide down a rail makes me want to have another go.&nbsp;&nbsp; Who hasn&rsquo;t experienced this: the happiness of having twelve victory points in Colonists of Catan, scoring the winning goal or landing a much desired commission? Conversely, there&rsquo;s the feeling of losing, because your strategy didn&rsquo;t work, you missed the goal, or the contract was awarded to someone else. Then you have your work cut out for you. Trying out new strategies, endless training sessions to improve your technique, or trying to better understand the demands of the customer so that you can come out on top next time. This is called Kaizen and it is how it works in the ideal world. We plan, implement, evaluate and try to use these lessons to perform better next time. Each and every day. Yet the reality is often different. I learn a lot from this, simply by taking a good look around me. Like the review of four years of government policy in a Dutch newspaper&nbsp;(NRC, 14 January 2017) written in view of the upcoming elections, showing that plans do not often go beyond the evaluation phase. The Kaizen is incomplete. The feeling is unsatisfactory. And more than ever before people are putting off choosing who to vote for. We will never learn like this. 360-degree feedback&nbsp; During this third week of the New Year I am in Veldhoven attending the Master in Business Learning course together with my fellow students. Part of the course involves 360-degree feedback from a considerable number of my colleagues. I felt apprehensive just before the results were handed out, like the moment before my first snowboard descent. Compliments make me feel good. If points for improvement come up (deltas in the jargon of Learn) I am initially annoyed: did X properly understand the question? But it soon becomes clear that this one sharp observation, or the exposure of a less attractive characteristic, is a real gift. It is the prelude to excellence The training course has about 40 participants. Tauw employs more than 1,000. We are all eager to learn and we all aspire to excellence. Although we occasionally fall, our potential is immense. After all, the result of a fall multiplied by learning is excellence. And this winter? I am going cross-country skiing in Norway with my best friends at the end of February. I have rated this as a dull sport for years. But now I am looking forward to learning something new and I am eager to find out if I can keep upright on the skis, let alone if I can get the hang of the &lsquo;diagonal stride&rsquo;, &lsquo;double pole&rsquo; or &lsquo;herringbone technique&rsquo;. Obviously I am going to unwrap my feedback gifts: the courage to do new things, to show more creativity, to indicate more clearly my beliefs and my passions, and to involve my colleagues more in my plans. And on 15 March, five days before the winter ends, I will vote. And when I make my choice I will pay extra attention to whether or not &lsquo;my&rsquo; party has mastered the art of falling and learning. &nbsp;index,followCan we help you?Ask our experts!.html23352Good news for engineers: the old crafts return!Martin van DoeswijkIn the dairy store of my parents, in the 1970s in Amsterdam, you could get slices of cheese or a whole chunk. You could also buy just one single egg. And who recalls the shopkeeper asking &lsquo;Can it be an ounce more?' That was never a problem. The quality and freshness of the products and personal contact compensated for it. And by the way, we loved to eat that extra ounce, didn&rsquo;t we? Customer care did not stop with this. If someone came by after closing time, he was always helped. While my mother was taking care of the store, my father did his daily rounds. He had keys to many homes to deliver the dairy beyond the doorstep. It surprises me when I think of this type of customer care which is what I appreciate now when I buy things on the internet. We have lost this in times of globalization and mass production, but it's coming back. And it will also benefit the engineering sector! "Customer value is like a tailored suit, each stitch is made with you in mind" (Better Call Saul Season 2, Netflix in 2016). If customer value stands for actions that actually result in service value to the end user, or in the case of products - a finished commodity, then the above quote is a good illustration of customer value. Yet, the rise of the supermarket chains left no room for the dairy store of my parents. Customer value in my work What about customer value in my own work as a soil and groundwater engineer for, for example, the reconstruction of a factory? Soil and groundwater investigation is not really a sexy subject, it is seen as a necessary evil by most of our clients. The secret is to really know what the customer wants. The Kano model (Noriaki Kano) helps me with this. A soil and groundwater survey always complies with the laws and regulations (must-be quality of the Kano model); the customer will not appreciate this as an extra, he is simply expecting this. Through smart research and measurement strategies we get the assignment (performance attributes). But the real added value (wow factor) is a research strategy that takes into account future developments of which the customer had not yet thought of (unknown need). This may even mean that first a more intensive (and sometimes more expensive) research is executed, leading to a reconstruction of the factory that is cheaper, more sustainable and implemented without delays. Making the added value clear in the early stages is not so easy. However, since the current situation is known (baseline), we can measure the performance from the start and adjust along the way if needed (Kaizen). Meanwhile, we accumulate a lot of knowledge and gain new experiences every day. Resulting in an increasing ability to predict our added value, no matter how complex the field of soil and groundwater research is. Revaluation of the crafts and engineering services With the rise of the barbers, barista&rsquo;s, vinyl record stores, organic vegetable picking gardens and various specialty shops, a careful return of the craft services is happening for customers that appreciate personal contact and quality of goods and services. And I'm actually very happy with that. I do not expect the dairy store to return to our streets. But with customer value as a baseline condition, the revaluation of crafts, and with it our engineering services, is unmistakable.index,followCan we help you?Ask our experts on socks and other experiences with LeanMartin DoeswijkWhen I look back at my first experiences with Lean, my typing classes in high school come to mind. Standardizing the routine of typing consisted of endless exercises on a typewriter with blinded keys. And now? The words fluently roll out of my laptop without so much as a second thought. No more waste of finding the right letters with two fingers. Stilts In one of my first part-time jobs on a tomato-nursery I got acquainted with the ingenuity of standardization. Stilts to keep up with the pollinating of eight to ten meters long plants! I wore a matching pair of stilts for each growth spurt. Imagine what a hassle it would have been if I had to solve this with a ladder under my arm, pollinating all those thousands tomato plants in that greenhouse ... Socks An example from my own household: pegs on the socks to hold them in the washing machine. No more lost socks or coming at work and to find out that I have accidentally put on two different colored socks with my sleepy head ...The moral of this practice: make sure your daily activities go right the first time. So well that you do not have to think about them anymore. Dispose your routine of everything unnecessary and save time. Time to do it even better. Or to do more. Or to innovate. Procedures In our company we also have a lot of activities that can be stripped of unnecessary finery. Such as procedures that we have come up with together, but of which no one knows why anymore. Or long lead times for projects that increase unnecessary stocks of work.More than enough examples. A good one to share, deals with the procedures for requesting software. The requests always have to be approved by a supervisor. Research showed that the approval was granted in 99% of the cases, but that same research also showed that before approval, several reminders had to be to send to the manager. The waiting period for the software could increase to several weeks ... Now the request is granted automatically via a simple digital application, without intervention of a manager. Any wrongful allocations can always be reversed. In other words: the customer comes first, all waste is eliminated and the turnaround is a fraction of what it was!I will regularly share experiences of the years of learning and improvement curve that I, together with my colleagues, customers and fellow students, will be making. I am looking forward to this adventure!index,followCan we help you?Ask our experts,follow the government destroying our knowledge economy?Jasper SchmeitsThe Netherlands is considered to be a knowledge economy, with society&rsquo;s economic growth stemming from knowledge and innovation rather than from labour or agriculture. We should be pioneering in the field of new developments and new discoveries, but are we? And is our government facilitating this sufficiently?&nbsp; The Netherlands is lagging behind&nbsp; Data from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) show that we are lagging behind other countries in terms of investments, excelling neither in Europe nor globally. Our gross domestic expenditure on Research &amp; Development is only average (approx. 2% in 2015) for Europe. Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland are leading in Europe. Even our southern and eastern neighbours rank higher than us. Israel and Korea, where it is mainly driven by military developments, are global leaders. The question is whether this is a problem. You do not necessarily have to invest the most to be a knowledge economy, but you do need to try to be the smartest individual in the class.&nbsp; New techniques insufficiently safeguarded in legislation To get innovations off the ground, you need pilot tests. You have to find out what is possible with any given technique. Our industrial clients are often open to exploring such developments with us in order to make processes smarter, to increase processing times, or to make processing easier. Financial benefits are also a good incentive for making changes. Full-scale application of these kinds of techniques is often met with obstacles - in the form of legal requirements - as a result of which much effort is put into providing the research data required by the relevant competent authorities.&nbsp; An example: An example of this is the use of the XRF in soil investigation and remediation. This handy analyser provides on-site insight into the level of heavy metal contamination. Despite having more than ten years of experience with these kinds of measurement data, the relevant authorities insist time and again on receiving the conventional laboratory results. Legislation so far has not been amended adequately. Various parties, including the SIKB, have repeatedly drafted guidelines to this end. For example, the &ldquo;Guideline for large-scale research&rdquo;, which focuses on the use of the XRF, is due in mid-February 2018. However, policy officers have their hands tied when assessing such innovative research against the legislative acts. These legislative acts do not sufficiently stipulate how such new techniques are safeguarded, as a result of which policy officers have no choice but to rely on conventional techniques. Understandable!&nbsp; There is a better way I recently attended a lunchtime talk about the Scottish whisky industry. This is a huge business which involves a large part of the country. This industry has a huge impact on the use of water, fossil fuels, and other material streams, and causes considerable industrial pollution. The SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) has taken significant steps to reduce the industrial pollution in recent decades. However, they have concluded that to take this further a change of approach is required. A new Act was therefore adopted in 2014: The Regulatory Reform Act. Based on this Act, SEPA has a single, clear assignment: To protect and improve the environment &ndash; to the extent possible &ndash; for the benefit of health and wellbeing (social success) and sustainable economic growth (economic success).&nbsp; Reversed roles&nbsp; This Act allows SEPA to give companies more room for their innovative developments and to provide support in order to be &ldquo;Beyond Compliance&rdquo;. The SEPA reverses roles for companies that want to develop further and be best in class: instead of the company having to comply with the requirements of the relevant authorities, relevant authorities enter into consultations with the companies to support them in their developments. What do the companies need to meet the high standards of sustainability objectives? They then arrange this for those companies, thereby providing the necessary room for opportunities and innovative solutions.&nbsp; Follow suit? This story sounds like music to my ears! I am convinced that we can achieve comparable and, in some cases, better results than the in laboratory (if applied properly, of course) with the XRF. The added value to the client is the speed of generating results and being able to respond to the results immediately. I would rather work on further developing these and other innovative techniques than spend time and energy repeatedly convincing the various policy officers.&nbsp; And yet we have been faced with legislation blocking this for more than ten years. A similar Act would bring us further and offer policy officers the tools they need to work with. I would like to discuss this possibility in the Dutch House of Representatives!&nbsp; Who can introduce me there?index,followHow can I help you?Ask me if you need some advice’s-no-longer-possible-to-imagine-our-field-of-work-without-‘toys-for-boys’.html23360It’s no longer possible to imagine our field of work without ‘Toys for Boys’Jasper Schmeits&lsquo;That&rsquo;s just a toy, it&rsquo;ll never be useful!&rsquo; In 2011, this was the reaction to my suggestion to use drones in our field of work following the launch of one of the first commercial drone systems in the world. We came in contact with Ecoflight, a specialized company for the use of unmanned aircraft through a contractor. They were way ahead of everybody else and applied the technology in different areas: to determine the volume of bodies of soil, for digital terrain models and to measure stress effects on plants using NDVI measurements (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index). At the time I didn&rsquo;t manage to get the project off the ground, but seven years later we can&rsquo;t do without this technology in our field of work. And this is just the beginning&hellip; Looking back We were in the middle of a recession in 2011. Retrospectively, my idea to implement drones was not the best idea at the time. As a technical specialist with a passion for innovative measuring techniques I failed to understand at the time that for a technology to &lsquo;succeed&rsquo; there are many other aspects that need to be taken into account, not just purely technological ones. I had even already found a potential client who was interested. It was to do with research into the spread of iron arsenic depositions. A large area around Nieuw-Bergen (Limburg) had naturally occurring iron-arsenic depositions. We were able to give insight into the effects of the deposition on plant vegetation by using a drone and looking at the differences between visible and invisible light. In the end we couldn&rsquo;t convince the client, the investment proved too big. And I wasn&rsquo;t allocated a budget from the Tauw Innovation Program either, and so the idea ended up in the &lsquo;failed ideas&rsquo; drawer. I resigned myself to this, perhaps it did belong to the &lsquo;Toys for Boys&rsquo; category after all. Today Today, many years later, you only have to consult the (social) media and time and again you come across new applications for drones. The technology is even tagged as the &lsquo;hottest technology for changing the future&rsquo;. The term &lsquo;drone&rsquo; is widely used, whether it is relevant or not, but the drone itself is just a &lsquo;carrier system&rsquo;. The added value for our products lies in the sensors suspended from the drone and the way in which the data generated in this way is used. At the end of 2016 the management asked me: &lsquo;Is there something in these drones for us?&rsquo; We then re-examined all the possibilities and the applications turned out to be endless. Development had not stood still! We soon concluded that the time was ripe and that we should also embrace the idea. From pilot project to licensing procedure As it turned out we did the required pilot projects with external specialists in 2017. Every single one of these projects proved to have direct added value potential for our clients. But the question still remained: should we purchase drones ourselves or continue to make use of external specialists? The answer came when we drew up our business plan for batch testing volume measurements. We started the training course, went through the licensing procedure and now we are the proud owners of drones. We are starting small, but I have already made it clear that drones should be part of the standard field equipment for field workers and that certainly applies to supervisors. Significant time gains We currently use drones with a normal RGB camera to take photos of an area. We use software capable of taking several pictures of every measuring point, which enables us to determine the overlap of those photos. It can then be used to calculate a 3D point cloud. Where in the past we had to use a measuring wheel to determine the volume of a soil batch (maximum volume 10,000 tonnes per batch) we now use a drone to carry out this task. This yields significant time gains especially in the case of batches that haven&rsquo;t been deposited so neatly or are high. Furthermore the added value also lies in the processing of the data into usable information in the field (where is drilling to take place?) and for drawing up a report (clear maps). The use of 3D point clouds like that is useful at various levels, for example for the integration of the current situation for a landscape designer, for determining a current elevation model to create a Flood Map, etc. Timing is essential My timing in 2011 was not perfect. The market was tense and consultancies were more focused on surviving than looking ahead. More than 80% of the start-ups from those days failed to make the grade, but the percentage that did are the market leaders of today. What it taught me is that there is no such thing as a &lsquo;failed&rsquo; innovation. For an innovation to succeed factors other than just the technological possibilities have to be taken into account. Timing, expertise, vision and perseverance are just as important.All the same I am curious about what things would have been like if I was one of the other 20%&hellip;index,followCall me backIf you need some advice development indispensable for achieving circular economy objectivesJasper Schmeits Over the past 100 years, the world&rsquo;s population has more or less quadrupled, and we have now passed the 7.5 billion mark. And although the growth rate is slowing down, the United Nations expects population growth will continue in the long term, reaching an estimated 11 billion around 2087. This means the demand for raw material will further increase, while the available supply is only decreasing. This relates as much to the need for sufficient food and healthy drinking water, as to things like housing, fuels, the manufacturing industry, waste, etc. How are we going to tackle this? A circular economy in the Netherlands by 2050 In September 2016 the government drew up the &ldquo;A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050&rdquo; programme aimed at developing a fully circular economy by 2050. I am proud that Tauw is one of the 325 signatories to this programme, and that we have undertaken to be responsible for helping to create a future-proof world, eliminating leakages from our system (waste) and working on a situation in which raw materials can be preserved and reused time and again. There are many more options available to us than we currently make use of. The year 2050 may seem a long way off, but it will be here faster than we think. Taking steps and breaking with trends is therefore crucial! But this will not happen if we leave our current processes untouched! From cassette tape to Spotify Innovation happens all the time, just look at the way we listen to music. In the early 1990s I was proud to be one of the first to have a CD player at home. This innovation halted the development of the cassette tape. By the end of the 1990s, technology had made a portable MP3 player possible. Initially they were expensive with a limited storage capacity, but prices dropped substantially in 2003 whilst storage capacity increased, leading to a surge in sales of these portable players. With the arrival of the mobile phone, and the subsequent integration of music applications (smartphones), MP3 players became obsolete and sales have been falling since 2008. Today it is normal to stream your music through Spotify, but for how long will we continue to do so? Which innovation will replace this system and how soon? Time to take action&nbsp; It is good to see that our CEO Annemieke Nijhof not only signed this programme, but also implements this philosophy in our daily business. We are convinced that we need to switch to a circular system, one where we make clever use of sensor development and data processing. These items are high on the agenda and our management is investing time and money in them, which gives a strong impetus to further innovation in our processes.&nbsp; One example of where I think we can easily be innovative is in the way we carry out the bulk of our chemical analyses. Various (commercial) laboratories have made this their core business and we use them extensively, not only for the analysis of large quantities of soil and groundwater samples, but also for material measurements, such as identifying asbestos and other materials. This is associated with considerable waste, due to sampling of the measurements on site (such as sampling material, sampling containers/bottles and gloves), transport from the site to the laboratory, and the use of materials in the laboratory (such as solvents, acids, calibration solutions, gases, filters and pipettes). A first step in being innovative in this process is to carry out some of the measurements in a different way.&nbsp; With the help of an&nbsp;online sensor for measuring waste and surface water&nbsp;it becomes possible to measure a variety of parameters without using the chemical laboratory. This is a big step towards waste reduction. Just like the MP3 player, the costs of these systems are expected to drop over the next few years, making it a commercially viable alternative to conventional analyses in the laboratory.&nbsp; Within the context of the circular economy objectives I am in favour of using such systems, wherever possible, even if it is currently more expensive. To achieve this ambition we will need to embrace technological developments. The sensor immediately results in less transport, minimizes waste by excluding the laboratory, and yields additional benefits: it provides real-time (online) insight into the results, so that you can respond faster (proactively) to (unexpected) changes within the process. Sensor development is the future Sensor development is still in its infancy within Tauw, but many things are already technologically possible. That is why next year we want to further explore the possibilities in this field and reduce the use of (commercial) laboratories by expanding our sensor network. This is one of the steps towards a circular economy in 2050! index,followCan I help you?Ask me if you need advice for better water quality in the PhilippinesTauw is collaborating with international (applied) universities to find solutions for the global issue of heavily polluted rivers. Awareness must be raised in order to generate support for an integral approach. That is why the ‘ClimateCafe’ has been set up, where ‘young professionals’ work in an international and interdisciplinary setting to implement creative solutions to improve water quality. Recently the 22nd edition of the ClimateCafe took place: the Butuanon River Scan in the Philippines.Everywhere in the world, rivers in urban areas tend to be (heavily) polluted with (serious) consequences for the enviroment. Due to several factors the situation will become worse as industrialisation, population growth &amp; urbanisation (increase of wastewater) and climate change. Climatecafe raises awareness and addresses the sources of pollution by encouraging governments and other stakeholders to adopt a proactive mindset. In Climatecaf&eacute; young professionals work in an international and interdisciplinary setting to generate and implement creative solutions for worldwide issues like water quality. Climate Cafe ClimateCafe&nbsp;is an initiative where (applied) universities, companies and local companies work together. Each ClimateCafe focuses on an apparently irresolvable problem. This problem is then addressed in an international and interdisciplinary setting, which results in a specific and tangible end product. A physical end product is what distinguishes each Cafe from other initiatives. For instance, solutions like a floating island, a constructed wetland and a waste collector have been proposed and implemented together with local stakeholders. These solutions were implemented in various countries and knowledge regarding &lsquo;Best Management Practices&rsquo; were exchanged by all involved parties. Polluted rivers worldwide and international knowledge exchange about solutions like &lsquo;waste collectors&rsquo;, such as the Shoreliner in Rotterdam Butuanon River Scan The 22nd edition of the ClimateCafe took place in November 2018: namely the Butuanon River Scan in the Philippines. The Butuanon river is found on the island of Cebu, which is located in Cebu province. The river flows into Mandaue City. In 2015, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regarded this location as the dirtiest river of the Philippines. This was one of the main reasons to organise a River Scan as part of the ClimateCafe. Floris Boogaard from Tauw and Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Groningen), Rick Heikoop from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Christine Marie Ilagan Gohetia from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and Ubo Pakes from the University of the Philippines in Iloilo City helped to set up this initiative together with the municipality of Mandaue, Tauw and INDYMO. Approach and conclusion The Butuanon River Scan started with a comprehensive and interactive problem analysis. This involved six international interdisciplinary groups analysing interviews and reports from stakeholders and residents, observations in the field as well as upstream, midstream and downstream sensor-based measurements. They adopted various perspectives to assess issues at three different locations in the river. All observations and measurement results were immediately registered on-site. See insight. The conclusion of this River Scan is that pollution is increasing considerably from upstream to downstream; not only due to visible pollution like plastic, but also due to micro pollutants measured using continuous sensors. Results and follow-up The River Scan involved constructing floating islands that are capable of collecting floating waste, purifying water and improving the appearance of the river. Knowledge exchange has spurred the local government into action; convincing it to stop sources of pollution and to promote and implement new purification techniques. For instance, it is no longer possible for some pig farms to discharge untreated wastewater into the river. Output from the Climate Cafe has been included in an interactive website, which uses videos, presentations and posters to describe the issue and highlight solutions. The approach and results have been presented to managers, experts and local governments during two conferences in the Philippines: 'Emerging Sustainable Strategies for Climate Change' (Manila, 10 November) and the Fourth International River Summit (Mandaue City, 22-24 November). Click here for an insight into these events. More Climate Cafes will follow in 2019, for instance, in Sweden, Singapore, Dubai and Melbourne. More information can be found at: Tauw and Climate Cafe Tauw is taking part in various projects to find solutions for polluted rivers throughout the world. For example, in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and South Africa: In India, Tauw is helping to develop the banks of the river Ganges: Tauw assists with development of the waterfront of the Ganges River In Indonesia, Tauw is performing innovative monitoring to improve international water quality Tauw is helping to clean polluted rivers in the Philippines: Tauw cleans up polluted rivers with &lsquo;Living Lab Manila Flood Free 2016-2020&rsquo; In Africa, Tauw is developing heatstress maps for South Africa, as part of water storage and purification activities.&nbsp; index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts success factors for sustainable development in 2019I interviewed Annelieke Douma about climate adaptation & water management, and discovered why Both ENDS is so effective and essential in its field of work.Liesbeth WilschutImagine you&rsquo;re working for a development organisation for farmers in Nepal. Farmers are terrified of the consequences of climate change: mudslides are destroying villages, monsoon rains are becoming more and more intense, and glaciers are melting faster than ever before. The farmers are concerned and are taking their own measures to adapt to the changing climate, but it&rsquo;s is not enough. How do you start a dialogue with the government so the urgency of climate change can be brought to their attention? How do you reach stakeholders and how do you improve knowledge sharing among farmers? And is funding available to provide this much-needed support?&nbsp; Enter&nbsp;Both ENDS. Both ENDS knows which channels must be followed to contact the government and identifies the best approach for this process. Both ENDS also puts you in touch with similar organisations (e.g. in Bolivia) so you can exchange ideas and knowledge. This peer-to-peer exchange offers you a step-by-step insight into how a farmers&rsquo; organisation approached climate adaptation in Bolivia, which can spur you on in you in your efforts. Over several years, you can use the network of Both ENDS to exert influence over some of the larger stakeholders (for example, the World Bank and the Green Climate Fund), so more money becomes available for climate adaptation in the most vulnerable parts of Nepal. Establishing connections The example above demonstrates the work carried out by Both ENDS, which is a Dutch NGO that has focused on the environment, climate change and poverty prevention since the 1980s. Both ENDS is a network and knowledge broker: it brings social organisations together and helps them to gain access to information, funding, government bodies and umbrella organisations. I interviewed Annelieke Douma, who is responsible for themes like climate adaptation and water management, and discovered why Both ENDS is so effective and essential in its field of work. Success factors Both ENDS Success factor 1: Support at organisation level The core business of Both ENDS is supporting and collaborating with (primarily) social organisations in the southern hemisphere in their pursuit of sustainability, social equality and human rights. The approach adopted by Both ENDS differs from NGOs, which tend to adopt a programme or project-based approach. Because Both ENDS establishes long-term collaborations with organisations and improves their institutional capacity, they are able to avoid a &lsquo;yo-yo effect&rsquo;: major results during ongoing projects, but everything coming to a standstill afterwards. Success factor 2: Based on the local context Both ENDS primarily works with organisations that serve the interests of people as well as the environment. These organisations are familiar with local challenges, know which opportunities can be exploited and are in direct contact with people &lsquo;on the ground&rsquo;. &ldquo;Challenges relating to water management and climate adaptation are context-specific, meaning they require context-specific solutions&rdquo;, says Douma. &ldquo;There is no &lsquo;one-size-fits-all&rsquo; solution; that is why it is so important to collaborate with civil society, which is familiar with local conditions, knowledge and needs.&rdquo; The problem is that large water and climate projects often overlook local knowledge and initiatives, and do not give enough consideration to existing power structures or specific consequences for certain ethnic groups. Consider the example of climate financing. Douma says, &ldquo;Money provided by the Green Climate Fund is distributed in large portions. This means relatively small organisations that focus on the environment or women&rsquo;s rights - which do important work on climate adaptation in e.g. Indonesia - will not be able to access these funds because they do not have the capacity to complete the required paperwork. The money therefore goes to governments or large international organisations. We believe this is not the way to achieve sustainable results, because not enough money ends up where it is truly needed, and sometimes even has the opposite effect. Medium-sized organisations have a range of opportunities to access climate funds, and we do a lot of work in this field by influencing policy and helping groups to express their views.&rdquo; Success factor 3: Integral approach Although it may seem obvious, the importance of having an integral approach cannot be underestimated. The problem is that due to external factors, some projects are accompanied by so much pressure to achieve visible and fast results that there is no time, money or inclination to study the bigger picture. Therefore, even if a project has good intentions, it can have disastrous consequences. Here&rsquo;s an example: as part of a climate project aimed at preventing deforestation, a forest is cordoned off in order to protect its trees. Surrounding residents, who rely on the forest, are not involved nor are they compensated. This means they are forced into an adjacent area, where the rate of deforestation quickly increases. In addition, conflicts arise between existing and new inhabitants. How do you make sure enough attention is paid to the bigger picture? Both ENDS possesses a lot of knowledge, concerning physical matters (such as the environment, water and land use) as well as social aspects (such as human rights, land rights or women&rsquo;s rights). This makes us well placed to assess the potential risks of interventions and bring them to everyone&rsquo;s attention at the start of the project. But above all - which takes us back to success factors 1 and 2 - a lot of time and knowledge can be garnered by collaborating with organisations that already have a very good insight into complex aspects and relationships within particular contexts. As a result, we gain a better and faster overview when it comes to the positive and negative consequences of our actions. And this is an effective approach, which can also serve as a good resolution for 2019: let&rsquo;s occasionally make time to stand still and consider the consequences of our actions. This will give us the confidence to follow the right path, in our efforts to create a better world.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts ‘N470 - creating energy’ wins prestigious awardThe Tauw project ‘N470 - creating energy’ has won a prestigious Dutch audience award (De Vernufteling), winning 40 percent of the vote. This accolade is awarded annually to the engineering firm that submits the most resourceful project by the Dutch trade association of consultancy, management and engineering firms (NLIngenieurs). Patrick Morren, sustainability consultant at Tauw Nederland, has been involved from the launch of the project and accepted the award in behalf of Tauw. He says, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a wonderful way to be recognised for all the effort we put into this project. You can talk about climate-neutral construction all you want, but this project shows that we can actually do it, right now. So, as a matter of fact, it could already be the new status quo!&rdquo; The project: N470 - creating energyWhen the N470 was scheduled for major maintenance, the province of Zuid-Holland jumped on the chance to experiment with innovative solutions for energy conservation and generation. The reason? Well, the province's aim is to make all its roads carbon neutral. The N470 is one of the first roads that will be treated this way; a testing ground where solutions were conceived and developed related to social areas such as climate change and energy shortages. Tauw has been closely involved in this innovative project for more than three years now; we designed the road, drew up the integrated contract, worked out the business cases for various innovations (noise barriers with solar panels, DC network, battery for energy storage, smart road lighting, traffic control systems, etc.) and supported the tendering process. It was a fantastic partnership, during which Tauw also worked closely together with knowledge institutes and businesses in the area for the development of various innovative ideas. More information about the project &gt;&gt;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts data and qualitative risk managementI recently took part in the NICOLE fall workshop in Bristol, the theme of which was "Data & Risk". I presented qualitative risk management as a method ....Cathrien HeusinkveldI recently took part in the NICOLE fall workshop in Bristol, the theme of which was "Data &amp; Risk". I was given the opportunity to present qualitative risk management as a method for substantiating choices which, within the framework of managing unacceptably high risks, have to be made in the targeted collection of data. Although I expected to be the odd one out by making a presentation in which research and data gathering are critically assessed, the struggle of dealing with large amounts of data proved to be a recurring issue. Given the ever-increasing scope of collectable data, we now more than ever need to make clear choices between the types of data that should be collected and why. When I read the notice inviting me to contribute to the workshop, I noticed that, notwithstanding the scope of the &ldquo;Data &amp; Risk&rdquo; theme, the main focus would lie on the risks involved in data usage and data collection. Nowhere did I read about a focus on my area of expertise, namely qualitative risk management in which risks are first assessed and prioritised and subsequently managed in a transparent, structured and cyclical manner. This almost withheld me from submitting an abstraction. So, why decide to go for it anyway? The added value of qualitative risk management I went for it because I believe that qualitative risk management generates added value in virtually every aspect of our work, especially when it underpins the choices we make in dealing with soil contamination. As soil experts, we tend to use soil surveys as a means of dealing with the unknown, for example in respect of soil quality, defining the contamination and establishing the extent of contamination. This makes sense and is often necessary. However, I make the case that we should refrain from immediately resorting to additional surveys whenever gaps are found in the conceptual site model. We should first stop, think and ask ourselves: &ldquo;What do we want to achieve, and what do we need to achieve it?&rdquo; In other words, what we need first is a risk assessment in which soil contamination and remediation are viewed in relation to the reason for remediation, the physical environment and the virtual environment (the stakeholders). During a risk assessment we adopt a variety of perspectives from which to chart the risks of soil remediation (and yes, this includes the loopholes in the conceptual site model). We then prioritise the risks. Which risks are likely to occur? Which risks have potentially significant consequences for the planning, the budget, image, etc.? And which risks might have a major impact on the industrial site and the developments taking place there (often the reason for soil remediation)? Prioritising the risks enables us to identify the highest risks, for which a plan of action can then be drawn up. The plan of action typically deals with risk control, limiting the risks or mitigating the possible consequences of those risks. This is when we have to consider whether or not to collect additional data as a means of controlling an unacceptably high risk. If so, then the need to collect data has been substantiated. The highest risk in collecting data During the various workshop presentations, many of my fellow participants presented impressive 3D animations and digital reporting methods with which the data behind tables and graphs where explained. Much attention went out to the manner in which highly diverse types of data (often data collected over the course of decades) can be linked and used. From all these presentations I was able to identify one overarching issue: the highest risk in collecting data is that the data is not or inadequately used due to the number of sampling points, the amount of gigabytes, the lack of gigabytes (analogue data), the variety in types of data and not knowing how to interpret data. I believe that we can significantly reduce the risk of leaving (large amounts of) data unused by making risk-based choices in the data we acquire. We can then purposefully collect data within the framework of managing unacceptably high risks.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts presents (soil) innovations on NICOLE eventLast week NICOLE organised an international soil event in Bristol (England). Topics like data & risk, data quality, data management & visualization and risk management were discussed. Tauw colleagues Cathrien Heusinkveld-Bakker and Morrisson Kramer were asked to travel to England to give a presentation on sustainable data management and (the evaluation, reduction and management of) project risks.The goal of the event was to exchange knowledge. &ldquo;The emphasis was really on sharing experiences. It was enjoyable to exchange knowledge together with different clients and fellow agencies, without the direct emphasis on acquisition&rdquo;, says Cathrien Heusinkveld-Bakker, who also wrote a blog on risk management.&nbsp;Despite the non-commercial nature, NICOLE turned out to be a beautiful platform. It became clear that Tauw is one of the front runners regarding issues such as data management and risk management.&ldquo;We were able to show our Augmented Reality applications at the demo session, mainly the Contamination model, but also other models. We received enthusiastic comments from many people. It&rsquo;s very reassuring to know the AR-application is still an innovative and effective tool for communication, and apparently there are industrial companies that still haven&rsquo;t seen these tools&rdquo;, says Morrisson Kramer, advisor information management at Tauw. More information about the AR-model About NICOLENICOLE (Network for Industrially Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe) is a leading forum for industrially coordinated and sustainable land use in Europe. They regularly organize soil events, aiming to promote collaboration between industry, academics, consultancies and contractors regarding the development and application of sustainable technologies.index,followHoe kunnen wij u helpen?Leg uw vraagstuk voor aan onze experts, wij adviseren graag. road N470 - creating energyProvincial road N470 - creating energyTauw is working together with the province of Zuid-Holland to build one of the first carbon neutral roads in the Netherlands. Tauw is working together with the province of Zuid-Holland to build one of the first carbon neutral roads in the Netherlands. When the N470 was scheduled for major maintenance, the province of Zuid-Holland jumped on the chance to experiment with innovative solutions for energy conservation and generation. The N470 lies between Zoetermeer and Delft and is an important link between the highways A4, A13 and A12. The project is called &lsquo;De N470 geeft energie&rsquo; (The N470 - creating energy). Tauw is drawing up an integrated contract and will be supporting the tendering process. The N470 is a 17-kilometre long provincial road between Delft and Zoetermeer. Ultimately, the province aims to make all its roads carbon neutral. The N470 is one of the first roads that will be treated this way; a testing ground where solutions were conceived and developed related to social areas such as climate change and energy shortages. Energy transition The province of Zuid-Holland is moving towards sustainable civil engineering and is keen on tackling this together. It is a fantastic partnership, during which Tauw will also be working together with knowledge institutes and businesses in the area for the development of innovative ideas. And that is not all: we would also like to create a partnership with the market parties. That is why we will be tendering this project through a competitive dialogue, which will allow the client and the market party to discuss the desirability and feasibility of the relevant solutions in confidence. This way, we throw down the gauntlet and challenge the market parties to achieve the energy transition objectives together. Exceptional character Sander van Vliet, N470 project leader of the province of Zuid-Holland, explains the exceptional nature of the project: &ldquo;For the province, &lsquo;De N740 geeft energie&rsquo; is an exceptional project in numerous ways. Ultimately, the province is aiming to make all its roads carbon neutral. The N470 is one of the roads that will be carbon neutral, both where maintenance and management are concerned. This means that both Tauw and the province will need to approach things from a completely different angle. You are building a testing ground together, which must comply with every single safety and availability requirement. And then it's great to see that you have a solid, high-quality team with people who complement each other.&rdquo; See also: Project &lsquo;N470 - creating energy&rsquo; wins prestigious awardindex,followDo you have questions about this project? Get it touch with our advisors N498-Schaapsweg intersectionReconstruction N498-Schaapsweg intersectionReconstructie kruising N498-Schaapswegindex,follow Project&nbsp;details Period: June 2019 - April 2020Client: Province of Zuid HollandInvolved Tauw consultants: Ewout Vossebeld Sanne de Groot Annet de Bakker Brian Abel Richard Veldkamp Kevin Sakko <subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><content1>What was the assignment? The province of Zuid-Holland engaged Tauw in the preparatory phase of reconstructing the N498-Schaapsweg intersection. The current intersection will be replaced by a roundabout and the adjacent bus stops designed and constructed in accordance with R-net standards. This will ensure compliance with provincial safety requirements and improved comfort in the use of public transport. Tasks performed by Tauw: Various (preliminary)analyses, consultation work and coordinating activities Design Permits Contract formation and tendering Sustainability options During the Preliminary Design phase, Tauw performed a quick scan of the sustainability options involved in the project. This ultimately resulted in a Sustainable Groundwork, Road and Hydraulic Engineering session (based on the Ambitions Chart) that was conducted between the provincial authorities and the municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee and Tauw. All high-potential sustainability measures were recorded in the ensuing options dossier in consultation with the provincial authorities, in which it was determined that the measures would not only have to be sustainable, but feasible and manageable as well. Form of contract and tendering A meeting was subsequently convened to discuss all contracting options with the aforesaid sustainability measures in mind. The assembly of a construction team proved to be the best option, seeing that this allows the contractor to implement the sustainability measures at his own discretion, while enabling the provincial authorities to retain control over the outcome/results. After subsequently gauging the level of interest among the contractors who had previously submitted tenders for the N211 and N470 projects, three contractors were asked to submit their offers. The contract was ultimately awarded to Van Gelder. How did the collaboration progress? The provincial authorities asked Tauw to supervise the construction team assembly process. In part as a result of this supervision, the assembly phase progressed smoothly, with all parties expressing enthusiasm about working in a successful construction team. The success of the construction team meant keeping a tight schedule; risk-based and with a management/maintenance representative present at all stages. An atmosphere of trust was created, not just in each other, but in achieving a sustainable result as well. Everyone is proud to be part of a project that will help secure a sustainable future. What will the result of the project be? During the preliminary phase (scope of this project), a foundation was laid for the construction of a safe and sustainable roundabout as a replacement of the current intersection. Sustainability results of which everyone involved is very proud: The reconstruction involves the use of sustainable materials and recycled base materials in asphalt and concrete. CO2 emissions during construction will be lower than with traditional building methods. A healthy environment will be created for plants, insects and other animals to live in, among other things by constructing low-maintenance roadsides with an abundance of flowering plants and an insect hotel in the form of an old tram once used in Goeree. The costs of realisation are not significantly higher than they would be without the ambition of sustainability. The implementation phase of the project begins at the end of April 2020. Tauw will continue to be involved as a consultant and will supervise the project as it is implemented. &nbsp; &nbsp;</content1><content2/><title/><subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><title>Questions about this projects? as prime contractor in soil and groundwater remediationTauw as prime contractor in soil and groundwater remediationNot only does Tauw prepare and supervise remediation projects, we also act as the prime contractor for soil and groundwater remediations. Not only does Tauw prepare and supervise remediation projects, we also act as the prime contractor for soil and groundwater remediations. Tauw experts select a remediation contractor on the basis of your specific situation and the requirements of your project. Given our knowledge and experience, we can deal with every type of soil and groundwater remediation project and provide tailor-made solutions. For you as our client this results in a stress and problem-free remediation process. You have one primary point of contact for everything, from soil and groundwater assessment &nbsp;to the execution (and evaluation) of the remediation project. Our experts and certified supervisors regularly visit the site to guarantee a smooth process, to ensure compliance with (safety) regulations and to ensure that the entire process is executed as agreed. If unexpected (for instance permit-related) issues arise during the project, the experts of Tauw are ready to deal with them. Advantages of soil and groundwater remediation by Tauw Based on framework agreements, Tauw has established long-term relationships with numerous &nbsp;Customers. As a result, our experts know the ins and outs in terms of the site, project and customer requirements. We make sure that valuable information is not&nbsp; lost due to the transfer of a project to a contractor and back. This assurance of information retention increases the likelihood of a successful outcome and a safe and secure execution of a project. In countries such as Italy and Spain, Tauw has already acquired a formidable reputation as a prime contractor for soil and groundwater remediation projects. Tauw&rsquo;s position as an independent prime contractor is guaranteed, because we are not affiliated with any remediation contractor. We select our subcontractors on the basis of your specific situation, your requirements and expectations and the appropriate techniques needed, such as in-situ remediation. We operate independently from other parties and their preferred applications, and we always find the best possible solution for your situation. Our approach ultimately saves time and expenses, which translates into a win-win situation for everyone involved. Advantages of using Tauw as the prime contractor in soil and groundwater remediation projects: we know everything about the site and remediation projects of our long-standing customers; we operate independently and are not affiliated with any remediation contractor; we provide information assurance; we save you time and expenses; we offer global experience. index,followCan we help you with soil remediation?Please contact us Silk Road: a phase I Environmental Due DiligenceProject Silk Road: a phase I Environmental Due DiligenceWhile contemplating the acquisition of Bons & Evers, Bencis Capital Partners commissioned Tauw to perform a Phase I EDD assessment of Bons & Evers. While contemplating the acquisition of Bons & Evers, Bencis Capital Partners commissioned Tauw to perform a Phase I EDD assessment of Bons & Evers. The code name for this transaction was ‘Silk Road’.Private equity firm Bencis Capital Partners (Bencis) commissioned Tauw in 2018 to perform a Phase I Environment Due Diligence (EDD) assessment of Bons &amp; Evers, a company engaged in hot forging, machining, and assembly of brass, bronze and aluminium components, as well as the casting and extruding of brass and bronze alloys. The company has production sites in the Netherlands (Borne and Drunen), Germany (Geisingen and V&ouml;hrenbach), France (Esvres sur Indre), Hungary (K&aacute;ll&oacute;) and China (Shanghai). Its products are amongst others applied in the automotive industry, sanitary applications,valve production, and power distribution applications. The objective of the Phase I EDD was to identify and evaluate the (potential) presence of material environmental issues associated with the current and historic use of the sites. Our assessment included thorough desk study, consultation of relevant archives and databases, and site visits (performed in July 2018) to current production sites. Also, Tauw performed a desk top review of the Shanghai site, where production is being started up. An environmental reality check This EDD assessment approach represents an actual &ldquo;reality check&rdquo; of the environmental situation of the company and answers questions such as: is it functioning as it should be and in accordance with applicable environmental laws and regulations? If not, what costs will be involved to ensure (technical) compliance with such laws and regulations? The findings of this reality check can be used in the negotiations related to the acquisition and may be incorporated in the transaction documentation (SPA). In the sites outside of the Netherlands and Germany, the actual assessments were performed by some of Tauw&rsquo;s trusted local partners. Our local partners are a key factor, as they are familiar with (local) legislation, language and culture, which ensures that there are no barriers to come to a cost efficient and effective approach. &ldquo;The service we like to see in our transaction practice&rdquo; Bencis Capital Partners is a renowned Western European private equity firm that already has a long-lasting working relationship with Tauw as a provider of environmental and related due diligence services. This is why Bencis, while contemplating the acquisition of Bons &amp; Evers, commissioned Tauw to perform the Phase I EDD assessment. &lsquo;Silk Road&rsquo; was the code name for this&nbsp;transaction. After completion of the EDD, Bencis stated to be very satisfied with all aspects of the project, including the price-quality ratio, the quality of the report, the collaboration with Tauw, communication and project management, and the shown pro-active attitude. "Again, Tauw has shown to perform a good job, providing very professional advice at a good price-quality ratio. They are communicative and pro-active. Tauw provides its services as we love to see it done in our transaction practice&rdquo; - Jorrit Rijnbeek, Investment Director at Bencis &nbsp;index,followAny questions about this project? We are happy to help management for the Houtribdijk Research and Monitoring ProgrammeDatamanagement voor Onderzoeks- en Monitoringsprogramma Houtribdijkindex,follow Foto: Arjen Ponger &ndash; Rijkswaterstaat Project details Period:&nbsp;November 2018 - 2022Client:&nbsp;RijkswaterstaatInvolved Tauw consultants: Morrisson Kramer&nbsp; Ilona Kemeling&nbsp; <subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><content1>What was the assignment? The Houtribdijk between Lelystad and Enkhuizen was built during the period from 1956 to 1976 to drain the southern part of Lake IJssel (IJsselmeer) for agricultural use. This land reclamation plan was finally shelved in 2003. To ensure that the Houtribdijk once again meets the safety standards of the Dutch Water Act, Rijkswaterstaat is taking action to reinforce the dike over a distance of 25 kilometres as part of the national Flood Protection Programme. This operation - reinforcing a sandy dike in a large lake without tidal movement - is a first, and more information is required to determine the level of effort required for management and maintenance. Rijkswaterstaat has launched a research and monitoring programme to deliver that information. A combination set up by HKV, Tauw and IV Infra is handling the data management aspect of this programme. How did the collaboration go? After a short &lsquo;familiarisation period&rsquo; to ensure effective assignment of the roles within the HKV, Tauw and IV Infra combination, all the parties are collaborating extremely smoothly in the project. Rijkswaterstaat is an active participant in the project team and physically attends meetings as a stakeholder. This active presence means that decisions can be taken at the right time and major progress has already been made. The collaboration was intensive and particularly meaningful during the first year (2019). The system had to be developed and clear agreements made about how the parties would work together. The project, and the collaboration structure associated with it, has now entered a calmer phase in which continuous (automatic) monitoring takes place to feed the data management system's dike health monitor. What was the result of the project? The data management system (DMS) was created by HKV and the data flows can be tracked online in real time. Tauw drew up a guideline for this in the form of a data management template, which describes how the DMS should be used. The data manager, who was assigned by Tauw, collaborated actively with Rijkswaterstaat to build a conceptual framework and set up efficient data management and usage procedures to achieve the research objectives associated with the dike reinforcement activities. The online health monitor and the process that has been set up allow timely action whenever the quality of the data indicates a need for intervention. Because this happens online, unexpected circumstances can be anticipated almost immediately. This real-time aspect significantly increases the data quality and usefulness of the periodic measurements, thereby benefiting the scientific research programme. Comment by the contracting authority's project leader &lsquo;It was by no means certain that we would be able to achieve the target, which was to create a real-time automatic data processing and control set-up. However, close collaboration between the parties, open communication, good technical support and an unwavering focus on the data flow process have made this possible. All those involved deserve to be complemented.This project is a ground-breaking model for similar projects in the future and an example of good data management!&rsquo; ir. R.J.A. (Rinse) WilminkAdviser Coastal Water Safety and Coastal Morphology Project Leader for the Houtribdijk Research and Monitoring Programme </content1><content2/><title/><subtitle/><introtext/></item><item><title>Questions about this project? building of the Government of Aruba in soil and groundwater management Aruba is one of the most developed and most densely populated Caribbean islands. In charge of ensuring a sustainable healthy environment for people and environment in Aruba is the Directorate of Nature and Environment (DNM). To make the most use of the scarcely available land the DNM wished to develop capacity in the field of contaminated soil and groundwater management. Tauw and our Aruban partner ASDF have been contracted to assist the Directorate of Nature and Environment in this process. The first step is the development of a soil quality map of the island. This soil quality map will establish for the main soil types the actual soil quality and will serve as a baseline for future developments as well as clean-up projects. In this process Tauw has, in close consultation with the client and available geological and geomorphological maps of the island, established the main soil types to be investigated. A tender will be drafted to execute the drilling, sampling and analysis for each unit to establish their quality. Parallel to the above process Tauw and ASDF will build the capacity of the DNM on contaminated soil and groundwater management in a series of trainings. These trainings will focus on the use of the geographic information system (GIS) as well as general contaminated land management. Read more about our soil and groundwater expertise &gt;&gt;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts the Unicorn: AtychiphobiaBeat the Unicorn: AtychiphobiaIn 2017, I came into contact with KTC, a consultancy in the field of strategic design and innovation. Jasper SchmeitsIn 2017, I came into contact with KTC, a consultancy in the field of strategic design and innovation. During one of our discussions, I was asked if I would like to tell my story for the &lsquo;Beat the Unicorn&rsquo; project. The idea of the project was to bundle the stories told by different sides into a book. So... I had to find out what &lsquo;my&rsquo; story actually was. What should I tell people? How? And how could I make sure that the reader would actually be interested? After plenty of musings, I realised my story could be summed up in a single word: Atychiphobia. The Fear of Replacement! Unicorns &lsquo;Unicorns&rsquo; are devastating start-ups that develop lightning fast in the market and then take over or disturb a particular market segment. Think about Amazon and AirBnB, for example: both billion-dollar start-ups, give or take. Can we defend ourselves against this, or will Google or Facebook be our biggest competitors in tender processes of the future? We are going to have to gather the data &ndash; probably a combination of open-source data with location-specific data by that time &ndash; but our competitors will already have this data, so they're one step ahead of us. If we want to survive in the future, we really need to take big steps where the digitisation of our processes is concerned. Technological developments In 2017, I launched the innovation theme &lsquo;Sensing the Future&rsquo;, in which we look at the technological developments with regard to data collection. Primarily to improve and renew our own processes, but certainly also to tap into new market segments and niches. The idea is to recognise and test technological developments and then indicate what opportunities they represent for the organisation. Examples include the use of multiparameter sensors for wastewater, the use of machine learning for the analysis of water chain data and the use of drones for batch testing. &nbsp; My story Working at Tauw, I realised that my actions were often based on gut instinct. But why do I do the things I do, is there any logic behind it? KTC's question gave me the opportunity to really look into this, and it encouraged me to find out the &lsquo;why&rsquo; of my actions. Based on a number of conversations and some digging I finally found out that I (subconsciously) apply the 4 Ds: Dromen, Denken, Durven en Doen (Dreaming, Thinking, Daring and Doing). A theory developed by Voort &amp; Ormondt in 2011. Instead of starting with the theory and then looking at real life, I started with real life (doing) and then looked at the theory and the power it has. Inspiring stories So now we have a bundle of 13 stories, all written from a different perspective. And I'm incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to join the other writers and be part of this wonderful collection. It is very recognisable that business development is being looked at in the same way from different market segments. No matter whether we're talking about the mobility assignments at Schiphol or Suzuki, or the developments within Erasmus University or at De Volksbank: they all come up against a certain kind of digitisation that they must embrace in order to remain competitive in the future. Every piece is inspiring in its own way! Getting to grips with my own process There are a few quotes from the book that I&rsquo;ll definitely be incorporating into my own innovation process: Innovation processes don&rsquo;t fail because of a lack of talent or a lack of ideas related to technological developments. They fail due to a lack of commitment and diversity. Make sure you don&rsquo;t forget your customer service! Even in a digital world, your end user is still human, so make sure you treat him that way. Good innovation is all about implementation, measurement, learning, correcting and starting over again. But be quick about it! I hereby like to take the opportunity to thank KTC for giving me the space to tell my story. The process was great fun and I have truly managed to get to grips with the process I stick to myself. Check out our innovation pageindex,followQuestions after reading this blog?‘Beat the Unicorn’: inspiring stories about innovative entrepreneurshipWhen you consider the stories about start-ups and unicorns like Amazon, Airbnb and Uber, you could almost think that the traditional, big companies have lost their innovative power. The book ‘Beat the Unicorn’ shows that the opposite is true. In it, 15 organisations – including Schiphol, Suzuki Motor, VodafoneZiggo and Tauw – explain how they deal with innovation and entrepreneurship in a rapidly changing market. It is a collection of stories full of lessons learned and inspiration for successful entrepreneurship.At the end of 2017, Jasper Schmeits, innovation manager at Tauw, came into contact with KTC, which wrote the book and is a consultancy in the field of strategic design and innovation. Jasper: &lsquo;What is very recognisable is that business development is being looked at in the same way from very different market segments. We all recognise the need to embrace digitisation in order to remain competitive in the future. Each story is inspirational in its own way. I am proud to have had the opportunity to be part of this beautiful collection.&rsquo; In his story &lsquo;Atychiphobia: The Fear of Replacement&rsquo; Jasper relates his experiences with the innovation process on a day-to-day basis. With technical developments following each other in quick succession, it is no longer a question of whether innovation is necessary, but of how quickly we need to implement these kinds of changes. How do you get from idea to successful product, how does the innovation process work, and how fast does it need to be? He talks about timing, expertise, vision and perseverance; four key elements essential for successful innovation. But also about the resistance he meets when he implements these innovations. Curious about his and the other stories? You can find the book here. &nbsp; Check Jasper&rsquo;s blog series on innovation:- Beat the Unicorn: Atychiphobia- Internationalisation is all about the big picture- Sensor development indispensable for achieving circular economy objectives- It&rsquo;s no longer possible to imagine our field of work without &lsquo;Toys for Boys&rsquo;- Is the government destroying our knowledge economy?index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts Fokke member of expert group on contaminated sites of the Stockholm ConventionBoudewijn Fokke from Tauw represents the Netherlands in the expert group on sites contaminated by persistent organic pollutants of the Stockholm ConventionSince May this year Boudewijn Fokke from Tauw represents the Netherlands in the expert group on sites contaminated by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) of the Stockholm Convention. The expert group consists of around 15 experts on this subject from all over the world.The main task of this expert group is to develop guidance for identification and management of sites contaminated by persistent organic pollutants. Priority areas of work include collection of relevant information and case studies from Parties and others, related to management and remediation, inventory development, and financial mechanisms. The information should be relevant for developing countries, countries with economies in transition, and developed countries. The information should also cover a large range of scenarios and types of contamination (e.g., pesticides, production facilities) and should be relevant for managing multiple contaminant scenarios at single sites (e.g., covering simultaneously POPs, metals, hydrocarbons, etc.). These case studies should provide examples of problems that can occur as well as successes. The expert group members work on the various issues of the guidelines and once a year the whole group comes together to discuss and work. This year the meeting is organized from 17 to 19 September 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The draft guidance must be finalized by the end of 2020 so that it can be presented on the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in May 2021. More information about the Stockholm Convention&nbsp;&gt;&gt;index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts Conceptual Site Models for complex soil and subsurface projectsTauw uses 3D Conceptual Site Models (3D CSM’s) to gain insight into the soil and deeper subsurface of a study area. By intelligently combining, managing and visualising public, acquired and generated data about the study area, we can offer more detailed and understandable advice to our customers.7 December&nbsp;2019 - 3D Conceptual Site Models are schematic 3D models that are based on data input. The principles behind it are based on Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the subsurface. Underground objects like bore holes, monitoring wells, soil structures, pollution fumes, foundations, remediation measures, pipes and cables are displayed in 3D. This enables a system-based approach to managing and visualising information about the subsurface. A better insight is also obtained into its relationship with relevant above-ground objects like buildings, roads, lampposts and trees.&nbsp; Why use 3D CSM? Clients are encountering increasingly complex soil and subsurface-related issues, which require an integrated systems approach. Tauw uses 3D CSM&rsquo;s to create the most comprehensive and transparent insight into all available information about a study location and relationships between the different types of information. This makes it possible to determine whether there is enough information for appropriate advice or whether additional research is needed into so-called &lsquo;knowledge gaps&rsquo;. Benefits for clients Clients can also access the 3D CSM, which means you can quickly see risks and knowledge gaps for your project. Our advisors will feed information into the model throughout the project, so you will continuously have an effective insight into the location-specific status of the subsurface and its interactions with other objects. Technical issues become easier for everyone to understand because 3D CSM can schematically visualise a lot of complex information. This also makes it a lot easier to communicate with qualified authorities and other stakeholders. Experiences and developments Over the past year, several of our customers - ranging from the industrial sector to public bodies - have been very positive about the use of 3D CSM. Tauw is one of the market leaders when it comes to visualising the subsurface in 3D. We play an active role in developing new technologies and continuously search for opportunities to add value to our work processes and services using 3D technology. The value of 3D CSM&rsquo;s grows further in combination with other applications. We have already made it possible to experience 3D CSM in Virtual Reality and are actively testing other combinations. For example, Augmented Reality (to see the subsurface on site), Machine Learning (to generate new information from data) and sensors (to show change in real time). More information? If you would like more information about the benefits of 3D CSM for your projects, check out this video on YouTube and/or visit our webpage.Of course, you can also contact our experts: Morrisson Kramer,, +31 62 00 50 92 6 Ilona Kemeling,, +31 61 50 95 15 6.index,follow Conceptual Site ModelView our 3D CSM demo,follow Site Model 2.0: The result of a creative combination of professional disciplinesConceptual Site Model 2.0: combining professional disciplines11 september by Jasper Schmeits "We are not an IT specialist, we are not a drone specialist, and we do not drill boreholes ourselves. So what do we do?&nbsp; Understanding &lsquo;the question behind the question&rsquo; and coming up with the best solution is our strength!"&nbsp; Jasper Schmeits, Innovation Manager at Tauw&nbsp; &nbsp; Introduction&nbsp; It is 5 August 2016 and I have an appointment with my new colleague, Morrisson Kramer, who has sent me the following information:&nbsp; Hello Jasper,&nbsp;I see that you will be back in Deventer on Monday; why don't we have a cup of coffee together?&nbsp; I take a quick look at his background on LinkedIn; data systems, system engineering, virtual reality and BIM. I am immediately interested by virtual reality, but find the other topics less relevant. We enjoy the sunny weather as we stroll through Deventer and talk in more detail about our daily activities. Morrisson explains what he does and I proudly tell him about one of my projects: a visual description of a research location based on publicly available data and data specifically gathered for the project.&nbsp; We are using a Conceptual Site Model (CSM) to identify the knowledge gaps in this soil survey. Not only does this help clarify what we need to do next, it is also useful when explaining the situation to stakeholders (contracting authorities, residents and other interested parties) whose knowledge of soil ecology is less well-developed. I have noticed that one particular process has to be repeated almost every time: you retrieve large amounts of data from different systems first, store that data and then correlate it to create a visual image. My added value as a soil consultant only comes into play when interpreting that image. How can pollution spread and what knowledge gaps do we need to investigate? Unfortunately, this activity only accounts for 20% of the time. Most of the time is spent visualising all the available data.&nbsp; Development This inspires Morrisson and he immediately asked me to send him some examples. He needs to understand how I produce models of this type more clearly, but already has ideas about how the process can be optimised. We arrange a try-out session to put his ideas to the test and, in just half an hour, he creates images of three-dimensional buildings, displays cross-sections and presents things &lsquo;live&rsquo; that I normally have to spend hours working on. I am an immediate convert!&nbsp; Now it&rsquo;s time for lobbying; persuading the right internal stakeholders and gaining their support, presenting the idea to the &ldquo;old hands&rdquo; - soil specialists with long-standing experience in the industry, finding the most suitable method, arranging investment budgets, approaching customers, etc. All&nbsp; the different elements are essential, but good examples prove to have the greatest effect. Instead of just presenting &lsquo;the idea&rsquo;, we succeeded immediately in demonstrating added value for soil specialists and customers.&nbsp; Follow-up I am proud of the rapid improvement that 3D CSM has brought about in terms of the speed and quality of the process. The use of 3D CSM should become part of every soil consultant's training; it facilitates the correct implementation process. Soon, we won&rsquo;t be able to do without it anymore and it gives us the opportunity of focusing on creating added value. I challenge this team to think about the possible applications of 3D CSM; ideas that will allow us to deliver added value (identify knowledge gaps) in a virtual world, or in combination with machine learning in a way that transparently lets us present the process for identifying knowledge gaps.&nbsp; Read more about how to apply&nbsp;3D CSM So what do we do? We are the party that analyses the background to all these specialisms (drones, boreholes, etc.) in order to resolve &lsquo;the question behind the question&rsquo;. Our strength lies in combining all these different inputs to create a final product that has added value for our client. So we do not have to be an expert drone specialist, we only need to know when deploying a drone can be helpful. The trick is to combine the right professional disciplines.index,followDo you have some questions about 3D CSM? Please contact us for more information Remediation of residual contamination by using nature-based techniquesThe RESANAT project is a collaboration between seven small and large companies from the Netherlands and Flanders, including Tauw, on the one hand, and OVAM (Flemish Public Waste Authority) and knowledge institute Deltares on the other hand, which aims to stimulate redevelopment of contaminated sites in the Netherlands and Flanders. The project is partially funded by Interreg and will continue until 30 April 2022. Nature-based remediation techniques Conventional remediation and management techniques are too costly, energy- and material intensive and/or require too much groundwater. RESANAT applies nature-based remediation techniques where plants, micro-organisms and natural materials and processes are used to control residual pollution. These innovative techniques are expected to allow thousands of sites in the Netherlands and Flanders, where (residual) pollution is still a problem, to be put to sustainable use again at some time in the future. Tauw contributes to the RESANAT project by bringing in the Natural Catch, a technique that we have developed in-house. For more information we refer to our news release. Project partners The RESANAT project is a collaboration between OVAM and Deltares, on the one hand, and the following project partners: Tauw, Witteveen+Bos, Jan de Nul, Dura Vermeer Infra Milieu BV, Bio2clean, TTE Consultants and iFLUX. This project is co-financed by: index,followDo you have questions about this project?Get it touch with our advisors CSM - Conceptual Site Models3D Conceptual Site Models (3D CSM)View our 3D CSM demonoindex,nofollow<subtitle/><introtext/><content>A 3D Conceptual Site Model (CSM) is a schematic representation of the underground situation. It is a type of Building Information Modelling system (BIM) for the subsurface domain: system-oriented information management and visualisation of underground objects such as boreholes, monitoring wells, soil structure, contaminant plumes, foundations, remediation measures, cables and pipes. Relevant surface objects such as buildings, roads, lampposts and trees are added to the model to provide context. Why use 3D CSM Our consultants use 3D CSM to create a complete and clear visual picture of all the available information and the relationships between the different items of information. This helps clarify whether the information available is adequate for providing sound advice. &lsquo;Knowledge gaps&rsquo; are sometimes present and additional research is required. 3D CSM has many advantages. The added value of 3D CSM: All the available information in a single overview. Accurate visual presentation of the situation. Can be combined with technical design. Time-linked visualisation: 3D CSM shows historical data or a simulated image of the future, e.g. the life cycle of a contaminant plume in 3D. Shows remediation measures and their consequences. Combines different types of information. Visualises interfaces so that they can be managed. Clear, low-threshold and simple. Support tool for communication with the competent authority and people in the area. Information about the underground situation As our client, being able to access the available information in a 3D environment allows you to quickly identify risks and knowledge gaps in your project. Throughout the project, our consultant uses his expertise to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the CSM and adds new information. This gives you a better understanding of the location-specific situation below the surface and the interaction with other objects. The CSM results in a richer, more uniform and clearer recommendation to you as our client. Visual representation We create an easily understood and clear picture of the situation by schematising a number of elements. As a result, rather than exactly corresponding to reality, the CSM provides the best possible approximation of the real situation in a schematised presentation. A 3D CSM is a visual representation of large amounts of complex information. This presentation approach makes the information easier to understand. We also make the relevant background information available by working with smart objects and linking the source data. &nbsp; View one of our 3D CSM demo projects below&nbsp; (Download the manual) </content></item><item><title>3D CSM are used within the following themes: Storyindex,follow Brandindex,follow Benefits of ESG ManagementMarc GöbbelsEnvironmental Social Governance (ESG) and/or non-financial aspects are becoming increasingly essential as part of M&amp;A transactions. For private equity firms, a pragmatic ESG Management approach does not only help in ensuring and maintaining competitive ability - it can also serve as a basis for an improved risk management and potential future value enhancements.The growing importance of ESG aspects is evident. Exemplarily this is reflected by the increasing number of signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI). Since the initiation of the UN PRI in the year 2006, the number of signatories (asset owner and investment managers) has risen from 63 to around 1950, now representing a value of more than US$ 80 bio in assets under management. Many of the signatories are from Scandinavia, France, or the Netherlands &ndash; these regions are leading. However, in an European market with potential regulation on sustainable finance on the horizon, the growing imperative for General Partners (GPs) all over the EU to consider ESG aspects cannot be ignored. In a time when comprehensive ESG-standards are still to be defined, a pragmatic ESG Management approach with established key elements should be the first step for all GPs as well as Limited Partners (LPs).While the implementation of a responsible investment or ESG policy showcases and manifests an investor&rsquo;s commitment, it is further vital to set up a performance assessment and reporting framework that helps to identify and manage essential ESG aspects along the investment chain. Such a system entails an appropriate due diligence process and should include continuous cooperation with according funds or portfolio companies during both the holding and exit phase to contribute to the ESG performance of all players involved. When properly implemented and put into practice, the management of ESG aspects will meet the requirements of LPs and thus play an important role when it comes to a GP&rsquo;s fundraising activities. The management system will also help to better manage risks and to identify potential value enhancement in various areas, such as in resource management, employer attractiveness, or business development. In summary this generates an added value for all stakeholders involved, reflecting the principles of responsible investment.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts helps Central Government Real Estate Agency with asbestos remediationTauw has recently signed a framework agreement with the Central Government Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf) for performing asbestos consultancy services. The agreement, which was reached through a closed European procedure, is a continuation of Tauw’s long-term collaboration with the government property manager for their entire portfolio in the area of asbestos. Activities include describing the situation and preparing asbestos identification reports, asbestos management plans, and remediation plans. Tauw has already examined the Binnenhof buildings in The Hague for the presence of asbestos.Erik Menkema, the framework agreement&rsquo;s project leader, is delighted about the contract extension: &ldquo;The Central Government Real Estate Agency is a client with an enormous diversity of objects to be investigated. Assignments range from the inspection of tenant farms to defence sites, and from museums to prisons. The investigation of the Binnenhof, in preparation for planned renovations, was certainly one of the largest and most unique assignments under the previous contract. The diversity and the function of the objects make it even more thrilling to be able to provide advice to the Central Government Real Estate Agency on the presence of asbestos.&rdquo; About the Central Government Real Estate AgencyThe Central Government Real Estate Agency is the property organisation of the Dutch Central Government. It is a merger of the former Government Buildings Agency, the Defence Infrastructure Agency, the State Property and Development Agency, and the Government Real Estate Department. It is part of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. The Central Government Real Estate Agency is responsible for the management and upkeep of the largest and most varied property portfolio in the Netherlands. The portfolio includes prisons, courts, barracks, airports, defence sites, agricultural land, ministries, ports, tax offices, monuments, museums, palaces, and farms. These buildings and sites are placed at the disposal of the various users by the Central Government Real Estate Agency, which is the owner and manager.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts the SDGsJulian StempherThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals put forth by the United Nations in 2015, which address some of the most profound challenges we face as a global community. They are becoming an increasingly important theme of our time and, as it goes, more and more organizations seek to align their strategies with the SDGs and implement them into their decision making. Some have started with this, some haven&rsquo;t, and some are struggling. This is a list of considerations that you might find useful when dealing with the SDGs: There are underlying targets and indicators to each goal. An SDG does not stand by itself. Instead, for all SDGs, there is two or more targets; and for all targets, there is multiple indicators. These targets and indicators are subsets of goals that specify the broader SDG, if you will. Goal #8 &lsquo;Decent Work and Economic Growth&rsquo;, for instance, is comprised of twelve underlying targets and according indicators, that explain to us in more detail what decent work and economic growth would look like. It is crucial that we handle the SDGs on that very level of targets and indicators, so we can contribute to them in a meaningful way. The SDGs are the what, not the how. The SDGs, along with their targets and indicators, paint a picture of our lives in the year 2030. They describe a desirable status quo that we hopefully arrive at. They are the what. What they don&rsquo;t speak of, however, is the how. They don&rsquo;t lay out the road, they do not tell us how to make that transition and get to that status quo. This is what we still have to work out &ndash; in the process, we still need to find out which are the key levers to pull so that we may achieve &lsquo;Quality Education&rsquo; and whose main responsibility it will be to protect &lsquo;Life on Land&rsquo;. Formulating the SDGs is a first step, now we need ideas on how to achieve them. Use the information that is out there. There is large teams from different institutions such as the UN or the GRI that work around the clock on facilitating the implementation of the SDGs for us as organizations and individuals. For example, earlier this year a guide for businesses on how to report on the SDGs, along with business-specific indicators for all goals and targets, has been published. It is highly professional work and emanates from the same source as the SDGs themselves, so let us use this knowledge and take it as a basis when designing our own frameworks around the SDGs. They make us look for the positive. The SDGs are very appealing because they are positively framed and have a visionary character to them. They give us a direction, speak of goals, something to accomplish. And we become enthusiastic. This is of course helpful and very much needed, but: when it comes to the point that we benchmark ourselves against the SDGs, it is perhaps too easy for us as individuals or businesses to make our stories about the positive impacts we have, possibly neglecting the negative ones. We already see many organizations reporting on the SDGs &ndash; they all state the SDGs they contribute to, but not the ones they harm. We must acknowledge, however, that (as of now) many of our activities , do indeed harm the accomplishment of the SDGs. Identifying these negative impacts, being transparent about them, and addressing them is as important as telling the stories about our positive contributions. They are bold, so let us be bold, too. The SDGs represent an opportunity to bring about a new paradigm for business, our economy, and for life in general. They speak of massive changes and radical improvements. Let us try to meet them with that same spirit, and with radical innovation. Instead of making only minor adjustments, clinging on to our current systems without truly challenging them, let&rsquo;s think bigger about whether we can do things in a fundamentally different, but much more beneficial way. The SDGs are great, because they give a face to &lsquo;sustainability&rsquo;, a term that often seems vague and that is difficult to define and narrow down. They create a &lsquo;common language&rsquo;. But we want more than this, we want to accomplish the SDGs and make them a reality. To do so, we must take the SDGs for what they are and we must understand them deeply. We must apply them cautiously and thoroughly, and communicate how we do so transparently.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts demolition in Franceindex,follow and redevelopment an old pesticide production facility in Italyindex,follow,-france.html23599Demolition of a chemical factory in Lyon, Franceindex,follow and redevelopment of a chemical site The Netherlandsindex,follow,-spain.html23601Decomission process chemical site Barcelona, Spainindex,follow carries out innovative measurements in and around the River IJsselTauw and TU Delft (the Delft University of Technology) are going to carry out innovative measurements above, alongside and in the IJssel on Friday 7 December. Jet skis, air drones and underwater drones with cameras and sensors will be employed. There is a need for new innovative techniques to monitor the rivers of the world that are undergoing changes as a result of urbanization and climate change. The research forms part of the European project RECONECT. This stands for &lsquo;Regenerating ECOsystems with Nature based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk rEduCTion&rsquo;. The RECONECT project exchanges Best Management Practices for river monitoring with 37 partners around the world. Targets include reducing flood risks and improving water quality. The RECONECT consortium is a transdisciplinary partnership between researchers, industry partners (SMEs and large consultancies) and responsible agencies at the local and watershed/regional level dedicated to achieving the desired outcomes of the project. International exchange of knowledge Tauw&nbsp;in charge of the &lsquo;Demonstration&rsquo; work package within RECONECT. The Work package aims to achieve cross-border knowledge exchange on &lsquo;nature based solutions&rsquo; that are demonstrated or will be demonstrated in various EU states, including the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, as well as through case studies from Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and Brazil. Tauw&rsquo;s contribution is the Stream Line project which forms part of the wider &lsquo;Ruimte voor de Rivier&rsquo; (&lsquo;Room for the River&rsquo;) program. The &lsquo;Room for the River&rsquo; program will demonstrate new innovative techniques for monitoring rivers. Innovative monitoring methods The aim of the measurements is to obtain data concerning the cross section of the river, the river slope, the degree of vegetation in relation to the discharge of the river and the water quality. The high-quality equipment to be employed is listed below. The width of three cross sections will be measured with a total station as well as a high-end Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) GPS device. This will also allow us to measure the water surface slope over a section of 300 meters The measurements will also be made by an aerial drone to map the dry flood plains next to the river. A DSM (digital surface model) can be made by processing the pictures with photogrammetry software. We will also experiment with using an aerial drone to try to estimate the surface flow velocity The discharge and wet perimeter will be measured using an ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) attached to a Jet-ski Finally we will use an underwater drone equipped with water quality sensors to map the quality parameters of a section of the river. Stream Line is a sub-project in the &lsquo;Room for the River&rsquo; program and aims to remove vegetation (forest, shrubs) that forms a barrier to the discharge of river water. These vegetation types will be transformed into agricultural vegetation types. The program is split into 5 separate regional projects. Tauw is responsible for the River IJssel. The project includes 250 ha of vegetation in a stretch of approx. 100 km of river with 400 owners and 16 local authorities. The Room for the River is a project coordinated by the Dutch Water Board (Rijkswaterstaat) which involves large scale measures (for example parallel waterways, shortcuts, by-passes) to increase the discharge of river water during periods of high water levels.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts Years of Tauw: The Book90 Years of Tauw: The Bookindex,follow<subtitle/><introtext/><content1>The Tauw AR&nbsp;app, markers, etc The documents (.PDF) below are the same images/illustrations we refer to on page 166 of the book. Download and print these markers to use our AR app properly.l&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;AR marker: Soil Contamination &nbsp;&nbsp;AR marker: Technical Design - De Schans&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;AR marker: Riothermia &nbsp; &nbsp;To download the Tauw AR application on iOS or Android, click one of the links below. Tauw AR (iOS)Tauw AR (Android)</content1><content2>&nbsp;</content2></item><item><title/><subtitle/><introtext/><content>A special thanks to all of the contributors to the book!&nbsp; </content></item></migx_holder></tv></resource><resource><url></url><id>23650</id><pagetitle>Virto Group acquired Oerlemans Foods Group from H2 Equity Partners and management</pagetitle><longtitle></longtitle><description></description><introtext></introtext><content>Virto Group from Spain acquired Oerlemans Foods Group, a well-known Dutch producer of frozen vegetables and fruits, from H2 Equity Partners and Management in October 2018. With this acquisition Virto further strengthens its position in the growing international market for freshly frozen vegetables and fruit. Joining forces with Oerlemans provides significant synergies in a number of areas and allows Virto to meet increasing customer demand. The acquisition will create a global player with 400+ million euros sales and a footprint in the 4 main European harvest areas - Spain, France, Benelux/Germany and Poland. A team from Tauw Spain and Tauw Netherlands provided dedicated environmental due diligence services, efficiently focused on potential risk areas in Oerlemans main plant in the Netherlands. As a leading environmental due diligence provider in the Food Industry, Tauw is proud to have contributed to this successful transaction.</content><tv><seo.title></seo.title><seo.canonical></seo.canonical><seo.robots>index,follow</seo.robots><migx_holder><item><title>How can we help?Ask our experts,-montenegro.html23656Redeveloping the Bijela Shipyard, MontenegroRecently, the consortium of Damen and Adriatic Marinas signed a concession agreement with the Government of Montenegro (the GoM). An important step in redeveloping the shipyard in Bijela, Montenegro. Tauw assisted in achieving this milestone.The Bijela shipyard in the Bay of Kotor is being privatized. For several years, Damen and Adriatic Marinas have been an important acquisitor. An important condition for them in investing in the shipyard, is that there is mutual clarity and agreement concerning liabilities that arise out of possible environmental contamination. Removal of soil contamination The Government of Montenegro (GoM) obtained a World Bank loan to remediate a considerable part of the Bijela Shipyard prior to completing the privatization process. During this so called &lsquo;first stage&rsquo;, the remedial works focus on the removal of a particular soil contamination and on the removal of thousands of tons of blasting grit waste that is stored in large piles. These works just commenced and are executed by Valgo As (France). Prior to the first stage of site remediation, Tauw was commissioned by the GoM to prepare the technical documentation, including plans and designs, technical specifications, drawings, and a bill of quantities. Damen and Adriatic Marinas intend to redevelop the shipyard for commercial servicing and/or construction of yachts. However, the environmental status of the remainder of the shipyard (&lsquo;second stage&rsquo;) was insufficiently clear. In the context of the concession transfer from GoM to Damen and Adriatic Marinas, the environmental status of that part of the site had to be established. Site remediation For the second stage of site remediation, Damen commissioned Tauw, on behalf of the Government of Montenegro, to assess the environmental quality of soil and groundwater for the remaining parts of the site. In this assignment, Tauw operated as the main contractor and technical advisor; i.e. performing project management, coordination and supervision of the investigations on site, and data management, interpretation and reporting. Specific tasks were subcontracted: Mapping of the seabed area was executed by Medusa Explorations BV Drilling and sampling (including installation of monitoring wells) was executed by Geotehnika Montenegro CETI Montenegro was responsible for analyzing all samples The work of Tauw and our partners directly helped in obtaining a &lsquo;green light&rsquo; for the concession agreement.index,followHow can we help?Ask our experts