On Wednesday 24th January 2018 the Centre for Systems Engineering & Innovation hosted Assistant Professor Robin de Graaf, University of Twente for our seminar series.
In recent years, the civil engineering industry has shown an increasing interest in Systems Engineering (SE). Particularly in the Netherlands there has been a clear shift towards SE, mainly initiated by Rijkswaterstaat and ProRail, the two major public infrastructure clients. Both organisations have recognized the benefits of SE and since two decades, they have been prescribing the use of SE in their infrastructure projects. Consequently, this has affected the civil engineering industry in the Netherlands substantially and has given the development of SE knowledge and expertise a tremendous boost. With this context in mind, the purpose of the talk is to explain how SE is applied in the Netherlands and to share key lessons learned. In addition, these lessons are placed in a broader perspective of academic SE literature. Finally, ideas about civil engineering SE education are suggested and possible future developments will be discussed.
Robin is assistant professor at the department of Construction Management and Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Strategic Urban Planning. His teaching, research and committee work primarily focus on Systems Engineering in the civil engineering industry.
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