Imperial College London

CSEI Seminar - Buried Infrastructures in Civil Systems


Dr. Léon olde Scholtenhuis

Buried Infrastructures in Civil Systems

On Wednesday 21st February 2018 the Centre for Systems Engineering & Innovation hosted Assistant Professor Dr. Léon olde Scholtenhuis , University of Twente for our seminar series.


The urban subsurface is crowded with water, energy and telecommunication networks. In the past decades, both the size of networks and the number of utility owners increased. The sector’s privatization fragmented the ownership and control over these networks. This resulted in individual network construction and maintenance planning and dispersed location data over a myriad of utility owners. The lack of integrated and reliable utilities’ data complicates contractors’ efforts to avoiding utility strikes. In addition, the absence of integrated approaches to maintenance planning continually challenges authorities in coordinating the utility owners in public space. The ReDUCE (Reduction of Damage to Utilities and Careful Excavation; ZoARG in Dutch, research unit of the University of Twente focuses on these information, coordination and safety issues. The unit works closely with industry on the mapping and modeling of utilities in 3D, the implementation of 4D CAD to support construction planning, development of information models for utility asset management data, and use of real-time localization technology to avoid pipeline strikes. Following its own “ReDUCE approach”, the center tailors mostly off-the-shelve technologies to understand infrastructure complexities and try to push the envelope in professionalizing the life cycle management of cities’ infrastructures.

Speaker biography:
Dr. Léon olde Scholtenhuis works at the University of Twente, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Construction Management & Engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in the same group in 2015 and pursued his work as an assistant professor. Léon authored and reviewed papers in well-known peer-reviewed construction management and construction IT journals. He teaches in Building Information Modelling (MSc) and Smart City Engineering (BSc) and supervises around twenty BSc. and MSc. students, and four P.D.Eng/Ph.D. students. He obtained two national 4TU.Bouw grants (2016 2017), was successful co-applicant of the Applied Engineering Sciences TISCA grant (2017-2021) and won the ECIU Team Award for Innovation in teaching and learning (2017). Léon will be at the CSEI group as visiting researcher between Feb-5 and April-13, 2018.


Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon
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