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MPM-Flow project -- Partners

The research will be guided by a user-committee, composed of representatives of national (water) authorities, Deltares, consultancies and dredging and offshore industries as specified below.


Deltares, Unit Geo-engineering  

Research Institute, Delft, The Netherlands

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, Deltares works on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. The main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why Deltares works closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities in The Netherlands and abroad. Its motto is Enabling Delta Life. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which its expert knowledge can be used in and for society. For Deltares the quality of its expertise and advice is foremost. Knowledge is its core business.
All contracts and projects, whether financed privately or from strategic research budgets, contribute to the consolidation of Deltares' knowledge base. Furthermore, Deltares believes in openness and transparency, as is evident from the free availability of its software and models. Open source works, is Deltares' firm conviction. Deltares employs over 800 people and is based in The Netherlands in two cities, Delft and Utrecht.


Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.  

Dredging Company, Papendrecht, The Netherlands

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global maritime services company operating in the dredging, offshore energy and inland infra sectors. Through SMIT they are active in towage and salvage. They deliver innovative one-stop solutions to major maritime challenges.
Boskalis is active in projects in the energy, ports and infra markets. Their main clients include oil companies, port operators, governments, shipping companies, international project developers, insurance companies and mining companies.
Boskalis has more than 11,000 employees, including their share in partner companies. They operate in over 75 countries across six continents. Their versatile fleet consists of over 1,100 vessels and equipment.
Demand for maritime services is driven by a number of global trends: growing energy consumption, growth in global trade, growth in world population, climate change, Boskalis has a wide range of high-quality services to deal with these trends, giving them excellent prospects for balanced growth.


Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors  

Dredging Company, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Van Oord is a leading international contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind). They are an innovative partner for their clients and, for over one hundred years, have been helping to create the infrastructure for the world of tomorrow.
Van Oord is a Dutch-based, independent family business, which is characterised by visible leadership, long-term vision and a sound financial position. Substantial investments in people and equipment are made with great care to ensure the continuity of our business. Their staff are committed, entrepreneurial professionals who are passionate about water and technology. They know the importance of cooperation in achieving the best possible result. By being open and honest, they build on mutual trust and respect.
Marine ingenuity is what sets Van Oord apart. In just two words, they show in the clearest possible terms what they do, how they do it, and what makes them different. A passionate, smart, shrewd, international marine contractor – that is how they see themselves. They find innovative solutions designed to meet their clients’ and business partners’ challenges.


Rijkswaterstaat Water, Verkeer en Leefomgeving  


FloodControl IJKdijk  

Research Foundation, Leek, The Netherlands

Stichting FloodControl IJkdijk is the innovative dike monitoring organisation for inspection and testing based on sensor systems. This development programme results in nationally and internationally marketable dike monitoring systems (smart levees). The smart application of the monitoring philosophy leads to significant cost savings and deferred investments for water management authorities both in the Netherlands and abroad. Stichting FloodControl IJkdijk anticipates that all Dutch water management authorities will be operating this philosophy and will be monitoring their dikes with innovative systems in cases where it is worth doing so.
Between 2007 and 2010 Stichting FloodControl IJkdijk conducted groundbreaking experiments in dike monitoring with the aid of sensor technology. The next stage of the FloodControl IJkdijk development programme began at the end of 2011.
The objective for the years to come is to continue to develop dike monitoring systems. The IJkdijk development programme runs until the end of 2014. Once the FC IJkdijk programme has been completed, private sensor technology companies should be in a position to deliver completely validated systems to water management authorities and for all dike types.