Symposium 2017

Inland Flood Protection in the Netherlands

Facing challenges of tomorrow

On Thursday, the 8th of June, the Hydraulic Engineering student association “Het Waterbouwdispuut” will host the annual symposium. This year we will focus on the inland flood protection in our country. We will look back, but more importantly, we will focus on the decades ahead of us and the challenges that these will offer. For example, very recently a new standard has been introduced for testing the safety of our flood protection system in the Netherlands. What are the consequences of such measures and how can a future engineer deal with the design restrictions in an ever changing society.

The Hydraulic Engineering symposium will take place on Thursday the 8th of June at the Sports & Culture Centre TU Delft. The programme starts at 12:30 and consists of outstanding keynote speeches and pitches from different disciplines, companies and universities sharing their view and experience on the covered topic of inland flood protection and the key challenges we are facing in the future. The day will include lunch, a short coffee break and the event will end with informal drinks.

This symposium is a unique opportunity to discuss all the relevant subjects, linked to this theme and moreover, it provides an excellent networking opportunity, therefore we hope to welcome you in large numbers!

Internship Integrated Ayeyarwady Delta Strategy Project (IADS)

The project team for the Integrated Ayeyarwady Delta Strategy Project (IADS) is looking for a student to do an internship on the project in Myanmar.

Period: End of April 2017 – Early August 2017 in Myanmar. Few weeks of preparation before and reporting after in the Netherlands


  • Support in data management for the development of the Delta Atlas (Current state report of the Delta with physical, hydrological, natural system, economic, infrastructure, land-use and governance data and maps)
  • Support in the formulation and development of maps for the Delta Atlas
  • Support and cooperation with Myanmar officials, for example first steps in use of GIS, understanding relevance of certain data for strategy development etc.
  • Contribute to trend analysis
  • Identification of potential measures (flood protection, soft measures, etc.)


  • Our Dutch Project Coordinator and a Dutch young expert are based in Yangon
  • Our Myanmar Deputy Team Leader and some of their experts are also based in Yangon
  • International/Dutch senior experts will be in Myanmar during missions (May/June)
  • Close cooperation with Myanmar officials and Myanmar students is expected


  • Internship as part of a MSc in Civil Engineering, water management, environmental sciences, etc.
  • Experience with GIS
  • Good English writing and speaking skills
  • Creative
  • Flexible
  • Patience
  • Pro-active


An internship allowance will be available of 1000 euro a month for living expenses during the stay in Myanmar. Ticket need to be arranged by the candidate self e.g. from other funds such as Lamminga.

Send an application with a motivation letter and CV to as soon as possible and no later than March 15th 2017.

Judith Bosboom Best Lecturer of TU Delft 2016

We’re very proud to inform you that Judith Bosboom (CEG), one of our honour members, was chosen as the Best Lecturer of TU Delft 2016. Eight candidates were nominated by their faculty’s Study Association. Judith already was the best at CEG this year. On the Education Day on 14 December, she was also announced to be the winner of the TU Delft.

Judith Bosboom teaches the course Coastal Dynamics 1. According to the jury an important but very complex and challenging subject for students. Independent of this heavy course, she is able to achieve good results by more than 75 percent of her students.


Hydraulic Drinks

Dear Students,

Every exam deserves a drink or two afterwards, to celebrate the results or to drown your sorrows.

So join us for the second  Hydraulic Drinks” of this academic year!

Subscribe for the event, tell your friends about it and hopefully we will see you all on Thursday January 3rd at 21.00 in Café ‘Tango’


Het Waterbouwdispuut

Who? All Hydraulic Engineering students
When? Thursday February 3rd , 21:00
Where? Café ‘Tango’, Nieuwstraat 2, 2611 HK Delft


StuCo 2017 India & Sri Lanka

Ook dit jaar vindt er weer een spetterende waterbouwreis plaats, dit keer naar het zonnige India en Sri Lanka. Twee weken lang zullen jullie vermaakt worden met excursies, cases en bedrijvenbezoeken in het gezelschap van 20 waterbouwstudenten. India heeft met haar grote hoeveelheid rivieren en dammen en lange kustlijn veel te bieden op het gebied van waterbouw. Sri Lanka is een sterk opkomend land waar heel hard gebouwd wordt aan immense projecten. Een voorbeeld hiervan is Colombo Port City, een project dat midden in de uitvoeringsfase zit. Hierbij een voorproefje van het project:
Verder wat praktische informatie:
- Kosten: +- 1000 euro
Hierbij zijn vliegtickets, vervoer, overnachtingen en een groot deel van de maaltijden inbegrepen
Datum: 8-23 juli
- Doorreizen is in overleg mogelijk
- Uiterlijke deadline inschrijving is 28 februari
De selectie wordt gemaakt op basis van motivatiebrief en inschrijfformulier.
Link inschrijfformulier:
Voor meer informatie kan je altijd mailen!
Waterbouwreis poster

Waterbouwdag 2016

Last Thursday, we were present at the Nationale Waterbouwdag 2016 in Rotterdam. As the board of the Hydraulic Engineering Student Association we were there to assist the organisation and also to represent de students of the MSc. Hydraulic Engineering. We attended some short lectures about all sorts of interesting subjects regarding the present world of hydraulic engineering. Overall the Waterbouwdag 2016 was good fun!

foto van Piebe Koster.

Lunch Lecture Royal Haskoning

Dear students,

A quick reminder that we’ve invited two engineers from Royal HaskonigDHV to come give a lunch lecture this afternoon, at 12:30 in lecture hall D!

The focus will be on dredging works conducted in the inland waterways surrounding the Port of Rotterdam and the creation of the Deira Islands in Dubai. As usual, lunch will be provided for all participants.

See you there!

MSc. Community

The MSc. Community was a great succes! We had a very diverse turnout of students and some very interesting speakers. The event was hosted at the PSOR Cafe where drinks and snacks were served. The event’s main focus, is to inform students about all the possibilities of the MSc. Hydraulic Engineering. Internships, graduation projects, multidisciplinary projects and also all the different possibilities for when you finally have your degree.


First we had a short speech from the guys of the International Research Project Delft. IRP is a foundation that provides students with a challenging international and educational experience. Every year a team of 20 master students from the Delft University of Technology will shortlist 5 multinationals each offering an innovative and challenging business project in emerging markets around the world. Over the summer holiday five IRP teams, consisting of four students each, will execute the research project.This year’s location will be Colombia!


Niels Drouen discussed his internship he did last summer in Panama for Boskalis. The story he told was very entertaining and made us all enthusiastic about the possibilities internships abroad bring you. The project where Niels was involved, is called the Punta Pacifica, a man-made island just off the coast of Panama City. Niels was involved in all sorts of processes, from planning the construction works to operating a real dredging vessel!


Finally we had two guests, Ilse van den Bosch and Bas Reijmerink, from Young PIANC, introducing us to their organisation. Young PIANC is dedicated to the career development of PIANC members 40 years of age and younger locally, nationally and globally. Opportunities in PIANC for Young Professionals include networking through meetings and events, experience on technical working groups, and education with scholarship opportunities. In their own words: “Young PIANC, is similar to the Waterbouwdispuut, only that it’s members are a tad bit older than you guys and already have their degree.”


We want to thanks everybody who participated and off course our guest speakers: Niels Drouen, Koen Hiemstra, Ilse van den Bosch and Bas Reijmerink. And finally, a special thanks to our host for the event: Stefan Aarninkhof, thanks for helping us out and navigating us through the event with great enthusiasm!


For the students who couldn’t attend this MSc. Community, later this year we will host a second one, but for now you can enjoy the photos!


See you at the next MSc. Community!


Piebe Koster


Thixotropy of fluid mud in ports and waterways – MSc Final Thesis March 2017


The navigation in ports and waterways has to be safeguarded by maintenance dredging, removing sediments deposited by tide, river flow and waves. These deposits consist of soft, fluid-like sediments, referred to as fluid mud characterized by low density and weak shear strengths. As dredging of fluid mud is highly in-efficient, port authorities seek for conditions at which ships can sail through fluid mud, leaving the deposited sediments in place. Thus a new definition of “nautical bottom” within the fluid mud layer has to be considered globally. Due to practical reasons, the density of the fluid mud has been used as a key parameter to define the nautical bottom. However, it has long been recognized that a practical definition of nautical bottom should be based on considerations not only of density, but should also include the viscosity and yield stresses of the mud (the so-called rheological properties of the sediment-fluid mixture. Moreover, it has been found that rheological properties depend on the stress history. This feature of mud is known as thixotropy. To get better understanding of the rheological behavior of fluid mud a new insight into the subject can be obtained from the rheological analysis of mud samples from different ports, i.e. the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Delfzijl, the Port of Emden, the Port of IJmuiden and the Port of Zeebrugge. The yield stress, dynamic viscosity and thixotropy of mud, rheological experiments can be experimentally captured in the laboratory. The thixotropy of cohesive sediments can be predicted by various rheological models. These models can be utilized to bridge the maritime activities (such as navigation and dredging) to the alterations of rheological properties of fluid mud in different ports and waterways.


The first goal of this project is to obtain a new practical under-
standing of fluid mud thixotropy taking into account the physical parameters that might influence the rheological properties of the fluid mud layer. The rheological parameters should be linked to the properties of mud and, as representation for the shear history, to the maritime activities.

Supervisors: Alex Kirichek (TU Delft),

Claire Chassagne (TU Delft),

Tiedo Vellinga (TU Delft/Port of Rotterdam),

Arie Noordijk (Port of Rotterdam)

The second goal of this work is to conduct a laboratory analysis of the rheological properties of mud samples from different ports in order and to explain the differences in rheological behaviour of mud types. The following research questions can be covered during the project:

• What is the impact of navigation and dredging activities on rheological properties of fluid mud?

• How the thixotropy of fluid mud can be linked to the ship navigation and dredging?

• What models are suitable for predicting the rheological properties of mud?

• What is the difference between mud types from different ports in terms of rheological signature?

This project is fully sponsored by the Port of Rotterdam.  The student is expected to start working on this project on the 6th of March 2017. The deadline for applications is the 4th of December.

For more information please contact:

Alex Kirichek CiTG room: S3.00.100 (Water Lab).

Claire Chassagne CiTG room: S3.00.080 (Water Lab).

Tiedo Vellinga CiTG room 3.83.