It’s always exciting to start something new, just as starting as a freshman at the university with a new study: the master hydraulic engineering. To meet your fellow student the master kick off was organised. The day started with some useful information for your study, followed by four different excursions. The day ended with a nice barbeque behind the civil engineering building. Now everybody was ready to start with the masters!
Excursion Witteveen+Bos, Levvel & Deltares
Here we took a close look at the Delta Flume, equipped with the largest wave generator in the world. The 300-metre-long concrete flume hosts waves of up to 4.5 metres high. Currently, the new level-blocks are tested there.
With a part of the group we visited the Rotterdamsebaan at the Laan van Hoornwijck. After an interesting and quite technical presentation we got a guided tour around the site. We got to explore the inside of the first tunnel, which had just finished building, and we saw how the drilling machine was being installed for the start of the second tunnel.
With most of the international students of Hydraulic Engineering, we went to visit the Maeslantkering; one of the showpieces of the Deltaplan. The excursion was introduced by an lecture of Mark Voorendt, afterwhich we went to the Maeslantkering. After the walk-around, we build our own flooddefefences as real hydraulic engineers.
At HKV we got an presentation about the BRIGAID project which supports innovations that reduce the impact of floods, drought and extreme weather. To actually witness one of these innovations we went to Flood Proof Holland where a prototype of a titling road flood defence was demonstrated.