Media Attention 2009

The various news items (in all media types) concerning the Department of Hydraulic Engineering are listed below. For reasons of copyrights there are presented as summaries. The items are given for the years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Best paper award for Bas Jonkman (December 2009).
The title of the winning paper is: Loss of life caused by the flooding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina: Analysis of the relationship between flood characteristics and mortality. Co-authors are Bob Maaskant (TU Delft and HKV), Ezra Boyd and Marc Levitan (Louisiana State University). This paper has been published in scientific journal Risk Analysis and the award has been given to Bas Jonkman during the Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) in Baltimore.

Expert Network Water Safety should show more initiative (Infostroom ENW, December 2009, in Dutch).
Associate professor Jan van de Graaff retired last year from Delft University, but stays involved in the work of the Dutch Expert Network for Water Safety.

Dr. Matthijs Kok nominated for "Engineer of the Year" (November 2009, article in Dutch).

Good-looking city-scapes with adaptable flood defences (Deltaforum, October 209, in English).
PhD-student Bianca Stalenberg explains that the concept of adaptable flood defences contributes to the attainment of physical synergies in river cities. Multifunctional structures offer flood protection and stimulate the urban development of river fronts for current and future genrations.

Parachute barrier (De Ingenieur, 16 October 2009, article in Dutch).
MSc-student Floris van der Ziel graduated on the design of a barrier in the shape of a parachute. He was supervised bij prof. Han Vrijling.

Hydraulic Engineering on Social Waves (Land+Water, October 2009, in Dutch).
Big projects are essential for the development of knowledge and competition. A good relation between companies and government is required for this. History has proven this concept, states prof. Han Vrijling

Breakwater in Lake  (De Telegraaf, 8 August 2009, article in Dutch).
Henk Jan Verhagen answers a reader's question on the effectiveness of a breakwater in the Braassemermeer.

Knowledge is our base (Concluding Delft Cluster magazine, 2009, in Dutch).
According to dr. Matthijs Kok, scientific director of HKV and associate professor at Delft University, it is beyond discusion that the development and dissimination of knowledge is of paramount importance to develop and maintain a proper flood defence in deltaic areas like The Netherlands.

Student sails container vessel into Port of Rotterdam (TV broadcast TV Rijnmond 18 June 2009).
One of our students, Pieter Nordbeck, joined a pilot to experience how a container vessel approaches Maasvlakte 1 (Rotterdam) coming from sea.

Safety first, then nature (article in Dutch, NRC Handelsblad, 12 June 2009).
In a review of the book 'Waterwolven' by Cordula Rooijendijk, prof. Han Vrijling is quoted and a plea is made for a sensible approach of water management. The book gives a good description of the lives of Dutch famous hydraulic engineers, in the context of the development of measures to make living in a country lying below sea level more comfortable. We can recommend this book to all our students and other interested people.

You are marathon swimmers (article in Dutch, Delta 11 June 2009).
'Han Vrijling president of the United States' jokingly said senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana during her visit to Delft. Landrieu intends to cooperate with Delft University to accomplish a better coastal defence.

Dikes (Via Natura (RWS), June 2009, in Dutch).
Prof. Han Vrijling reflects on possible multifunctional use of dikes.

The career of prof. Vrijling (June 2009, article in Dutch).
Students Society 'Practische Studie' interviewed honorary member Han Vrijling for their magazine ExtraCT.

To continue is the least unfavourable option for the North-South line (article in Dutch, De Volkskrant 4 June 2009).
A committee headed by former minister Cees Veerman advised the city council of Amsterdam on the metro line under construction. Some houses along the line were damaged because of leakage and subsidence. Prof. Han Vrijling was member of this committee and he states that the largest risk now is that the tunnel bore machine has to be stopped.

To stop would be too embarassing (article in Dutch,, 4 July 2009).
Han Vrijling with respect to the future of the new metro line in Amsterdam: "It is like a visit to the dentist: he should not stop boring, even if it is going to hurt."

The engineer of ideas (article in Dutch, De Ingenieur, 1 May 2009).
Ties Rijcken distinguishes between the present two types of engineers: specialists and generalists. Due to a changing society, however, there will be need for a third type: the 'engineer of ideas' who together with stakeholders seeks for solutions.

Discuss the contents (article in Dutch, Civiele Techniek 2009 nr. 1/2).
The plans of the New Deltacommittee are based on a rather high assumption for the sea level rise. There is a lot of discussion about that now, but prof. Han Vrijling emphasises that the fact that the safety against floodings should increase with a factor 10 should be the focus of the debates.

Operate the taps to combat the water (article in Dutch, Financieel Dagblad, 23 March 2009).
Ties Rijcken and Peter-Jules van Overloop present their ideas about water management in the future: few dike reinforcements but many control mechanisms.

Veerman committee appointed (Noord/Zuidlijn, article in Dutch, 4 March 2009). The city council of Amsterdam appointed a committee headed by prof. Cees Veerman. Han Vrijling was appointed as member for this committee, that will investigate what should be done with respect to the financial prognosis that has arisen now houses subsided along the line under construction.

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