Media Attention 2011

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.

2011

Inaugural speech Prof. Tiedo Vellinga. (TU Delft, 21st of December, 2011)
An environmentally friendly port can also be more efficient. This will be the thrust of the argument put forward by Prof.Tiedo Vellinga on Wednesday, 21 December in his inaugural address as 'ports professor' at TU Delft. One particularly promising measure involves offering a discount on port dues to more environmentally friendly ships, says Vellinga, who is also affiliated with the Rotterdam Port Authority.

Prof. Marcel Stive appointed honorary Doctor Lund University (Website Lund University, 15th of December, 2011).
Marcel Stive has been awarded the honorary degree thanks to "his significant scientific contribution to the understanding of how climate change will affect the world’s coastal areas." 

Gel lock - Lock of the future? (Rotterdam worldportworldcity, 2011)
Associate professor Jarit de Gijt researched the possibilities to develop a lock without any doors for the Nieuwe Waterweg in Rotterdam. The answer: a lock filled with gel where ships can be pulled through. Waiting time for ships can be reduced with 3 to 4 hours, which of course is cost saving. Several media published an item on this interesting topic:

TROS Nieuwsshow, 26th of November, 2011
Gelsluis on YouTube

Reformatorisch Dagblad, 22nd of November, 2011
Cobouw, 22nd of November, 2011 
Architectenweb, 22nd of November, 2011

Marcel Stive in an explainatory video of the sand engine. (YouTube, 24th of November, 2011 from 7:24)
About research, construction and how the sand engine works by Marcel Stive.

Before and after the flood
(RNW.nl, 29th of October, 2011)
Han Vrijling on the approach to flooding issues in Vietnam.

Miljoenen voor onderzoek naar kustverandering (Algemeen Dagblad, 28 october 2011)
Article on the ERC grant that was awarded to Marcel Stive.

Department secretary starts PhD research (Website CiTG, 26 October 2011)
Our Department executive secretary Mark Voorendt accepted to conduct PhD research within the STW programme Multifunctional Flood Defenses.

Kust eist alsmaar meer zand (Noordhollands Dagblad 13 October 2011)
Marcel Stive in an article on the weak links along the Dutch coast.

Multifunctional dike.  (ENW Infostroom, October 2011) 
Members of the Expertise Network for Flood Protection Matthijs Kok andHan Vrijlingcomment positively on the multifunctional dike.

'Harde' Deltakennis verwatert (De Telegraaf, 1st of October, 2011)
Marcel Stive 

'Harde' Deltakennis verwatert -(NU.nl, 2nd of October, 2011)
Marcel Stive 

Minder kennis Deltawerken (Noordhollands Dagblad, 3rd of October, 2011)
Marcel Stive    

Building for the future  (Land+Water nr. 10, waterbouwdagspecial, 2011)
In this article Professor Han Vrijling discusses the need to develop new major Civil Engineering projects in the Netherlands.

25 years Oosterschelde barrier  (De Ingenieur 15, 30th of September, 2011)
In this extensive article in De Ingenieur Professor Han Vrijling looks back to the early 70's when he was involved in researching the feasibility for a permeable dam which would eventually become the Oosterscheldekering.

De tuinman en de ingenieur (Het Financieele Dagblad, 13th of August, 2011)
Ties Rijcken on the beauty of engineering, or where to find it.

Lessons from California about flood defence  (CiTG, 5th of August, 2011)
Learning from each other about the domino effects after floods and other major disasters: for lecturer Bas Jonkman of the Hydraulic Engineering department this is the significant added value of his involvement with the RESIN (Resilient Sustainable Infrastructure Networks) research project at the University of California in Berkeley.

Living nearshore  (De Ingenieur 10/11, 8th of July, 2011)
In the NL 2100 water theme, researcher Ties Rijcken elaborates on how our approach to hydraulic engineering has changed over the last 100 years and how it might change even more in the next 100 years.

Han Vrijling Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau (ENW INfostroom, June, 2011)
Prof. Han Vrijling has been appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands.

Flood disaster 2.0 (HP De Tijd, 20th of May, 2011)
The biggest disaster that can hit the Netherlands is breaching of the sea dikes. The probability of occurence is very low, but the losses will be huge. Matthijs Kok acknowledges that the awaresness of flood control is diminishing.

Sand Engine protects coast (Trouw, 2nd of May, 2011)
At present it is possible to protect the coast without causing damage to nature. Governments and dredging companies cooperate with ecologists and researchers. Stefan Aarninkhof is involved in the 'Builkding with Nature' inovation programme on behalf of dredging company Boskalis.

Three MSc-graduate studies on immersed tunnels (De Onderbouwing, May, 2011)
Ruben van Oorsouw studied the behaviour of segment joints in immersed tunnels under seismic loading. The topic of Gijsbert Nagel was the dynamic behaviour during the immersion process and Dennis Joosten studied shear forces in tunnel elements. 

Young researchers and professors as outboard motor (De Onderbouwing, May, 2011)
Delft University intends to connect education and research to the Dutch Delta Programme. Ties Rijcken and Jos Timmermans founded the 'Delft Delta Link' to accomplish this.

Case study with 27.000 casualties (De Volkskrant, 16th of April, 2011)
The earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 in Japan caused many victims and much damage, but also provided researched with a lot of data. Robert Jan Labeur and Bas Jonkman comment on how lessons can be learned form this catastrophe.

Domino-effect Japan can also occur in the Netherlands (www.waterforum.net, 22nd of March, 2011)
The impact of the recent tsunami in Japan reaches far beyond the area that has directly been struck. According to Bas Jonkmanand Ties Rijcken, these chain effects could also occur in the Netherlands if a disaster should take place.

Machteloos tegen natuurgeweld (Spits, 14th of March, 2011)
Wim Uijttewaal 

Slush helps European catfish and grass snake (NRC, 9th of March, 2011)
The shores of the islands in the nature reserve 'Aalsmeerse Bovenlanden' are eroding. Geotubes with slush can help prevent this process. Tjerk Zitman explains how this technique works.

Gold rush towards deep sea (De Volkskrant, 5th of February, 2011).
The exploitation of gold in deep sea has been avoided until recently, because of the technological complexity and high costs. Now, gold is being exploited offshore from Namibia. Cees van Rhee explains the difficulties.

Havenbedrijfdirecteur op leerstoel TU Delft (Het Financieel Dagblad, 4th of February, 2011)
Tiedo Vellinga 

Wetenswaardigheden (NVRB news letter, February, 2011)
Timo Schweckendiek and Wim Kanning tell about the topic of their PhD-research. Timo tries to find mothods to detect weeknesses in dikes, and Wim studies the effect of the lengthof a dike on the probability of failure due to piping.  

Debate on flood defence (KIVI-NIRIA, 27th of January, 2011)
KIVINIRIA organised a debate where a team from TU Delft opposed a team from the Liberal University of Amsterdam (VU). The latter team defended the multiple safety layer approach. The team from Delft stated that a euro can be spent only once and that therefore dike reinforcement should have the highest priority. Han Vrijling, Bas Jonkman, Timo Schweckendiek and Ruben Jongejan represented the Delft team. The debate was followed by more than 200 interested people attended the debate.

“Houden we het droog?”, lezing en discussie in LAK foyer (sleutelstad.nl, 23rd of January, 2011; portal.leiden.nl)
Nick van de Giesen
and Fedor Baart 

Science Café klimaatverandering en water (sleutelstad.nl, 21st of January, 2011)
Nick van de Giesen and Fedor Baart 

Cortège tegen bezuinigen op onderwijs; Hoogleraren en studenten demonstreren in Den Haag tegen kabinetsplannen (NRC Handelsblad, 21st of January, 2011)
Wim Uijttewaal 

Op zee wordt extra natuur gecreëerd; Voor de Zuid-Hollandse kust wordt een kunstmatig zandeiland aangelegd (NRC Handelsblad, 17th of January, 2011)
Marcel Stive  

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