Royal HaskoningDHV Graduation Assignments

Royal HaskoningDHV Graduation Assignments

Royal HaskoningDHV is an engineering firm with offices in the Netherlands and abroad. The company is originally Dutch, but nowadays operates globally and participates in international projects. Our purpose is to Enhance Society Together through our people, expertise, partnerships and innovations. In the field of geotechnical engineering we are involved in a wide range of projects, from regional infrastructural projects to bigger and more complex international projects. These projects range from soil-structure interaction like tunneling and bridges, to more geological projects like dyke stability and earthquake analyses.

At the moment we work among other projects on the Ring of Antwerp (Oosterweelverbinding), the embankment project (Meanderende Maas) in Limburg, the national analysis of the railtrack embankments (LNA), and projects abroad like the new airport of Manilla.

At the moment we have several opportunities to do your graduation assignment with us. We are open to discuss the details of the assignments, so please contact us if you would like to know more about any of the following subjects:

  • Investigating the probabilistic design of dams:
    • To optimize the design of a new or existing dam, a trade-off needs to be made between investment costs and possible risks in the situation the dam fails. The different modes of failure need to be investigated on the probability of failing to gain better insight which is useful for decision making. Moreover, there are several techniques that could help in making a better estimation of the chance of failure. Depending on the failure modes that will be investigated, you will either work with Plaxis, D-Stability or M-Seep.
  • Risk analysis of the use of top-béta parameter in embankment design:
    • The standard risk profile used for embankments is for most big dams not applicable. The research will either look into making a specific risk profile for these big dams, or it will focuss on critically assessing the standard risk profile now used. For the investigation a case study from Brazil or Indonesia will be used.
  • Interaction between different failure mechanisms like piping, internal erosion and stability:
    • A dam and embankment have different failure modes, which are often assessed separately. However the strength and load parameters which influence the chance of failure of an embankment have a strong correlation: a high tide around a dam or embankment causes higher chances of failure through internal erosion but also through failure of stability. Some research questions you will focus on are: How are these failure modes dependent on each other, how do they influence each other and how does this interaction influence the total chance of failure of the dam?
  • Land reclamation revetments in soft soils with strong earthquakes
    • At the moment gravel columns are applied to prevent liquefaction, but proof within literature is not present  
    • The research will focus on analysing the application of gravel columns in embankments: strength and stiffness of the material; deformations in the embankment and the integrity of gravel columns
    • The effect of gravel columns on the risk of liquefaction, stability of gravel columns
  • Construction elements for stability in primary embankments
    • Performing a data analysis to find the relationship between the input (thickness of cover, height of embankment, potential) and output (thickness of construction element, anchoring) in design of these construction elements in embankments.
    • This assignment will be in Dutch, so you have to be proficient in Dutch.
  • Tunneling projects (TEC)
    • TEC is a collaboration between Royal Haskoning DHV and Witteveen + Bos for big tunneling projects abroad. An example is the Ferhmannbelt, an immersed tunnel being constructed between Germany and Denmark.
    • Internships and graduation theses are possible on this project. Specific topics can be discussed in a first orientation meeting.

Are you looking for a different assignment or internship or do you have a great idea for a topic to do your internship on? Please contact us and ask about the opportunities.

If you are interested in taking on one of these subjects in a dynamic and professional working environment? Do not hesitate to get in touch:

Royal HaskoningDHV

Dianne Jacobs

+31(0)6 18985267

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