WCM Summer School 2020: ‘Continuity in maintenance innovation’

18 August 2020

Performance Based Contracting Royal Netherlands Army and Scania

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The ninth edition of the WCM Summer School also took place this year at the military base in Stroe. Because of COVID-19, it remained exciting for a long time whether and how the Summer School would take place. Summer School-director Jan Braaksma: “Foreign students could not travel to us this year and the turnout of the earlier large numbers of students would not go with all the corona measures. The choice fell on a hybrid study week, partly live and partly online.

Henk Akkermans, WCM Director and Professor Tilburg University: “The world around us is in transition. The continuation of the Summer School is a great opportunity to meet all societal challenges and to continue to work on maintenance innovation”. 

During the study week from 10 to 14 August, 30 students were presented with the latest maintenance-related theory in seven workshops. Theory that they could directly apply to a practical case of the Ministry of Defence and Scania.

Colonel Mark Bours, Head of the Materiel Department of the Royal Netherlands Army: “Defence will use the results to test and further improve the current plan of approach”.


The WCM Summer School is intended for young professionals with a maximum of ten years of work experience and for wo-students in the last part of their studies. It is a partnership of seven Dutch universities, the Ministry of Defence and WCM.

Colonel Mark Bours: “The WCM Summer School is like a three-stage rocket: it’s all about our partnership with World Class Maintenance, secondly it’s about getting ideas for the implementation of the Defence/Scania case plan and finally it’s about the mutual cooperation of Defence with the professors of the universities. We know how to find each other well, also next to this study week. This synergy is extremely valuable”.

CASE study

This year’s case for this year’s WCM Summer School revolves around Defence’s transport systems and focuses in particular on the maintenance of Scania’s new trucks. The contract form and the available technology offer interesting opportunities and challenges towards smart maintenance. The main Defence question the student teams will have to answer this week is: “How can Defence, together with the stakeholders, use the available maintenance innovations to improve the maintenance performance of the transport systems?”

Deadline application extended to the 19th of June

The deadline for applying to the WCM Summer School 2020 is extended to June 19th.

Widening of meeting size during COVID-19
Strengthened by the latest developments (e.g. expansion meeting size from 1 June) around COVID-19, the WCM Summer School 2020 is being prepared on location in Stroe. If it is not possible on location due to new RIVM measures, the Summer School will not take place this year (with a refund of the registration fee).

Maintenance remains essential
We are aware of the reluctance to register, but together with our partners, we want to continue to set the tone in this difficult time with educational and networking activities that will help our maintenance industry move forward. We are also aware of the unique advantages of a physically organised event.

We are therefore preparing for the 9th WCM Summer School in which we will apply the one and a half meter standards in the very spacious teaching environment of Defence in Stroe.

WCM Summer School 2020 – open for application! – case Royal Netherlands Army

Are you a technical Master/PhD student or young professional (within 10 years after graduation), with a special interest in Maintenance Management & Engineering, then apply to the nineth edition (before June 1st) of our WCM Summer School 2020 (August 10th – August 14th, 2020) and challenge yourself in our exciting program. 

“Challenge yourself in our multi-disciplinary Summer School on Maintenance Management & Engineering. Satisfy intellectual curiosity, gain new professional skills in the area of Maintenance and extend your professional network by joining the WCM Summer School″ (prof. dr. H. Akkermans, and director World Class Maintenance)

Please click here for a short movie about the WCM Summer School (Dutch)

You will learn about the exciting world of maintenance with all its aspects through our workshops on state of the art maintenance tools and approaches. Knowledge gained will be applied immediately as your analytical skills and creativity will be tested to its limits when you are solving the problems presented in our real life case study.

As organizers we are very aware of the special Corona measures currently in place in the Netherlands. Hopefully in August the Summer School can still take place in a physical form in Stroe. See also our most recent Corona update.

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WCM Summer School 2019: ‘They are all comprehensive solutions’

The eighth edition of the WCM Summer School took place at the military base in Stroe this year. During this week, 52 students were introduced to the latest in maintenance-related theory by means of seven workshops. Rijkswaterstaat provided them with a practical case study to which they could immediately apply this theory. “We look forward to working with the proposed solutions”, RWS-director Nienke Bagchus says on the closing day.

WCM Summer School is intended for young professionals with a maximum of ten years work experience, as well as university and technical university students in the final legs of their programs. World Class Maintenance (WCM) uses its own network to recruit participants. Potential participants submit a resume and a letter of intent, which will be evaluated by a selection committee.

Zie voor de Nederlandse vertaling: https://www.worldclassmaintenance.com/verslag-wcm-summer-school-2019/

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