WCM Summer School 2019 – open for application! – case Rijkswaterstaat (RWS)

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 seventh edition (before June 1st) of our WCM Summer School 2019 (July 29th – August 2nd, 2019) 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)

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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.


You will cooperate with other participants and you will be guided by our team of top professors in maintenance. On the last day your group will present will present solutions to the problems posed in the case study and a winner will be selected by a jury of representatives from industry and academia.


Besides lectures and work, we have also planned a company visit, a leadership training and a couple of social events; you are guaranteed to meet interesting people and have a lot of fun as well!

Please click here for the application form and more information about the application procedure.

Rijkswaterstaat – Smart Maintenance at the pumping stations and sluice of Eefde – About the case

Rijkswaterstaat part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will be providing a real business case regarding Maintenance Engineering & Management.

Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands. This includes the main road network, the main waterway network and watersystems. Dry feet, sufficient clean water and reliable and useful information. That is what integrated water management means to Rijkswaterstaat. Smooth and safe transport by water are other ways of using water.

The Dutch waterway network is the densest in Europe. About 6000 kilometers of rivers and canals, many of the latter serving drainage as well as navigation, form a complex system serving all parts of the country.

The case for this year’s summer school will evolve around the sluice of Eefde and will be concentrated on the maintenance of the pumping stations. The recent update of sensoring and process control systems offer interesting opportunities and challenges towards smart maintenance.

The main question for you as a participant during the Summer School is to think about how RWS together with her stakeholders can use some of the available maintenance innovations to improve the performance of the pumping stations and the sluice.

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