WCM Summer School 2024 – open for (pre-)application!

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 13th edition (before June 1st 2024) of our WCM Summer School 2024 (July 29th – August 2nd, 2024) 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.

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Gasunie case puts WCM Summer School participants to the test

This year, Gasunie provided the case for the eleventh edition of the WCM Summer School. A case consisting of several layers and questions, explains Scholte Strikwerda. “It is a challenging mega-case, in which the overriding question is how we can properly manage the imbalance in energy demand in time and place within the Netherlands as a whole.”

As part of the energy transition, Gasunie’s entire transport network must be converted and/or renewed. This is an investment running into billions, which is subject to time pressure, involves many uncertainties and has to deal with changing frameworks. “The situation in Ukraine is of course a shining example. Developments are exceptionally fast these days, also in technology. It is all less predictable than before. You want to look far ahead, but within that you have to be as flexible as possible”, Strikwerda explains.

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WCM Summer School 2021 – Tenth edition provides Heijmans and Sweco with concrete results

september 2021


This year’s WCM Summer School focused on the case ‘Doorstroming als een Service’ (DaeS); a public-private partnership to guarantee and improve traffic flow in Almelo and Enschede. “We have a nice number of concrete take-aways with which we can get to work.”

The WCM Summer School is aimed at young professionals in the maintenance profession and took place for the tenth time this year. Each year, the focus is on a real case from a real organization. This year’s case was about guaranteeing traffic flow in the municipalities of Almelo and Enschede. The implementing partners are contractor Heijmans and engineering firm Sweco.

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Interview Bianca Coolen on 2021 case: The Summer School helps to take a wider view

This year’s WCM Summer School is dedicated to ‘Doorstroming als een Service’ (DaeS). Former Summer School participant Bianca Coolen from Heijmans Infra talks about the case and her experiences with the Summer School. “We are looking for technical-substantive advice and tips on working together between organisations with different interests,” she says.

Bianca Coolen – Heijmans

“DaeS is new, new, new; it is new in the way of cooperation, in the form of contract, in the contract period of twenty years, and also the techniques we want to apply are new. We are trying to apply techniques that will not get in the way of future developments. For example, we are laying a glass fibre network with more fibres than are currently required. Because who knows how much data we will be sending in twenty years’ time,” says Coolen.

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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”. 

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