WCM Summer School 2021 – open for application! – case Heijmans / Sweco on Traffic flow as a service

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 tenth edition (before June 1st) of our tenth WCM Summer School 2021 (July 26th – July 30th, 2021) 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.

As organizers we are very aware of the Corona measures currently in place in the Netherlands. We plan to organize the WCM Summer School as much as possible as we did last year (within COVID-19 regulations) in a physical form. This means that we will either organize the WCM Summer School in physical form or we will cancel or postpone the Summer School to next year.


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.

Case Heijmans – SwecoTraffic flow as a Service (DaeS)

The maintenance organisation of Heijmans and Sweco will be providing a real business case regarding Maintenance Engineering & Management.

DaeS (safety, sustainable and smart Traffic as a Service) involves a collaboration between Almelo, Enschede, Heijmans and Sweco. In this collaboration Heijmans and Sweco are responsible for converting the desired traffic flow policy of the municipalities into actual performance on the street. To do this, Heijmans and Sweco agree in advance on the desired performance and the available budget.

Heijmans and Sweco will then determine which techniques can be used to achieve the traffic flow, for example by installing smart traffic lights. The only thing excluded are changes to the actual roads. This remains the responsibility of the cities of Enschede and Almelo.

The case for this year’s summer school will therefore evolve around the traffic flow systems which are needed to be maintained. The recent more intensive working relationship (20 year contract) between Heijmans, Sweco and the cities Enschede and Almelo 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 Heijmans and Sweco together with her stakeholders can use some of the available maintenance innovations to improve the maintenance (contract) performance of the traffic flow systems.