"I’ve always been fascinated by construction projects. I studied Civil Engineering because it’s a very broad field where you deal with many disciplines. Every project is unique."

"A team that doesn’t complement each other in quality and capacity taints the working atmosphere, at the expense of the hard criteria on which we are judged: quality, time and money. I see that even in a tricky or difficult situation, you can achieve so much if you work well together. That’s why this is a particular point of focus for me." 

Close-knit and dynamic club

"I’ve always been fascinated by construction projects. I studied Civil Engineering because it’s a very broad field where you deal with many disciplines. Every project is unique. We design and build bridges, tunnels, viaducts and eco-crossings, and we do large and small-scale reconstructions of roads. No customer or environment is the same; what we do is truly bespoke work. Apart from a brief stint with another infrastructure builder, since 2007 I’ve worked at Reef Infra, which was taken over by Strukton in 2006 but has retained its name. We’re now in the middle of a transition, because on 1 January 2019 our name officially became Strukton Civiel Region North & East. I feel absolutely at home here. It’s a close-knit and dynamic club and that’s why, despite another interesting offer, I returned ‘to the old nest’". 

Overview and control

"As a project leader it’s my job to maintain a constant overview and control. On behalf of the province of Overijssel for instance, we are reconstructing around 16 kilometres of the N34 to make it suitable for 100 km/h. We are making five underpasses and two viaducts. As project leader I ensure that the project runs smoothly and that its management is reliable. Coordination with the customer is an important part of this. The challenge is to stay calm and get the job done, even if unforeseen events occur or something doesn’t immediately go well. Sometimes you have to revise your original plan, but that’s part of it. That’s exactly the flexibility you need to deliver your project properly.”

Joining forces

"What I think is a great development is that we are increasingly seeking cooperation with other business units and with external parties. For example, we’re working with Strukton Rail, where we are responsible for rail underpasses and the infrastructure in a project. And I’m currently working in a combination with Schagen Infra and Salverda Bouw, a competitor. I’m absolutely in favour of market parties seeking each other out. That way you join forces, share your knowledge and spread the risks. You can achieve so much with good cooperation. And that’s what it’s all about in the end: completing a project well so that the customer is satisfied and enjoys working with us again.”

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