On the 6th of  February 2019,  the Civil Engineering symposium ‘Searching for Space – Efficient allocation of our environment’ was held.


Searching for Space – Efficient allocation of our environment

Growing population and urbanization lead to ever-growing cities with skylines of construction cranes and tight building sites in city centres. Heavy rainfalls that flood streets, because every square meter is paved and sewage systems lack capacity. The increasing number of people that want to travel from A to B is leading to traffic jams and overcrowded public transport. Besides a place to live, we also need places to work, such as offices and industry. Furthermore, we want possibilities for leisure, but also nature needs a place. Nowadays, civil engineers are searching for space to provide all the needs we have.

During the symposium “Searching for Space – efficient allocation of our environment” we explore how the world of civil engineering deals with the lack of space. Which innovations are there to use the available infrastructure more efficiently? Which techniques are used to build in or under dense areas? How can we manage the integrated, complex, and innovative projects that are needed to maintain our society? Shortly: how can civil engineers use existing techniques and methods and what innovations are needed to be able to allocate our environment more efficiently?


The 26th symposium was organised by the committee below:

  • Floris Nijland – Chairman
  • Jasper Kouters – Vice Chairman
  • Masha Odijk – Secretary
  • Daan Knijnenburg – Treasurer
  • Vera Glas  – Chief of External Affairs
  • Thorvald Rorink – Chief of External Affairs
  • Bregje Braaksma  – Chief of Planning
From left to right: Vera, Thorvald, Jasper, Floris, Masha, Daan, Bregje

Day’s Chairman

Ir. Jan-Paul Boutkan – Municipality of Enschede


Sander Dorelijn – ABT
Hans Kramer
and Ronald Adams
Jeroen van den Bos – Boskalis

Teacher Panel

Prof. Dr. Ir. E.C. (Eric) Van Berkum
Full Professor, Centre for Transport Studies
Dr. M.S. (Maarten) Krol
Associate Professor, Water Management
Dr. Ir. F. (Faridaddin) Vahdatikhaki
Assistant Professor, Construction Management & Engineering

Identification Committee

Dr. G.O. (Onno) van Veldhuizen                                                 
Mayor of Enschede
prof. Dr. T.T.M. (Thomas) Palstra
Rector Magnificus. University of Twente    
Dr. S.R. (Sergei) Miller
Programme director Civil Engineering Department