Students graduating in civil engineering at Delft University of Technology skipped classes for a short while. On 8 and 9 February, these students were given a unique opportunity to visit the Tyne Tunnel in Newcastle. Van Hattum en Blankevoort selected only the best students in the 'underground structures' and ‘bored and immersed tunnels' fields of study for a trip to North-East England.
Bastiaan Wiggelinkhuijsen, a recruiter with Van Hattum en Blankevoort, escorted these students during their visit. The first day, the group visited the dry dock. Project Manager Gerrit Smit elaborately explained the construction of the elements. The students found it interesting to hear and see how a construction process like this proceeds.
The second day, Nhut Nguyen (Senior Engineer at BAM), conducted a tour of the immersed tunnel site. Everything was explained there about the positioning, immersion and undermining of the tunnel elements. It was impressive to see the Stemat - Dina M equipment in operation. Finally, the students were allowed to enter the elements that had already been immersed.
The students were very impressed by the project and as a result of this two-day trip came to view Van Hattum en Blankevoort as an interesting employer.