Viana da Rocha, Tania

 

 

 

Name

Tânia Viana da Rocha, MSc.

Department

Construction Management & Engineering

Room

HT-300

Tel.

053-489 6863

Tel. secretary

053-489 4254/2670

Fax

053-489 2511

E-mail

t.c.vianadarocha@utwente.nl

Position

PDEng Candidate

 

 

 

Postal address

University of Twente

Faculty of Engineering Technology

Department of Construction Management & Engineering

P.O. Box 217

7500 AE Enschede

The Netherlands

Education

2010-2012

Master in Science (MSc.) degree in Construction Management and Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

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Master Thesis: "Simulation Game Design. Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety Empirical Simulation. A tool for design development on integrated contracts for the road sector.", at Oxand Netherlands (Iter Fidelis), Utrecht, the Netherlands

1999-2004

Licentiate degree in Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal (300 ECTS)

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Main topics: Civil Engineering (Structural Analysis, Construction, Soil Mechanics, Construction Materials, Planning and Architecture, Highways and Hydraulics)

 

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Employment record

February 2013-current

PDEng candidate at the department of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

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Research Project:Opportunities to support Asset Management decision-making process through the DISK data system”, at Rijkswaterstaat, Utrecht, the Netherlands

May 2012-August 2012

Academic Intern, at Oxand Netherlands (Iter Fidelis), Utrecht, the Netherlands

2004-2010

Project Engineer/ Consultant, at JCT-Consultores de Engenharia, Oporto, Portugal

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Main activities: Development and supervision of engineering projects related to building (public and private), infrastructure (highways and hydraulics) and management (outsourcing and project controlling)

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Research

Project Duration:

February 2013 – April 2015

Project Partner:

Rijkswaterstaat

Project Description:

“Opportunities to support Asset Management decision-making process through the DISK data system”

Infrastructure agencies, like Rijkswaterstaat, seem to be changing their focus from building and expanding new infrastructure to maintain and preserve existing systems. This new direction towards existing systems brought new challenges to these agencies, which are required to adopt more systematic, transparent, and flexible approaches, such as Asset Management (AM).

An Asset Management approach is dependent on the intensive processes of gathering, retrieval, storage, analysis and communication of useful and reliable data. Usually, these processes involve different type of assets managed by those agencies, such as bridges, pavements, roads, junctions, just to mention some. The information that is drawn from data managed by transportation agencies is essential to ensure cooperative and informed decision-making processes underlying their Asset Management approaches.

In the Netherlands, the management of the national infrastructure network (highways, water systems and waterways) is a responsibility of Rijkswaterstaat. Over the time, Rijkswaterstaat developed and implemented (individual) asset management systems to store data about the condition of assets they are managing. One of these individual management systems is DISK (Data System Works) which includes condition data about bridges, tunnels, viaducts, culverts, locks and dams (“kunstwerken”).

With the focus on this database system, the goal of this research is to improve the effectiveness of internal decision making processes. This is expected to be done in two stages. Firstly, by analyzing the current data properties and the processes of data collection and storage, and identify the needs of decisions making processes to be supported by this data. Then, based on this comprehensive evaluation, one aims to explore the potential of the DISK data system by identifying and developing possible areas of improvement.

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Teaching

Currently no teaching

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Other Activities

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