Civil Engineering

PDEng position at ZoARG - PDEng Integral technology, process
and utilisation design for mechanical trenching

Specifications

Location: University of Twente – Enschede
Prior education: MSc in Educational Science and Technology,  Civil Engineering or a related discipline.
Hours: 40 hours per week
About employer: http://www.zoarg.com and www.utwente.nl
Project leader: Prof.dr.ir.ing A.G. Dorée

PDEng Design Project

Background of the design project

The total length of cable and pipes in the Dutch underground reaches up to 2 million kilometres. Each year about 300,000 houses are connected and 2,500 kilometres fibre optic cable is added. About 1700 kilometres are dug in the public domain. While digging these tranches the bucket of the excavator might hit and damage other cables and pipes – leading to dangers, delays, rework, hindrances. Recently a trencher with bristles was introduced as alternative for the traditional digger. First experiences in field are promising: quick, save and less damages. The applicability however is still limited because the design of the machine is not attuned to the site conditions and glass fibre laying operational process. Taking full advantage of this new bristle trenching technique requires an integral system redesign of the contractual clauses, ftth laying requirements, laying process, operations and machine characteristics. 

Content of the design project

The mission of the design project is: an integral system redesign of the contractual clauses, fibre optic laying requirements, laying process, operations and machine characteristics to extend the applicability and application of bristle trenching technology.

This PDEng assignment will be hosted and financed by VolkerWessel Telecom as ZoARG partner.

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