Civil Engineering

PDEng Integral technology,
process and utilisation design for mechanical trenching.


Location: University of Twente – Enschede
Prior education: MSc in Educational Science and Technology,  Civil Engineering or a related discipline.
Hours: 40 hours per week
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Project leader: A.G. Dorée

PDEng Design Project

Background of the design project

In the Netherlands about 300,000 homes are being connected to the glass fibre network annually. Pneumatic moles– aka ground piercing tools – are used in about 60 per cent of these ftth connections. This moling method limits inconvenience and damages to gardens and pavements. The downside of the method is the risk of damage to other networks such as wastewater, gas, fresh water or electricity. Such incidents are inconvenient and potentially very dangerous for workers and residents. The required repairs are costly and time consuming.

Content of the design project

The mission of the design project is: “ Develop a Design/develop an improved method for house connections that prevents damages to existing networks. The new method should be safer, at least as fast and easy, and preferably less inconvenient for residents and workers.”

During the educational part of the programme, you will receive a customised education package consisting of, among others, the courses in systems engineering, facility management, energy modelling and simulation, building sensors, information modelling, data mining and decision support system design.

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