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PDeng position in Smart Utility Registration

Job description

Are you passionate about urban infrastructure and poised to bring Utility Registration processes to their next level? This assignment combines office and field experience and will bring technology and organization process improvement together and maybe the next challenge for you!


Utility service networks are the lifelines for modern cities. Their maintenance and construction are challenging tasks, as busy underground is densely populated with cables, pipelines, and other infrastructures, making construction work a spatial puzzle. As-built network registration is therefore of great importance and considered as a key task by the utility sector.

Registration of deployed cables and pipes is executed often under high time pressure. Safety laws prescribe that contractors backfill excavated trenches quickly after finishing utility line deployment. This thus means that land surveyors often need to traverse across multiple construction sites at the end of a construction workday and register all constructed networks in a short time-window. In addition, survey outcomes also need to be processed, simplified, and tailored by a specialist at the office. This specialist needs to convert the data into information that aligns with one of the many (geographic) information standards applicable and exchangeable between Dutch utility owners.

Since the volume of work at utility contractors increases while the capacity to survey registered pipelines declines, a capacity, efficiency, and data reliability, and safety problem arises for all construction work in the future. The utility sector calls for a solution, wants to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and avoid excavation damages. Siers Infraconsult are also facing the above-mentioned problems, therefore, seeks to investigate whether this utility registration process can be streamlined.

This culminates in the following goal of this PDEng, which is to:

Reduce the reliance on land surveyor’s capacity by developing a technology-based process workflow that measures, registers and visualises utility data in a trench in simpler and more automated ways.

We wonder: Can we use combinations of modern solutions – such as LiDAR, terrestrial laser scanners, camera’s or handheld GPS, GNSS technology – to speed up, simplify, or automate the onsite utility data collection? If so, what are current process bottlenecks that first need to be resolved? Should such technology be embraced by the organization?

This PDEng project includes not only an exploration of the applicability of technological solutions but also the assessment and (re-)designing of existing organizational processes within Siers Infraconsult. This assignment will thus be one of a kind since it allows you to trial and gain hands-on experimentation with the various high-end surveying and scanning technologies that are owned by Siers, but also you will learn how this impacts the engineering office processes as well.

Your profile

We are searching for the best M.Sc. graduate with a background in construction management and engineering or civil engineering. Besides, you are willing to learn (through post-master coursework) about data-science and surveying technology (LiDAR, GNSS, laser scanners). You have ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions/crafting designs for sophisticated technological issues with a multidisciplinary character. Important professional skills are Dutch and English language skills, communication and social skills, teamwork, initiative, and self-reflection. Prior knowledge in remote sensing/spatial engineering is useful to successfully complete the project.

Our offer

We offer you a very exciting position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. In this time we will provide you with a tailor made post-master design program that has an educational component (~50%) as well as a design project (~50%).

We offer:

  • A salary of € 1.970 gross per month.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.

The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities. The location for this project will be the University of Twente campus (50%, Enschede), and the head office and project locations of Siers Infraconsult (50%, Oldenzaal).

On successfully completing the program, you will receive a certified and recognised degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree PDEng and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).

Information and application

Don’t wait and apply for this two-year track that combines a paid post-master study with gaining work experience in an attractive and forward-looking mid-sized Dutch contractor. Take this opportunity and apply for this nice, applied design project within the ZoARG | ReDUCE (Reduction of Damage to Utilities and Careful Excavation; www.zoarg.com) research unit of the Construction Management and Engineering cluster of the ET faculty. ZoARG|ReDUCE is an industry-sponsored PDEng-programme. The largest national network owner KPN is co-initiator and main partner in this programme. By sponsoring and defining 10 PDEng projects for 50%, the goal of KPN is to improve careful excavation practices, and reduce utility strikes. Siers is recent ZoARG-partner and has defined the scope of this project, and matched 50% funding.

Please include an application/motivation letter emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position and a detailed CV (resume). Please submit your application before 16 Augustus 2021.

For more information, please contact Léon olde Scholtenhuis (l.l.oldescholtenhuis@utwente.nl).

About the organization

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor's and Master's students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

PDeng position in Smart Utility Registration
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