Theme | Programme | Speakers | Topics

ARCADIS (Eurbanlab) – Speaker: Anne-Marie Spierings

Eurbanlab is a European (Climate-KIC) project that wants to accelerate urban innovations. It is executed by a team of eleven partners in four countries. The great challenge that Eurbanlab wants to address is not proving that new technologies work, but accelerating the implementation of systemic innovations on a larger scale, to achieve low carbon, sustainable and resilient cities. This is about e.g. finding finance, getting stakeholders to cooperate and convincing local and regional governments. And of course, technology is an essential element to provide the necessary improvements in energy efficiency, carbon reduction and other sustainability aspects. Eurbanlab has developed a method to predict the success of urban innovations and in doing so, provides confidence and trust to potential customers.

Summarized: Eurbanlab accelerates urban innovations and sustainable cities through providing objective information that helps improve projects and in doing so, provides confidence and trust to investors and governments.

The challenge of the workshop: The Eurbanlab project is about to be transformed into a social enterprise. This means Eurbanlab will need to find its own clients. Potential clients are all parties involved in trying to make cities more sustainable, carbon neutral and resilient. But how to convince potential customers? Are you the one to come up with a pitch that will talk any client into buying the Eurbanlab services?

More information about the Eurbanlab project can be found on

SIEMENS – Speaker: Louis Bekker

In future buildings/ factories will need to become highly flexible in providing offices/working places and they will know on each specific moment how much energy (electricity, heating/cooling) will be needed in which office and /or working place. Our World will more and more be automatically controlled by the Internet of Things, Smart Grids etc. Besides measuring air pollution, attainability and use of energy one can  think of issues like safety, socially, security, livability, bike programs, tourists in the city, the mood that day of the inhabitants, weather forecast etc. And marked over recent decades, the number of natural disasters (f.e. floods, storms, earthquakes and droughts) has significantly increased. While 1,690 such events occurred during 1980–1989, the corresponding number for 1999–2009 is 3,886. Our focus has to be on the three core infrastructure systems in cities – Energy, Water, Transportation This calls for action in the transition of City areas and in new area development. The City of the Future will be Smart, Green, Liveable, social, Healthy and Resilient. And (new) technology will support this economic drivers of the Cities. In the Workshop together we will step into the future (f.e. the year 2050) and we will try to invent the future of the City and explore what influence this might have on Construction Management and Engineering.

STEDIN – Speakers: Erik Blokhuis & Peter Hermans

Stedin’s presentation addresses the future energy system and the need for service orientation in this future system. The presentation is divided in four parts.

In the first part, a short introduction is given on the latest developments in smart grids and the future energy system.

The second part focuses on the role of Distribution System Operators (DSO’s) and Transmission System Operators in the future energy system. It identifies the services portfolio of DSO’s and TSO’s. By introducing the concept of energy grid services, it is shown how DSO’s can shift focus from managing assets to delivering of energy grid services.

The customer perspective is introduced in the third part. It is shown how, by means of the discussed energy grid services, demand response mechanisms, aiming to engage customers and to influence their behavior, effectively can be synchronized with grid operations, and how this can result in benefits for all participants of the future energy system. Here, some implementation issues are addressed, identifying what functionality will need to be developed and standardized, thereby also identifying the area’s where DSO’s and the Telco/ICT sector could effectively cooperate.

In the fourth and final part, the impact on the urban built environment will be shortly explained. This part will probably be the main focus of the discussion with the audience.

PMI (Project Management Institute) – Speaker: Jan Cardol 

Figures about Project Success & Failure show dramatic results. A limited percentage is successful. The 2013 Pulse of the Profession™, a publication from the Project Management Institute PMI®, explained that worldwide 13.5% of the money spent on projects is at risk. What goes wrong?

We have to be aware that today’s challenge is to realize business and obtaining sustainable business value in a complex and fast moving world while keeping grip on change. Next to the obvious control aspects of a project (time – costs – scope) we should pay attention to sustainability, safety, media, politics, reputation, running business, rules and regulations, public opinion, etc. Decision making is not only based on a Quantitative Business Case, but on the Qualitative Business Case as well.

Sad but true, traditional decision making is often performed by steering committees based upon the performance information of the project. However, there’s more to it. Not only are we shooting on a moving target, but we are doing that from a moving platform, e.g criteria for decision making and weighting factors to those criteria might have changed. An open eye for all crucial factors and a frequent reflection to the original trigger are basics for efficient and effective monitoring of the business case and proper decision making.

BAM Techniek – Energy Systems – Speaker: Kees Verspui

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is a form of ‘creative financing’ for capital improvement which allows funding energy upgrades from cost reductions. Under an EPC arrangement an external organization (ESCO) implements a project to deliver energy efficiency, or a renewable energy project, and uses the stream of income from the cost savings, or the renewable energy produced, to repay the costs of the project, including the costs of the investment. Essentially the ESCO will not receive its payment unless the project delivers energy savings as expected.

The approach is based on the transfer of technical risks from the client to the ESCO based on performance guarantees given by the ESCO. In EPC ESCO remuneration is based on demonstrated performance; a measure of performance is the level of energy savings or energy service. EPC is a means to deliver infrastructure improvements to facilities that lack energy engineering skills, manpower or management time, capital funding, understanding of risk, or technology information. Cash-poor, yet creditworthy customers are therefore good potential clients for EPC.