Strukton and University of Twente sign research agreement

22 December 2014

The University of Twente (UT) will assist Strukton Rail with applied scientific research to improve the performance of the Dutch railway network. Strukton will make an amount of EUR 1 million available for this. Victor van der Chijs (on behalf of the UT) and Gerard Sanderink (on behalf of Strukton) signed the agreement on 17 December.

Tekenen contract Gerard en Victor 

Three PhD students will conduct research in the coming four years aiming to make the transition from reactive maintenance to data-driven predictive asset management by developing and using continuous monitoring systems, innovative processes and methods. This will increase the certainty about the actual condition of assets in and around the tracks, and thus decrease the number of unexpected failures. This assures timely and correct maintenance measures.

Cooperation with University of Twente

Entrepreneur Gerard Sanderink has started a scholarship programme that stimulates young and talented students in the Twente region and support them in their further development. Nine talented students from the Saxion University of Applied Sciences and the University of Twente were awarded a scholarship in July 2014.

Consortium of Twente Is Maintenance Excellence (TIME)

The demand from industry for scientific knowledge in the field of maintenance is continually increasing. The consortium Twente Is Maintenance Excellence (TIME), responsible for a wide range of research into maintenance, is responding to this.

The field of maintenance has for some time not just been about greasy hands and spanners. Maintenance, which we all have to deal with on a daily basis, is quickly making up for lost ground and is full of innovations. The demand for academically trained staff is enormous and scientific research is vital. Everything we work with requires maintenance. Faults or neglect can in many applications (nuclear, aviation, defence) lead to major catastrophes.

The University of Twente is already working in this field with all major industries, including Liander, NedTrain, ProRail, DAF Trucks, SKF, Thales and the Ministry of Defence. A multidisciplinary approach in the field of maintenance is followed in this respect. Strukton will now also work together with the four different maintenance groups in Twente.