Field of study: Transport
Much of what is associated with transport in the Netherlands has been designed and made possible by civil engineers. The construction of roads, railway lines, bridges and tunnels, for example, above ground, underground or under water. Noise barriers and other solutions to traffic inconvenience, such as the electronic signs that provide road information.
Working on accessibility
The challenge of keeping the Netherlands accessible is ever-increasing. Civil engineers analyse bottlenecks and traffic congestion behaviour and develop safe solutions to traffic problems. We work on a case-by-case basis to find the best option, such as extra lanes or more public transport. An example is an extra lane for lorries, so that cars are not inconvenienced by them.
Because our road network is at risk of becoming overloaded, public transport will become more and more important in the future. Civil engineers are involved in the continued development of our various modes of transport - such as the high-speed rail link (HSL-Zuid) and the Randstadrail network. Efficiency, flow of traffic and capacity of existing transport networks are also part of this field of study. Furthermore, there is attention for innovation and the use of new technologies. The application of high-strength concrete as a road surface layer and the development of the Superbus are just two examples of the new possibilities being developed with input from civil engineers. Reliability and safety are paramount in this respect.