ZoARG | ReDUCE
zorgvuldige aanleg reductie graafschade
ZoARG | ReDUCE
--- Zorgvuldige Aanleg & Reductie Graafschade ---
-- Reduction of Damage to Utilities & Careful Excavation --
ReDUCE is the initiative that aims to improve design, construction, installation, and maintenance of buried infrastructure in shallow subsurface. The focus of the programme is on Reducing Damage to Utilities and Careful Excavation. The initiative wants to enhance the awareness of the excavation supply-chain regarding the relevance of careful excavation, and additionally involves organizations in developing initiatives that prevent damages to subsurface utilities.
ReDUCE (the English equivalent to the Dutch acronym ZoARG) is a collaboration between the utility sector and the University of Twente. The collaboration involves research, design, and development of new methods and techniques for excavation. These efforts are instantly valorised by implementing findings in education and (academic and practical) training programmes.
The ReDUCE programme orginates from the collaboration between utility operator Reggefiber and the University of Twente. Reggefiber had the ambition to professionalize the utility sector by significantly reducing excavation damages. The UTwente department of Construction Management and Engineering conducts research in the domain of subsurface utility construction. Together with Reggefiber, the University of Twente organized the ZoARG symposium in 2013. Here, Reggefiber took the lead and created the 'incentive fund' that eventually led to an increase of activities and involved partners.
UT Module Smart Ways to Make Smart Cities Smarter wints European price
The instructors of the module Smart Ways to make Smart Cities Smarter were invited in Brussels on 30 November to collect the first price on team innovation in higher education. The module they developed relates to ZoARG and covers questions such as, what are smart cities? how are they built? what are barriers, and how can we (re)construct cities in a smarter way? Construction management & engineering, robotics and mechatronics, geophysics, and traffic and transportation disciplines cooperate to offer this module to third-year students. Real-life project collaboration with industry helps students to learn about problem solving of real smart city issues.
ZoARG | ReDUCE team member Paulina Racz receives diploma with distinction
Paulina Racz finished her PDEng project on Nov-28. She studied the implicit decision making routines of practitioners that dig trial trenches on construction sites. During the presentation of the final work, Paulina showed how she used natural decision making theory, workshops and serious games to unravel the practitioners' logic and strategies. Her PDEng project entitled "Improved strategies, logic and decision support for selecting test trench locations" was well received by the committee and project client. Besides eliciting knowledge Paulina also developed an ArcGIS extension (with arcpy). This extension enables the user to set variables and to add project data that help calculate and visualize the potential excavation damage risks exist onsite. The system she developed, in turn, helps to decide in a more structured way how practitioners will determine trial trench locations. ZoARG | ReDUCE team congratulates Paulina on this great achievement!