Environmental Impact and Asset Analysis
The Princess Beatrix lock complex is the largest inland navigation lock system in the Netherlands. Every year about 50,000 ships pass through these locks. To accommodate more and larger ships the complex has to be expanded with a third lock. Witteveen+Bos produced the preliminary and detailed designs. We are providing a full suite of environmental services for these large, complex infrastructural works in order to optimise the design and minimise the negative impact on the environment. These include studies of soil and sediment condition, ecology, hydrology, archaeology, et cetera.
From a sustainability point of view we conducted an intensive Asset Management study in which we assessed the situation after completion. We provided insights into life cycle costs, reliability, downtime and necessary maintenance. These insights led to changes being made to the design in order to increase reliability and decrease downtime and life cycle costs.