Hackathon InfraTech 2019
What solutions can you think of for renovating a movable bridge?
Rijkswaterstaat (Public Works and Water Management) is tasked with building and maintaining bridges, tunnels and roads in the Netherlands, so the daily busy traffic can reach it destination safely. Currently Rijkswaterstaat is facing a major challenge: bridges that were built in the ‘50-’60 need to be renovated, and there are dozens of them. Rijkswaterstaat has to renovate and rebuild a large number of infrastructural projects before the end of 2030. By renovating and rebuilding, Rijkswaterstaat guarantees a safe and smooth traffic flow.
But renovating is not just a matter of closing down the road, pouring some concrete and painting some steel. These bridges are important traffic junctions in a complex environment. Closing a bridge should not lead to major traffic disruptions. In addition, these bridges have to be renovated in a sustainable way, preferably as circular and energy neutral. There is political pressure and time pressure to renovate these bridges. And finally, there is a shortage of available professionals trained to do this work, on the client’s side as well as with the construction companies.
This is a major challenge, with a specific need for:
- A better understanding of new techniques that are available for sustainable renovation or replacement
- A better understanding of new organisational processes and structures and forms of cooperation
To find solutions, we will be examining the database of nature, which has been filled for over 3.8 billion years with precious knowledge to solve these types of challenges, and we are going to do this together with you. Our goal is to apply useful and inspiring solutions to real life situations.
When will this hackathon take place?
15 and 16 January 2019
At what exact times?
Tuesday 15 January from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 16 January from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where will this hackathon take place?
The hackathon takes place at the InfraTech 2019. InfraTech is held at Ahoy, Rotterdam. We will work in a spectacular glass greenhouse in the middle of the Plaza.
Why does this hackathon take two days?
Rijkswaterstaat submitted two challenges: one on a specific movable bridge, and another on a network of 13 bridges. Both assignments will be hacked separately and the solutions will be brought together in the end. Because of the complexity of this process we will need two days.
Why should I join?
– Unprecedented opportunity: working in a multidisciplinary team of students and start-ups towards a solution for society’s main challenges
– Business opportunity: as a start-up this is your chance to pitch your concept to a leading client
– Instructive: You will be trained to apply design thinking based on Life’s Principles (Biomimicry) to complicated challenges
– Inspiring: Free access to an interesting seminar of event.
In short: an inspiring experience!
What will be organised?
There are hotel rooms available at the Stayokay Hotel in the cube houses. Please note that these are shared rooms. If you prefer a private room, we suggest you book your own room. We will take care of the necessary food and beverages.
Do I have to participate both days?
Yes, you are. In case it is absolutely impossible for you to join us for two days, we can discuss the possibility to participate for one day only.
Is there some sort of remuneration for students?
Are you a student and can you show us your student card? Then a remuneration of 135 euro will be available for participating in the two-day hackathon.
How do I apply?
Register by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
What are your solutions for renovating a movable bridge?
We split the renovation challenge in two sub-challenges that need to be solved. These challenges have different levels of scale: one movable bridge versus a network of 13 bridges in Zuid-Holland and Zeeland (Dutch provinces). We will combine the solutions into one action plan, which will be presented to Rijkswaterstaat.
Here you can find details for the challenge: “movable bridge”.
Rijkswaterstaat is facing a major challenge with a movable bridge, the Spijkernisserbrug. This bridge forms a vital link in an important shipping route for inland navigation and maritime vessels. This bridge opens at least 17 times a day to let ships pass. At every opening, users experience disruption, because every day, 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles cross the bridge. This makes this bridge the main connection between two important regions. The 150,000 residents living in one of these regions depend on this bridge; to visit a hospital, to go to work or to see friends and family outside of their own regions.
The bridge needs to be renovated urgently. Operation and control are failing. The number of malfunctions increases as certain parts of the bridge are reaching the end of their life span. Recently, the bridge was malfunctioning for such a long period that long traffic jams occurred, resulting in questions from members of parliament (“Kamervragen”) eventually. Renovation of the bridge has to take place with as little disruption as possible for both the shipping traffic as the traffic driving over the bridge. Preferably in a circular and sustainable way.
Challenge Under the given conditions, how do we get this bridge fit for the future? What solutions does nature offer for these challenges?
In order to achieve groundbreaking and sustainable solutions, we use nature’s knowledge in our design process. Nature is full of ingenious design. Animals and plants have become perfectly adapted to their circumstances in these 3.8 billion years. Did you know that the wings of an owl are designed in such a way that allows it to fly without making any noise?
Also on a more systemic level, there is so much inspiration to be found. Take for example the cohesion among elements in a food chain, or the cooperation of ants; when studied in detail these examples are highly inspirational and lead to groundbreaking new designs. We will teach you to use this gigantic database of technical knowledge and experience, in order to develop products, processes, systems and strategies that fit within a natural ecosystem. This science is called Biomimicry, and the design tool Design Lens.
With the ongoing debate on sustainability and all the possible sustainable solutions it is sometimes difficult to keep an overview. The sole focus of sustainability is usage of materials and reduction of energy consumption. By applying biomimicry, however, sustainability becomes an integrated and logical story. A story with infinite opportunities and possibilities.
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– Deep Dive Biomimicry
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– Creating, Measuring
– Proof of concept
– Pitch voor Jury