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Underground Challenge: Collaborating, Sharing Data, and Co-Planning

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The underground is filled with infrastructure and other assets, including electricity cables, fibre optic cables, gas pipelines, heat networks, sewers, and more. Additionally, underground spaces host natural elements crucial for maintaining a healthy urban environment, such as soil essential for urban trees. Consequently, various stakeholders regularly need access to the underground, each with their own interests, creating significant pressure on the underground. Frequent excavation leads to disruptions, extensive damage, and trees that don’t age past 60 (which is very young for trees).

Improvements can be made by enhancing collaboration among stakeholders, sharing more data, and collectively planning underground activities. Understanding the interests of all involved parties is crucial to developing an action plan aimed at enhancing the quality and management of the underground.

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Debby Kruit, Advisor Startup Scaleup Ecosystem at Gemeente Almere, posted

Startup Hero Journey Program 2024

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Join UPALMERE!'s Start-up Hero Journey 2024 and take your start-up to the next level.

Are you based in Almere or are you willing to settle there and are you willing to challenge yourself and investigate how your startup can contribute to a better world and thus scale internationally? Then this is your perfect opportunity to grow and realize your international ambitions.

The Startup Hero Journey program offers a series of inspiring sessions, masterclasses and events from late May to October that immerse you in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. In our pre-accelerator program, you will not only develop your entrepreneurial potential under the guidance of experts and experienced mentors, but you will also discover new perspectives and join a network of like-minded entrepreneurs. Prepare for a journey that transforms your business and contributes to a more sustainable future.

Program in Dutch.

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Sophie van der Ploeg, Community Manager & Program Lead Digital at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Demoday #22: Data Commons Collective

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In the big tech-dominated era, data has been commercially exploited for so long that it is now hard to imagine that data sharing might also benefit the community. Yet that is what a collective of businesses, governments, social institutions and residents in Amsterdam aim to do. Sharing more data to better care for the city. On behalf of the Data Commons Collective, Lia Hsu (Strategic Advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board) asked the Amsterdam Smart City network for input and feedback on their Data Commons initiative on the last Demoday of 2023.

What is a (data) common?

Commons are natural resources that are accessible to everyone within a community. Water. Fertile soil. Clean air. Actually everything the earth has given us. We as humanity have increasingly begun to exploit these commons in our pursuit of power and profit maximisation. As a result, we risk exhausting them.

Data is a new, digital resource: a valuable commodity that can be used to improve products and services. Data can thus also be used for the common good. However there are two important differences between a common and a data common: data in commons never runs out, and data in commons is not tied to any geographical location or sociocultural groups.

Four principles for Data Commons

The Data Commons collective is currently working on different applied use cases to understand how data commons can help with concrete solutions to pressing societal problems in the areas of energy, green urban development, mobility, health and culture. Each data commons serves a different purpose and requires a different implementation, but there are four principles that are always the same:

  1. The data common is used to serve a public or community purpose
  2. The data common requires cooperation between different parties, such as individuals, companies or public institutions
  3. The data common is managed according to principles that are acceptable to users and that define who may access the data commons under what conditions, in what ways they may be used, for what purpose, what is meant by data misuse
  4. The data common is embedded to manage data quality, but also to monitor compliance with the principles and ensure that data misuse is also noticed and that an appropriate response (such as a reprimand, penalty or fine) follows.

The Data Commons Collective is now in the process of developing a framework, which provides a self-assessment tool to guide the formation of Data Commons initiatives by triggering consideration of relevant aspects for creating a data commons. It is a means of reflection, rather than prescription, to encourage sustainable and responsible data initiatives.

Energy Data Commons case and Value Workshop by Waag

After the introduction to the Data Commons Collective and Framework by Simone van der Burg (Waag) and Roos de Jong (Deloitte), the participants engaged in a value workshop led by Simone. The case we worked with: we’re dealing with a shortage of affordable and clean energy. Congestion issues are only expected to get worse, due to increased energy use by households en businesses. An energy Data Commons in neighbourhoods can have certain benefits. Such as preventing congestion issues, using clean energy sources more effectively, becoming self-sufficient as a neighbourhood and reducing costs. But under what circumstances would we want to share our energy data with our neighbours? What are the values that we find important when it comes to sharing our energy data?

Card Deck

Results: Which values are important when sharing our energy data?

In smaller groups, the participants discussed which values they found important for an energy data common using a value card deck from Waag. Some values that were mentioned were:

  • Trustworthiness: It is important to trust one another when sharing our energy data. It helps when we assume that everyone that is part of the common has the right intentions.
  • Fun: The energy Data Commons should be fun and positive! The participants discussed gamification and rewards as part of the common.
  • Knowledge: One of the goals of sharing data with each other is to gain more knowledge about energy consumption and saving.
  • Justice and solidarity: If everyone in the common feels safe and acknowledged, it will benefit the outcome. Everyone in the common should be treated equally.
  • Inclusion and Community-feeling: It is important that people feel involved in the project. The Data Commons should improve our lives, make it more sustainable but also progress our social relations.

During this Demoday, we got to know the Data Commons collective and experienced which values we find important when sharing our data with others. Amsterdam Economic Board will remain involved in the Data Commons Collective in a coordinating role and work on use cases to understand how data commons can work for society.

Would you like to know more about the Data Commons Collective or do you have any input for them? Please feel free to reach out to me via sophie@amsterdamsmartcity.com or leave a comment below.

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Noor Veenhoven, Program manager energy & circularity at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Demoday #22: How can we continue to facilitate homeowners in driving the energy transition?

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Grid congestion is becoming increasingly significant and will start to pose a problem in the low-voltage network in the coming years. This will prevent homeowners from transitioning away from gas, result in low efficiency for their solar panels, and could make it impossible to have a charging station at their doorstep. Alliander does not want to hinder the energy transition. Therefore, they are looking for a way to involve homeowners in the issue of grid congestion and provide solutions that are still feasible with a crowded grid.

In the energy work session on the 14th of December, Wouter van Rooijen (Alliander) discussed the challenges related to grid congestion. From 2030 onwards, it is expected that a significant portion of the low-voltage network will experience both over- and under-voltage. While the network will be reinforced as quickly as possible, the lack of labour capacity is also prompting the consideration of alternative solutions.

The solution that emerged from Wouter's co-creation process was WijkWise. In this work session, Wouter aimed to validate the WijkWise concept and find parties that could contribute to its development and market implementation. Dave van Loon from Kennisland moderated the session.

WijkWise – Understanding the neighbourhood's grid situation

The WijkWise concept focuses on three problems:

  • The growth of grid congestion at low-voltage
  • Homeowners' uncertainty about making sustainable investments. For instance, because they may not know if their solar panels will yield a good return.
  • Homeowners' lack of awareness regarding the impact their choices have on the stability of the grid.

The proposed solution:
"With WijkWise, Alliander continues to facilitate homeowners in making their homes more sustainable. Alliander does this by providing insight into the neighbourhood's grid situation and recommending the best investment. Residents can make informed choices that contribute to payback time, comfort, and certainty. A good choice benefits both the homeowner and the grid operator."

The idea is to provide more insight into the neighbourhood's grid situation and offer tailored advice for home sustainability. This way, homeowners can determine whether they should invest in insulation, a heat pump, or solar panels.

Alliander does not want to develop this concept alone, but is seeking partners to bring this concept to market.


After the concept presentation, a brief discussion followed. The main questions raised were:

  • Can providing insight into the neighbourhood's grid situation have (negative) effects on the housing market?
    → They don't know yet; further investigation is needed.
  • Can this data be shared freely?
    → The data shared will be at the neighbourhood level (transformer level) and not in real-time (monthly). If there is user data involved, consent must be obtained.
  • What behaviour change do you expect?
    → That, during the investment moment, consideration will be given to the grid situation for the most advantageous investment.

After the discussion, we worked in groups with the Empathy Canvas from Kennisland to view the WijkWise concept from the perspective of the homeowners. This tool helped us really view the problems from the perspective of a homeowner.

Empathy Mapping

In three groups, we delved into the homeowner's situation. The recurring themes in the empathy maps were:

  • A sense of unfairness for the homeowner. They invest in sustainability and are rewarded with grid congestion problems.
  • A feeling of uncertainty for the homeowner. They want assurance that their investment will yield results.
  • Little trust in the grid operator and the government. First, everyone had to get solar panels, and now suddenly it doesn't fit, and net metering is being discontinued (or not?)
  • Limited understanding by homeowners because they find it very complicated and don't want to delve into it. It's not an urgent problem for them.
  • Collaboratively seeking solutions can be very positive, but can also lead to friction.

Alliander plans to take the next steps with this concept in 2024. In 2024, they are planning to do the follow-up research, make the minimal viable product, and launch the first version of the product at the end of the year.

Do you know of any stakeholders that absolutely need to be involved, or would you like to be involved in the implementation of the WijkWise concept? Please contact Noor at noor@amsterdamsmartcity.com. Special thanks to Wouter and Dave for this interesting session.

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Noor Veenhoven, Program manager energy & circularity at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Finding underground infrastructure without digging

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Following the Data Dilemmas event in October, which focused on underground infrastructure, this deep dive session delved further into the question: How can we look under the ground without digging? The session began with an introduction by Alliander, followed by additional insights from Port of Amsterdam, Eurofiber, City of Amsterdam, and Stedin. After exploring the issue, various parties pitched their solutions.

The problem of Alliander

Alliander is anticipating a significant workload in the next 2-10 years, requiring a lot of resources (personnel, materials, and services). We are transitioning away from gas, which means that many gas connections have to be removed. Currently, Alliander is removing around 12,000 connections per year, this is expected to increase to around 100,000 in 2030.

The primary challenge in the removal process is locating the gas line. Due to missing or outdated drawings, ground subsidence, or discrepancies between installation and location, they are often difficult to locate. This leads to time-consuming and costly excavation and often excavation damage.

Alliander employs several search methods to locate the gas lines:

  • Probe: This is a probe that can be entered via the main gas valve, with a transmitter so that you can trace it from the outside.
  • Gas camera:  Attached to the probe to see where the gas connections are.
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR): Sonar scan of the ground.
  • Chenny: Similar to probe.
  • Frequency on metal tubes: For metal pipes, you can set a frequency on the pipe that can be detected.
  • Ultra-sonic: By putting a sound signal on the pipe you can register the vibrating gas molecules with a microphone.

These techniques are not always sufficient and come with many drawbacks. This is why Alliander is seeking a better way for technicians to know where to dig without opening the ground.

Additional Insights

Additional insights from various stakeholders highlight common challenges related to underground infrastructure. The main problem is that the data of the underground is not the same as the real-time situation. This leads to scanning methods being necessary in the first place.
The data which is documented is also lacking because it doesn’t show things such as ground pollution, and the z-coordinate (depth) is also missing. There is potential for improvement since most parties have better databases of their own assets. This data is unfortunately not shared since it is not required by KLIC (Information and Coordination Center for Underground Infrastructure).

Solution Pitches

1. SpectroAG – Hamed Mehdipoor: Combines GPR, electromagnetic wave emission, robots, and drones to scan large ground areas in high resolution. The data is analyzed by an AI Brain Cloud, providing a 3D representation of asset locations. Challenges may arise in areas with clay ground, since this is always a problem with GPR.

2. Inframent – Marina Kurnevich: A startup addressing asset registration issues. Their solution involves taking photos of open trenches with a smartphone or tablet, instantly uploading them to their application, and adding location data. This ensures immediate and accurate registration of underground data.

3. Infratags – Henk Schwietert (Evalan): Their passive (no battery) RFID tags (Infratags) can be attached to cables and connection sleeves, allowing easy identification above ground using a scanner. The low-cost tags, around 50 cents each, can easily help find tagged assets. However, challenges include conflicting interests and delayed returns on investment. The Infratag was developed in collaboration with Tallo.

4. HvA Sensorlab - Marcel van der Horst: While not offering a direct solution, HvA Sensorlab has students capable of working on the problem. They have access to advanced equipment for developing or improving solutions.

5. VLabs – Diemer Cohen Stuart: Uses GIS data and Augmented Reality (AR) to visualize accurate geodata through AR glasses. This simplifies operational work, improves quality control, and allows for on-site guidance with work instructions. The glasses provide 5-10 cm accuracy, with a cost of 8500 euros per pair.

Are you interested in any of these solutions, would you like more information, or do you have an even better solution? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Noor – noor@amsterdamsmartcity.com, or leave a comment below. We will continue with this topic in 2024!

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Ivanna Vinnicsuk, Content Marketer at Digital Society School, posted

Digital Society School: Showcase Fall '23

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Our Showcase is here - tap into the potential of transformation design and create transformation ripples with us!

On January 24th, come and explore the projects carried out by the trainee teams from our Digital Transformation Intensive Programme dedicated to shaping an inclusive, sustainable and diverse society. Get inspired, learn more about how Transformation Design is done and meet fellow changemakers in our Clubhouse or online via our YouTube livestream.

Our trainee projects focus on the integration of technology into society and design for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through topics such as Sustainability Monitoring, Digital Health & Well-being, and Regenerative Cities, among others. In 20 weeks, they learn to work responsibly and sustainably by using design, technology and social innovation together with one of our partners.

We have prepared an exciting programme for you:
16:00 - 17:00 Mini-keynotes:

  • "Digital Activism" by Marleen Stikker, director & founder of Waag Futurelab
  • "Learning Communities" by Zlatina Tsvetkova, Learning & Knowledge Manager at Commonland
  • "Systemic Design" by Andrea Nesta, Experience Design Lead at Nomads

17:00 - 18:00 Clubhouse exhibition of design solutions of trainee teams
18:00 - 20:00 Networking & drinks

There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with the trainees, partners and the extended Digital Society School community, so don't miss out!

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Christiaan Elings, Strategy & Collaboration for Sustainable Transitions at Royal Haskoning, posted

Aan de slag met Digitale Transformatie: Data & AI Seminar

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Wil je optimaal profiteren van data?

Ben jij volop bezig met datagedreven projecten? Wil je leren hoe je het maximale uit data kunt halen en hoe je de uitdagingen kunt tackelen? Dan mag je ons Data en AI Seminar op 30 januari absoluut niet missen. Dit event gaat verder dan enkel inspiratie; het biedt je concreet praktische tools om data effectief in te zetten. Onze experts delen waardevolle inzichten, best practices en direct toepasbare tips om jouw organisatie te laten excelleren in de datagedreven wereld.

Voor wie is dit event?

Ben jij de drijvende kracht achter digitale transformatie in jouw organisatie? Sta je voor grote veranderingen en zoek je praktische tools die direct inzetbaar zijn? Ons seminar op 30 januari 2024 is speciaal ontworpen voor managers en besluitvormers die willen excelleren in de wereld van AI, analytics en data. Ontdek hoe je deze krachten kunt inzetten voor een tastbare impact in jouw organisatie. Ook professionals die hun kennis willen vergroten op deze baanbrekende onderwerpen zijn van harte welkom. We bieden inzichten en praktische tools die jou een voorsprong geven.

Wat kun je verwachten?

Vier inspirerende sprekers nemen je mee in het succes van datagedreven werken. Ze delen waardevolle inzichten en praktische tips om je op weg te helpen. Dit evenement biedt ook uitstekende mogelijkheden om te netwerken en ervaringen uit te wisselen.

Programma en locatie

Het programma is samengesteld uit een openingssessie en drie sprekerssessies.

Natuurlijk sluiten we de dag gezamelijk af met een hapje en drankje.

Datum: 30 januari 2024 
Locatie: Royal HaskoningDHV, Amersfoort (Laan 1914 35, 3818 EX) 

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Noor Veenhoven, Program manager energy & circularity at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Highlights Data Dilemma's: Kijken onder de grond en samenwerken erboven

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English version below

We zien het misschien niet, maar de ondergrond ligt vol met assets en is voortdurend in beweging. Er liggen elektriciteitskabels, gasleidingen, riolering, stadswarmte, glasvezel, en nog veel meer, die constant moeten worden onderhouden, verwijderd, of bijgelegd. De ambities van Nederland voor de energietransitie, snel dataverkeer, mobiliteitsoplossingen, circulaire economie en klimaatadaptie, leggen alleen nog maar meer druk op de schaarse ondergrond. Goed inzicht hebben in wat er precies onder de grond ligt en goede samenwerking tussen de verschillende partijen die de grond in moeten is daarom essentieel.
Tijdens de Data Dilemma’s evenementen van Amsterdam Smart City verkennen we de mogelijkheden voor het gebruik van data en nieuwe technologieën om stedelijke en maatschappelijke uitdagingen aan te pakken, met een focus op verantwoorde digitalisering. Het doel is om data te gebruiken om steden veiliger, schoner en toegankelijker te maken.
In deze editie van Data Dilemma’s, bespraken we het dilemma van de ondergrond: Hoe zorg je dat de data van de ondergrond klopt met de werkelijkheid en hoe kunnen de partijen die de grond in moeten beter samenwerken. De sprekers van dit evenement waren Ceciel Kempers (Alliander), Marco Scheffers (Gemeente Amsterdam) en Vincent van Mierlo (Eurofiber Nederland) die ieder hun tools en dilemma’s deelden als zij met hun organisatie de grond in gaan.

Het Scan de Sleuf project - Ceciel Kempers

Ceciel Kempers, bedrijfsontwikkelaar bij Alliander, vertelde over hun ‘Scan de sleuf’ project, waarbij ze een 3D scan maken van open werksleuven om inzichtelijk te maken waar alle assets precies liggen. Bij Alliander levert de huidige aanpak van schetsverwerkingen op dit moment nog veel problemen op. De doorlooptijd van assetregistratie is op het moment 550 dagen. Dit zorgt ervoor dat de data over de ondergrond soms flink achterloopt op de werkelijkheid wat weer kan leiden tot graafschade, gevaarlijke situaties en veel uren die gaan naar het zoeken van assets. 
Volgens Ceciel moet de buitensituatie leidend gemaakt worden door middel van een 3D scan, een Scan de Sleuf, waar er letterlijk een scan gemaakt wordt van de werksleuf in de grond wanneer deze open ligt. Dit kan gewoon met een tablet of smartphone worden gedaan en de technologie zal beschikbaar zijn voor iedereen die de grond in moet. Als de grond dan ooit weer open moet, kan er op de 3D scan precies gezien worden waar de kabels zich bevinden. Dit zorgt er op de korte termijn voor dat er minder discussies ontstaan met aannemers over aangelegd werk en dat er minder liggingsregistraties worden afgekeurd. Later zal het ook de registratie versnellen en de kwaliteit van liggingsdata verbeteren. Op de lange termijn zullen ook graafschade en gevaarlijke situaties afnemen. 
Een ander groot voordeel van 3D data is dat afstanden nauwkeurig ingemeten kunnen worden door middel van pixelafstanden. Daarnaast kan er een kaart laag, die de kabels en leidingen in de ondergrond weergeven, op de werkelijkheid gelegd worden aan de hand van geo-referentie. 
De eindvisie van het Scan de Sleuf project is om een landelijke 3D-database van de ondergrondse situatie te maken: De ‘Understreetview’ van Nederland.

Data samenbrengen in de Digital Twin van de ondergrond - Marco Scheffers

Bij de Gemeente Amsterdam is er vanuit de ambtenaren een werkgroep ondergrond ontstaan, vertelde Marco Scheffers, data-adviseur ondergrond en geo-informatie bij de Gemeente Amsterdam. Volgens hen moest er meer gedaan worden aan de ondergrond in Amsterdam, de huidige kwaliteit van informatie over de ondergrond is onvoldoende om de huidige en toekomstige verdeling van ruimte inzichtelijk te maken. Daarom is er besloten te gaan werken met regie op de ondergrond.  
De eerste stap is het vormen van het Datafundament ondergrond, een digitale basis binnen de Amsterdamse Digital Twin. Het bestaat uit relevante ondergrondgegevens van systemen en fenomenen die vitaal zijn voor de stad, denk hierbij aan kabels, leidingen, historische assets, funderingen van gebouwen en fysische eigenschappen van de bodem. Uiteindelijk is het plan om ook 3D informatie te verschaffen en te bouwen aan een Digital Twin van de ondergrond.  
Er wordt nu gebouwd aan data over de ondergrond op het platform data.amsterdam.nl. Niet alle data over de ondergrond is openbaar, de KLIC data (Kabels en Leidingen Informatie Centrum) is alleen toegankelijk voor bevoegden. De Digital Twin van Amsterdam is te zien op 3d.amsterdam.nl.

Een dynamische ondergrond zonder z-coördinaat - Vincent van Mierlo

De laatste spreker was Vincent van Mierlo, strategisch adviseur bij Eurofiber Nederland. Eurofiber is gespecialiseerd in het aanleggen van glasvezelaansluitingen, ze werken dus met vitale infrastructuur. Dit betekent dat als deze processen uitvallen of verstoord worden, er snelle reparaties vereist zijn. Dit leidt met hun 60.000 kilometer aan glasvezelkabel tot 500 handelingen per week.
Bij 3D visualisaties van de bovengrond wordt het meteen duidelijk of de data klopt, maar bij 3D visualisaties van de ondergrond kun je niet makkelijk zien of de data correct is. Dit kan een risico op schade aan netwerken veroorzaken omdat er wordt uitgegaan van theoretische data. De leggegevens zijn niet per se hetzelfde zijn als de liggegevens (en dat die termen maar één letter van elkaar verschillen leidt ook tot verwarring). De ondergrond blijft dynamisch waardoor ook kabels en leidingen in de werkelijkheid anders gepositioneerd kunnen zijn dan verwacht. In principe liggen glasvezelkabels op 60 cm diepte maar dat is lang niet altijd het geval. Daarom zou 3D visualisaties kunnen helpen met het verschaffen van niet alleen de X en Y coördinaten, maar ook de Z-coördinaten (diepte).  
Volgens Vincent is het belangrijk om een geharmoniseerde werkwijze van 3D inmeten in te stellen die op landelijk niveau wordt vastgelegd. Daarnaast moet er eenzelfde taal/jargon worden gekozen. Want als we niet dezelfde taal spreken, dan wordt het onmogelijk om samen te werken.
We willen graag onze sprekers bedanken voor de interessante presentaties en het publiek voor de waardevolle discussie. De dilemma’s in de ondergrond brengen een hoop vragen met zich mee waar we graag met het Amsterdam Smart City netwerk aan verder werken.

Vervolg: We gaan door met het vraagstuk: Hoe kijken we onder de grond zonder te graven? Waarbij we met partijen die de grond in moeten, en partijen met slimme technologische oplossingen bespreken wat er allemaal mogelijk is om te kijken onder de grond zonder te graven. Heb je ook te maken met de vraagstuk, of kun je helpen met het vinden van een oplossing? Neem dan contact op met noor@amsterdamsmartcity.com.

Data Dilemmas: Looking Below Ground and Collaborating Above

We may not see it, but the underground is filled with assets and is constantly in motion. It contains electricity cables, gas pipelines, sewage systems, district heating, fibre optics, and much more, all requiring regular maintenance, removal, or expansion. The ambitions of the Netherlands for the energy transition, fast data traffic, mobility solutions, circular economy, and climate adaptation only add more pressure to the already limited underground space. Having a clear understanding of what lies beneath the ground and fostering effective collaboration among the various stakeholders involved in underground activities is essential.

During Data Dilemma's, we explore the possibilities for using data and new technologies to address urban and societal challenges, with a focus on responsible digitalization. The goal is to use data to make cities more safe, clean and accessible.

In this edition of Data Dilemmas, we discussed the dilemma of the underground: How to ensure that underground data matches reality and how the parties involved in underground activities can collaborate more effectively. The speakers for this event were Ceciel Kempers (Alliander), Marco Scheffers (City of Amsterdam), and Vincent van Mierlo (Eurofiber Netherlands), each sharing their tools and dilemmas when working beneath the ground.

The Scan the Trench Project - Ceciel Kempers

Ceciel Kempers, a business developer at Alliander, shared insights into their "Scan the Trench" project, where they create a 3D scan of open work trenches to make the exact locations of all assets visible. Alliander's current approach to make a work sketch of the situation is causing significant problems. The asset registration process takes 550 days at present, resulting in outdated data about what's underground, which can lead to excavation damage, hazardous situations, and significant hours spent searching for assets.

According to Ceciel, the outdoor situation should be the guiding force through a 3D scan, a "Scan the Trench," where a scan is created of the open trench in the ground. This can be done with a tablet or smartphone and will be available to anyone who needs to work in the underground. If the ground ever needs to be reopened, the 3D scan can precisely show the location of the assets, reducing disputes with contractors over completed work and rejected location registrations in the short term. In the long term, it will also accelerate asset registration and enhance the quality of location data, reducing excavation damage and dangerous situations.

Another significant advantage of 3D data is the ability to measure distances accurately using pixel distances. Additionally, a map layer depicting underground cables and pipelines can be overlaid on reality through geo-referencing.

The vision for the future of the Scan the Trench project is to create a national 3D database of the underground situation: the "Understreetview" of the Netherlands.

Bringing Data Together in the Digital Twin of the Underground - Marco Scheffers

At the municipality of Amsterdam, a group dedicated to the underground was formed by civil servants, as explained by Marco Scheffers, a data advisor specializing in the underground and geoinformation at the City of Amsterdam. They believe that more attention should be given to the underground in Amsterdam, as the current quality of information about the underground is insufficient to make the current and future spatial distribution transparent. Therefore, a decision was made to work on managing the underground.

The first step involves establishing the Data Foundation for the underground, a digital base within Amsterdam's Digital Twin. It comprises relevant underground data from systems and phenomena vital to the city, such as cables, pipelines, historical assets, building foundations, and soil properties. The ultimate plan is to provide 3D information and build a Digital Twin of the underground. Data about the underground is currently being developed on the platform data.amsterdam.nl. Not all underground data is publicly accessible; the KLIC data (Cables and Pipelines Information Center) is only accessible to authorized personnel. The Digital Twin of Amsterdam can be viewed at 3d.amsterdam.nl.

A Dynamic Underground without Z-Coordinates - Vincent van Mierlo

The final speaker was Vincent van Mierlo, a strategic advisor at Eurofiber Netherlands. Eurofiber specializes in installing fiber optic connections, so they work with critical infrastructure. This means that when these processes fail or are disrupted, quick repairs are required, which results in around 500 actions per week with their network of 60,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables.
With 3D visualizations of the surface, it's immediately clear whether the data is accurate. However, with 3D visualizations of the underground, it's not easy to determine the correctness of the data. This can pose a risk of network damage because it relies on theoretical data. The laying data may not necessarily match the lying locations, and the similarity of the terms "laying" and "lying" also leads to confusion. The underground remains dynamic, and cables and pipelines can be positioned differently in reality than expected. In principle, fibre optic cables are supposed to be at a depth of 60 cm, but this is not always the case. Therefore, 3D visualizations could help provide not only X and Y coordinates but also Z-coordinates (depth).

According to Vincent, it is important to establish a harmonized approach to 3D mapping at a national level. Additionally, a common language/jargon should be adopted because if we don't speak the same language, collaboration becomes impossible.

We would like to thank our speakers for their informative presentations and the audience for their valuable discussions. The underground dilemmas bring forth numerous questions that we are eager to continue addressing with the Amsterdam Smart City network.

Next Steps: We will proceed with the question: How can we look beneath the ground without excavation? We will discuss with parties involved in underground activities and those with smart technological solutions to explore what is possible in investigating beneath the ground. If you are dealing with similar questions or can assist in finding a solution, please contact noor@amsterdamsmartcity.com.

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Noor Veenhoven, Program manager energy & circularity at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Technologies that allow for looking underground without digging

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The ground is full of cables, pipes, and other assets but we don’t always know exactly where they are located. Digging is the most common practice to look for assets, however, this has many negative impacts. It can lead to damage to assets, it costs time and money to dig, and it is often an inconvenience to the direct surroundings.

Therefore, it would be extremely convenient if we could find methods to locate assets without having to dig. We are looking for start-ups, research groups, and knowledge institutions that have developed or can develop a technology that can scan, detect, or sense, underground assets without digging.

Are you the person we are looking for, or do you know the person or organisation we are looking for? Please let us know by sending a message to noor@amsterdamsmartcity.com or leaving a comment below.

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Adriaan van Eck, Implementing IoT & Smart Energy , posted

Smart Energy Community - Elaad Testlab - Arnhem

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Op 31 oktober organiseren FAN en TKI Urban Energy de tweede fysieke netwerkbijeenkomst van de Smart Energy Community, in het testlab van ElaadNL, Arnhem, met als onderwerp:
Domotica en Home Energy Management Systems in de praktijk
Eindgebruikers aan het woord
Hoe weerbarstig is de praktijk? Sommige eindgebruikers zijn zelf al aan de slag gegaan met domotica om hun energiegebruik slim aan te sturen. Wij laten drie van deze enthousiastelingen aan het woord: Jan Kerdel, Michiel Damoiseaux & Harm van den Brink. Wat zijn hun ervaringen? Waar liepen ze tegenaan?
Setting the scene: HEMS & Domotica
Jasmijn Kleij van TKI Urban Energy gaat in op de vraag of Domotica ook kansen op voor slim energiemanagement biedt, of dat het nu nog vooral een oplossing voor de enthousiaste knutselaars.
Praktische lessen uit Belgie
Giovanni Oorthuizen van Xemex zal een presentatie geven over de nieuwe wet- en regelgeving in België, hoe zij daarop inspelen met energiediensten, en hun ervaringen met eindgebruikers.
En verder
* Paneldiscussie over Domotica, energiemanagement en de rol van de eindgebruiker
* Speeddaten & netwerken
Volledige programma ochtendsessie:
Volledige programma middagsessie: 'Smart Energy Day 2.0', georganiseerd door TKI Urban Energy, Dutch Power, Connectr, RVO en ElaadNL

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Noor Veenhoven, Program manager energy & circularity at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Demoday #21: How to share the learnings of Local Energy Systems and form a coalition

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When thinking about the decarbonization of cities, Local Energy Systems (LES) are often mentioned as one of the key enablers in the future. While there is agreement that LES have a role to play in the energy system of the future, what exactly is this role and how do we scale up implementation of this solution?

Cities are a major source of GHG emissions, with UN estimates suggesting that cities are responsible for ~75% of global emissions, mainly by means of transport and energy use in buildings. The decarbonization of buildings within urban areas can prove especially difficult, as space is limited, issues like grid congestion delay further electrification and there are a lot of stakeholders involved.

LES can be a solution in the decarbonisation of buildings in urban areas, like residential spaces, business parks and hybrid areas, creating positive energy districts that simultaneously reduce their impact on the grid.  Preliminary LES pilot programs indicate that a LES can support decarbonization by integrating renewable generation and efficiently using energy by decreasing energy losses due to smart grids, communal energy management systems and by combining generation and use as locally as possible. We are however still in the early stages of building and growing LES around the globe, which is why we are focused on getting the right stakeholders together and learning about the requirements for scaling up such systems.

## Case & Set-up of the Session

During the latest Transition Day we hosted a work session on the topic of LES. In the past months, a number of partners in the Amsterdam Smart City network have expressed interest in the topic and would like to work together on the topic. Simultaneously the HvA, who is working on the ATELIER project with the aim to create Positive Energy Districts (PEDs), developed a framework to structurally categorize the various aspects involved in implemeting a LES. During the Demo Day, we considered two topics related to LES The first was a the framework created by the HvA, with the intention of capturing feedback and validating the approach.  Secondly, we considered how we can move from an informal network around LES, to a structural coalition that can scale up the concept.

## Insights

A framework for structurally capturing aspects of a LES

Omar Shafqat from the HvA / ATELIer project presented their framework for structurally capturing and monitoring aspects of LES. The framework categorizes various aspects into policy, market, technical and social considerations (from top to bottom). Next to that, it divides these aspects on a timeline along a planning horizon from longer term (planning) to shorter term (management). The framework is shown below in this image.

In response to the framework, the participants shared some the following feedback:
-        Testing the framework is necessary to validate and improve it. This implies an inventorization of LES projects and working through a few specific cases to check how the framework can be applied, and how it can benefit project managers/owners.
-        The framework should also be presented and validated by other key stakeholders such as Amsterdam’s “Task Force Congestion Management”.
-        Participants raised the question of who exactly will use the framework, and how? Is this intended as an instrument to be used primarily by academics, and researchers, or also by practitioners?

Forming a coalition on the advancement of LES

The second part of the work session was moderated by Joost Schouten from Royal Haskoning DHV, who led the discussion on the need for building a coalition around LES. He argued that the further development of LES requires an ecosystem approach, since multiple parties with different interests are involved, but there is no clear ‘owner’ of the problem.

A ‘coalition of the willing’ could help to advance the development of LES. A discussion in breakouts led to the following insights:
-        A coalition should be formed by the community itself, but it requires a party that coordinates during the kick-off phase. A discussion emerged around whose role should be to take on the coordination phase. Some participants were of the view that this should be led by a governmental party, others thought this should be organised by a network party like Amsterdam Smart City.
-        To effectively build a coalition, the involved parties need to be interdependent. To make sure that it is clear that the parties in a LES are interdependent, the parties need to state their interests in developing a LES, to determine whether there is a common goal.
-        Even when these interests are not fully aligned, communication between parties can help bridge gaps. Discussion leads to understanding and empathy.
-        An ambassador can be a vital enabler in the beginning of building a coalition, as a clear face and point of contact for such a group.
-        There are already many other communities and coalitions working on topics related to LES, including but not limited to 02025, New Amsterdam Climate platform, TET-ORAM, TopSector Energie, among others.  A key question is whether a new coalition is necessary, or whether it should be possible to join forces with an existing coalition / initiative.

## Conclusions and next steps

Many work session participants indicated support and interest to further contribute to the development of the LES project. The HvA framework was viewed as a useful tool to capture learnings from LES projects to facilitate scaling up. Additionally, the question of how to facilitate collaboration and coalition forming requires further attention. There are many parties involved in the development of LES, and they don’t always have the same interests. However, this is not an issue that any party can ‘own’ or ‘solve’ on its own. It requires an ecosystem approach, which is something that will need to be further detailed.

For now, we will simultaneously work on further building the coalition and looking for LES projects that can be used to test and further develop the framework. If you would like to know more or get involved in the project, for example by contributing you own LES to be tested by the framework itself, let me know via noor@amsterdamsmartycity.com.

This challenge was introduced in the Amsterdam Smart City network by Lennart Zwols from gemeente Amsterdam and Omar Shafqat (HvA). The session was prepared with and moderated by Joost Schouten from Royal HaskoningDHV. Do you have any questions or input for us? Contact me via noor@amsterdamsmartcity.com or leave a comment below. Would you like to know more about the LES challenge? You can find the overview of the challenge with the reports of all the sessions here.

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Adriaan van Eck, Implementing IoT & Smart Energy , posted

Smart Energy Community - Elaad Testlab - Arnhem

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Op 31 oktober organiseren FAN en TKI Urban Energy de tweede fysieke netwerkbijeenkomst van de Smart Energy Community, in het testlab van ElaadNL, Arnhem, met als onderwerp:
Domotica en Home Energy Management Systems in de praktijk
Eindgebruikers aan het woord
Hoe weerbarstig is de praktijk? Sommige eindgebruikers zijn zelf al aan de slag gegaan met domotica om hun energiegebruik slim aan te sturen. Wij laten drie van deze enthousiastelingen aan het woord: Jan Kerdel, Michiel Damoiseaux & Harm van den Brink. Wat zijn hun ervaringen? Waar liepen ze tegenaan?
Setting the scene: HEMS & Domotica
Jasmijn Kleij van TKI Urban Energy gaat in op de vraag of Domotica ook kansen op voor slim energiemanagement biedt, of dat het nu nog vooral een oplossing voor de enthousiaste knutselaars.
Praktische lessen uit Belgie
Giovanni Oorthuizen van Xemex zal een presentatie geven over de nieuwe wet- en regelgeving in België, hoe zij daarop inspelen met energiediensten, en hun ervaringen met eindgebruikers.
En verder
* Paneldiscussie over Domotica, energiemanagement en de rol van de eindgebruiker
* Speeddaten & netwerken
Volledige programma ochtendsessie:
Volledige programma middagsessie: 'Smart Energy Day 2.0', georganiseerd door TKI Urban Energy, Dutch Power, Connectr, RVO en ElaadNL

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Yeni Joseph, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs at TNW, posted

🍃 Join us for the next gathering of Climate Tech Amsterdam on October 17 at TNW City.

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<strong>🍃 Join us for the next gathering of Climate Tech Amsterdam on October 17 at TNW City.</strong>

An initiative backed by leading ecosystem players, including TNW, StartupAmsterdam, Carbon Equity, Google Netherlands and supported by Climate Tech Cities and De Roos

💡 For this edition, we'll uncover the latest trends & developments in (Dutch) Climate Tech and facilitate discussions around e.g. Sustainable AI and Closing the Climate Finance Gap.

Climate Tech Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ leading community of climate tech innovators, experts and enthusiasts gathering during meetups, roundtables and events to exchange best practices, discuss challenges and opportunities and showcase success stories within Climate Tech.

Spots are limited, so make sure to register!

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AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

AMS Conference 2024: Call for abstracts and special sessions

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We invite you to contribute to the conference "Reinventing the City 2024 - Blueprints for messy cities?"

Deadline to submissions: November 14, 2023
Notification of acceptance: December 14, 2023
submit here>>

The AMS Scientific Conference (AMS Conference) explores and discusses how cities can transform themselves to become more livable, resilient and sustainable while offering economic stability. In the second edition of “Reinventing the City” (23-25 April 2024), the overarching theme will be <em>"</em>Blueprints for messy cities? Navigating the interplay of order and complexity'. In three captivating days, we will explore 'The good, the bad, and the ugly' (day 1), 'Amazing discoveries' (day 2) and 'We are the city' (day 3).

Call for abstracts
The AMS Conference seeks to engage scientists, policymakers, students, industry partners, and everyone working with and on cities from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. We therefore invite you to submit your scientific paper abstract, idea for a workshop or special session with us. Submissions should be dedicated to exploring the theme ‘Blueprints for messy cities?’. We especially invite young, urban rebels to raise their voice, as they are the inhabitants of our future cities.

Our scientific committee responsible for the content of the conference program will assess all submissions and select a final program of contributions. Notification of acceptance will follow before 1 December 2023.

mobility | circularity | energy transition | climate adaptation | urban food systems | digitization | diversity | inclusion | living labs | transdisciplinary research

We invite academics, industry partners, and professionals from all ages engaged in the related fields of urban design, governance, architecture, data science, engineering and/or sociology to submit an abstract for a conference presentation of your scientific paper (250-450 words).

If you have a workshop proposal, please outline its purpose, the specific knowledge, techniques, or practices it covers, its objectives and learning outcomes, teaching strategies and resources, target audience, and any prerequisites, including the required level of experience (250-450 words).

Next to scientific papers and workshops, we encourage you to submit different types of special sessions. These special sessions can include interactive forums, excursions, or practical demonstrations, depending on the subject and objectives. When submitting your proposal for a special session, we ask you to clearly highlight the session's objectives, expected collaborators (if applicable), the intended audience, and the type of session. Please also indicate whether you prefer an online or in-person format. Please note that you will be responsible for the content and organization of the session (250-450 words).

Submit here>>

Click here to visit the event page and find more information on details about the Scientific Conference.

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Noor Veenhoven, Program manager energy & circularity at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

The next step for Local Energy Systems

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Thursday, the 30th of August, we had the first follow-up session about Local Energy Systems (LES) since the Transition day session in June. Over the summer Omar Shafqat (HvA, ATELIER), dr. Renée Heller (HvA), and Lennart Zwols (municipality of Amsterdam), have worked on finding a solution to the barriers to scaling up LES. They focused on the barrier of sharing information and learnings of LES projects. In this session, Omar presented a framework that could help overcome this barrier.

A barrier to scaling up LES: Lack of knowledge
In the previous session, we discussed how the difficulty with starting a new LES project is often that the information on how to do this is not readily available. Many pilots have been done, or are still ongoing, and there are definitely reports on the learnings of these pilots. Unfortunately, these learnings are not always available to everyone, and if they are, quite difficult to find and aggregate.
Lennart therefore proposed to make a framework in which we can gather all the information on LES pilots and projects, so we have a central place for the collecting and sharing of information. Omar and Renée have created this framework, which Omar presented in this session. The framework has three objectives:

1.     Collecting the learnings of the pilots in one place.
2.     Defining the gaps in our knowledge.
3.     Creating a starting point for people who want to create their own LES.

Definition of a Local Energy System
To properly create a framework in which various information of relevant LES projects can be collected, it was necessary to have a good definition of a LES. Omar presented the definition as follows:
A local energy system is an interactive, non-linear system that must contain:

  • Local generation
  • Controllable demand
  • Storage
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Energy communities


Hans Roeland Polman (AMS) commented that he was missing the infrastructure in this definition. Omar clarified that the lines between these five entities symbolize the infrastructure and that it is indeed an important component of LESs.
When we speak of LES it is always a balancing act. Different stakeholders have different objectives for implementing a LES, maximizing renewables, minimizing costs, flexibility/congestion, grid dependence, etc. This implies that the aspects of a LES are of differing importance to stakeholders, which is important to take into account with information gathering and sharing.

The first version of the framework for collecting information
After discussing the definition of LES, we dived into the framework. The goal of this framework is to have one format in which we collect information and learnings from all the LES pilots and projects (starting with the ones in our own network). This will allow us to speak a common language, easily compare projects, identify stakeholders and their interests, see where the knowledge gaps are, and more easily find specific information about LES.

Note: This framework is not the interface for the end-user. The framework should be used to catalogue information and learnings so that we have the information on all the different projects in the same format. We can then use this to build a user interface that end-users can interact with. How to best do this is still a topic of discussion.
The framework is presented below. On the x-axis, you can see the time scale. On the left you have the long-term (planning) phase, and on the right the short-term (management) phase.

On the left side, you can see the four areas in which the framework is divided:

  • Policy
  • Energy markets
  • Energy systems
  • Community/user aspects

The colour-coded third dimensions show which blocks relate to certain topics of interest, and should have information added on this topic. The topics of interest that have been added now are:

  • Congestion
  • Energy balance

It might be interesting to add others as well.


It was suggested by the group that electricity/heating might also be an interesting topic to add. Hans (AMS) also suggested that it would be interesting to add information about local infrastructure, such as a local heat network.

Discussion and questions
After the presentation of the framework a discussion followed. Many questions were raised which require further examination. A few of the key questions were:

  • What should the scope be of this framework? Are we just looking at our own region, or do we want it to be used on a much larger scale?
  • How do we connect to the other organizations and projects to this framework, and refrain from doing double work?
  • Who is the owner of this framework and will keep it up to date?
  • To make this framework usable for project managers, it should have a clear template that can be filled in. Who is going to make this, and how do we ensure that project managers of LES projects fill this in?

Next steps and call to action:
There are still many questions that need to be answered, and we will continue the research and learn by doing. We will start with the ATELIER and the LIFE project, to see if we can put them into this framework. This will be done by Omar (HvA, ATELIER), and Hans (AMS, LIFE). They will also create the first version of a template in which the information can be collected so that project managers can fill out this information. This will then be tested with the project managers of the LIFE project to see if the template and framework are indeed workable.

This will give a good starting point to see if the framework is suitable for the collection of information and learnings of LES projects. However, it will be far from complete. The ATELIER and LIFE projects don’t contain all the topics to properly test the framework and create templates for everything. We therefore need more partners with LES projects that can help test and develop this framework.

So if you are working on a Local Energy System project, and you would like to help further develop the framework, by giving feedback on the framework itself or using your project to validate the effectiveness of the framework, please let us know.

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Angela Lopez, Marketing , posted

Le Wagon Open House: Discover our bootcamps

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Le Wagon Open House

Meet our team, learn more about our Web Development and our Data Analytics and Data Science Bootcamps, and discover our Amsterdam Campus!

Registration required on Eventbrite!
Meet our team, learn more about our Web Development and our Data Analytics and Data Science Bootcamp, and discover our Amsterdam Campus! The perfect opportunity to ask us any questions you have about learning new tech skills, our financing options, the application process, job outcomes, the community, and anything else you can think of!

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Jacob Vermeule, Founder at VIDO, posted

VIDO's complementary research offer! - Together for a sustainable Amsterdam

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VIDO is a new company that was established in January 2023, specializing in cloud and data services. As we are new to the industry, we are offering a complimentary 2-week research phase to our potential clients. During this period, we will conduct thorough research to identify the best strategies and solutions to meet your specific needs. This will give us the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and showcase the value we can bring to your business. We believe this trial period will allow you to see the benefits of working with us and help us build a strong and lasting partnership. 🤝

While we may be new to the industry, our team of experts has a deep understanding of the latest technological trends and is committed to providing our clients with the most innovative and up-to-date services possible. 🚀

At VIDO, we focus on delivering ICT services and consultancy exclusively to organizations that share our values. The Amsterdam Smart City community is a welcome one, filled with experts and enthusiasts, which share our values and are committed to making Amsterdam a more sustainable and liveable city. We are eager to work with other members of the community and contribute to creating a more sustainable future for Amsterdam. 🌎

For more information about who we are and what we do, we invite you to visit our website and LinkedIn page. Feel free to contact us through our website or send an e-mail to contact@vidodata.nl. 📩

We would love to hear from you!

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Kirsten Mallant, MSc. Student at the TU Delft at 75inQ, posted

Please help me research gender inequality in Dutch energy companies!

I would like to know your perception of gender inequality in Dutch energy companies through this 5-minute survey.
Click on the link below to participate:

Important information:

  • This survey is conducted as part of Kirsten Mallant's Master's thesis, a student at <strong>TU Delft</strong>.
  • Duration: approximately <strong>5 minutes</strong>.
  • You may answer in <strong>Dutch or English</strong>.
  • <strong>Every perception</strong>, regardless of gender, is of great value to this research.

Thank you very much in advance!

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evvnt platform, Not Specified , posted

Ecocity Summit 2023

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Thinkers, innovators, and urban stakeholders from across the globe are assembling in London to discuss the future of our cities at a time of climate emergency and define the next steps towards building more ecological cities. The pioneer global conference on sustainable cities arrives to London in June 2023. Join us from 6-8 June 2023 for the largest-to-date Ecocity World Summit!

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Cato Bechtold, Advisor for public values at Hiemstra & de Vries, posted

SES-community sessie

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Dinsdag 13 december is er weer een 'SES-community meeting' - de laatste van 2023. En gelukkig opnieuw in levende lijve!
We gaan 'slimme oplossingen' verkennen op basis van twee praktijkcases. En er is natuurlijk weer veel ruimte voor uitwisseling en discussie.

Het programma ziet er als volgt uit:
- Intro door Jan Visser (Qirion) en Bertram van der Wal (Hiemstra & De Vries)
- Hans Schneider schetst de breedte van mogelijke (slimme én minder slimme) oplossingen voor krapte op het net: preventie, reparatie & 'de pijn herverdelen'.
- Qirion inspireert ons met enkele van hun voorbeeld-oplossingen.
&gt;&gt; En als hoofdschotel: vermogenstekort bij een Bruggenbedieningscenrale en bij Dokbedfijf Luyt. Hoe is dat te fixen? Het verhaal uit de eerste hand én korte pitches van partijen met mogelijke oplossingen.

Je bent de 13e welkom aan de Basisweg 10, te Amsterdam. We zijn te gast bij Qirion. Als je er bij wilt zijn meld je dan uiterlijk 12 december per e-mail aan bij Cato Bechtold (cato.bechtold@hiemstraendevries.nl).
De sessie start om 15.00 uur en we ronden om 17.30 af. We hopen jullie allen de 13 december te zien! Vergeet niet je aan te melden, want dat ontvang je nadere praktische informatie.

Tot de 13e!

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