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Lock simulation has proven itself in the Netherlands

February 2014
Press release

Netherlands based TBA is supporting the executive branch of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure (Rijkswaterstaat) in their decision making on the main waterway network since 10 years.

The Netherlands has one of the busiest networks of inland waterways in the world. These waterways handle a significant part of the hinterland connection from the Port of Rotterdam, and as such are vital in achieving the growth of the port which is spurred from the construction of the Second Maasvlakte terminals.

Since the most critical bottlenecks in the waterway network are formed by objects like locks and bridges, careful planning of this infrastructure is of the utmost importance and therefore simulation is deployed. TBA has analyzed a broad range of problems using lock simulation, such as:

  • Capacity check of new lock designs
  • Investigation of delays due to maintenance
  • Effects of the increase in vessel sizes
  • Optimization of lock strategies