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The Golden Globe is an annual award for colleagues of Rijkswaterstaat who best use international opportunities. The team of the Peer Review Maeslant Barrier received their prize from the hands of Director General Jan Hendrik Dronkers during the International Network Day Rijkswaterstaat in Rotterdam. The team was represented by Marc Walraven, Babette Lassing, Arjan Verhaar and Tycho Busnach, but the honour obviously extends to the whole team.



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Knowledge from abroadInternational Peer Review Maeslant Barrier was awarded the 2nd prize for the clever way they brought in knowledge from abroad. Knowledge of storm surge barriers is highly specialized. In June 2014 this team invited barrier managers from all over the world to perform a review to improve the maintenance and management of the Maeslant Barrier. 

HighlightsThe DG highlighted in his opening speech some of the events that occurred last year, like the crisis operation after the December storms in the UK, the involvement in the NSS-summit and the reinforced position of Rijkswaterstaat in Brussels. Looking ahead he sees 2015 especially as the year in which the Netherlands will prepare for the Netherlands chairing the European Union in 2016. Again a big challenge.

This 14 minute video will give an idea how the Peer Review is carried out

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This 14-minute long movie shows the process of a Peer Review. The film was created during the Peer Review at the Maeslant Barrier in June 2014.

A Peer Review is a powerful instrument. It is a review by colleagues of the organisation, processes and technology in order to advise a manager in improving its management and maintenance.

It is undertaken by a dedicated team of professionals from management and maintenance organisations around the world to examine the daily operation. The result is a frank, but confidential report containing strengths and areas for improvement.

The objective of the Peer Review is to promote the highest level of excellence in the operation, maintenance and support of operating storm surge barriers. Peers will use primary, or first-hand, observations of the asset, of maintenance and operation activities and of barrier management as a whole as the basis for the review. Underlying, but important, objectives of the Peer Review are getting to know other managers, exchanging views and experience on different aspects of management and identifying best practices.

Within I-STORM 4 Peer Reviews have been carried out for Storm Surge Barriers: Thames (2010), Eastern Scheldt (2011), Ramspol (2012) and Maeslant Barrier (2014).


Special foreign guestsThe Network Day was attended by some 200 people form Rijkswaterstaat and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. It was a special edition due to the attendance of two special foreign guest: Steve Phillips, the secretary general of CEDR, the Conference of European Directors of Roads, and Pete Fox, the director of Strategy and Investment of the British Environment Agency. They travelled to Rotterdam to give in their keynote speech their vision on ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ European developments.

They shared their vision on Europe specifically naming the power of collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat. Working together in Europa pays off and brings much more than trying to solve everything on your own. Pete Fox talked about the wettest winter starting with the December storm and going on until February this year. After Prime Minister David Cameron asked Brussels for help the Dutch were brought in to help and advise in the Somerset region. In this period the Thames Barrier closed 50 times, a quarter of all closures in it’s lifetime of 30 years. Pete mentioned Andy Batchelor, the barrier manager and with Marc Walraven one of the founding fathers of I-STORM. He proudly acknowledged that a part of the 2nd prize of the Golden Globe was Andy’s.