Lars van Rouwendaal

In 2018, at the age of 16, Lars started the civil engineering programme at Windesheim University, in the Netherlands. The lessons in hydraulic engineering and internships working on both the Afsluitdijk and IJburg projects further inspired his interest in hydraulic engineering and specifically in the offshore wind industry, land reclamation and port development. In November 2022, together with Berend, Lars’ graduation thesis on innovative quay wall structures was awarded the Waterbouwprijs.

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Articles By Lars van Rouwendaal

Reinforced soil – the quay wall structure for the future?

Steel and concrete are the most common materials used in quay wall structures. The application of these materials contributes to a high emission of greenhouse gasses such as CO2 and the materials make up a large part of the construction costs. This graduate research examines whether alternative quay wall structures have the potential to be more cost effective and more sustainable compared to conventional structures for inland ports. An innovative quay wall of reinforced soil was designed and quay elements implemented to make a quay wall structure. A comparison was then made based on the criteria costs and sustainability between the innovative quay design and two conventional quays.

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