I decided to work for ABT because this is where I can actually use my structural design techniques. The people at ABT make beautiful projects, which are achieved through love of the trade and a command of the craftsmanship.
I love structural designers who can create beautiful designs with very simple structures. Suchov, a Russian who lived in the last century, is one of my role models. He could make beautiful towers with an ingenious design that required much less material than the designs of his contemporaries.
I know how to achieve the loyalty of my clients through being a reliable partner and having an eye for their needs and interests.
After gaining experience at a firm of consulting engineers, I made the move to ABT in 1999. Initially I worked at the branch in Delft, but after several years I moved to the branch in Antwerp which was just starting up. In Antwerp I worked for a while as branch manager. In recent years, I was made responsible for the projects of the Antwerp branch in my role as Senior Technical Consultant. In this role, and in my previous role as project leader, I was involved in the realisation of many buildings in Belgium and the Netherlands, including residential and non-residential buildings, and civil construction.
Since 2014, I have been involved as Senior Seismic Consultant in projects for ABT|Wassenaar Seismisch Advies bv. I am technically responsible for the projects in the field of Seismic Advice. This involves new build projects, the strengthening of existing buildings and identifying problems in existing buildings.
I am also a member of the TC13 Committee “Earthquake-resistant Construction” of the ‘Bouwen met Staal’ (Building with Steel) association. This committee focuses on practical solutions for the strengthening of existing constructions and the designing of new earthquake-resistant constructions.
In addition, I am Chairman of the BIM work group of the Belgian ORI. This work group aims to improve and encourage the BIMmen in Belgium. In 2010, I was accepted by the ‘Nederlandse Constructeurs Register’ (Netherlands Register of Structural Engineers) as Register Designer.