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Hydraulic Engineering Thesis – Dredging Plumes

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  • Dredging
  • Student
  • Engineering
  • Papendrecht

How you can make your mark

Decreasing turbidity plumes, generated during dredging, are essential to limit the impact plumes could have on ecological sensitive areas. Think of: reduced light penetration, reduced visibility, clogging and burial. To manage the environmental impact, Hydronamic assesses dredge plumes, which transition from a dynamic behaviour near the point of release (near-field) to a passive behaviour further away (far-field). 

Hydronamic is Boskalis’ in-house engineering company, providing port and waterway engineering and project development expertise. Hydronamic ensures that projects take into account environmental considerations, through on-site investigations and the application of a wealth of knowledge and state-of-the-art technology. A great example is the Marker Wadden project, where the biodiversity of a Dutch freshwater lake was boosted.

As an intern within Hydronamic, you will look into the near-field plume behaviour. There are multiple approaches with various degrees of complexity. It remains unclear what the influence of the various approaches is on the accuracy of the end results. Your findings could contribute to a standardized approach within Boskalis. 

Your responsibilities as an intern, working on the near-field dredge plume study: 

  • Perform a literatur analysis into various available engineering methods to assess near-field processes. 
  • Primary goal: gain insight into the levels of accuracy to be achieved with these methods, and with what effort. You will perform a comparative study with the near-to-far field conversion methods to quantify the ranges in source term magnitude for far-field dispersion for different types of equipment and assumptions on input parameters.
  • The results of the assessment are to be interpreted in the context of the engineering phases for dredging projects.

Your qualities

You can make your mark as a graduate intern if you are/have:

  • A MSc student in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering.
  • Enrolled for an Academic University Program within the Netherlands, throughout the duration of your internship.
  • Available for a period of up to 9 months.
  • Affinity with the dredging industry in combination with environmental management.
  • A thorough understanding of hydrodynamics and interest in Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  • Enthusiasm for (learning to) efficient processing of model in- and output with scripting languages such as Matlab or Python.

About Boskalis

Working at Boskalis is about creating new horizons and sustainable solutions. In a world where population growth, increase of global trade, demand for (new) energy and climate change are driving forces, we challenge you to make your mark in finding innovative and relevant solutions for complex infrastructural and marine projects.   

Within a vibrant company culture you will be working as part of a diverse, international team of experts. We offer you the opportunity to realize your full personal potential and expand your professional career by creating new horizons. Together.

What you can expect

  • Money and more: Besides internship compensation you will get a great deal of responsibility. 
  • Warm welcome: We warmly welcome our new colleagues, so they feel at home as soon as possible. During your (online) onboarding program, we give you all the ins and outs about Boskalis! 
  • Career opportunities: Because we work in a dynamic environment we challenge you every day to get better. Together we will realize your full personal and professional career by creating development opportunities.
  • The Boskalis campus: Boskalis is located in Papendrecht, where all our disciplines come together on-campus. Covid-19 affects the way we work and therefore we can’t make use of the benefits of our campus. As soon as we can access the campus again, you will discover the benefits. 
  • Young Boskalis: This is a platform created for and by the Young Boskalis generation. The Young Boskalis Board focus is to represent young employees and look after their integration into the Boskalis family across the various divisions. Every year Young Boskalis organizes various activities, ranging from an online Pub Quiz and a virtual vessel visit, to sport sessions like Yoga and Bootcamp.

Extra information

  • Your team: You will join Hydronamic, which is Boskalis’ in-house engineering department, part of the Boskalis Dredging and Inland Infra division but servicing the entire Boskalis group. The morphology and marine environment team consist of a group of about 18 young professionals with various backgrounds but mostly in engineering. 
  • Cooperation: Due to the nature of the study it is expected that this study will be conducted in cooperation with knowledge institutes like Deltares and/or DHI.
  • Where you will work: You will carry out your assignment working from home, collaborating via Microsoft Teams and Skype. Eventually, depending on the circumstances, you might be able to work from the head office in Papendrecht.
  • Fulltime/part time job: The function of graduate student is fulltime (40 hours a week).  
  • Procedure: All you need to do to apply for a job is to complete the online application form and send it to us along with your CV and cover letter. As soon as you have sent your application, you will receive a confirmation email. Depending on the job, we will invite you for two or more interviews via Microsoft Teams. If both sides are happy to proceed after interviews, we will make you an offer to join Boskalis. After successfully completing all the steps in the procedure, we warmly welcome you to our organization.

Want to know more?

We are more than happy to answer your questions about the position of graduate intern within the Boskalis Hydronamic Engineering Department. Please, get in touch with the responsible recruiter.

Interested? Please apply by filling in your details and by uploading your cover letter and CV on our careers site.

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We don’t accept any unsolicited applications or CVs from recruitment and selection agencies. In general we don’t appreciate acquisition and this also applies to Boskalis colleagues or associated Boskalis companies.

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