None of the projects is the same
The types of projects that Ballast Nedam Infra Projects carries out cannot be learned from a book. Each tunnel, bridge or road widening requires a different specific solution and integration into the environment. In doing so, they bundle the strengths of best practices, and at the same time, consider matters such as the reuse of materials. They direct towards a solution that is sustainable and safe for future generations. Good cooperation is the basis for a total solution. Ballast Nedam Infra Projects consists of complementary expertise: mobility and infrastructure, road solutions, tunnels and bridges. This knowledge provides added value for the customer in solving technical challenges that are financially viable.
The character of Ballast Nedam Infra Projects
"We develop and carry out projects with passion,” says Managing Director Ronald de Geus. “How we do this is in line with our values and who we are. The project must have sufficient opportunities and challenges in which we can create added value for the client and its stakeholders."
We work with an integral approach. We have demonstrated this in large, complex projects such as the A24 Blankenburgverbinding and the A9 Gaasperdammerweg. We have developed these innovations into our expertises, thereby ensuring that our people can also make a difference in future projects. We have people in-house who can think along from A to Z and relate to the client to find the right solution.
Crossing borders to the Nordics
Ballast Nedam Infra Projects crosses borders towards Scandinavia, a new market in which they can offer added value to clients in complex environments. In the Netherlands, we mainly focus on complex megaprojects; the focus in Scandinavia is on more specialised medium-size works in tunnels, complex foundations and port infrastructure. One example is the Mariaholm tunnel in Sweden, where we worked on the foundation and immersion of the immersion tunnel.
Research and recent experience have shown that the market has many similarities with the Dutch market. The infrastructure market in Scandinavia is fast-growing and the tendering procedure is becoming more and more comparable with the Dutch approach.
Infra Projects is now sharing its knowledge and experience in the Nordics. This combination provides added value in terms of design, approach, innovation, sustainability and safety. With the current Dutch approach, which calls for a total solution whereby the contractor is also responsible for the design, realisation and added value for the customer, Ballast Nedam Infra Projects can make a difference in Scandinavia.
A selection of projects
Ballast Nedam Infra Projects realises permanent solutions, which they can build and maintain. Some projects from their portfolio:
Eye for sustainability and digitalisation
Subjects such as emission-free building and circularity have our full attention. In the tender phase, proactive attention is paid to how the project can be carried out as sustainably as possible, with minimal environmental impact. In addition, both during design and execution, the efficiency of using scarce raw materials can be assessed. They engage in discussion with clients, partners, subcontractors and suppliers to realise beautiful infrastructure work as sustainably as possible.
Ballast Nedam Infra Projects is also engaged in major digitalisation efforts. For example, for the A24 Blankenburgverbinding, they invested in full 3D modelling of temporary situations and final situations, Virtual Reality, 4D planning and capturing on-site by drones and laser scanners. By giving digitalisation a prominent role in the realisation of this project, they managed to improve systems and cooperation. For this unique BIM4Project approach, they received the GEOBIM2020 award. Thanks to the critical view, Ballast Nedam Infra Projects can continue controlling and improving its working processes.
Infra disciplines for now and in the future
Ballast Nedam consists of various organisational units, which allows them to easily switch between one another and use each other's workforce and brainpower. This mindset makes Infra Projects flexible and able to change gear quickly to come up with good solutions. In an open and transparent approach towards the client, they look for solutions to create a win-win situation. They are honest and make the pain points discussable.
Infra Projects also has a strong focus on project control—controlling the entire chain and ensuring proper alignment with partners and the environment. They want to monitor every step of the process. In recent years there has been a strong focus on the technical office. This includes procurement, planning, cost control and risk management. By providing insight into these results, they set out actions for the future to manage risks even better.
Ronald grew up in an international environment, which also shaped his career in integrated projects. From his design and engineering background, he grew into the project management of large complex projects. He now gratefully uses and masters this experience, in his current role as Managing Director of Ballast Nedam Infra Projects, where a customer-oriented focus is used and employed in tender and project selection.