Hydraulic Engineering

Our hydraulic engineering clients are engaged in the design, construction and maintenance (in national or offshore waters) of

  • flood barriers (dikes and wharfs),
  • engineering structures (culverts, weirs and locks),
  • harbours, landing jetties and quays,
  • dredging work.

National authorities integrate four conflicting objectives in the Delta Programme and Room for the River (Ruimte voor de Rivier) Programme. These include economising, guaranteeing the safety of the (primary) flood barrier (multi-level security), sustainable area development and transport facilitation.

Hydraulic engineering contractors are increasingly becoming involved in achieving these conflicting objectives through the use of integrated and innovative contract types, such as UAV-GC 2005, Design & Build or Design & Construct, EPC and Turnkey.

Offshore engineering contractors are involved in dredging and filling, the laying of cables and pipes and the realisation of engineering structures (quays, foundations for drilling platforms and wind turbines). They approach us with questions about offshore contract types such as IMCA Marine Construction Contracts Rev.1 or EPIC.

We advise hydraulic engineering contractors in disputes on (specification) amendments, specification interpretations, charging for contract variations, additional payments, interruptions and penalty and discount arrangements, Liquidated Damages, design or execution errors, CAR or AVB insurance, hidden defects and guarantees.

If necessary, we initiate legal proceedings with the arbitrators at the Board of Arbitration for the Construction Industry (Raad van Arbitrage voor de Bouw), the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut, NAI), the ICC and the ordinary courts. Disputes are regularly resolved through ad hoc arbitration, mediation or binding opinions.