Nijholt & Jager

System engineering as a means to collaborate in consortia in the development of complex technology. Two case-studies: a multi-beam electron microscope and tunnel-automation


Nowadays, development of complex technology is much more than a great effort by a single project team. It is a multi-team game that is played on several playing fields at the same time. Cooperation in consortia of development partners can only succeed if every system component is well-defined, and if the interfaces between components are crystal-clear for everyone involved. In other words: if the systems engineering is sound.

When we compare the construction of the technical installations for a large traffic tunnel complex to the development of a multi-beam electron microscope that operates on nanoscale, there appear to be more similarities than differences. In both cases, the biggest challenges lie in the coordination, communication and cooperation between all the project partners, and in the demarcation and interfaces of all the required functional components.
Highlighting the differences and similarities between both projects, Remco Jager and André Nijholt of Technolution will showcase the essentials of systems engineering in a complex, multi-partner development environment. What are the possible pitfalls to watch out for, and what are the best practices everyone should know?

Remco Jager is Project Manager at Technolution. Building upon 18 years of experience with the development of solutions for the semiconductor industry, he realizes cutting-edge innovations for a wide range of customers in high-tech. He has a broad and detailed technical understanding and a talent for creating overview and shaping processes.

André Nijholt specializes in system design for the control of large infrastructural systems, such as traffic tunnels. As a senior consultant at Technolution he has a great deal of experience in systems engineering, the technical side as well as the complex organizational aspects.