Eric Burgers & Ferdinand Cornelissen

ZuidasDok: the importance of a shared view on system architecture


In the coming years, the largest Dutch public infrastructure project to date will be realized at the Zuidas in Amsterdam. It entails, amongst others, a structural overhaul of a set of bridges, called the Schinkelbruggen. At the end of the project, the Schinkelbruggen will comprise of 8 individual bridges that facilitate the crossing of ships with traffic on the highway A10, as well as the trains and metros of Amsterdam. Part of the project is redesigning and building from the ground up all systems related to operations, control and monitoring of the Schinkelbruggen. In this talk, the system architects of both customer (ZuidasDok) and contractor (Zuidplus) will present the tasks and challenges in designing the system from the point of view of the system architecture, as well as the tools, methods and best practices that are used and the importance of a shared vision on systems engineering.

Ferdinand Cornelissen is a management consultant at Altran in the field of modeling and simulation and systems engineering. In the past 15 years, he has worked for a range of companies in a diverse set of markets, including (aero)space, high tech manufacturing and public infrastructure. Examples of large simulation and systems engineering projects he has worked on include the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) at the European Space Agency (ESA), test and simulation facilities at ProRail, and operation and control systems at the newly build sea lock at IJmuiden. His field of expertise includes the use of systems engineering and the use of modeling and simulation to facilitate a controlled product development process. Ferdinand Cornelissen is the system architect for the Schinkelbruggen at the contractor Zuidplus.

Eric Burgers is an independent professional and the owner of Semapro. He is a systems engineer and technical manager who has participated in, and directs the realization of, complex and mission-critical systems in the ITS, rail and defense markets. He is currently working on the application of model-based systems engineering in the GWW sector, drawing up model-based specifications of both the National Tunnel Standard and the rail protection systems EULYNX and ERTMS. He also provides (model-based) systems engineering training for businesses and Eindhoven University of Technology, he is the Assistant Director Workgroup Integration for Incose International and he is a member of the board of Incose Netherlands. Eric Burgers is involved as the system architect/integrator on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat at the project office of the ZuidasDok project.

Ferdinand Cornelissen

Management consultant