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Press release
SPIE awarded a contract for a new tunnel in Amsterdam

Weert, the Netherlands, April 25th, 2017 – SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, will be designing and building the control panels for the new tunnel on the A9 motorway, in west Amsterdam. This is the next large infrastructure contract for SPIE Nederland. IXAS has chosen the SPIE group’s subsidiary because of the added value of its expertise from design through to the realisation of unique and mostly complex control panels.

This order will provide a new, 3-kilometre tunnel with control panels for all facets of the tunnel’s technology. SPIE Nederland has been commissioned to supply the four types of control panels necessary for the new tunnel. All the necessary technology will be combined in those control panels: control and transmission panels, pictograms, tunnel lighting and ventilation, quality monitoring, emergency exits, sprinkler system, fluid pumps, energy and GSM provision, communication and PA installations, safety alert installation, lighting in the mid-tunnel gallery, traffic control systems and Motorway Traffic Management. Everything is protected by 1,500 casings that will be erected in the technical conduit (the mid-tunnel gallery).

The methodology used by SPIE Nederland to deliver the quantities of control panels on time was appreciated by the clients. “We work in batches. We usually deliver customised solutions. In this case, the customisation involves the realisation of a prototype of the various panels. After approval, it becomes an assembly process,” SPIE Nederland Lead Engineer Jos Krijn explains.

SPIE Nederland will be responsible for the engineering and realisation of the panels and has an advisory role in their design. The IXAS Consortium, comprising Heijmans, Fluor, Ballast Nedam and a banking consortium, has final decision-making and responsibility. The tunnel is being commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch state’s infrastructure agency).

Paul Albert, Account Manager of SPIE Nederland, explains : “You could say that this is an expanding market. Many roads are disappearing underground (and thus become tunnels) because of the quality of life, the noise pollution and the expensive land. Who knows what more this will mean for us!” Project Manager Patrick Wouters concludes: “With this project, SPIE Nederland is taking its next step in the tunnel-building world!”

Picture caption : the team in charge of the realisation. From left to right Maurice Wolff, Paul Albert, Oscar Korsten, Patrick Wouters and Jos Krijn.



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