Construction can significantly disrupt the environment in which it takes place. It may produce excessive noise and dust, but can also result in stability issues caused by vibrations or groundwater drainage. This often delays the completion of a construction project and, in a worst- case scenario, may lead to sky-high damage claims. Extensive monitoring can help Schiphol maintain its maximum operational capacity during the five-year expansion process. The impact of the construction work on the surrounding buildings and the air traffic control tower has to be kept to a minimum and any complications during construction can be avoided.
The director of 'The Capital Programme Landside' at Schiphol is Peter Dijk. He was previously in charge of the construction of Amsterdam's North-South metro line and the Betuweroute freight railway. Both projects allowed him to experience first-hand the advantages of an integral monitoring system in combination with risk management and a vigilant team of construction supervisors. These aspects are going to be all the more important seeing as Schiphol is built on relatively unstable ground on land reclaimed from the Haarlemmermeer lake, which significantly increases the risk factor of large-scale infrastructure projects.