The Lek canal connects the River Lek with the Amsterdam Rhine canal, thereby forming an important shipping connection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The monumental Beatrix lock, with its two gullies, formed a bottleneck on this connection because of the increasing number of ships and the dimensions of modern-day pusher tugs. Rijkswaterstaat decided to build a third lock chamber to ensure that waiting times for shipping remained acceptable.
The project was built virtually, and managed and maintained, before being built in real life. All drawings and documents were based on a model that was integrally checked for feasibility, maintainability and safety. The information from all different disciplines was integrally linked and checked before realisation. For example, a VR model was linked to the software application to test and validate the dynamic behaviour of the system with the end users. This was the “digital twin” for the lock, which could also be used to train operators. The project team tried to deliver the information from the model directly as datasets for building and management, with as little post-processing as possible.
In 2017, this project won the EBP BIM award.
Start date: 2015
End date: summer 2019
Maarten van den Berg & Peter Schakel