Young Expert at Arcadis Nederland B.V. - India
YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 13
As Young Expert in Water & Landscape, I am involved as employee of Arcadis Nederland B.V. in the Brahmaputra riverfront development in Guwahati, Assam, India. At the same time, I graduate on Deepor Beel, an urban wetland located at the outskirts of Guwahati. Both projects are within the context of the Smart City project in Guwahati.
My general role is to promote the ‘Dutch Holistic Approach’, especially in the field of water management, in the Northeastern part of India. Besides that, I must ensure that the Long-Term Vision we made as Arcadis for both the riverfront project as well as the wetland project is not released over time. The projects are related to the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, sustainable bank protection, water quality and quantity and citizen participation. It takes time to develop a long-term strategy to finally come to a sustainable and holistic Masterplan. However, due to political pressure and pressure from the population, these important topics are usually released during a project in India. It is my task to keep bringing in, at every meeting and presentation, the long-term vision. Finally, my role is to be the bridge between Arcadis colleagues in the Netherlands and our local counterpart Tata Consultancy Engineers (TCE). Therefore, I am based at the office of TCE and the Guesthouse of TCE employees in Guwahati.
The Netherlands and India share many similar challenges related to water management. To learn and economically benefit from each other, both countries decided to work closely together. This has been initiated by a visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Netherlands in 2017. In December 2017, this initiative is followed up by Arcadis through organizing a Water Seminar on ‘Holistic River Basin Management in the North-East Region of India’ together with the Dutch Government, represented by the Dutch Ambassador. Twenty Dutch companies and organizations attended this seminar, showing their interests in a geographically outlying, but economically upcoming part of India!
As a Landscape Architect, I developed special interests in linking people who in my perspective need to talk with each other. With my environmental background gained at the Wageningen University, strong analytical skills and the possibility to provide the client, colleagues and communities with graphical (3D) representations, I get excited by developing holistic and sustainable solutions in the field of water management, landscape architecture and human geography.
- BSc (completed in 2015) in Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning at the Wageningen University
- MSc student (last phase) in Landscape Architecture with specialization in Water management at Wageningen University
Experience before YEP
As part of my Bachelor Thesis, I made a design for a renewable energy generating quay in the IJ-Channel in Amsterdam. Besides that, I wrote a report about the challenges and possibilities for the people living in the Brahmaputra-Ganges delta in Bangladesh, together with a group of four other students from the Wageningen University. Together with three other students from the Wageningen University, I made a design for an Edible Forest and CO2 compensation forest in Park Lingezegen (Arnhem – Nijmegen). Both clients were very pleased with the results and execution has started.
Finally, I did my Internship at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in Amersfoort, making a preliminary design for the Brahmaputra Riverfront in Guwahati, India. During my internship, I worked together with other landscape architects, urban planners, architects, structural and hydraulic engineers, (urban) water experts and 3D representation experts, all in close cooperation with the client in Guwahati. Parallel with gaining hydrology knowledge about the river dynamics of the Brahmaputra, geotechnical data of the riverbank’s surface and informing the local communities and stakeholders, this preliminary design is now turned into a detailed project design.