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On the 25th of November 2014, the Offshore Engineering Student Association (DOT) of TU Delft’s Offshore & Dredging Engineering will organize the Offshore Symposium. This biennial event will take place in the conference center of the Delft University of Technology, with the following title:

Renewables or (Re)-oil

The future of energy in the offshore sector

In order to meet global demand for energy, the offshore industry cannot rely on hydrocarbons only. The energy demand increases rapidly and therefore the offshore industry has to cope with the changes. The industry is already changing and gas is becoming an increasingly popular resource of energy. Result is that new technologies have to be developed in order to be more efficient. Besides gas, the offshore wind market is a rising market, with contractors developing new ways for installation. Apart from renewables a lot of research is done to get a higher recovery rate, in this way a lot of smaller or old fields can be exploited again.

The main question this symposium wants to answer is: “What will the effects be of a changing energy demand to the offshore markets and its developments?” This question will be answered in 4 different stages: Introduction, Exploration, Installation, Operations.

The speakers at our symposium, with different backgrounds in the offshore industry, will be invited to elaborate on recent innovations and share their views with the audience.

Together with a mix of students and company representatives, this will prove a very interesting day for every student with an interest in offshore energy.

We are looking forward to see you at the 25th of November.

On behalf of the DOT board,

Yours sincerely,

Michiel van Arkel

Dispuut Offshore Technology

So what will this event bring you?


An inspiring day with lots over information on Renewables or (Re)-oil and the future of energy in the offshore sector.


Intriguing speakers: Theo Bergers & Peter Nieuwenhuijze, Berend Jan Kleute, Lucia van Geuns en Sybrand Boschma.


Discount tickets for DOT members (5 euro) and for other students (8 euro).


And of course ending the day with drinks on the second floor of the Aula.

Oil was the past. Reoil is the future.



George Lagers


George Lagers was born in Maastricht, 1942. He received his degree in Naval Architecture from Delft University of Technology in 1968. From this day on he was active in the offshore industry, starting at the former shipyard IHC Gusto in Schiedam. George Lagers also is the co-founder of Marine Structures Consultants (MSC).
Around 1980 he lived in California for a couple of years to work on the development of a system to collect manganese nodules from the seabed at great depths. In 1992 he said farewell to MSC and began as an independent consultant under the name Lagomar Offshore and Marine Consultants. From 1996 to 2000 he worked for Intec Engineering in the start-up of their Dutch office in Delft.
From 2004 to 2007 he was the curriculum leader of the study Offshore Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Since 2003 George Lagers is active as the author and lecturer of the IRO course: “Oil and gas well sourced”. In 1997 he co-authored the offshore history book “50 years offshore”.


Berend Jan Kleute

CTO Bluerise BV

Berend Jan Kleute is CTO and co-founder of Bluerise, a technology provider and project developer in the Ocean Thermal Energy market. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Offshore Engineering from the Delft University of Technology. Through his involvement in various international offshore renewable energy projects, in collaboration with industry, he found his passion and works hard to accelerate the implementation. At Bluerise he led the development of a room size advanced Ocean Thermal Energy power plant, built in cooperation with the TU Delft. Currently he is working on scaling the technology to projects in the Caribbean and in Southeast Asia. In his presentation Berend Jan will provide an overview of today’s Ocean Thermal Energy developments and opportunities for the Dutch offshore sector to conquer a leading role in the renewable energy market.


Lucia van Geuns

Energy advisor

Lucia van Geuns is an independent energy advisor from early September 2014. She held a position as Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) since 2003 after a career with Royal Dutch Shell (1980- 2002). She has a strong background in geoscience, petroleum engineering and economics & planning. In her present role, she is a frequent speaker on energy market issues for various public and private stakeholders. Her research focuses a.o. around international energy market developments and climate change policies, Iraqi oil industry, Arctic energy issues and unconventional hydrocarbons. Ms. van Geuns holds an MSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Leiden and is a member of various professional associations. She is president of the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands.


Sybrand Boschma

Business Development Manager Offshore

Sybrand Boschma Graduated for his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 after which he started working at Huisman Special Equipment as a Concept Engineer. During this working period he completed his studies at the Technical University Delft for his master in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. In 2005 Sybrand started working at IntecSea as a Senior Engineer performing pipelay analysis and field development. Since 2006 he was employed at IHC Merwede during which he worked as a Sales Engineer, Sales Manager and Proposal Manager involved in custom build offshore vessels like Pipelay Vessels, Diving Support Vessels and Construction Vessels. Recently he switched from IHC Merwede to  Damen Shipyards starting as a Business Development Manager Offshore setting a focus for Damen to enhance their position in the Offshore Support Vessel market.


Peter Nieuwenhuijze

Construction & Engineering Manager

Joined Oranje-Nassau Energie Nederland B.V. as Construction & Engineering Manager in December 2011. Peter has extensive experience in engineering and construction. From 1992-2007 he worked for Heerema where he was assigned to subsequently Elf Petroland, Shell, NAM, Wintershall, Statoil, Esso, Exxon Mobil and Petro-Canada development projects. In 2007 Peter joined Wintershall where he was employed as subsequently Project Manager Wintershall Noordzee and Wintershall Libya.


Theo Bergers

Chief Operating Officer

Joined Oranje-Nassau Energie Nederland B.V. as COO in April 2011. Theo has extensive international and North Sea experience in a variety of technical and senior management roles, most recently as operations manager in Wintershall Libya. Theo started his career in 1975 as a production engineer with Shell in NAM, PDO (Oman), Brunei and Shell Expro, later moving to Clyde Petroleum in 1990 in the Netherlands. Theo was responsible for the operations and development of the Clyde operated assets. The company was subsequently taken over by Gulf Canada, Conoco Philips and by Wintershall in 2002. Finally Theo filled the position of Managing Director of Cirrus Energy Nederland B.V. in 2010.


André van der Stap

Offshore Structures at Shell Projects & Technology

André graduated in civil engineering from TU Delft in 1985 after which he joined Shell International Petroleum Company. He has worked nearly 30 years on a large and diverse number of offshore oil & gas related projects and assets. Initially working as offshore structures engineer, he has held positions as discipline engineer, HSE engineer, project engineer, head of projects, business planner and is currently team leader offshore structures (fixed & floating) and regional discipline head Europe, Middle East &  Africa for Shell Projects & Technology, Rijswijk. He has worked both in The Netherlands, UK and Malaysia. André combines his Shell job with a part time role in the Offshore Engineering Section as Associate Professor since

early 2014 with the intent to teach (parts of) Introduction classes in Offshore Engineering and Bottom Founded Offshore Structures Design and support MSc graduation projects (incl. chairman of graduation committees). Andre’s strength is his experience from industry, thus helping to make a link between theory and practice. André his normal TU Delft presence is Wednesday pm and Friday pm. Main interests: focus on technology and project management related to the design and construction of steel offshore structures, structural integrity and asset management, brown field projects, offshore facilities, HSE and Quality.

Where will oil take us in the twentyfirst century?


Introduction DOT and chairman
Lucia van Geuns: Future Global Energy Demand
Coffee break
Berend Jan Kleute: Solutions for renewable energy offshore
Theo Bergers & Peter Nieuwenhuijze : Enhancing current energy sources (oil & gas)
Sybrand Boschma: Challenges in construction and installation
Coffee break
Andre van der Stap: Future developments
Closure by chairman

Download the DOT symposium booklet here.
















Aula TU Delft,

Mekelweg 5,

2628 CC, Delft

Postal adress

Dispuut Offshore Technology Mekelweg 2, B-2-170 Room 34 2628 CD Delft The Netherlands


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2014 DOT Symposium - Reoil Renew