dr.ir. L.L. olde Scholtenhuis (Léon)

Associate Professor

About Me

Léon's research programme (ZoARG | ReDUCE) focuses on inner (smart) city construction, particularly at the available technologies (decision support systems, visualization tools, but also onsite equipment) that facilitate and streamline work along the construction life cycle of urban subsurface utilities. Key words: technology development, implementation & project management


Engineering & Materials Science
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ground Penetrating Radar
Business & Economics


Jonker, W. , olde Scholtenhuis, L. L. , & Doree, A. (2023). Caught in the vicious circle of improvisation: how district heating construction teams cope with reliability. Paper presented at 39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023, Leeds, United Kingdom.
olde Scholtenhuis, L. L. , Stoter, J., Pauwels, P., Borst, R., Schutten, W., & Nijen, van, N. (2022). Eindrapport Wi3D: Onderzoek naar de waarde van 3D voor de graafsector in de context van KLIC-WIBON. University of Twente.
Karimzadanzabi, A. (2022). A Protocol for Validation of Ground Penetrating Radar Solutions for Subsurface Utility Mapping. [EngD Thesis, University of Twente]. University of Twente.
ter Huurne, R. , Olde Scholtenhuis, L. , & Dorée, A. (2022). Engaged Ontology Development to Bridge Fragmented Digital Realities. In A. Tutesigensi, & C. J. Neilson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2022, Glasgow, UK: Building back wiser (pp. 328-337). Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM). https://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/6aee2ec87385df7ffe56e74a831fce67.pdf
olde Scholtenhuis, L. L. (2022). Contracting Qualities that Challenge Reliability: A Case of the Utility Sector. In J. Hayes, & S. Tillement (Eds.), Contracting and Safety: Exploring Outsourcing Practices in High-Hazard Industries (pp. 49-57). (SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89792-5_6

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One of the main issues during society’s transition toward smarter cities relates to the maintenance and upkeep of public infrastructure. It becomes more complicated, for example, to add new networks (e.g. fiber optics, smart grids, submerged waste transport etc.) and maintain existing buried utilities. Besides the physical limitations, information uncertainty (inaccurate or incomplete maps) and coordination issues caused by privatization make add more complexity to execution of inner city streetworks. The ZoARG | ReDUCE research programme that I lead aims to study and improve the existing situation by. Key research activities are centered on information, coordination and supporting technologies. Currently, we have a growing research and industry consortium that collaboratively:

  • Identifies how subsurface information can be effectively modelled to support life cycle decisions;
  • Further develops and implements subsurface mapping technologies, practices, and codes;
  • Implements detection and information solutions in practice to iteratively improve the tools, engage practice in advancing the field of smart inner city engineering, and develop new education curricula for inner city engineering.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room Z233
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  Z233
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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