Robin de Graaf is Assistant Professor at the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His teaching, research and projects focus on the design management of construction projects in general, and on Systems Engineering and Value Management in particular. Robin has an MSc in Civil Engineering & Management and a PhD in Strategic Urban Planning.


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My research is aimed at the implementation of Collaborative Design Management methods, tools and techniques in organisations in the civil engineering industry.

Collaborative Design Management is a way of management that is focused on collaboration and ensures that the right information is delivered to the designers at the right moment, and in the right from.

Adequate Collaborative Design Management ensures that all involved stakeholders know what to do, when, how, and why. This will result in lower Total Costs of Ownership, faster design processes and higher quality.

In my research I focus on the integration of disciplines, departments and stages during the design process. Collaborative Design Management methods that have my specific interests are Systems Engineering and Value Management.


Reusing e-waste in civil engineering projects: Lessons learned from implementing circularity. Bašić, M., van den Berg, M. & de Graaf, R. S.The documentation of design decisions in engineering projects: A study in infrastructure developmentInternational journal of information systems and project management, 8(1), 44-64. Kinneging, T., Siebelink, S., de Graaf, R. & van Dijck, T. learning outcomes of small groups working on an engineering design-assignment during lecturesIn Engaging, Engineering, Education: Book of Abstracts, SEFI 48th Annual Conference University of Twente (online), 20-24 September, 2020 (pp. 217-227). University of Twente. de Graaf, R. S. Value Management in the Organisation: Challenges for VM ChampionsIn SAVE International 2020 Value Summit PROCEEDINGS (pp. 76). Curran Associates Inc.. de Graaf, R. S. & Hendriksen, T.De mogelijkheden van Value Management in het hoger onderwijsView on Value, 4, 5-8. DACE. de Graaf, R. S.

Other contributions

Workgroup Training and Education in Systems Engineering

Special Interest Group on Value Management (DACE)

Workgroup Certification and Training in Value Management (DACE)

Research profiles


University of Twente

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