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dr.ir. W. Haanstra (Willem)

Researcher

About Me

Willem is a researcher with a strong interest in life cycle thinking and its translation into practice through engineering. His MSc research focused on the implementation of Circular Economy principles and the assessment of their environmental effectiveness using Life Cycle Assessment.

Willem is currently employed as a PhD candidate at the Design, Production & Management department of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His current research is aimed at how the costs and benefits of physical assets can be assessed over their entire life cycle, with the aim of supporting Asset Management decision making. This research is supported and carried out in close collaboration with Liander, a Dutch distribution System Operator.

Expertise

Business & Economics
Asset Management
Assets
Life Cycle
Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Thinking
Engineering & Materials Science
Life Cycle
Sustainable Development
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Life Cycle

Research

Asset Management (AM) is centered around optimizing the value of physical assets over their entire lifecycle. To support this value optimization, the use of Life Cycle Costing (LCC) is commonly proposed by both academia and asset managers. However, existing LCC approaches are fragmented across methods with varying goals and scope. Additionally, these approaches appear to be insufficiently suited to the continuous nature of Asset Management, especially with regard to uncertainty in the face of long-term changes in environmental context and shifting organizational goals. Therefore, this research focuses on the research question of how Asset Management organizations can effectively evaluate and monitor the life cycle value of their assets and their functionality.

Publications

Recent
Ramtahalsing, M. M. , Haanstra, W. , Braaksma, J. , Rajabalinejad, M. , & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2021). Systems Control in Railway Transport, Challenges Towards Managing Integration. In 10th International Conference on Through-life Engineering Service Social Science Research Network (SSRN).
Ramtahalsing, M. M., Kuiper-Hutten, L. , Haanstra, W. , Braaksma, J. , Rajabalinejad, M. , & van Dongen, L. A. M. (2021). Climate Change in Dutch Railway Infrastructure: Towards a Framework for Adaptation Strategies. In 10th International Conference on Through-life Engineering Service Social Science Research Network (SSRN).
Haanstra, W., Gelpke, R. , Braaksma, A. J. J., Karakoc, I., & Den Hartog, C. (Accepted/In press). Integrating sustainability in asset management decision making: A case study on streamlined life cycle assessment in asset procurement. Paper presented at 25th International Conference and Exhibition on Electricity Distribution, CIRED 2019, Madrid, Spain.

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W249
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W249
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands