ir. W. Haanstra (Willem)

PhD Candidate

About Me

Researcher with a strong interest in Life Cycle Thinking & Engineering, currently employed as a PhD candidate on Life Cycle Costing in Asset Management, where Design Science is used as the primary methodology to study and develop methods and tools that support lifecycle performance evaluation.
Has experience in research on the pragmatic application of principles from the Circular Economy, has developed an expertise in the use and instruction of LCA in an academic environment and is motivated to share knowledge on Life Cycle Engineering and sustainable development though public speaking and academic publications.


Life Cycle
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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.


Haanstra, W., & Braaksma, A. J. J. (2018). Life Cycle Costing in physical Asset Management: a multiple case study. Paper presented at 20th International Working Seminar on Production Economics 2018, Innsbruck, Austria.

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The Netherlands

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Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W249
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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands