Graduation Intern Flood Risks & Safety

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  • Nijmegen
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Flood safety in The Netherlands is regulated by law. The Dutch Water Act (2017) provides flood safety standards for all primary flood defences. These standards are based on three risk measures: personal risk, group risk and economic risk. A determining parameter in each of these risk measures is the evacuation fraction: an estimate of the fraction of the population that will have been evacuated before exposure in case of flooding. The evacuation fractions used in the flood risk calculations upon which the Dutch flood safety standards are based, have been determined for different types of flood prone areas in the Netherlands (Evacuatieschattingen Nederland, HKV, 2012). These vary by the type and source of flooding

A limitation of the way these estimates are applied is that a single evacuation fraction is assumed representative for very large areas, prone to many different flood scenarios. This often results in rather conservative estimates. There are areas where the arrival time of a specific flood scenario is more than 5 days after the start of flooding, while an evacuation fraction of only 56% is used. The evacuation fraction has a direct relation with the personal risk (10 times higher fraction results in 10 times lower risk) and as flood casualties are monetized and included in the estimate of the economic risk, the evacuation fraction also influences this risk measure. This shows the importance of evacuation in risk quantification and consequentially also the required flood safety standards for different areas. Therefore, the development of well substantiated and realistic evacuation fractions is an important measure to quantify and mitigate flood risks in flood prone areas.

What you do as a Graduate Intern

The objective of this assignment is to determine the Impact of evacuation on flood risk and flood safety standards in The Netherlands. As graduate intern you aim to derive realistic evacuation scenarios for a selection of flood scenarios in The Netherlands. This should clarify:
  • The impact of alternative (substantiated) evacuation fractions on the Dutch flood safety standards
  • Whether improved evacuation strategies can function as effective measure to reduce flood risks (for instance as targeted alternative measure to flood defence improvement)

Where you will work

Royal HaskoningDHV is a worldwide independent engineering, project management and consultancy firm which integrates 140 years of engineering expertise with digital technologies and software solutions. Our 6,000 colleagues are working from offices in more than 25 countries across the world. Through our mission Enhancing Society Together, we take responsibility for having a positive impact on the world. As our new [job title] you will become part of the team [enter team].

You will become part of the Advisory Group Resilience & Maritime the Netherlands. This team consists of around 180 colleagues and is based in the Netherlands across three offices (Rotterdam, Amersfoort and Nijmegen). As a team we excel in a wide variety of services and skills in the fields of Climate Resilience and Maritime developments.
We provide our clients, both private and (semi)governmental, with a range of services throughout the various phases of a project: from inception, through master planning, feasibility, design all the way to construction supervision. We have a strong foothold in The Netherlands but we operate worldwide.

What you bring

You are a MSc student Civil Engineering, and you are fluent in Dutch. Besides that, you:
  • Work on the assignment preferably full time
  • Have experience with ArcGIS software
  • Are interested in flood risk in The Netherlands

What we offer you

During your internship at Royal HaskoningDHV you will learn what it is like to work in a consultancy firm and more specific the kind of projects implemented by the advisory group Resilience & Maritime. You will be fully part of the team and as such you are invited to participate in all team activities both project related and social activities.
You will also receive a monthly allowance.

Are you our new colleague?

We would like to meet you! Click on the apply button and upload your resume and motivation letter. After receiving your application, we will contact you as soon as possible. The application process then consists of [enter amount] interviews and a possibly assessment. Are we all enthusiastic after this? Then you will receive an offer from us, and we will be happy to welcome you on board!

For more information, you can always contact Michelle Spoor, Senior Recruiter, at [email protected]

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Acquisition for this vacancy by agencies is not appreciated and offered candidates will not be taken into consideration.

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