Projects

  • From black past to green future

    Client - Municipality of Heerlen

    Country - The Netherlands

    Background

    • It’s become steadily busier here underground. It’s essential to plan well.
    • To monitor the delayed effects of mining.
    • Climate change is associated with a different precipitation pattern.
    • The Municipality of Heerlen wants an insight into the consequences of this for the groundwater.
    • The Municipality of Heerlen wants to monitor changes to rising mine water and groundwater.

    Services provided

    • Eijkelkamp Soil & Water supplied and installed the groundwater monitoring network consisting of: Diver water level loggers, installation and maintenance services.

    Sub theme: Groundwater management | Mine water

  • From 6 Belgian knights to groundwater monitoring

    Client - Affligem Brewery

    Country - Belgium

    Background

    • Law requires Affligem Brewery to perform one water level measurement of our water wells per day.
    • This was done manually and required a large investment in time.
    • Affligem Brewery first purchased one diver to log the water level of one well at the time.
    • Affligem Brewery saw the immediate advantage and outfitted all active wells with divers and modems.
    • Now Affligem Brewery only have to log on to the Eijkelkamp web portal and export the report to meet the legal obligation of monitoring their water wells.
    • In addition Affligem Brewery also gained a lot more insight into their processes,

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Groundwater management | Aquifer recharge

  • CHAIN - Agriculture in cooperation with nature

    Client - Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops (Croatian Agricultural Land Agency)

    Countries - Republic of Serbia and Republic of Croatia

    Background

    • The Danube region is a major international hydrological basin and ecological corridor.
    • Development of intensive agricultural production occurred in the examined area.
    • The examined area is extremely sensitive to intensive agricultural production as the diffuse pollution source.
    • Given the existence of two opposite interests in one area, maintaining balance between the nature and human activity is essential.
    • Cross-border cooperation contributes to development and environment protection.
    • The aim of this project was to establish a system for continuous monitoring of the soil and groundwater quality.

    Services provided

    • Eijkelkamp Soil & Water’s partner in the Republic of Serbia, Megra, supplied the Eijkelkamp Soil & Water equipment, training and assisted the CHAIN project team.

    Results of the research

    The CHAIN project members concluded: ‘With respect to the obtained results, soil quality monitoring is our obligation to the future generations, thus the continuation of soil monitoring is necessary in order to identify the patterns of soil quality changes and establish control over soil contamination.’

    Sub theme: Soil improvement | Biodiversity

  • Baseline measurement Natura 2000 site Binnenveld

    Client - Vallei en Veluwe Water Board

    Country - The Netherlands

    Background

    • For the preservation and improvement of the special Natura 2000 site, it is necessary to establish a baseline-situation.
    • This comprises of recording the current water levels.
    • The installation of a number of monitoring wells therefore is required.
    • A detailed statements about the groundwater levels and the changes will be made.
    • The baseline measurement will take approximately a year.

    Services provided

    • Eijkelkamp Soil & Water supplied and installed ten telemetric high-frequency groundwater monitoring systems in the Natura 2000 site, consisting of: Diver water level loggers, Global Data Transmitters and the Eijkelkamp Web Portal, including data validation.

    Sub theme: Groundwater management | Aquifer recharge

  • LoRa sensors used in soil moisture monitoring network in The Hague

    Client - BAM (the Netherlands)

    Background to installing the monitoring network

    • The Lange Vijverberg street in The Hague consists of a tram rail route surrounded by many old linden trees.
    • A redesign brought about changes in the habitat of the linden trees. The municipality of The Hague, therefore, wanted to gain insight into the change in soil moisture. 
    • This had to occur in an easy, wireless and economical manner. That’s why Eijkelkamp Soil & Water opted to set up a LoRa monitoring network of soil moisture sensors for this project.
    • Both the operator and the client can observe the change in soil moisture on this platform, and adjust the irrigation plan as needed.

    What is LoRa?

    LoRa is a new way of communicating, where small amounts of data are sent via the LoRa network to a website page.

    Services provided

    Gateway, LoRa transmitters with 20 sensors, and an online platform for visualizing the data and operating the sensors.

    Sub theme: Water management

  • Unique Chinese wetland park monitors water 24/7

    Project - Pilot conjunctive water supply system for Deyang, China
    Project partners
    - Deyang Department of housing, urban & rural planning and construction | Deyang Department of water affairs | Deyang water supply company | Chengdu University of technology | World WaternetUnesco-IHE Institute for water educationMetaMetaEijkelkamp Soil & Water

    Background

    • The Deyang area in southwest China was struck hard by an earthquake in 2008
    • Since then, reconstruction has taken place with a tremendous speed and the urban population grew exponentially
    • Due to this urbanisation, the city’s water supply system can not meet its rapidly growing water demand

    Pilot project

    • A pilot artificial recharge water supply system was developed
    • This system benefits from the technology as introduced in the Amsterdam dune system that forms the main source of drinking water for the city
    • The water supply system increases groundwater storage, maintains constant water supply and improves water quality

    Services provided

    • The whole water system, from intake to effluent, is constantly monitored by a series of automated instruments
    • All equipment has been delivered and installed by Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

    Project video on Youtube

    Watch a video (with English subtitles) about the Deyang water project on Youtube.

    Sub theme: Urbanisation | Water Management

  • Site investigation on a beach area with copper tailings

    Country - Chili
    Carried out by - 
    all MAREC partners

    Description

    • A drilling campaign of 3 weeks on a beach site in Chile with 30 holes up to 15 m depth. 
    • Whilst drilling, undisturbed samples have been taken for laboratory testing and in-situ SPT testing has been performed every 1.5 m. 
    • For a good core recovery and minimizing disturbance of the samples, drilling has been done by Eijkelkamp SonicSampDrill.
    • Post drilling, monitoring wells have been installed. PVC liner with a sand screen at the bottom and digital Diver water level logger measurements are done automatically.
    • Geotechnical and hydrogeological study has been made by the combined forces of the MAREC Consortium of the outcome of the above mentioned drilling campaign.

    Services provided

    The MAREC group offered the client a total solution for the site investigation on short term and with a high standard site study with all the expertise from all MAREC companies

    Sub theme: Minerals, metals, rare earth metals

  • Hydrological effects of revegetation on hillsides

    Country - South Africa
    Carried out by - 
    Marjan Sommeijer

    Background research

    • The Baviaanskloof is an extremely arid and heavily degraded area as the result of farming. 
    • This means it is hard for the soil to retain the little rainwater that falls, causing serious erosion. 
    • To counter this, it was decided to (re)plant spekboom trees. This tree originates from the region, and does not need much water. 
    • The idea is that because of the spekboom trees, the soil, and most importantly the groundwater, will be better retained and for longer.

    Services provided

    • To measure the effect, Marjan used the Eijkelkamp Soil & Water rainfall simulator
    • “The rainfall simulator is a really great tool that makes it relatively easy to show the effect of vegetation on interception and infiltration.”

    Results of the research

    The research showed that (re)planting spekboom trees does indeed have a substantial effect on water retention.

    Sub theme: Drought, Soil improvement, Water erosion

  • Indian pilot project for groundwater purification

    Country - India
    Pilot project partner - Witteveen+Bos

    Background pilot project

    • The company aims to achieve zero discharge in its water and wastewater chain
    • Eventually, the aim is to upscale the project to the entire industrial site

    Services provided

    • Installing Eijkelkamp Soil & Water's 2-inch quality filter, using Eijkelkamp Soil & Water’s augering equipment

    Sub theme: Remediation

  • Water resources management in Turkey

    Client - DSI (Turkey)

    Background

    • DSI is the primary executive state agency of Turkey for Nations overall water resources planning, managing, execution and operation.
    • The main objective of DSI is to develop all water and land resources in Turkey. It aims at all the wisest use of the principal natural resources.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Fresh water availability | Water quality

  • Groundwater monitoring network for stone pit

    Client - Les Carrières du fond des Vaulx (Belgium)
    Period - 2012 - now

    Description / Background

    • The stone pit is surrounded by natural areas. Therefore the stone pit has to satisfy strict environmental legislation

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Groundwater Management

  • Diver training in the largest diamond mine in the world

    Client - Debswana (Botswana)

    Background

    • The Orapa mine is managed by Debswana. Debswana is a partnership between diamond company De Beers and the Botswana government
    • Debswana uses Diver water level loggers to monitor groundwater levels and so gain insight into the amount of available water used to rinse the soil during the search for diamonds
    • Groundwater levels are also monitored in the adjacent tailings to investigate the influence of adding and extracting water in the tailings

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Alluvial Mining

  • Groundwater monitoring network for power plant

    Client - Electrabel Tihange (Belgium)

    Description / Background

    • In 2012, the power plant had to deal with a lowering of the phreatic groundwater level
    • An excessive reduction of groundwater may have enormous implications for the development of nature in the area
    • The power plant has to meet ISO14000 and ISO14001 standards

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Groundwater Management

  • Effects of forest fires on soils and hydrology

    Client - Cathelijne Stoof, PhD student Wageningen University (the Netherlands)
    Period - 2010

    Background

    • Climate change can lead to less rainfall. As a result of the ensuing drought, the risk of forest fires increases
    • Cathelijne Stoof is studying the effect of fire on soils and hydrology

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Drought | Water Erosion

  • Groot Salland Water Board goes digital

    Client - Groot Salland Water Board (The Netherlands)

    Background 

    • In the past, groundwater levels were measured and recorded manually each month on the 14th and 28th.
    • 'Where we previously needed 15 people to manage the measuring system, we now only need 2.'
    • 'Digital measurements provide more and improved data and this is needed for good water level control'

    Services provided

    Read more

    Sub theme: Ground water level | Groundwater Management

  • MARS Project

    Clients - Consortium of Dutch and Romanian parties
    Period - 2012

    Background

    • MARS stands for Management of Aquifer Recharge and Storage
    • The MARS project aims to reduce the risks and dangers of drought and flood, and to contribute to a more efficient water management and water delivery method in Romania 

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Drought | Flooding

  • Water management on Cyprus

    Client Geological Survey Department (Cyprus)

    Backgrounds

    • Cyprus is battling the subterranean penetration of salt water and long periods of drought, which cause water shortages.
    • The Geological Survey Department has been charged with the performance of hydro-geological research into new groundwater bodies.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Drought

  • Sonic drilling to research earthquakes

    Client - ProDrill (New Zealand)
    Period - 2012 - present

    Description / Background

    • Drilling and sampling in alluvial top layer, cemented gravel, hard clay and fine/heaving sand to determine the impact of the earthquakes in devastated cities

    Products provided                                           

    Sub theme: Earthquake

  • Monitoring groundwater quality for gas company

    Client - Gasunie (European gas infrastructure company)
    Period - 2013

    Background

    • Gasunie frequently performs groundwater research at its locations in order to gain insight into the quality and quantity of the groundwater.
    • The site in Vilsteren (the Netherlands) is surrounded by a natural area. To prevent it from desiccation Gasunie wants to regularly measure the groundwater levels during projects.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Drought

  • Asian Facility Project

    Partners - Xi’an Centre of Geological Survey, China University of Geosciences, Hohai University, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and Eijkelkamp Agrisearch Equipment. (China & the Netherlands)

    Description / Background

    • A balanced water and ecosystem is of great importance, water cycle professionals are necessary to ensure this
    • Aim is to develop teaching modules for hydrological / ecological research that can used at universities in China

    Services provided

    • During the project Eijkelkamp Soil & Water supplied the required know-how and equipment for monitoring groundwater, surface water, soil water and water quality.

    Sub theme: Drought

  • Diver training for water professionals

    Client - Department of Water Affairs (Botswana)
    Period - 2012

    Background

    • Botswana is facing a serious shortage of surface water as a result of the dry climate.
    • Groundwater is becoming an ever more important water source. 
    • The ‘Department of Water Affairs’ is involved in water management and started a groundwater project.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Drought

  • Groundwater research in Spanish conservation area

    Client - Acuamed and the Spanish Government (Spain)
    Period - 2011

    Background

    • The 204-hectare conservation area near Sebes has seen a strikingly high death rate amongst certain floodplain forest plants 
    • A reduction in the fluctuation of the water levels is thought to be the major cause of this loss of plant life 
    • Flooding also raises the groundwater level so that the soil is insufficiently washed and becomes increasingly saline

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Soil salinisation

  • Groundwater monitoring network for Dutch authorities

    Client - WINNET (local authorities and a Higher Water Board (the Netherlands)
    Period - January 2012

    Background

    • Nowadays, Dutch local authorities have a duty of care with respect to urban groundwater and Higher Water Boards are responsible for establishing a Desired Groundwater and Surface Water Regime.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Groundwater Management

  • More insight into Dutch polder levels

    Client - Rijnland District Water Control Board (the Netherlands)
    Period - January 2009

    Background

    • The most important aim of the project was to provide more insight into the polder levels, which is of particular importance for short, heavy, often very local rainfall
    • Rijnland wanted to monitor and manage water levels from a distance and over a longer period of time

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Groundwater Management

  • Special regional groundwater monitoring network

    Client - Platform Water Vallei en Eem (The Netherlands)
    Period - January 2012 - 2022

    Background

    • Since 2007, the ‘Municipal Water Management Act’ is in force, which introduces a duty of care for the groundwater. This entails that municipalities are responsible for the prevention of structural groundwater problems.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Groundwater Management

  • Integrated Nutrient Pollution Control Project

    Client - Romanian Ministry of the Environment (Romania)

    Description / Background

    • Many people live close to rivers, causing increasing amounts of nutrients to end up in the water (water purification installations, run-off from land and agriculture). Ultimately this can lead to serious problems, such as an insufficient level of oxygen in the water.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Pollution

  • Sewer optimization by underground research

    Clients Local authority of Bergen and Tauw Consultancy (the Netherlands)

    Description / Background

    • The local authority of Bergen wants to limit the management costs of the sewer system and therefore gain more insight into the manner in which sediment builds up in a sewer
    • A 3-metre deep pit from where a camera focused on a 1.5-metre long transparent acrylic sewer pipe was installed underground

    Services provided

    • The portable NIVUS flow rate meter PCM4 with Cross Correlation technology

    Sub theme: Waste water

  • Groundwater monitoring at unique tunnel project

    Client - Henk van Tongeren Bronbemaling BV (the Netherlands)
    Period - 2011 – 2016

    Description / Background

    • At the, in Europe, unique Avenue 2 double-deck tunnel project in Maastricht, the Netherlands, Henk van Tongeren ensures that the kilometres-long construction pit will not fill with water.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Civil engineering

  • Penetrologger CBR for German Army

    Client - German Federal Defence Force
    Period - 2009 –2012

    Background

    • The German army required a Penetrologger for finding suitable locations that can serve as landing strips. For landing strips it is essential to determine the loadbearing capacity of the ground.

    End result

    • A lighter and more compact Penetrologger, the Penetrologger CBR

    Sub theme: Soil stabilisation

  • In-situ water infiltration research

    Client - BOOT Engineers (the Netherlands)

    Description / Background

    • Client of BOOT wanted advice about underground water infiltration for restructuring living environment
    • Soil elements and groundwater level varies
    • BOOT used to get important information about water permeability via laboratories

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Ground water level

  • Monitoring supply of sanitary facilities during the hajj

    Event - Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Saudi Arabia)

    Description / Background

    • More than three million pilgrims from around the world come to the traditional hajj in Mecca every year
    • Damaged sanitary installations have to be detected quickly. Therefore the supply of public sanitary facilities around the hajj have to be monitored

    Services provided

    • NIVUS flow meters

    Sub theme: Sewage monitoring

  • Australian research about past environmental changes

    Client - James Cook University, Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Sciences (Australia)
    Period - 2013

    Background project

    • Research to answer fundamental questions about past environmental change, mega faunal extinction and early human occupation of tropical Australia

    Services provided

  • Conservation of Baltic raised bogs project

    Client - Naturalists Club, Pomerania Voivodship Office, Polish State Forest (Poland)

    Description / Background

    • The continued existence of Baltic raised bogs is being threatened by human activity, with degradation as the result.
    • Boggy soil is decomposing and conifers and birches are starting to grow, which causes evaporation of the bog water. Plant species such as cloudberry, sundew and sphagnum are also disappearing.

    Services provided

    More info

    Go to www.kp.org.pl

    Sub theme: Biodiversity

  • Groundwater monitoring for German water works company

    Client - Zweckverband Wasserwerk Wacken (Germany)
    Period - 2008 – May 2009

    Description / Background

    • The water works company runs various water extraction points, which must be managed in such a way that the water level in the connected aquifer does not sink below predetermined values
    • Decisions would then be taken concerning the management of the drinking water wells based on the data retrieved

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Fresh Water Availability

  • Water monitoring for urban green

    Client - Municipality of Eindhoven (the Netherlands)

    Description / Background

    • The Catharinaplein in Eindhoven has been renovated recently and several trees have been planted
    • These trees are dying because of a excess of (ground)water

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Landscaping, Recreation & Leisure

  • Golder, France, former oil refinery

    Client - Golder
    Period - 2008 - 2010

    Description / Background

    • The new department DIMEX (French Nuclear Service Team) will cover all aspects of contaminated sites, with or without radionuclide, but within a nuclear site
    • Support Golder by providing information on the contaminated soil

    Products provided

    Sub theme: Soil contamination

  • Digital groundwater measuring network Doetinchem council

    Client - Doetinchem council (the Netherlands)
    Period - January 2012

    Background

    • The ‘Municipal Water Management Act’ entails that municipalities are responsible for the prevention of structural groundwater problems.
    • Doetinchem council wanted to digitally manage the existing groundwater measuring network.

    Services provided

    • 47 measurement points were set up and equipped with monitoring well modems. Now the manager receives data every day and thereby easily manages the network.

    Doetinchem council about Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

    “The project has run successfully right up to the present.”

    Sub theme: Ground water level

  • Drilling on landfill to determine contamination

    Client - VCMI
    Period - 2013 - 2014

    Description / Background

    • Sonic Sampling is needed to determine contamination in the soil of a landfill  

    Products provided

    Sub theme: Waste & landfills

  • Soil sealing (the Netherlands)

    Client - B&P Soil injection
    Period - 2012 - 2014

    Description / Background

    • To enable B&P’s soil sealing process 4000 injection wells needed to be installed

    Products provided

    Sub theme: Soil stabilisation

  • Bauxite sampling, the Lelydorp I project

    Client - Boskalis
    Period - 2013

    Description / Background

    • Provide Boskalis with valuable information through Bauxite sampling in a fast an cost-efficient way

    Products provided

    Sub theme: Alluvial mining

  • Gold sampling along the River Nechi

    Client -  Minatura (Colombia)
    Period - May 2010

    Description / Background

    • Along the River Nechi in Colombia mining waste was dumped in the nineteen-fifties. Minatura estimates that, at the time, only 50% was extracted
    • Thousands of samples, 30 metres a day, were taken to map the area of 717 hectares properly and develop an efficient mining plan

    Products provided

    Sub theme: Minerals, metals, rare earth metals

  • Nickel sampling for the Weda Bay Nickel project

    Client  Eramet (Indonesia)

    Description / Background

    • Eramet needed a map of the soil before exploiting the largest nickel reserve in the world
    • Provide a ‘grade control grid’ which composes a clear soil map of the area

    Products provided

    Sub theme: Minerals, metals, rare earth metals

  • German army sought way to reach deeper

    Client - German Federal Defence Force (Germany)
    Period - 2012

    Description / Background

    • The German Army sought a cost-effective and time saving way to drill in difficult geology and reach greater depths

    Products provided

  • RichWaterWorld Project

    Project - RichWaterWorld (The Netherlands)
    Period - 2013 - now
    Partners - Radboud University | Alterra | Alliander | B-ware | Meteo Group | Park Lingezegen

    Background

    • Climate changes result in global water management problems of the higher delta’s through flooding, drought and all additional damage and consequences

    The project

    • A climate adaptive system like RichWaterWorld enables better management to control extremes by monitoring and control of water buffers
    • Royal Eijkelkamp is involved:
      - Design of the information supply
      - Development and installation of monitoring equipment

    More information

    Go to richwaterworld.com 

    Sub theme: Drought | Flooding | Water Quality

  • Monitoring soil moisture stadium FS Basel

    Client - FC Basel (Switzerland)

    Background

    • St. Jakob-Park stadium was opened in 2001. It received the UEFA 4-star award and cost about CHF 250 million. It is the largest stadium in Switzerland.
    • Varying degrees of shading over the pitch area has, over the years, given rise to recurrent irrigation problems.

    Services provided

    • To obtain a better overview of soil moisture and to maintain its gradient differences, PlantCare was contracted to install a monitoring system that measures soil moisture and temperature at given depths at the centre spot and the four corners

    Sub theme: Landscaping, Recreation & Leisure, Irrigation/Drainage

  • Protection groundwater against pollution, Berlin

    Client  Grisar (Germany)

    Description / Background

    • The objective is to protect the groundwater from (industrial) pollution through the installation of a GlassWall Lance and a, so called, TDR. This process starts with sampling the area intensively and is followed by drilling holes to 20 up to 25 meter. At this depth the pollution is located and pushed back by using oxygen injections

    Products provided

    Sub theme: Pollution

  • Groundwater data during dewatering and stress handling

    Client - Van Kessel Bronbemaling (The Netherlands)
    Period - 2014-2015

    Background

    • Widening the A9 Gaasperdammerweg into 2 x 5 lanes and digging a 3 kilometre tunnel will reduce air and noise pollution in Amsterdam Southeast.
    • Van Kessel Bronbemaling handles dewatering and stress drainage while activities like moving cables and pipes for water, gas, electricity and telephony are carried out
    • A monitoring plan was drawn up and a complete measuring network was set up with sensors, modems and online environment to provide the principal with real-time groundwater data.

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Civil engineering | Water management | Groundwater level

  • Groundwater data essential to The Hague’s infrastructural project

    Project - De Rotterdamsebaan
    Project partners - Municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg | Municipality of Rijswijk | Metropolitan district Haaglanden | Rijkswaterstaat | Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment

    Background and objective

    • The roads round The Hague are congested by an increasing number of residents and visitors
    • More and more businesses are coming to The Hague
    • The Rotterdamsebaan project is going to improve accesibility to The Hague
    • Before a tunnel is drilled the Municipality wants to first monitor groundwater levels for a year

    Services provided

    Sub theme: Groundwater Management | Water Management | Groundwater Level

  • Insight into Municipality of Zutphen’s groundwater situation

    Client - Municipality of Zutphen (the Netherlands)

    Background

    • Sound knowledge of groundwater levels, flows and fluctuations within the urban area is required for the Municipality to fulfil its duty of care regarding groundwater
    • The measuring system will also be used to provide citizens or developers with information regarding groundwater levels
    • The Municipality previously obtained this information from the environment department’s groundwater research during soil decontamination or from the Provinceof Gelderland, but these were all snapshots
    • TheMunicipality ofZutphen also wanted more insight into how the water levels from theIJssel river influence groundwater levels

    Services provided

    • Eijkelkamp Soil & Water installed a total 44 Diver water level loggers together with telemetry
    • Groundwater data are combined automatically in the existing regional control station
    • Eijkelkamp Soil & Water will manage the network for 10 years and also carry out maintenance

    Sub theme: Groundwater Management | Water Management | Ground Water Level