After a career in the sector of steel construction, engineering services and industrial piping, Johan Van Wassenhove joined Denys in 1988 as Managing Director and in 2021 was appointed Executive Chairman. He started a growth model based on three pillars, diversification, innovation, and internationalization.
The desire to provide 21st-century solutions to facilitate subterranean construction in densely populated areas started in 2014 with the development of the WallslotRobot. Building further upon this first innovation, which could construct subterranean walls above the groundwater table, Johan Van Wassenhove and Leonhard Weixler wanted to be able to achieve the same below the groundwater table. Denys entered a strategic cooperation with Bauer Maschinen GmbH, resulting in the first machine called ‘Dreamcutter technology.’bio
Leonhard started his career as a design engineer (foundation equipment) at BAUER and moved on to become Head of Design & Development (special applications) in 1995. In 2004, he became the director of the design department and was appointed to his current position in the diaphragm wall and maritime technologies business unit in 2010.bio
Rob Wortelboer has over 20 years’ of experience in sustainability reporting and assurance. He is one of the leading partners of the sustainability department of EY in the Netherlands. He helps his clients to prepare for future non-financial reporting and to collect reliable non-financial information.
Rob presented CO2 reduction
Andy McDowellSenior Vice President, Media, Gulf Energy Information
Andy McDowell of Pipeline & Gas Journal is one of IPLOCA’s media partners.
Andy McDowell is Senior Vice President, Media at Gulf Energy Information. His responsibilities include the management and publishing of leading technical journals: World Oil, Pipeline & Gas Journal and Pipeline News in addition to all upstream and midstream digital media and events for the company. He has over 14 years of experience in business-to-business oil and gas media, all of them with Gulf.
Andy presented a Synopsis & Analysis of the Global Pipeline Construction Market.
Wilko Koop has over 25 years’ experience in providing strategy and leadership for the delivery of pipeline construction and installation projects around the globe, together with experience in complex trenchless (landfall) crossings.
Wilko presented how A.Hak and partners replaced nearly 5km of a 1,050mm diameter concrete weight-coated pipeline. This is now the longest pipeline that sits within a tunnel in the world.
Katrina is an environmental planner with 30 years of experience. She has been the lead environmental and social project manager for many major pipelines and other energy projects in the U.K. and abroad. Her recent experience includes the preparation of the ESIAs for the 1,000 km-long section of the East African crude oil pipeline in Tanzania and the controversial Gas for Gaza pipeline.
Katrina looked at the future repurposing of existing pipelines to accommodate different fuels including the drivers for change. What is meant by sustainability, and how IPLOCA member companies can make a difference?