Environs management

Environs management includes various activities aimed at identifying all the parties concerned and involving them in the project. In doing this, it is important that all environmental risks are mapped out with the aim of recognising and realising all the relevant interests and the individual and collective goals. In this way, a project can be integrated into the surroundings in the best possible way and can be realised on time, according to budget and with the required quality. So a project also has repercussions on the surroundings. How will we deal with those surroundings? How will those surroundings react to us?

Environs management is a relatively new concept that can be interpreted in different ways. We interpret it in the same way as described by Rijkswaterstaat in the IPM cooperative model. We have identified four sub-processes:

  • Stakeholder management
    By involving and informing stakeholders at the right moment, we keep the momentum going in terms of preparation and execution. As early as the tender phase, we draw up an inventory of the partners, competent authorities, interested parties, users, local residents and utility companies. We also illustrate the field of influence.
  • Traffic management
    Thousands of road users use the Dutch road network every day. We try to implement and maintain our projects in such a way that road users experience minimum disruption. Our focus is on both hard, measurable disruption (lost transport hours) and soft disruption (people’s perceptions).
  • Conditioning
    Good preparation is crucial for permits, cables and pipes, flora and fauna, soil characteristics, NGE, archaeological finds, land acquisition and planning procedures. We make sure that the risks are limited by drawing up a realistic planning schedule for the preparatory activities and by controlling environmental risks by taking management measures.
  • Environmental communication
    Projects can have significant effects on the surroundings. Not just after their completion but also while they are being implemented. It is therefore extremely important to communicate clearly and transparently with the surroundings. The concerns of people in the surroundings might include: What’s going to happen, will it inconvenience us and how is it going to be solved? Based on an analysis of the surroundings and the field of influence and on the client’s requirements, we communicate with the surroundings in a project-specific way. We always do this in consultation with the client.

Based on the above, we can safeguard the accessibility, quality of life and safety of our project surroundings. During all of these processes, our experienced in-house experts are constantly developing and implementing environs management at Strukton in an innovative way. We therefore have the capacity to unburden the client and communicate clearly with an important project player: the surroundings.