Jacco Haasnoot, Almer van der Stoel PhD, Holger Netzel PhD
Amsterdam / Delft / Eindhoven, the Netherlands
I (Jacco Haasnoot) am a mining engineer involved in underground construction ever since I graduated from Delft Technical University in 1995. Initially I worked for Dutch consultants on high profile projects such as the North/South Metro Line in Amsterdam. In 2002 my former metro colleagues started CRUX Engineering, which I joint in 2005. Within 15 years we have made CRUX the leading geotechnical consultant in the Netherlands. CRUX employs about 35 people and is a healthy and profitable enterprise. CRUX has grown to the present size with consultancy specialised in geotechnical engineering as its main product. Since a few year we also develop "geotechnical products" in order to let our business grow. We use our geotechnical know-how and brain power to develop concepts and products to create value. We are involved in underground heat storage, enhanced dike safety analyses, innovative deformation monitoring techniques and sustainable composites products based on bamboo fibers. With bamboo fiber composites we are part of a business accelerator program. Especially this product development gives me energy. Finding smart solutions for actual problems is what excites and challenges me and us at CRUX. We think and know from past experience that we the expertise and energy to develop new business. We also know that we cannot do this alone.