FIB 2008

in Amsterdam



On Thursday, May 22nd, a number of technical excursions will be organised that are of

interest to participants in the fib Symposium 2008. The Netherlands is a nation that

excels in constantly building on its future – a reputation that we still uphold.

A considerable amount of construction work is carried out to keep our cities

accessible, protect us against floods, combine various functions with one another, and

to benefit from the advantages that water provides as a means of transport, etc. We

wish to demonstrate this to participants in the official fib symposium in 2008. All of

the excursions will start at the conference venue de Meervaart at 9:00 a.m. and

finish at the same location at 6:00 p.m.

Three different technical excursions are being prepared:


A visit to the construction site of the new North-South Metro line in Amsterdam

and a visit to the Zuidas (South Axis) project in Amsterdam. Participants will see the

construction of stations situated deep underground (to a max. depth of 28 metres

below ground level) and the junction at the historical Central Station. The projects in

the Zuidas district are technical masterpieces that command great respect.

The excursion will start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 6:00 p.m. Lunch and refreshments

will be provided.

Costs € 125, p.p.


A visit to IJburg, an entirely new residential district of Amsterdam that is

located and being built on the IJsselmeer lake. Artificial islands have been built

in the lake for that purpose. The residential district is linked directly to the centre of

Amsterdam via a specially constructed connecting tunnel. An explanation will be

provided about urban development and design and implementation. The excursion will

start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 6: 00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Costs € 125, p.p.


A visit to the reconstruction project at Rotterdam Central Station, including the

renovation of the underground Metro station. Construction work has been carried

out on the underground link between the metro station and the northern outskirts of

Rotterdam and beyond for many years already. The station itself is also being tackled.

The work that is being performed is a technically complicated task that is also

confined to a small area. An explanation will be provided en route about the work

being carried out on the A4 motorway near Burgerveen. The excursion will start

at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 6:00 p.m.

Costs € 125, p.p.


The railway line will be extended from Lelystad to Zwolle through the

polders of the IJsselmeer, land that has been reclaimed from the sea. The route is called

the Hanze Line. The Drontermeer tunnel is currently under construction there. This is a

sunken tunnel, a Dutch speciality. En route, the group will visit the former island of

Schokland, an UNESCO world heritage site, and the largest inflatable weir in the world

situated in Ens. The excursion will start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 6:00 p.m.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

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