Excavator at work

Dave Hersbach is a third-year student of Land and Water Management. He recently did a work placement at Boskalis Nederland where he took part in the project ‘Ruimte voor de rivier’ (Room for the river) in Deventer. His work placement started off with a bang…


‘My first day on the job literally started off with a bang! There were some bombs found… They were dropped during the bombing of the railway bridge of Deventer in World War II. So called bomb mounds had to be built to clear away the bombs, and I helped doing that.’

Bomb Squad

‘When the bomb mounds were ready, the bomb removal squad was able to defuse the bombs. It took one whole day and the neighbourhood was hermetically sealed. After the ignitions were removed, they gave the all clear. The guys from the bomb squad showed me the ignition and explained in great detail how these things work.’

That’s learning as well!

‘I learned a lot during my work placement. It was a very interesting time in which I gained more in-depth knowledge of  a subject that isn’t taught at school. That’s learning as well!’

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