Allinq offers research opportunities

PDEng candidate Jitske is doing research into ways to install ‘Fiber to the Home’ faster, better, cheaper or more efficiently. Her approach: first obtain insight into the current situation, then experiment with process improvements.

The research is part of her post-master design education in Civil Engineering at the faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente.

Improvements based on insight

Jitske works with the most plain-speaking Allinq team: the builders in the SCT department.

“That puts a smile on my face! I am allowed to run meetings with management and I stand at the side of the gutter with a stopwatch and a fancy yellow vest. I’m not clocking how hard people are working or comparing people to one another, but trying to get insight into the normal process. That insight into the current approach, sore points and successes is the first step towards improvement.”

I was surprised at how open they are at Allinq! The team I work in is nice, helpful and shares their ideas."

Jitske Posthumus, Civil engineering student, Engineering Technology faculty, University of Twente

Simulation model improves process

Armed with a good impression of the current situation, Jitske sets to work on the simulation model she is programming.

Jitske: “A simulation models answers the question ‘What if….?’ What if we cut instead of excavate? What if we replace the excavation team with a winch and reel? What if we add an extra employee, or take one out of the team?

Using these insights we can improve the process and therefore our performance.

We can experiment using the objects in the virtual toolbox. As you experiment, you see the times increasing or decreasing. For example, there is an excavator here. Is an operator available? No? Then you know the process will come to a standstill. In this way we can prevent someone having to make an extra trip back and forward because of the standstill.