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Expensive hidden assumptions

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Negotiations are a Zero Sum Game National legislation and regulation have sufficient support of the community Knowledge hierarchy : “Science is science, don’t let those damned politicians ever screw you up” Lee Raymond, former CEO EXXON Historical relations, reputations and public opinion do not play a significant role Socio-political risks and reputation are difficult to quantify and […]

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interview Delta TU Delft (in Dutch)

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‘Draagvlak ontstaat niet door goed te rekenen’ Voor grote projecten in de olie-, gas- en mijnbouwindustrie ontbreekt nogal eens maatschappelijk draagvlak. Eelco de Groot, onlangs aangesteld als fellow, wil studenten leren dat hier meer voor nodig is dan goed rekenen. Of: hoe het door oorlog geteisterde Congo een ‘Delftse jongen’ richting politieke besluitvorming duwde. U […]

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Engineering under scrutiny

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When my uncle started working for local Dutch engineers Hasselt & De Koning in 1965, the reputation of engineers and their knowledge was more or less undisputed. Science and technology had spurred economic growth during the past two centuries, and brought a car and television to practically every household after the Second World War. From the struggle […]