Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands. This includes the main road network, the main waterway network and watersystems.
RWS and the SPINlab have started a knowledge exchange and research cooperation in May 2015, based on Spatial Information Technologies. The collaboration concerns jointly setting up long- and short-term research projects, wherein RWS and SPINlab work closely together. It also concerns organising innovative knowledge exchange sessions on a specific subject for professionals and those who take an interest in the subject it concerns.
On 22 May 2015 the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (where the SPINlab is part of) has signed a Framework Agreement with Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) for four years. This knowledge exchange and research cooperation is an implementation of the policy to strenghten the relation between government and knowledge institutions. The Agreement was signed f.l.t.r. by Willem Verschoor (Dean Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU Amsterdam), Rein van der Kluit (HID Centrale Informatie Voorziening – RWS) and Henk Scholten (director Spinlab – VU Amsterdam).