Team Garonne: acquiring knowledge through research

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Research is of significant importance for a technology integrator such as Technolution. It is crucial to understand what the possibilities of the newest technologies are; how we can implement them in our mostly socially relevant projects. For the Garonne project (see the technology article from Objective 24), we have decided to handle this with a meritocracy approach.

Article from Objective #24, November 2015

Chief Scientist Dave Marples: "My question was literally: do you wish to make a contribution to a research project in which we are all equals, we learn together and everyone's input is equally valuable? Smart ideas come from within an organization and we want to make sure that this inspiration can be translated into knowledge." We asked a few colleagues who were involved how they experienced working on this special project.

"The open mindset of this project and the freedom to run with that was particularly interesting to deal with," said Aster Leegwater. "When it was all said and done, I made an overview of what I had learned and was surprised to find that it was more than I anticipated! I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to enrich my knowledge on specific technical notions in this manner."
Martijn van den Heuvel adds: "In addition to learning lots of new skills and acquiring knowledge, I also enjoyed seeing how the project evolved from a voluntary hobby project into a full-blown Technolution project. In the early stages, the individual acquisition of knowledge was the main focus, but when the convention drew nearer the focus shifted towards the common goal. The combination of individual ambition and pragmatic approach resulted in a solid demonstration as a great final product."

Frank Ambrosius continuous: "When we were in the final weeks before the ITS World Congress and saw all the parts coming together; that was when it all became very real. From the 3D printed parts to the electronics and software – it all came together perfectly. In a relatively short period, we were able to integrate all the aspects into a very nice demo. I myself also traveled to the convention in Bordeaux. It was very nice to be able to see how much attention the demo attracted and I got to pitch in by telling how we were able to realize this."

Team Garonne

  • Alex Haagen
  • Arjen Halewijn
  • Aster Leegwater
  • Bart Staal
  • Bas Bijlsma
  • Bertrik Sikken
  • Christiaan Hartman
  • Dave Marples
  • Edo Veenis
  • Femke Terpstra
  • Frank Ambrosius
  • Hans van der Hoorn
  • Jeroen de Kort
  • Marc van Eert
  • Marcel de Wit
  • Martijn van den Heuvel
  • Nicky Tellekamp
  • Olivier Swinkels
  • Robert Wassens
  • Teun Jaspers

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