Simone van Schijndel
Simone started working at Delft Hydraulics/Deltares in 1997 after finalising her masters in fluid mechanics at the Delft University of Technology. In the first ten years of her career she was closely involved in the ‘Room for the River’ project and was responsible for the project coordination of the research activities for this new river management approach, including the development of the Planning Kit for the Dutch large rivers (Blokkendoos).
Simone currently is the unit director for the Geo-engineering group at Deltares. Since 2008 she was head of the department for operational water management. A group of more than 30 water experts, software engineers and ICT specialists that is responsible for the implementation of water management systems in an operational context. Their activities are supported by Delft-FEWS, the community developed software that provides an open shell for operational water management and RTC-Tools, the toolbox for real time control of hydraulic structures.
The group has supported over 60 organisations worldwide (global,national, regional and local) with the implementation of their operational water management systems. In all cases this has lead to better insight in their natural systems, better information as a base for decision making in a crisis and/or more effective operations of reservoirs, dams and other structures.
The position of Deltares in these implementations allows us to advance in the scientific field of operational water management as well. We are very well capable of bridging the gap between science and the real world.
|2016 - present||Deltares, director Geo-engineering||Managementteam|
|2008-2015||Deltares, Operational Water Management group||Department head|
|2006 - 2007||Delft Hydraulics||Senior river engineer|
|2000 - 2005||Delft Hydraulics||Medior river engineer|
|1997 - 1999||Delft Hydraulics||Junior river engineer|
Implementation of national hydrological forecasting system for the Bureau of Meteorology
Australia, 2013 – ongoing
Development of forecasting capabilities and framework for real-time and short term forecasting (including optimisation) for Bonneville Power Administration
USA, 2013 – ongoing
DEWFORA; Improved Drought Early Warning and FORecasting to strengthen preparedness and adaptation to droughts in Africa
EU and Africa, 2011 – 2014
Harmonisation of Dutch forecasting services into one shared platform based on Delft-FEWS
Netherlands, 2010 – ongoing
ISA Hoeksche Waard; integrated control linked water and waste water systems hoeksche waard for Waterschap Hollandse Delta
Netherlands, 2009 – 2012
Implementation of Community Hydrological Forecasting System for National Weather Service
USA, 2008 – ongoing
Implementation of National Flood Forecasting System for Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Environment Protection Agency
England, Wales and Scotland, 2003 – ongoing
Responsible for Delft-FEWS Product Management
Responsible for RTC-Tools Product Management
Responsible for iDLab, experimental data facility
|2013 - present||Responsible||business development Australia and New Zealand|
|2008 - present||Member||Deltares emergency response team|
|2008 - present||Coordinator||HYDRALAB network|