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Issue #6 | August 2013 | DNV KEMA Global Employee Magazine

transponder Teaming up for I­ nnovation

The Netherlands Shakes

A Life in Electricity

Global Innovation Portfolio gives a boost to new ideas

…and how it deals with the ­consequences

Walt Stadlin shares his experience

Team spirit and stamina

Contents Transponder #6 02 A Globetrotter from Norway

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Concept and design

13 Recharging your Batteries Tone Stave and the Violin

VA communication by design Wouter Botman


14 Close Up Me and my sport

DNV KEMA Global Marketing & Communications Elizabeth Fryman, Caroline Kamerbeek, Marlies Hummelen / Teksten

16 Contributors

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18 ­Teaming up for I­ nnovation

Marlies Hummelen / Teksten Hanne Christiansen

23 Recharging your Batteries Suze Hupkes and Kickboxing

Photography Front cover, pages 8, 10, 11, 12, 32 Herman van Ommen Photography

24 24 Hours A Day in the Life of… Ryan Barry

Pages 2, 3, 5 Jack Opatrany The remaining photos were taken by DNV KEMA employees or as indicated

26 Brand New Matthias Heiligenstetter, Kathryn Knox, Jinlong Ma

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28 Joining Forces – DNV KEMA Runs

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33 Origins A Life in Electricity

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37 DNV KEMA in Brief 38 A Fresh Perspective


From the Editor


hat does a sports match have to do with our innovative spirit at DNV KEMA? Quite a lot actually, as this issue of Transponder shows. In our company, we’re involved in all kinds of sports, both for leisure and in competition. It’s a great way to get to know each other, team up, stay healthy and have a lot of fun, as you can see when you take a look at the photos. And, of course, once you’ve put a lot of effort into training, you want to win – on your own or as part of a team. Our motivations in sport are very similar to what inspires us in our work. For some of us, it is about achieving a goal, working hard, making a difference in the world of energy. For others, it is the idea of being the winner in the industry. For me it is also the teamwork and the people, like the excitement surrounding teaming up with my current and future colleagues from GL, going that extra mile myself and having fun along the way. In our Global Innovation programme, DNV KEMA project teams also play in a kind of competition. Here, it’s also about team spirit as well as a winning spirit, developing a great idea together – and getting it done. A total of 24 teams were rewarded with extra funding so that they can turn their ideas into reality. Three of them share their experiences. In short, this issue offers plenty of inspiration. But don’t get too tired! Once you’ve admired your sporty colleagues and figured out some brilliant ideas yourself, lean back, relax and let the summer winds clear your mind. Enjoy!

Caroline Kamerbeek Global Director, Marketing & Communications

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A Globetrotter from Norway DNV KEMA is becoming a truly global company. We now have ­people on virtually every continent and quite a number have moved across borders to meet new challenges. We wondered how they feel about working in a totally different environment. This time we asked a Norwegian national, Paal Johansen, for his impressions of working – well, all over the world.

Focus on: Paal Johansen, business line director for Renewable Energy Services in the Americas. Background: MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Relocation: Based in Houston (TX), USA since 2011 Current job: Managing DNV KEMA’s Renewable Energy Services (Wind and Solar Energy) in Division Americas. The two main operating units for these services are located in San Ramon, CA (Solar) and Seattle, WA (Wind). The work involves strategic and tactical planning, budgeting and operational follow up.


A Globetrotter from Norway

360 degrees expat Paal Johansen has worked for DNV and DNV KEMA since 1982. Of those 31 years, only the first two were spent in his native country, Norway. Since then, he and his family have travelled the world. Before ­coming to Houston he worked in the Netherlands, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. “Houston felt a bit like a homecoming,” says Paal. “We once lived in Florida for a few years and all three of our children are studying in the US. Before that I worked for DNV Maritime Oil & Gas in South Korea. When my contract in Korea came up for renewal in 2011, my wife and I decided that we would rather be closer to the children.” He found an opening in Houston, in the team working on the integration of DNV and KEMA. In June 2012 he was appointed to lead the integration of the Renewable Energy Services (RES) business line.

What a footloose existence! What drives you to move so often? “It’s a positive challenge for me to work in many different cultures, and also to communicate something of our company culture to our staff. And it puts me on a continuous learning curve. After four or five year I always feel the need for something new.”

What precisely is the challenge? “It’s quite easy for Westerners to integrate in Europe or the US, as the differences are relatively small. For me, getting into the cultures in the Far East has been a much bigger step. The main challenge there is the ­language. Because you can’t read and understand all the signs and texts around you, you’re more dependent on others, and there’s less you can do on your own initiative. What I really like about it is that you learn to know and respect people with so many d ­ ifferent ­cultures, and all the different facets of DNV KEMA.”

Does such a long career as an expat change your attitude to other cultures? “Yes, certainly. The first thing it teaches you is patience. I come from a Western culture, where the fastest route from A to B is a straight line. Over the 4

years I’ve learned that the shortest route is not always the best! Quite different paths are possible, and each has its own value.” Asked for an example of areas in which countries differ widely, Paal points to relationships between men and women. DNV KEMA believes strongly in equal treatment and wages, but in male-oriented cultures such as many in Asia, that is not self-evident, even for the women themselves. In the US, in contrast, there are strict anti-discrimination laws in place that must be enforced. “Even countries such as the Netherlands don’t have the balance as even as it is here,” says Paal. In his managerial role, he is very aware of such considerations. The successful expat, he says, must in the first place have an open mind. Prejudices just get in the way. “You have to realise you’re only in a foreign country as a guest,” he says, “So sometimes you’ll have to shelve some of your own ways.”

The family life of a globetrotter Paal has a Dutch wife, and their children were born in the Far East. For many years they have moved from country to country together. How do you do that as a family? “Books have been written about it,” he laughs. “While the children are small, it’s easy, providing you develop a tightly knit core family, because living in another country means you have no extended family; you’re very dependent on each other. When our children were 14 and 15, it was more difficult. They found it very hard to have to pull up their roots and say goodbye to their friends, time and again. As parents, we had to give them a lot of attention and support.”

How do you ensure you feel at home in each new post? “Over time that becomes part of your DNA. What’s important is that you find a house or apartment in the new city that makes you feel at ease. We always ­furnish our house with the familiar old things that have moved with us for many years: the same furni­ ture, the same things on the wall… but in the end it’s mainly a question of deciding, ‘this is it: this is my new home.’”

A Globetrotter from Norway

How does your wife organise her life? “To be honest, two careers is a big challenge in a ­situation like ours. In the Asian countries we went to, it was very difficult for my wife to get a work permit and our children were born there. She became what we used to call ‘director of internal affairs.’ In time she got involved in many other activities besides managing our busy household. She maintains extensive social contacts and does a lot of voluntary work.”

You now live in Houston. How do you like it? “Texans are very open and friendly, and everything here is big and expansive: the roads, the cities, the traffic… What’s striking, if I compare it to Florida, is that South Florida had a distinctly Caribbean atmosphere, while here you can feel a strong influence from Mexico. I love the feeling of being close to the world of cowboys, and the Houston Rodeo is unique. What’s more, the relative closeness to the seaside and Galvestone is nice, and you have the opportunity to rent boats and be on the water.”

Where would you like to live when you retire? “Ah… that’s still a long way into the future! I intend to keep working for many years. But I’ve always said: I want to grow old in the Netherlands. My wife comes from there, I feel at home there and we have a house in Bergen, North Holland (close to Alkmaar). At a certain point in time the children asked, “What are we in fact: Asians, Americans, Norwegian or Dutch?” We decided to have at least one fixed place, and it was Bergen. But in fact “at home” for me is simply the place where we’re living and working at the time. I have a Norwegian passport, but the world is my home.” •

Are there things that you miss? “We’ve made friends and social contacts everywhere, often with other expats, sometimes with local people. I do miss those friends. In Texas, I miss the outdoor life we had in South Korea: hiking and tracking. The ­country here is too flat for that and the summers are too hot.”

“The shortest route is not always the best!”




In each issue we will i­ntroduce DNV KEMA colleagues ­working in different countries. They will then suggest other people to interview. Not so much a relay race as a handover to an ­interesting colleague.

Graeme Sharp Onno Florisson Kristie DeIuliis Jenna Canseco Bente Pretlove

Connected: Bart Adams

Bart Adams


Who Bart Adams Where Antwerp, Belgium Job Head of Energy Efficiency Services for Industry at SUS BMEA

Julia Vetromile

Education and career After my Master’s degree in mechanical engineering I did ­doctorate work in New York. In 1998 I was appointed Head of Technology at a company making and ­operating waste incineration plants. I was fascinated by energy efficiency, so I explored options for ­widening my horizons in that field. In 2008 I moved to DNV (KEMA). What do you do exactly? Since 2010 I have been working on building up this business unit. The idea is to generate a new cash flow through energy efficiency projects for industrial customers. I still do a lot of work for customers in the paper, metals, and petrochemical sectors. In addition, I devote time to the strategic development of the unit.

Bente Pretlove thought you were good at turning ideas into business. Do you recognise that? I think that’s true. For example, as a result of demand for the


­ iagrams that we make for our customers, we’ve developed a software tool they can use to make d their own. By launching it on the market we’ve added an extra string to our bow: now we not only provide ­services, but also start to deliver products. What do you (and don’t) you like? I still get a lot of enjoyment from interacting with customers, and it’s very satisfying to develop the unit. We now have more work than we can cope with! I’m not always happy about the work pressure – although fortunately that’s being worked on. Special In 2011 we conducted an independent study of the modernisation of a lignite power plant for the Minister of the Environment in the Czech Republic. It was a politically sensitive topic. In the end, the Minister chose to resign. In view of the political issues involved, it was decided that I would be the one to present the report at an international press conference. For me, it was quite a dramatic experience, but also a moment when the value of our company became clear. We can be – and dare to be – independent, even in a controversial situation. Free time I do as much as I can with my family, such as swimming, cycling and walking. My other hobbies are photography and jazz music. One of my goals is to run ten marathons. I have done two, so that’s just eight to go. Connected. I would like to pass the baton to Julia Vetromile from Oakland in California. She seems to be an excellent networker, and she’s always willing to help.



In each issue we will i­ntroduce DNV KEMA colleagues ­working in different countries. They will then suggest other people to interview. Not so much a relay race as a handover to an interesting colleague.

Petra de Jonge Zwanetta van Zijl

Connected: Agapi Papadamou

Narottam Aul Jian Zhang Waisum Cheng Agapi Papadamou

Who Agapi Papadamou Where San Francisco (CA), USA Job Energy Consultant

Next: Theo Bosma

Education and career I did a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in Greece and a Master’s in Environmental Engineering in London. Right after my graduation in 2007, I joined (DNV) KEMA in London. About five months ago I was relocated to the Oakland office for 18 months.

Can you tell us something about your switch from London to San Fransisco? In London I worked for MOC on power engineering and market modelling projects, particularly smart grids and smart metering. Here I work for SUS. The idea is for me to get experience of energy efficiency programmes and bring that knowledge back to Europe, where we’re now ­developing the SUS business line. What do you do exactly? There are two service lines in SUS here: Evaluation (SUS-C) and Design & Implementation (SUS-KSI). I’ll work for both alternately. To start with, I participated in the internal Consultant Development Programme. That was a very valuable experience. Currently, I’m working on the development of an online rebate application programme for the Philadelphia Energy Utility and on an energy efficiency potential study for the Nevada Energy Utility. What do you (and don’t) you like? I like a lot! This office has around 150 employees, so I still meet new people every day. My colleagues are very friendly. When you don’t know anyone, it’s a bit scary at first, but I feel completely at home now. And I really love San Francisco. The entire Bay Area is such a beautiful place and the sun every day makes up for the six years in London… I don’t like stressful things like last-minute questions from clients, but that’s all part of the job. Free time Every weekend, I try to explore new neighbourhoods. I go to new restaurants, hang out with new friends, try new exercises like yoga… Everything here is new for me and I try to make the most of it. Special My visit to the Smart Grid Energy Centre in Kentucky. It was fascinating to see this very high-tech building in the middle of nowhere. I also liked to get a taste of the Kentucky culinary culture. They often say everything is big in America; well, that’s certainly true of Kentucky meals! Connected I’d like to know how Theo Bosma is doing in his new role as programme director in the Strategic Research Unit that started in 2013. What have they done so far, and how do they combine this with current research activities?


The Netherlands Shakes

‌the unpredictable consequences of natural gas extraction From left to right: Jan Spiekhout, Howard Levinsky, Pierre Bartholomeus.


The Netherlands Shakes …the unpredictable consequences of natural gas extraction

On August 16, 2012, the small town of Loppersum in the Province of Groningen in the Netherlands was shaken by an earthquake with a strength of 3.6 on the Richter scale. It was the most powerful earthquake – so far – in a long series, and this in a country that had had hardly any experience of earthquakes. The primary cause is the extraction of large quantities of natural gas.

Hitting the jackpot Gas extraction in Groningen goes back to 1959, when drillers near the small town of Slochteren struck a large gas field. The reserves turned out to be huge, and in subsequent years the entire country rapidly switched to using natural gas, rather than ­electricity, coal, oil and various kinds of artificially fabricated gas, for heating and cooking. In the 1960s, natural gas became the country’s primary fuel. It was a convenient, clean, and cheap source of energy, and the reserves seemed almost endless. Since then, households, power stations, and much of the country’s industry have been using natural gas. The gas is produced by the NAM – a partnership between Esso and Shell – while transport is in the hands of Gasunie, a company entirely owned by the Dutch state. The gas is sold by GasTerra, a ­partnership between Shell, Esso and the Dutch state. Most of the revenue from domestic and foreign sales goes to the government. This money made it possible for the Netherlands to become very prosperous in the 1960s and 1970s, and to build a comprehensive welfare state. Since the 1980s, however, the earth has been ­shaking in Groningen, both literally and figuratively. For a long time, there were only minor earthquakes, but the recent quakes have been bigger. Residents have become very worried, not least because the forecasts have had to be adjusted on the basis of new research: whereas earthquakes of up to 3.0 on the Richter scale

had been anticipated, a 5.0 earthquake is now considered a possibility, although the probability is low. Transponder called on three gas experts from DNV KEMA Gas Consulting & Services in Groningen to tell us about their work and to shed light on this issue.

When the earth moves Jan Spiekhout, executive senior consultant and a pipeline expert, has been studying earthquakes and their consequences for many years. These days, when he gives a presentation at a company in Groningen, the canteen is full and everyone has something to say. People feel unsafe, some of them have suffered damage, and they are worried that the value of their houses is falling. But how serious are things in fact? He points to a diagram representing an earthquake in Groningen. “This is an induced earthquake, caused by ground subsidence as a result of gas extraction,” he says. “There are tensions in the geological layers at the boundaries between those areas that have subsided more and those that are more stable, and it’s these tensions that can produce an earthquake.” The frequency and seriousness of such quakes seem to have increased recently. Jan has made a thorough on-the-spot study of the situation. “A 3.6 earthquake may be categorised as ‘light’,” he explains, “but the effects are felt more strongly here because of the soft subsoil.” In Loppersum and the nearby towns, furniture fell over and buildings were damaged, but luckily nobody was hurt. 9

The Netherlands Shakes …the unpredictable consequences of natural gas extraction

Gas awareness For his clients, who include big power supply companies, Jan looks for vulnerable points in their plants and explores what they can do to make them earthquakeproof. Infrastructure, such as pipes, and installed equipment are usually reasonably robust. Computers, which are crucial in every system, are vulnerable – if one computer cabinet falls over, the entire energy supply can be blacked out – but they can also be protected quite easily. “The biggest risk,” Jan says, “is at the end of the chain: in distribution networks and in households. Gas fires for example: not much has been done in the Netherlands with regard to methane detectors and compulsory cut-off valves. In that area there’s still a lot that could be done. We’re much too little aware of the risks of gas, especially in combination with ­un-Dutch events such as earthquakes!”

A finite resource In the early 1960s, when it was clear how much gas there was under the Netherlands, the government decided to use it up as quickly as possible. They thought that the Netherlands would be switching to nuclear energy within the foreseeable future, so they wanted to make as much profit as possible from the gas in the meantime. But times have changed: nuclear energy is now unpopular and it has become clear that the world’s conventional energy sources, including natural gas, are limited. The Netherlands has to import more and more gas, of different types and from diverse sources. That will mean another big switchover. DNV KEMA is involved in studying all the options.


types of gas with differing qualities in one network. “Imported gases have different compositions than the traditional Dutch natural gas,” he explains, “our machines, boilers and gas burners are not designed for it. Either the gas must be processed before it’s fed into the network, or all those devices – ranging from big industrial plants to equipment in people’s homes – must be replaced with types that can cope with variable gas characteristics.” In most European countries that kind of equipment is common. DNV KEMA and two other organisations were asked to conduct two major studies for the Dutch government, to analyse the situation and survey all the options. These studies found that gradually replacing all gas-burning equipment is the most certain route, guaranteeing the performance of equipment and minimising the extra cost to consumers and businesses. The Dutch government set the date at which all equipment should be replaced at 2021. Processing imported gas to give it the desired characteristics would be even cheaper, but then the Netherlands would continue to be the exception within Europe. “Replacement is of course expensive and time-­ consuming,” Howard continues, “but it will enable us to align our gas supply better with the rest of Europe.” In this scenario, the existing gas reserves, particularly Slochteren, could be used as a bridge until the transition is complete and, given the size of the Slochteren field, the hope is that the transition period can be extended another ten years.

Different types of gas


For the past twenty-five years, Howard Levinsky, ­principal specialist for Combustion Processes, has been working on the issues involved in integrating

Although the situation is complicated, the gas sector in the Netherlands is well equipped to face it, says Pierre Bartholomeus, global director of Gas Consulting &

The Netherlands Shakes …the unpredictable consequences of natural gas extraction

Services. He emphasises the high quality of the sector, based on its history. The comprehensive shift to natural gas in the 1960s greatly improved the structure of the entire energy supply system, which went from a patchwork of local and regional gas companies to an efficiently organised national network. That also enabled important innovations in energy. “High efficiency central-­heating boilers, which are now used around the world, were developed here, in house, by engineers at Gasunie and later by DNV KEMA,” says Pierre. “Another example is the current development of smart grids, which make it possible to store electrical energy in a buffer, by transforming it into hydrogen or methane that is fed into the gas network.”

A gas hub DNV KEMA is now developing the concept of a gas hub, to which inward and outward gas flows of all kinds could be connected. Pipelines from Russia and England, an LNG terminal, and so forth would be con-

Howard ­Levinsky Principal Specialist for Combustion Processes

nected to the hub, and then divided and transported to customers in the Netherlands and in other countries. That would make the countries and companies connected to it less dependent on a single supplier, and variations in the volume of gas consumption and supply could be cushioned better. The Netherlands is very well located for such a project and has the expertise to do it.

What about Groningen? The debate about the various options to deal with decreasing gas supplies was still raging when the latest series of earthquakes struck. The Netherlands was in turmoil, and some people called for “Slochteren” to be shut down, immediately and completely. “That disrupted the whole policy-making process,” says Howard. “But, however worried people may feel, it’s simply impossible to suddenly stop gas extraction from Slochteren.” Whatever solution is chosen will take time.

Jan Spiekhout Executive Senior Consultant

Pierre ­Bartholomeus Global Director of Gas Consulting & Services (GCS)


The Netherlands Shakes …the unpredictable consequences of natural gas extraction

Meanwhile the province of Groningen still faces uncertainty. How do you restore the inhabitants’ confidence in the future? Homes and industry can be rendered resistant to substantial earthquakes, according to Jan. The investments involved could also give the region an economic boost. But, as Jan and Howard say, the people in the province need above all to feel that their concerns have been heard. Open consultation geared to resolving the issues and providing good public information will be very important. Those involved are now taking serious action on this, after a slow start. “Society has become more critical,” confirms Pierre. “People are more ready to have their say, and there’s much more information available. For example, you can see that in the discussion about shale gas in the Netherlands.” Like Jan and Howard, Pierre sees a need for more transparency from government and companies and for good, timely public information. According to him, a broad public debate is needed when facing such big issues.

Gas as a sustainable source of energy Stopping gas extraction would not automatically end the earthquakes; the geological changes related to gas extraction are complex. Earthquakes in Groningen are also not as exceptional as is often thought. They have occurred throughout history. One earthquake brought down a church in Loppersum, and broke a dike. That was in 1265. “Dutch people have got used to a very flexible and safe supply of energy,” says Pierre, “To a certain extent we will have to learn to deal with such unpredictable events. People in other countries are often better prepared for such ­eventualities.” He emphasises that it is very difficult to look into the future and forecast the long-term effects of particular measures. For example, a few years ago shale gas was not in the picture and neither was affordable solar energy. What is certain is that an awareness of energy and sustainability will be even more important in the future. “And in that respect, gas, in whatever form it comes, has much to recommend it!” •

“Society has become more critical. People are more ready to have their say, and there’s much more information a ­ vailable”


recharging your batteries

What do you

do in your

free time?

Tone Varslot Stave and the Violin Tone had actually made up her mind that she wanted to be a musician. However, after a few years of studying music, she decided it required such total dedication that it left too little room for all the other things she was interested in. She finally turned to studying economics, but music still plays a very important role in her life.

What makes it so important to you? I love playing on my violin. For me, it’s like coming home. To play and interpret classical music that has survived for ­centuries is a very powerful experience.

When did it all start? My parents both love music and encouraged me to play. At the age of six, I started on the violin. Those first years were mainly hard work and not so much fun… But eventually it became a real passion.

Why the violin? What I particularly like about it is the social aspect. It’s very rewarding to play with all kinds of people and to try to find the right sound together. As a child, I followed the Suzuki Method, which teaches children, among other things, to play together from the very start. But I also played solo pieces a lot. The beauty of the instrument is that you can do both.

it’s very hard to find enough time to practice! It comes down to weekly rehearsals now. With the orchestra we also ­perform about four times a year.

What’s your most special memory? As a teenager, I went to a four-week summer music school for about seven years. We played in an orchestra with internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists. Those were wonderful experiences, socially as well as musically. Once we went to Bonn to play all nine Beethoven symphonies, both in a concert hall and on a market square! That was very ­exciting.

Does it influence your work? Personally, I think playing the violin is a strong stimulus for your brain, because it involves both the left and right side: you have to be able to analyse the music and interpret it in a creative way.

What would you suggest to colleagues who’d like to play an instrument? I’d absolutely encourage them to do so! It really adds a value to life. However, the violin is a difficult instrument to play well, so perhaps they should choose one that’s easier to ­master (and requires less individual rehearsing). Good luck!

And nowadays? I used to play in various semi-professional orchestras in Bath and Brussels, where I studied and worked before. Here I play in the Oslo University Symphony Orchestra and in a chamber music ensemble. However, with my job and three children,

Tone Varslot Stave joined DNV in 2008, moving to DNV KEMA in 2011. She’s a principal consultant in the department of Project Risk Management in Norway. 13

Me and my sport What’s the latest in sports and exercise today? If you like to be up to date but don’t want to exhaust yourself, check out this fine selection of sporty collaegues.

Lone Wigh, sales and marketing coordinator. Sport: diving. Here she’s diving in Øresund, Denmark. Location: Hellerup, Denmark


Mark Dijkstra, performance engineer. Sport: cycling. Location: Arnhem, the Netherlands

Atif Raja, managing director of Middle East, and his son and nephew. Sport: swimming. Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Greg Gronsky, energy analist. Sport: running. Location: Burlington (MA), USA

Robert Burgers, principal consultant. Sport: squash. Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Patricia Ewansky, senior project manager and sustainability professional. Sport: hiking. Location: Phoenix (AR), USA

Jan Haramul, testing engineer. Sport: skydiving. Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Bonnie Thorn, office manager (Digital Inspections). Sport: running. This photo was taken at the inaugural Boston Athletic Association 10K race. Location: Corvallis (OR), USA

Kees-Jan van Oeveren, director of Electricity Transmission & Distribution, APAC. Sport: cycling. Location: Beijing, China

Viktorija Namavira, consultant. Sport: SUP yoga. Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jessica Miller, legal administrative ­assistant. Sport: Yoga. Here she’s doing the Astavakrasana, or eight-angle pose. Location: Burlington (MA), USA

David Balmert, senior consultant. Sport: rowing. Here he’s in a skiff. Location: Bonn, Germany

Henk Bijsterbosch (with no. 10), project ­manager. Sport: volleyball. Location: Arnhem, the Netherlands


Kathryn Knox Okemos (MI), USA



Henk ­Bijsterbosch Arnhem, the Netherlands


Suze Hupkes Arnhem, the Netherlands


Mark Dijkstra Arnhem, the Netherlands

Agapi ­Papadamou San Francisco (CA), USA


29 Maurice ­Adriaensen Arnhem, the Netherlands


Bonnie Thorn Corvallis (OR), USA

Martien Hofman Arnhem, the Netherlands

Greg Gronski Burlington (MA), USA

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Jessica Miller Burlington (MA), USA

15 Ryan Barry Portland (ME), USA


Tammie ­Candelario San Ramon (CA), USA


Patricia Ewanski Phoenix (AZ), USA Bart Adams Antwerp, Belgium

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Paal Johansen Houston (TX), USA


David Balmert Bonn, Germany

15 Matthias ­Heiligenstetter Bonn, Germany

27 Martin KuntzeFechner Bonn, Germany 16


Tone Varslot Stave Høvik, Norway


Jock Brown Høvik, Norway


30 Hege Halseth Bang Høvik, Norway

Lone Wigh Hellerup, Denmark

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Pierre ­Bartholomeus Groningen, the ­Netherlands Howard ­Levinsky Groningen, the ­Netherlands Jan Spiekhout Groningen, the ­Netherlands

Claas Hülsen Hamburg, Germany



Kees-Jan van Oeveren Beijing, China


Jinlong Ma Singapore Jan Haramul Prague, Czech Republic


Robert Burgers Dubai, United Arab Emirates




Viktorija ­Namavira Dubai, United Arab Emirates Atif Raja Dubai, United Arab Emirates




­Teaming up for ­Innovation “This project is bringing together ­colleagues from around the world to work together and share experiences,” says Maurice Adriaensen, project s­ ponsor for one of this year’s Global Innovations ­projects. Along with two other DNV KEMA employees, he explains how their innovation projects are connecting colleagues around the world.


­Teaming up for ­Innovation


his funding really decides whether or not we would have been able to go through with our project,” says Tammie Candelario, head of the Solar Services section. She is talking about the Global Innovation project she and her colleagues in the San Ramon, California office recently received funding for: a study of the effects of soiling and snow on solar PV systems in different geographical ­locations. “Like everyone else in DNV KEMA, we can only work with the hours we have available, and without this s­ upport we would have faced a real challenge in terms of meeting our budget,” she says.

The Global Innovation Portfolio In February DNV KEMA’s Innovation Committee ­finalised the evaluation of this year’s Global Innova­ tion projects (GIPs), selecting 24 new initiatives to be included in the company’s Innovation Portfolio. The programme delegates central funding and support to projects considered to be essential in helping the company achieve its strategic goals for 2015, g ­ iving each team 22.377 man-hours to complete their project. This year, the prioritised areas

“You like to think that you are supporting the ­values of the company and vice versa, and I think the Inno­vations Portfolio is very much about that.” included innovation projects contributing towards the Energy goal, the Sustainability goal, the Testing, Inspection & Certification goal and the Third Party goal. The San Ramon team’s project has the potential of ­contributing to more than one of these goals in the long term.

Using DNV KEMA locations “The initial work was done by our project manager Tim Townsend, who is on my team here in San Ramon,” Tammie says. “He has over 20 years of experience in the Solar PV field and has really done the heavy lifting from a technical perspective on this project.” She explains that Tim has spent many years 20

researching how dirt and snow affect the ultimate energy production of solar panels, and recently he led an effort to install a soiling test station at Lake Tahoe. “That provided data to develop a soiling model, but we wanted multiple points that represented more than one geographical location,” she continues. “So we are looking at four potential test beds to be installed and tested in different locations, ­including at least one where DNV KEMA already has ­facilities.” Tammie explains that the members of her team had already been involved in a GIP-funded project last year so, when the idea came up, they knew exactly where to go for innovation funding. “It was great to be selected,” she says. “We are all extremely passionate about the importance of this work. There’s a big gap regarding ­information about soiling in the ­industry, and we are very anxious to be able to see results and get out into the solar community and talk about our model.” She also points out that having support from manage­ ment provides an extra strong incentive for the team: “You like to think that you are supporting the ­values of the company and vice versa, and I think the Inno­ vations Portfolio is very much about that.”

New European opportunities On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, funding innovations is helping DNV KEMA’s European staff make the most of new business opportunities in their region – facilitating exciting new cross-office collaboration in the process. “Here in Europe, huge amounts of investment are going into the opportunities presented by the EU Commission’s mandate for a European smart meter rollout by 2020,” says Claas Hülsen, business line director within MOC Europe, who is also the Project Sponsor of a GIP focusing on European Smart Meter Testing. “This new legislation means that as many as 113 million smart meters will be installed in European homes in the coming years, provided there is a positive business case at the national level. This is of course a tremendous chance for DNV KEMA to offer additional services to new markets.”

­Teaming up for I­ nnovation

Together with internal project manager Daniel Böhm, Claas works with a team of people in DNV KEMA’s offices around Europe which has singled out a selection of potential markets in which to research smart meter testing facilities. “At the moment, we are focusing on the UK, Germany and Norway,” Claas explains. “Once we have located the best markets, we want to develop an idea of what an ideal testing facility here could look like in the future. Then in the third phase we would like to add new features to our tools for the designated markets that we see as short-term ­business opportunities. At the moment, the UK is looking like a likely candidate.”

Tammie Candelario Head of Section Solar Services

Claas Hülsen Business Line Director MOC Europe

National specifications – global teamwork

Maurice Adriaensen Team Manager Intelligent Networks & Communications (INC) & Power Systems Operation (PSO)

In the summer of last year, in the Dutch offices in Arnhem, another group of forward-thinking DNV KEMA employees were also beginning to notice potential business opportunities in relation to the European smart meter rollout.




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As business line director, Claas is the perfect candidate for the job. “In my role, I facilitate the exchange between offices across Europe and make people aware of each other’s capabilities. Keeping in touch with all the offices and having an overview of different people’s competence is my day-to-day business. So it’s great to be able to use that in a project that facilitates real innovation on a global scale.”


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Because smart meter testing must be developed within domestic specifications, these projects are of a national nature. But Claas explains that their GIP is nonetheless a real cross-office collaboration: “The whole project is very much a joint process, with a number of people working all over Europe, from Dresden and Arnhem, to Oslo and the UK. We rely on good software developers – experts on functional specifications within the different markets – and also people involved more on the business side to market the new services. Even in the last phase of the project when we will have chosen one market to focus on, it will still be a cross-office effort, because we need these resources from all over DNV KEMA in order to implement what has been researched and help spread the word.”



­Teaming up for ­Innovation

Maurice Adriaensen is the team manager for the Intelligent Networks and Communications group (INC), a group focusing mainly on automation within the energy industry, both in relation to IT systems and the management of electricity or gas infrastructures. “We also provide services in the area of smart metering, and with the new EU mandate we were hearing more and more about the issue of cyber security,” he says. “This is becoming a hot topic because as more and more infrastructure and distribution grids get connected to the Internet with the implementation of smart meters, the system also becomes more vulnerable to cyber crime.”

Discovering GIP Not long after Maurice and his team had begun discussing ideas for testing smart grid components in relation to cyber security, they discovered the GIP ­programme.

Like the European Smart Meter Testing Project, Maurice, who is the project sponsor of the GIP, explains that the Cyber Security Testing GIP is a ­cross-office operation, and a truly global initiative from the get-go. “Our project was selected not only because cyber security is currently a hot topic in the industry, but also because our project involved colleagues from ­different units right from the start. The idea came about not just within our team, but through discussions with other teams around the globe. We took the lead here in Arnhem, but we actively involved colleagues in Madrid, London, Dresden, Norway and the US. In fact, I think it’s the only GIP to involve collaboration between DNV KEMA’s European and American offices.” Maurice says the people involved – a core team of roughly six people communicating with colleagues all over the world – are already developing strong new relationships. “By working together as a global team, we are all getting to know one another better on a personal level, which in turn helps us to understand more about the different challenges in the American, European, or Middle Eastern markets. I’m convinced that if you want to work more internationally as an organisation, it starts with bringing people together and letting them share their experience. So I believe Global Innovation projects such as this one can also be important enablers for more cross-regional projects in the future.” •


“This funding really decides whether or not we would have been able to go through with our project”






“When we found out about the funding we had already started thinking about this initiative as a strategic addition to our business, so things came together quite nicely. We put together the proposal and it was shortlisted not long after. A more detailed business plan was approved in early January, to the delight of our team. It felt like an honour to get selected for the funding, and a huge motivation for the whole team to take the next steps together with our global colleagues.”

Using international competence

recharging your batteries

What do you

do in your

free time?

Suze Hupkes and Kickboxing As a girl, Suze Hupkes was not one for ballet or gymnastics: she liked tougher sports. She did judo until she was 12. Then, in her mid-teens, after she had stopped doing judo, she felt it was time to push the envelope. She began kickboxing.

What does kickboxing entail? There are two components to the training: punch bag training – to teach you to hit and kick – and sparring with an opponent. Fitness and weight training are also very important. For example, you need to have strong abdominal muscles to be able to cope with blows.

What makes it so enjoyable for you? I like active sports. Kick boxing training is very intensive: after one hour I am utterly exhausted. Your whole body is involved: arms, legs, and stomach muscles. I also like the fact that it’s a real contact sport. You fight rounds with all sorts of people, which teaches you to adapt to what the other person is doing. It requires a lot of concentration. As for the kick boxing competitions: they are quite fanatical, the fi ­ ghters train five days a week. A hobbyist like me needs to keep out of the way there, so I only fight training rounds myself. There’s no competition at a lower level, as there is with other sports.

Do you train with men? Yes, most training sessions are mixed. I don’t have any ­problem with that – you can learn a lot from sparring with boys. Men are stronger, but women can take advantage of that fact. People often don’t expect a girl to do kick boxing, and especially not a smaller girl like me!

What gives you the greatest satisfaction? Seeing your technique improve. For example: if you’re going to kick, you have to choose the right position first. You ­gradually get better at that, so that you can react faster and more accurately.

Does it influence your life and work? Yes, it makes me a stronger person. I feel more confident, for example if I’m out on my own at night. And you become fitter, physically and mentally. I’m in better condition, so I can concentrate better, and that shows in my work. But I think you could say the same for everyone who engages in sport.

What would you suggest to colleagues who are interested in kickboxing? Just go to a class one day. Nowadays there are many ­fitness clubs offering group lessons, where you can try it out. Anyone can do it!

Is it an aggressive sport, as is often said? No, in fact I think it teaches you control. You can get rid of your aggression in the training sessions, and you learn how to control aggression and what you should and shouldn’t do. That’s an important aspect of the training.

Suze Hupkes came to DNV KEMA in Arnhem as an intern. For the past 18 months she has been working in the Global Marketing & Communications department as coordinator Events & Sponsoring. 23


A Day in the Life of‌


Ryan Barry

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Ryan Barry Senior Principal Consultant at Sustainable Use Services Consulting (SUS-C) in Portland (ME), USA. With (DNV) KEMA since 2001.

05.15 a.m. My day starts when my 18-month-old son Quinlan wakes up. We quietly head to the kitchen to get the day started. After helping me brew coffee, Quinlan enjoys a bowl of dry cereal as I get started on making lunches for myself and my three older children: Fiona (7), Rowan (5) and Keenan (5). I’ve enjoyed my share of ‘Peanut Butter & Jellies’ this school year. I’ve been known to get distracted from morning “jobs” by Quinlan, the newspaper, or my BlackBerry; but luckily Hannah, my wife, joins us to make sure we stay on schedule. 06.30 a.m. We got lucky today… Hannah and I were able to enjoy each other’s company for a few minutes with a cup of coffee before the “big kids” joined us. 07.00 a.m. We have breakfast together and then ­prepare the kids for school. 08.00 a.m. We part ways… Hannah and the kids are off to school and I head downtown to the office. I may have resisted the temptation to check my BlackBerry while driving. On my way to the office I mentally prepare for the day. As a consultant your day often does not go as planned, but it helps me to take a quiet moment to review my priorities. 08.20 a.m. Wow, I beat my colleague Jessi Baldic to the office today; that’s a rare occasion lately as she has had some project work that has required her to arrive early. Unfortunately for me, the first to arrive has to make the coffee. 08.30 a.m. Soon my SUS-C colleagues, Nate Caron, Rich Crowley and Jessi arrive. We share a few laughs over coffee before we begin the day in earnest. 08.45 a.m. I return to my desk, review my To Do list, continue to manage my email and prepare for the first of many phone calls. I spend a great deal of time on the phone working with clients and colleagues across the US 10.00 a.m. We have a quick Portland Office team meeting to share our schedules for the ­upcoming weeks; then we join our Burlington, Massachusetts based SUS-C colleagues for a weekly team check-in and resourcing meeting.

10.30 a.m. It’s time to focus on project work… for the past three years I’ve been a member of DNV KEMA’s Massachusetts Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Energy Efficiency Program Evaluation Team. DNV KEMA is responsible for the planning, execution and delivery of all C&I evaluation activities in Massachusetts. In addition to verification of past energy savings accomplishments by the statewide energy efficiency programmes, our team investigates new markets, new approaches, and new technologies to assist the State of Massachusetts in its quest for the installation of all cost-effective energy efficiency. Today I’m working with my Middletown Office based colleague, Dan Barbieri, on a new contract that will extend our engagement through 2015. 12.00 p.m. Lunch at our desks today… I’m using the time to catch up on email and prepare for my 01.00 p.m. call. 13.00 p.m. Each Monday I meet with the Massachusetts C&I Evaluation Team project managers and our executive sponsor, Curt Puckett, to coordinate our efforts, share information and address any challenges. Currently we have nearly a dozen project managers across six different locations. This call also serves to prepare us for our team’s weekly project call with the statewide contract manager from National Grid. 13.30 p.m. Weekly check-in with the National Grid project manager. My teammates Dan Barbieri (Middletown, CT Office) and Chad Telarico (Remote Geneva, NY) participate in this call. We review the status of each of the ongoing projects and discuss the finer details of contract negotiations. 14.00 p.m. I have an hour window before my next call to work on one of my Massachusetts C&I projects. We are developing work plans for research to be completed in the next year of the Massachusetts contract. 15.00 p.m. I participate in a weekly resource planning call with colleagues from each of the US offices with SUS-C staff. The purpose of this call is to ensure an optimal workload balance across the team.

15.30 p.m. Back to the work plan mentioned above. 16.00 p.m. I have an interview with a candidate for a position in one of our East Coast offices. SUS-C is in a period of rapid growth and, as a result, interviewing has become a regular part of my job. I enjoy speaking with candidates who are interested in joining our team. Following the interview I fill out the interview evaluation form and send it along to HR. 17.30 p.m. The Portland Office gathers in the ­conference room to assist Nate with an issue that arose on one of his projects. 18.30 p.m. Prepare a few notes to myself for tomorrow, then head for home. 18.50 p.m. The kids have already eaten dinner and are playing in the yard when I arrive at home. I have some dinner and connect with Hannah before its time to get the kids ready for bed. Hannah takes Quinlan off to bed while I spend some quality time with the big kids. 21.00 p.m. With the house finally peaceful, I head out to play soccer. For the past few years, I’ve been playing with the same group of friends on a co-ed indoor soccer team. It is a great way to get some exercise and fun mid-week. I end the night by grabbing a quick beer with my teammates… conveniently there is a bar next to the soccer field. 22.30 p.m. Straight to bed… Thankfully all the kids finally sleep through the night… no more babies for me.


In this column three of our newest colleagues introduce themselves.


Kathryn Knox

Jinlong Ma

Kathryn Knox

Matthias Heiligenstetter

Principal Consultant for the Clean

Energy Efficiency Engineer in the

Sales Manager for Management

Technology Centre in Singapore

KSI-SUS division in Okemos (MI), USA

and Operations Consulting in Bonn,

since February 2013.

since March 2013.

Germany since April 2013.

Family? Married, one child. Where do you live? In Singapore, my family currently lives in Australia. What are your main tasks? Consulting, development and marketing What kind of work did you do prior to DNV KEMA? I worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) in Hong Kong in consulting and management. Former employers included SMEC, an international engineering and management consulting firm in Australia, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and China Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). What were your first impressions? First: change. When I applied for my current job, the company was called DNV. By the time I joined them, it was DNV KEMA. And the company is still undergoing change. Then: diversity. The range of business and services is wide and diverse: from maritime to natural resources; from policy and regulatory services to engineering and research. What were your expectations of DNV KEMA? A global operations and consulting business and working with colleagues in a multi­ cultural environment. What do you find particularly ­interesting about your work? Contributing to the sustainable development of the region. Is there anything you had to get used to? Different firms have different styles of operations and corporate cultures. As a new employee you have to adapt and get involved, and make constructive contributions. Is there anything you hope to develop in your new job? I’d be interested to see accelerated growth of the company’s business and operations in Asia, which has become an increasingly important driver of the global economy. I hope to play my part in this growth and to expand my professional experience.

Family? No partner, no children. Where do you live? In Okemos, Michigan (USA). What are your main tasks? I assist in implementing the energy ­efficiency programme for Consumers Energy in Michigan. I primarily review applications for utility rebates related to building retrofits and perform site inspections when needed. What kind of work did you do prior to DNV KEMA? I joined DNV KEMA after receiving my MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. What were your first impressions? I quickly learned that DNV KEMA really takes to heart the values of sustainability that we present to our clients, as demonstrated by internal programmes like “WeDo”. What were your expectations about DNV KEMA? I was somewhat apprehensive about moving to a new state, without knowing anyone else beforehand. However, my great co-workers all made me feel right at home from day one. What do you find particularly ­interesting about your work? I enjoy travelling around Michigan performing building inspections. It’s amazing how each energy efficiency project is truly unique and each presents new challenges. Is there anything you had to get used to? Yes: to all the delicious food and sweet treats that find their way into our office on a daily basis. I think I’m the most well-fed I’ve been in years! Is there anything you hope to develop in your new job? I hope to expand my knowledge of building systems and learn from my talented colleagues, especially our senior engineers. I’m also very interested in other service lines, such as Sustainable Buildings and Communities.

Family? Married, no children. Where do you live? In Cologne, Germany. What are your main tasks? I sell our consulting services and improve relationships with current and prospective ­clients. I am also involved in representing DNV KEMA and our portfolio at trade fairs and conferences and in strengthening our brand recognition in the market. What kind of work did you do prior to DNV KEMA? I worked as a business development and key account manager for EVB Energy Solutions GmbH, with a focus on Smart Metering and Smart Grid Solutions. What were your first impressions of DNV KEMA? Great place to work! What were your expectations? I was expecting an international company and working environment with a comprehensive portfolio and experienced and open-minded colleagues, where I could learn something new every day and use my skills. So far, I can say my expectations have been fulfilled. What do you find particularly ­interesting about your work? To deliver the best solutions to our clients is a great challenge and each assignment is different. Being part of a dynamic and changing energy world makes this even better. Is there anything you had to get used to? To get familiar with the many abbreviations used in the company. I take them for granted now, but in the beginning they were quite confusing! Is there anything you hope to develop in your new job? I want to further develop my knowledge of energy and contribute my “power” so that I can grow with the team and the company.


Joining Forces – DNV KEMA Runs “Most runners run not because they want to live ­longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.” Haruki Murakami


The DNV women’s team in Oslo From left to right: Anne Kirsti Noren, Susanne Tollerød, Kristine Hovland, Eva Turk, Helene Bjerke, Maria Kristiansen, Anneli Stephansen, Melanie Devergez, Hege Halseth Bang, Randi Kruuse-Meyer, Heidi Hægeland Halvorsen, Pippa Brown. In front with dog: Line Dahl.

Joining Forces – DNV KEMA Runs

The Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s succinct reflection on running has come to encapsulate the mentality shared by the millions of people around the world who find themselves addicted to the sport of running. We talked to some of DNV KEMA’s running enthusiasts about the training, teamwork and dedication that go into it.


n a sunny Tuesday afternoon in May this year, around one hundred runners gathered for the traditional Lenteloop race in the business park where DNV KEMA’s Arnhem office is located. With music playing out of loudspeakers, the runners prepared to take part in what has become a traditional sporting event for the Arnhem employees: the 4,8 km Lenteloop (Spring Running Event) is now in its 29th year, with a 30th anniversary race planned for 2014. Employees from seven companies with offices in the same park participated, this year with 12 representatives from DNV KEMA – slightly fewer than in previous races. “It probably came down to the race happening on a Tuesday this year, and not on a Friday as it normally does,” explains Martien Hofman, office manager of the Global Marketing & Communications Team, who has both run and helped organise the race for DNV KEMA staff for several years now. Despite the slightly lower turnout, she explains, our runners didn’t disappoint: Andries van der Wal, the winner of the p ­ revious two years’ races, made it across the finish line in second place with a time of just over 17:30 minutes (there were whispers that he would have won, had it not been for an unlucky fall near the finish).

Social motivation But, as Martien points out, the motivation behind running races such as these is rarely based in competitiveness. “The Lenteloop is a great way to meet other

people, have conversations and make contacts outside of the normal business context. Personally I’m not a particularly fast runner, but I really enjoy the social aspect.” The Arnhem runners are not organised in a specific running group but, with the enthusiasm around traditional races like the Lenteloop, Martien feels positive about putting together a team to train and run together in the forthcoming Bridge to Bridge race, another traditional Arnhem event that sees thousands of runners connect the city’s bridges with their feet. “People support each other when they run a race,” Martien says. “Even though you might be running on your own, you are still there as a team.”

Oslo’s relay race In the annual Holmenkollstafetten (Holmenkoll Relay Race), teamwork is also essential to success. It’s an important event in the calendar for DNV’s running team in Norway, with a men’s and women’s team – both of which have been placed in the top five many times in the past – entering each year. Hege Bang, a head of section within DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, has been with the running group since 2000, ­receiving and ­passing the baton on behalf of her team in several of the race’s 15 different legs. “It went really well this year,” she says enthusiastically. “We ended up 11th, out of more than 70 teams. It’s a bit stressful every year – just ­getting everyone to the right place at the right time. But the most important thing is making sure everyone has a great time.” 29

Joining Forces – DNV KEMA Runs

Hege explains that the running group meets twice a week, convening by the waterfront at DNV’s Høvik offices every Monday and Thursday afternoon. “We draw up a training programme that we all follow for two months at a time,” she says. Prior to the relay race, runners go through test sessions to qualify and get allocated a suitable distance. “A lot of that is about finding the right runner for the right leg,” she explains. “There’s a big difference between running 2.8 km and sprinting 390 metres. Besides, we want as many people as possible to get involved, and we really do have people from across

“People support each other when they run a race. Even though you might be running on your own, you are still there as a team.” the whole spectrum involved. Some of our members are elite runners, while others just want to contribute and have fun. I think the common experience we all have is that you are there as part of a team that depends on you. That can be nerve wrecking when you are on the starting line, but it’s also the best part.”

Making friends Hege also points out that participating in the running group has enabled her to make close friends in DNV that she wouldn’t have met over the usual coffee break conversations in the canteen. Senior Consultant at DNV KEMA Norway, Jock Brown, who ran the 390 m distance in this year’s men’s relay race, had similar motivations for joining the group. ”I moved to Europe from New Zealand in 2009, ­relocating to Oslo after the merger last year.” he says. ”I got involved with DNV’s running team as I thought it would be a good idea to get to know some new people while also getting back into shape.” Jock says that, in addition to reviving his old ­athletics skills, running with the group has helped him get to know his company better. ”I find it’s been a great 30

way to learn about the different divisions within DNV that I wasn’t too familiar with before – like the Maritime sector, which is so integral to DNV’s work and ­history.”

The running mentality But, beyond the social aspect, what is it that motivates people to get out and train when the long, cold, icy winters come creeping in? In addition to running races with DNV, Hege is an avid long-distance runner who has completed many half and full marathons on her own. “In a busy everyday life, it’s the simplest thing to keep up in terms of training,” she says. “Running with ­others is great, but I like the fact that you can get out and do it even if it’s just you. I find it is often those runs when it’s just you alone on the road that are the most special, when you get a chance to really clear your head. The world just feels like a better place by the time you get back.” To Hege, a big part of the motivation is also to challenge herself both mentally and physically: “A lot of it is about telling yourself that you can do something; flicking that switch in your head to concentrate on just getting to the finish line instead of thinking about what’s hurting,” she says. “It’s a bit of a cliché in the world of running, but I do think it translates to other areas in life – especially work. It’s about being a ­finis­her, and having the mentality that backing out is not an option.”

Motivating colleagues In Germany, DNV KEMA’s Sales Director Martin Kuntze-Fechner is using his 30-year long running experience to motivate his colleagues in the Bonn office to take up long-distance running. “I’ve run 19 marathons in my life,” he says, “and I’ve lost count of the half marathons a long time ago!” Running every other day has made the sport an intrinsic part of Martin’s life, and he says it has taught him that everybody has different motivations and attitudes.

Joining Forces – DNV KEMA Runs

The Bonn team From left to right: Michael Ebert, Christian Engelhard, Martin KuntzeFechner, Nina Negic, Denis Resnjanskij.

The DNV men’s team in Oslo From left to right: Jock Brown, Erik Tørum, Kjetil Hunnes, Antonio Goncalves, Erling Håland, Arne Nestegård, Peer Chr. Anderssen, Alfredo Ludueña, Alfredo Carella, Tore Hordvik, Ole Martin Hauge, Andreas Lervik, Terje Tubaas, Nikolai Hydle Rivedal. Seated in front: Daniel Millet.

The Dresden team (not in the a­ rticle) also shared a photo with us. From left to right: René Zimmer, Katja Müller, Oliver Schönherr, Dirk Rudolph (replacing Jan Mehlberg), Martin Vogel, Jessica Hebing. Approximately 9000 participants took part in the Team Challenge Dresden. (DNV) KEMA took part 5th time in a row, starting in 2009. 31

Joining Forces – DNV KEMA Runs

“With the Bonn team we mostly run for leisure. For three to four years we have been meeting after work on Mondays for a 10 km run along the Rhine, crossing some of the bridges here in the city along the way. Every September we participate in a corporate run, which sets out near where the former government buildings are located. Around 6,000 runners from all over Bonn meet and run a 6 km race, and then we have a nice barbecue after. Last year, however, we had the idea to do a half marathon together – to really put in that extra effort.”

First half marathon Martin says that, with everyone’s different projects and working hours, much of the preparation came down to the individual runner. “Many of my colleagues who took part had never run a half marathon before. We gave each other lots of support and tips, and I tried to encourage people that a half marathon is something everyone in good health is capable of completing.


Running a marathon is different – it requires more specific training and dedication – but most people’s bodies can conquer 21 kilometres. In the end, we managed to get everyone over the finish line in less than two hours. That felt like a great achievement.” Martin agrees with Hege that the runner’s ­mentality of endurance and commitment can be conducive to good working habits. “Keeping in motion, both physically and mentally, is very important when you’re ­running long distances. When you’re running a marathon, you will come to a point where you ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this?’” he laughs. “At longer distances it’s also natural to find yourself being quite bored at times. And we all know it can be the same at work – there are always going to be times where you could use the extra stamina to get you through the peaks and troughs. Running is a great way to build that stamina.” •

The Arnhem team In the back, from left to right: Henk Aalderink , Frank de Vos, Imre Tannemaat, Sjoerd Groot, Sander Heijnekamp / In the front, from left to right: Henk van Zuilen, Roy Nijman, Sander van der Weiden, Martien Hofman, Annemarie Taris, Henk Spelt.

A Life in Electricity Walt Stadlin on his long and eventful career Having started as a young electrical engineer in 1952, DNV KEMA Senior Principal Consultant Walter O. (Walt) Stadlin witnessed some of the major changes in the world of electric power in the 20th century. Among other things, he was involved in developing the first digital computers for the power industry. Transponder was interested in his  experiences – and luckily Walt was willing to share them.


The nuclear age Walt started his career at Oak Ridge, working on the supply of electric power for producing enriched uranium. This had been used for the first time in World War II to make the atomic bomb, but in the early fifties it became the fuel for nuclear power reactors. “Initially, the promise of nuclear power was to replace the burning of fossil fuels at a very low cost,” explains Walt. “Although the production of enriched uranium takes an enormous amount of electric power, it provides even more. We thought it would be too cheap to even meter… No thoughts were given to waste products. We’ve since learned a lot more about that.” Walt was assigned to teach operators and technicians the basics of electricity and particularly the ins and outs of protective relays. “To demonstrate the effect of breaking the electrical circuit in a current transformer, I once disconnected the wires in such a device with almost-bare hands, protected only by special gloves,” he says. A “hands-on” method that caused some disturbance among the audience, and might not have been approved of by his older self…

The transistor breakthrough In the second half of the fifties, Walt worked for the Army Signal Corps for two years. During this time, he witnessed the invention of the transistor, which he considers to be “one of the major technological breakthroughs of the 20th century.” Until then, the many connecting switches needed for all kinds of electronic applications, such as communication systems and the early analogue computers, consisted of vacuum tubes. These were bulky (each was about the size of a light bulb), power-hungry and slow. An early digital computer used thousands of vacuum tubes. Walt explains:

“A transistor is a fast, non-mechanical on/off switch for electric current – basically a piece of crystal with wire contacts on it. Each one uses only a low electric current. Consequently, the equipment using transistors also became smaller and faster.” He remembers how he built his own transistor radio in those days: you could buy special kits and a do-ityourself radio or television became a popular hobby. But the influence of the transistor went much further, he says: “We owe all of today’s technology to this tiny device: calculators, laptops, and the internet – you name it.”

From bits to bytes In 1957 Walt started working for Leeds & Northrup, a pioneering measurement instrument and control system manufacturer for industrial processes, electric power plants and interconnected electric companies. He would stay there for 27 years, working on the development and application of automated controls for the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power. One of his personal milestones was developing and programming one of the industry’s first digital computers for the Detroit Edison Company. “When I started at L&N, I had to teach myself how to program a digital computer. There were no classes I could take, so I had to learn by doing – or leave the company!” At that time, computer memories were were a lot smaller than they are nowadays. You could almost count the bits. Walt used a conventional electric typewriter with punched paper tape as input and he could only see the results of his work when he had converted the computer output to an analogue meter; there were no digital screens yet. But he learned fast and over the years was awarded several patents for his work.

1954 An analog computer system called the “Early Bird” is invented by Southern Services engineer Donald Early (pointing in the picture). Installed to coordinate and dispatch power from all of Southern Company’s plants, it is hailed as the world’s most advanced system of its type. Built by L&N


Walt Stadlin’s career from 1952 to 2012 1952 Oak Ridge, Tennessee 1955 Signal Corps, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey 1957 Leeds & Northrup, North Wales, Pennsylvania 1968 MACRO Corporation, an ­engineering ­consulting firm founded by five f­ ormer L&N employees in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. 1983 Walt joined MACRO, Horsham, PA 1996 KEMA USA acquires MACRO, Chalfont,PA 2012 DNV acquires KEMA 2013 Ross & Baruzzini acquires MACRO In 2008, Walt Stadlin was honoured by being nominated for the Platts Global Energy Lifetime Achievement Award. When he’s not travelling around the globe to support colleagues and clients with his vast range of knowledge, Walt and his wife Mae relish their leisure time by enjoying the ­theatre, travelling, and visiting the families of their four sons and eight grandchildren.

“We owe all of today’s technology to the transistor”

The New York skyline during the 1965 blackout.

The New York blackout Tuesday, November 9, 1965. Dinnertime near L&N’s factory/headquarters in North Wales, Pennsylvania. At the time, L&N was in the process of starting up Con Edison’s new digital computer system at their control centre in Manhattan, and Walt and several Con Edison engineers were watching television in the local restaurant when the lights flickered momentarily. TV was interrupted by news showing the New York City outline of completely dark skyscrapers. It appeared there had been a massive disruption in the supply of electricity in the North Eastern part of the US and part of Canada. The Con Edison engineers immediately returned to their control centre, while Walt went home to watch events unfold. The power remained on in Pennsylvania. The blackout, caused by a maintenance error in the Niagara generation station, started a cascade of ­disruptions in connected stations, damaging many of them. Finally, it left over 30 million people without electricity for up to 13 hours. The events turned out

to be the motor for many improvements in the industry. “Before the blackout, the main goal in electricity was to be connected,” explains Walt, “but when something goes wrong, the most important thing is to be disconnected to isolate the problem and, once you’ve done that, to get the lights back on again as soon as possible.” Improvements focused on faster communication, automated fault detection, isolation and restoration, accurate Power Network Modelling (to anticipate potential problems) and, finally, the establishment of operational standards in the industry. This was the basis of another of Walt’s personal milestones: for Duquesne Light Company in Pittsburgh, PA, he developed and programmed an automated scheme for the detection of faults, their isolation and the quick restoration of power. “Back then, when a car hit a telephone pole, you had to get out there and throw a switch to disconnect the circuits. Thanks to the computer, we could now do this automatically and get power back quickly for everyone else by isolating the damaged component.” 35

The open access market

Common interests

Another force behind standardisation was the development of the electricity market. For a long time, electric power was in the hands of a host of individual companies. They handled the whole electricity chain themselves and could build power plants and transmission lines wherever they wished. Sharing power was a matter of bargaining between two companies. “As the US became more densely populated and the North American grid expanded,” Walt explains, “it became clear that this “patchwork” system was no longer suitable. This naturally evolved into the concept of the high-voltage grid as an “interstate highway system” for electric power that would be accessible to all electricity suppliers and users.” To make this open access a reality required the creation of Independent System Operators (ISOs) to administer this market and to maintain the desired reliability of the grid.

“The big thing now and in the future,” says Walt, “is renewable energy, particularly wind and solar power. These will have an increasing influence on our power supply.” However, his favourite memories have to do with the oldest of renewable energy sources: water. “I worked on the Snowy Mountains project in Australia, which was supplied by just two rivers. It involved an intricate tunnel network between a number of power plants, which presented a very interesting puzzle.” In Tasmania, on the other hand, hydro is the only source of power. The challenge there was not to waste any water. “As the operators in the power plants used to say: If you spill it, you’ll have to drink it!” Again, computers were the key to finding an answer.

By then, Walt was working for KEMA, which was commissioned by the new Midwest ISO (MISO) to analyse what they needed to fulfil their task. He was involved in the preparation, choice of location, and architectural design of a primary and backup control centre for MISO.

“There were no classes I could take,

In 2012, Walt was involved in developing a computer system that includes the optimal water ­management of the Nile River in Egypt. The completion was delayed by the recent unrest and he’s not sure what the state of the project is right now. Ultimately, it could add to the creation of an open market in the region, ­connecting all Mediterranean countries. This is one of the things that inspire him about the ­electricity ­industry. As he puts it: “In the end, everyone is working on the same problems, sharing a common ­interest.” •

so I had to learn by doing” The New York Times, Wednesday, November 10, 1965.


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