IRPdelft

International Research Projects Delft (IRPdelft) is a foundation that provides you with a challenging international and educational experience.

This year a team of 20 master students from the Delft University of Technology will shortlist 5 multinationals each offering an innovative and challenging business project in emerging markets around the world. Over the summer holiday five IRP teams, consisting of four students each, will execute the research project.This year’s location will be Colombia.

Opportunities

The multidisciplinary IRPdelft team is capable of investigating a wide range of challenges. We are focused on providing your organization with realistic, refreshing and valuable solutions. For some concrete examples of possible IRPdelft projects, refer to the projects section below. There you will find information on IRPdelft projects that have been completed in previous years.

In addition to our website we have a factsheet, which summarizes IRPdelft. For more detailed information please take a look at our brochure. Both documents can be downloaded below.
Please feel free to contact us at any time in case you have questions.

Factsheet

Clients

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Unilever
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BAM
Strukton
AllSeas
Fugro
IHC
Deerns
Philips
Eon
Heerema
Witteveen
Ballast
Stork
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vopak
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Selection partner

Mission

The International Research Projects Delft (IRPdelft)  is a non-profit organization run by 20 enthusiastic and selected Master of Science students from Delft University of Technology. Because of their different backgrounds and fields of study IRPdelft offers a multidisciplinary team of highly motivated and talented students. Furthermore, IRPdelft can provide your company a fresh and unbiased look at company specific research cases.

IRPdelft offers custom-made research solutions for organizations of all sizes. The research topic is determined in close collaboration with your company. After the preparatory phase, a multidisciplinary team of four students will perform a field research in a specified country. Below, an overview is given on our approach to the International Research Projects.

  • High quality research conducted by students with state-of-the-art academic knowledge.
  • Cooperation with Delft University of Technology professors before and during the research project.
  • Confidential and tailor-made research based on your proposal.
  • A fresh look at research topics by innovative students.
  • Projects carried out on a non-profit basis, backed by the IRPdelft Foundation.

High Quality

Based on the agreement established between IRPdelft and Delft University of Technology, the foundation has access to scientific information and extensive research experience. Professors and PhD students who have already earned their wings in research will accompany the project. Also, several partner companies are providing the team with additional training and information. All of the participating students have a great deal of theoretical and practical knowledge. Every student is in the final phase of his or her studies, and is working towards a Master’s degree. Beside this theoretical knowledge, the students have extensive practical experience from participation in internships, projects and committees of all kinds of organizations.

Non-Profit

IRPdelft is a non-profit organization that is focused on the personal development of its members. The main goal of the team is to broaden its horizons by adding value to the current state of your company. In return, the students gain valuable experience and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills. To make the research possible, assets have to be attended. The main part will be taken at the expenses of the companies involved. Dependent on the duration, location and the manpower a price to measure will be made. International Research Projects Delft is a foundation and does not aim to make a profit.

Extensive Knowledge

At Delft University of Technology, students have extensive knowledge in a wide array of technological areas. Therefore, IRPdelft offers the unique opportunity to combine market research and development with scientific knowledge. In the previous years of IRPdelft, student teams have carried out successful projects for companies within a wide range of sectors. References of the completed projects can be made available on request.

Projects

2016

Asia Pacific

Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company is one of the world’s largest multinational beverage corporations. For Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, one of the company’s bottlers, IRPdelft will perform a durability study with the goal of maximising the lifetime of the famous contour shaped returnable glass Coca-Cola bottle. Do you want to know more about the Coca-Cola project? Download the Project Poster
Deerns

Deerns’ International Airport Practice delivers world class engineering design for the globe’s most renowned airports. The developments in the Indonesian economy have led Deerns to ask IRPdelft to investigate the local airport market and strategically advise key decision makers on a future course of action in Indonesia. Download the  Project Poster for more information.
Philips Healthcare

In 2015, Philips opened a local office in Yangon, providing Personal Health and Health systems in Myanmar. IRPdelft investigates what it takes Philips to develop a primary care business in Myanmar in a profitable and sustainable way in the next 5 years. The project focuses on the Community Life Center concept as developed by Philips. Do you want to get to know the project more in detail? Download the Project Poster
Vopak

Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage company. Liquified Natural Gas is one of the product stored in Vopak tanks around the world. As part of the Indonesian government’s plan to increase the energy supply to its many islands, a team of IRPdelft will perform a market study and an economic analysis on the LNG demand to provide Vopak with a strategic advice on how to optimise their LNG infrastructure in Indonesia. Download the Project Poster for more information.
Wagenborg

Royal Wagenborg is a Dutch based international company, specialised in international transport by road and by water. Over more than a century, Royal Wagenborg has become an all-round logistics partner that offers logistics solutions for the most complex situations. Royal Wagenborg wants to explore the potential of the Indonesian market. The IRPdelt team performs a market research for Royal Wagenborg in south-east Asia. The research focusses on the offshore and shipping market. Download the Project Poster to see the results of the research in more detail.

2015

Brazil

Philips Healthcare

For one of the modalities of Philips Healthcare, IRPdelft performed an in-depth supply chain optimization. For this purpose the IRPdelft team followed the supply chain from The Netherlands to Sao Paulo to the assembly factory in Lagoa Santa and to the end-customer.
Damen Shipyards

A team of IRPdelft performed a multidisciplinary market research study for Damen Shipyards Ferry Services in the Caribbean to investigate the current market demand and deliver a strategic marketing advice to enlarge future business opportunities in the region.
BAM International

BAM International is a subsidiary of Royal BAM Group, one of Europe’s largest contracting companies. BAM International wants to expand its business of contracting and engineering in Latin America. The IRPdelft team performed a market research for BAM International in Peru. The focus of the research was on the opportunities in the marine infrastructure market, which is one of the main areas of expertise of BAM International.
Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. Among its competitors it has the strongest presence in emerging economies where the Brazilian organization is one of the company’s largest assets. In the Brazil Home Care business, the IRPdelft team performed a supply chain optimization study to identify key areas of potential sustainable cost reductions.
Heineken

Heineken is the largest brewer in Europe and one of the largest brewers in the world by volume. The IRPdelft team conducted an in-depth research for Heineken Brazil focusing on supply chain optimization.

2014

Middle-America

Stork

Stork offers specialist services across all areas of management and maintenance in the oil & gas industry. Due to the energy reforms that took place in Mexico opportunities for Dutch oil & gas contractors are arising, onshore as well as offshore. After an initial two weeks desk research the IRPdelft team conducted a market research for Stork in Mexico in order to get acquainted with the current market structure and investigate the potential future business opportunities.
Wagenborg

For the offshore division of Royal Wagenborg, a team of four of our students performed an investigation for a possible entry with their vessels and project expertise in the Mexican market. One of these vessels is the new developed “walk to work” concept which is used as maintenance support and supply vessel.
Heerema

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) is a world leading contractor in the international offshore oil and gas industry. There are some promising expectations about the growth of this industry in Suriname and the Guyana’s, because of a large basin in front of the coast of these three countries. Therefore IRPdelft conducted a market research study for HMC in this area, in order to investigate the potential future business opportunities.
Ballast Nedam

Ballast Nedam is a Dutch construction and engineering company, active in the areas of housing, mobility, energy and nature. Within these areas of work, Ballast Nedam focusses on major integrated complex projects and related activities in niche markets. IRPdelft performed a market research for Ballast Nedam International in Guyana. In this research the focus was on the opportunities in the infrastructure market of Guyana that can be related to the core activities and strengths of Ballast Nedam.
Damen

Within its broad portfolio Damen Shipyards is, among other vessel types, specialized in the manufacturing of several types of dredgers. Damen dredgers could be of great value for Mexican industry. An IRPdelft team performed a market research to gain better insight in the Mexican dredging market.

2013

Asia-Pacific

SP Brewery

SP Brewery has grown to be the leading brewery of Papua New Guinea and is part of the Heineken Company. In a global push by Heineken to become more sustainable the SP Brewery has set its goal on using more locally grown ingredients for its beer. The IRP team helped SP Brewery with achieving this goal by performing a feasibility study for a local starch production project.
Fugro

Fugro collects, processes and interprets data related to the earth’s surface and the soils and rocks beneath and provides advice based on the results to clients in many sectors. IRPdelft performed market research in the South East Asia region for this company. The first two weeks the team was based at the Dutch headquarter, after which they will conduct their in-depth research in Singapore for the following five weeks.
Petrofac

Petrofac, a leading provider of oilfield services, owns several floating production, storage and offload (FPSO) vessels. These ships, which are designed to process and store oil at offshore oil fields, are currently forced to flare (burn) the associated gas, which comes as a part of the crude oil extracted from the field. IRPdelft investigated whether it is possible to turn this liability in economic value by conducting a technical and financial feasibility study on the application of a technology on the FPSO that converts the gas into synthetic oil.
Philips

Philips, an international engineering and electronics corporation, is aiming to make innovation accessible for over 3 billion people around the world. To contribute to this goal, IRPdelft analyzed the full production process of the Philips dry iron, produced on the Indonesian island Batam. IRPdelft indicated inefficiencies in the supply chain and present cost reduction solutions, in order to optimize the supply chain to ASEAN countries.
Allseas

Allseas, a global leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction, has Huisman placing a crane on their ship the Solitaire in Xiamen, China. While the Solitair is stationed there, other construction and maintenance work has to be performed as well. IRPdelft was assigned with finding and assessing possible Chinese and South Korean contractors for this job.

Recommendations

Marion Derckx

“The hosting of International Research Projects Delft creates a venue forcultural exchange wherein Dutch students are exposed to the corporate culture and capabilities of the Philippines while enterprises benefit from their insights on new ways to do business.”

Marion DerckxDutch Ambassador to the Philippines
Rob Swartbol

“IRPdelft stands for a group of highly qualified post-graduate students from Delft University of Technology. They assist Dutch and Indonesian companies with technical analysis, feasibility studies, operations research etc. For companies as well as students this creates a win-win situation; companies  receive sound advice, students gain valuable experience.”

Rob SwartbolDutch Ambassador to Indonesia
Jan Karel Mak

“An inspired IRP team was of great assistance to us in preparing an entry into a new market. We are now building on the foundations they were able to lay down for us!”

Jan Karel MakCEO of Deerns Group
Ir. Jaap Gelling

“IRPdelft is a good and easy way of acquiring fresh thoughts and insights”

Ir. Jaap GellingDirector at Damen Shipyards
Han Peters

“International Research Projects Delft can help you develop your business, with studies ranging from supply chain optimization, market research to technical feasibility studies. IRPdelft has demonstrated an ability to identify market opportunities and to give a clear picture of the obstacles and procedures. I highly recommend the work of the talented students of IRPdelft.”

Han PetersDutch Ambassador to Brazil

Board of Recommendation

Prof. dr. ir. K.C.A.M. Luyben
Rector Magnificus Delft UT

Drs. J.L. Mulder
Vice-President for Education & Operations of Delft UT

Prof. dr. ir. P.A. Wieringa
Vice-Rector Delft UT

Prof. dr. ir. J.T. Fokkema
Former Rector Magnificus Delft UT

Drs. D.J. van den Berg
Former President of the Executive Board of Delft UT

Drs. P.M.M. Rullmann
Former Vice-President for Education & Operations Delft UT

Dr. P.A.M. Berdowski
CEO Royal Boskalis Westminster NV

Ir. E.P. Heerema
President Allseas Group S.A.

Ir. J.K. Mak
CEO Deerns Groep BV

Mr. A. Jacobi
Dutch Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

J.H.A.S. Biesheuvel
Former Chairman Royal Society MKB-Nederland

Team 2016

Aïsha Lemsom

Aïsha Lemsom

Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics
Bart van der Lee

Bart van der Lee

Aerospace Structures and Materials
Bouke Hylkema

Bouke Hylkema

Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
Erik Ijzermans

Erik Ijzermans

Air Transport and Aerospace Operations
Ernst de Groot

Ernst de Groot

Construction Management and Engineering
Harm Houwink

Harm Houwink

Structural Engineering
Jenneke Evers

Jenneke Evers

Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics
Jules de Winter

Jules de Winter

Applied Physics
Maarten Vrouenraets

Maarten Vrouenraets

Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
Maartje Adank

Maartje Adank

Biomedical Engineering
Marcel Goldschmeding

Marcel Goldschmeding

Systems and Control
Maud Vaessen

Maud Vaessen

Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics
Max Mol

Max Mol

Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics
Myrthe Gillis

Myrthe Gillis

Air Transport and Aerospace Operations
Noud Wijtenburg

Noud Wijtenburg

Construction Management and Engineering
Philippe Carter

Philippe Carter

Chemical Engineering
Roderick Buijs

Roderick Buijs

Offshore & Dredging Engineering
Rozemarijn Rischen

Rozemarijn Rischen

Architecture
Tyrtza Hogewoning

Tyrtza Hogewoning

Strategic Product Design & Econometrics
Willem Roos

Willem Roos

Space Flight

Contact

We hope we have triggered your interest in IRPdelft. The selected master students are highly motivated to conduct a project for your company on a non-profit basis. If you have any questions, or if you would like additional information, please feel free to contact us via the form below or direct your questions to the board of IRPdelft:

Sietze de Wit – President
sietze.dewit@irpdelft.nl

Matys Voorn– Treasurer
matys.voorn@irpdelft.nl

Koen Hiemstra – Internal affairs
koen.hiemstra@irpdelft.nl

Maartje van Zon – External affairs
maartje.vanzon@irpdelft.nl