Faculty TPM

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences. 
The Faculty’s mission is to develop robust models and designs in order to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked, urbanized knowledge society.

The Faculty is comprised of three closely collaborating departments, each with a different perspective on addressing these complex societal challenges: systems, governance and values. The smart combination of these three perspectives is at the core of comprehensive engeneering, and is the main thrust of the Faculty. 
The main application domains of the Faculty, in which the majority of its research projects can be clustered, are: energy, climate, mobility, ICT, water, and cyber.

The video below describes in short how the departments of our Faculty work together and strengthen each other.




UK & Netherlands Oil & Gas Hackathon

(A joint Nexstep & EEEGR SIG event supported by EBN, NOGEPA and the Oil & Gas Authority.)

Collaboration and lowering decommissioning costs in the Southern North Sea basin

As the Southern North Sea matures decommissioning is now a reality for some operators and is certainly on the radar for others.

Estimated decommissioning costs for the SNS from the OGA is in the region of £7bn and from Nexstep approximately €7bn. For operators decommissioning is an expense, with no profits therefore working collaboratively with other operators and key stakeholders will be essential to help reduce these costs. Know-how, innovative solutions and technologies will be vital, and this event is a major Southern North Sea effort to bring Operators and Supply Chain companies together and collectively come up with the best ideas in lowering decommissioning costs.

The Hackathon will feature presentations from UK & Dutch operators who will each share their current challenges in decommissioning followed by interactive sessions to discuss potential solutions to the challenges. These discussions will be captured in a report which will be shared with all the attendees, and be the basis of a collaborative action plan to drive cost effectiveness into future activity.

There is an acceptance many cost saving solutions lie with the contractor community and these events have in the past proved effective in bringing together service companies to highlight their innovative and problem-solving approach. Through interactive discussions with operator specialists the aim is to tease out new cost saving solutions and technologies which will ultimately reduce the decommissioning bill across both sides of the median line.

Call for students to assist in hackaton


Nexstep is the joint initiative of EBN and the Dutch oil and gas industry, represented by NOGEPA. It is our ambition to stimulate re-use and collaboration in decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure in the Netherlands. We share learnings, drive innovation and promote effective and efficient regulation; all with the clear ambition to contribute to the energy transition.


Nexstep is organising a hackaton with OGA from the UK. The first hackaton will take place in Norwich on the 9th of October and than subsequently the next one will be organized in The Netherlands on the 24th of October during Offshore Energy in the RAI.


The four operators which have assets on both sides of the Southern North Sea (UK and Dutch part) are Shell/NAM, Neptune, Spirit and ONE. They will be asked to come up with the challenges they face with collaboration in crossborder decommissioning.


Nexstep is now looking for a group of students (preferably with mixed study backgrounds) which could help Nexstep in facilitating the hackaton. I think of the following activities:

  • Doing desk research on possible solutions for the challenges presented as input for the hackaton
  • Investigate if there are companies/universtities etc which could contribute to the hackaton
  • Be present at the Dutch hackaton, where service industry will come up with innovative ideas on the challenges presented. Collecting all the ideas gathered during the hackaton sessions.
  • Facilitate prioritizing ideas generated during hackaton
  • Produce final report on hackaton


Time spent: 1 week in total spent at diffent days in October

Number of students needed: 5 preferably from different backgrounds

Compensation: Each participating student will receive €250,-.

For more information, contact Fleur Deul, communications manager 070-2196890.

More information on Nexstep can be found at www.nexstep.nl