Areas of expertise

  • Through-life Engineering Services


After graduating at the HU University of Applied Sciences Jan started as an engineer in the build environment, power grid, energy and mechanical engineering. His major activities were creating availability and reliability of complex systems, where his passion for Asset & Maintenance Management was sparked. After several years working as a director in delivering Maintenance As A Service in several types of industries, Jan started in 2004 as a Sr. Maintenance Manager in the telecom industry (KPN) and the Dutch government Building Management.

Jan has a double Masters in Asset & Maintenance Management and Asset Integrity Management from HU University of Applied Sciences and Robert Gorden University. He continued his passion and was in 2013 appointed as Sr. Lecturer/Researcher Maintenance & Asset Management at the HU University of applied Science. Simultaneously, he enrolled as a PhD-candidate at TU-Delft. At the start of 2021 Jan serves in the capacity of Sr. Asset Manager at the Dutch Ministry of Infra structure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) to contribute to the Asset Management transition and Data Driven Asset Management, this was a strategic appointment based on 20 years of experience and expertise in the field.

Jan is also active as a consultant at SSAMM, several board(s) of advisory for Asset & Maintenance Chair of the European Training Committee-European Federation of National Maintenance Societies and Sr. Lecturer/Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University.

Research opportunities

We live in one of the most inspiring timeframes for our future Asset and Maintenance Managers, Technicians and Engineers. This timeframe is full of choices to make and create a sustainable future in domains of Smart Industries, Sustainability, Asset performance Management, Safety and Human Factor. Now at the end of Industry 4.0, it is time to reconsider the role of the human factor, resilience and the sustainability in an increasing smart technological environment.

At the ten-year mark of the introduction of Industry 4.0, the European Commission announced Industry 5.0 in 2021. Industry 4.0 is considered to be technology-driven, whereas Industry 5.0 is value-driven. Industry 5.0 recognises the power of industry to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth to become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of the industrial worker at the centre of the production process.

The analysis of the Industry 5.0 -as far as we know now-, shows a lot of uncertainty about what it will bring and how it will disrupt business in detail, as well as about its potential to break down barriers between the real world and the virtual one. Industry 5.0 will be defined by a re-found and widened purposefulness, going beyond producing goods and services for profit. This wider purpose constitutes three core elements: Human-Centricity, Sustainability and Resilience.

Rather than taking emergent technology as a starting point and examining its potential for increasing efficiency, a human-centric approach in industry puts core human needs and interests at the heart of the production process. Rather than asking what we can do with new technology, we ask what the technology can do for us. Rather than asking the industrial worker to adapt his or her skills to the needs of rapidly evolving technology, we want to use technology to adapt the production process to the needs of that professional, e.g. to guide and train him/her.

Although the other two topics of Industry 5.0, Sustainability and Resilience, the human factor as one of the five topics inspire me the most. It encourages Jan to overthink and discuss how to educate, train and motivate our NextGen's and prepare them.

It is Jan's aim to contribute in the development of educational programs for the nowadays professionals and the NextGens in this decade of digital transition and the field of Asset & Maintenance Management.

Current activities

Jan is an advisory board member of several industrial maintenance engineering societies to develop vision and strategies, Sr. Lecturer/Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and as profession Sr. Asset Manager at the Dutch Ministry of infrastructure. Jan is also active as ETC-Chair of the EFNMS at the service of the nowadays professionals and the NextGen.

His main interests are:

Industry 5.0

Asset Management

Maintenance Management

Data Driven Asset Management

Asset & Maintenance Management organisational transition


Jan works with clients across private, public and not-for-profit sectors. These include clients in commercial industry as for example oil and gas, infrastructure and build environment such as:

Capital of Amsterdam

Water supply compagnie Rijnlanden

Advisory board MaintenanceNext

Advisory board Capital of Amsterdam Tunnels Safety & Asset Management

Advisory board CROW