Peter van Thienen PhD

Peter van Thienen PhD

  • Chief Information Officer

Peter van Thienen is a senior researcher and Chief Information Officer of KWR. In his CIO role, Peter is working on strengthening KWR’s position and image as a Hydroinformatics research institute through coordination and communication. Based on his background as a quantitative natural scientist, Peter works with a number of colleagues on the drinking water distribution network, from a quantitative and modelling point of view. Keywords are mathematical-physical models and optimisation. The starting point is to convert a simple concept into a powerful tool. Examples include the analysis of flow data for the understanding of the network and the detection of leaks (including the development of the CFPD method, integrated in the Callisto tool); the numerical optimisation of the design of sensor and pipe networks (development of the Contamination Source Toolkit and the Gondwana platform); and the initiation of the development of an inspection robot for drinking water pipes (Ariel, continued in the AIR project). These are applied in the Joint Research Programme of KWR and the water utilities, TKI and consultancy projects, as well as internationally in the context of Watershare