In 2010, the soil specialist teams in the Netherlands endeavored to develop a new product to serve their clients with preparations for all of their excavation activities. The team was—and is—led by Arthur Coevert and Rik de Visser. Arthur’s experience and connections with the utility clients in the Netherlands gave him extraordinary insights into the needs and wants of the market. The result: the Soil Risk Map, an app that provides detailed information on soil quality throughout the country to determine safety measures before performing work in or underground.
Arthur has a degree in geology from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and more than 15 years of experience in remediation and soil research. He uses the know-how gained from this extensive background to maintain relationships with some of the major utility and construction companies in the Netherlands. Over a decade ago, Arthur laid the foundation for what is now the Soil Risk Map and he continues to improve and innovate its use coupling the map with other fields of interests and data like ‘unexploded devices’ and archeological data.