Ariea Vermeulen

Overview of Rijkswaterstaat’s Current & Future Drone Applications

Rijkswaterstaat, The Netherlands

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Ariea Vermeulen graduated as chemical engineer at the Rotterdam University of Applied sciences. She worked as an environmental consultant for 10 years. Since 2002, she has been working for Rijkswaterstaat as advisor, teamleader or programmanager on different subjects: sustainable building, shipping, safety, collaboration between governmental organizations and since 2019 coordinator for drones at Rijkswaterstaat.


The possibilities of drones are manifold. We test drones in practical test, together with market participants and knowledge institutions. For inspection of bridges, inspection of the bellowstorm surge barrier Ramspol or for traffic management on the road. It is safer, much cheaper or faster. We also have our own drone pilots for incidentmanagement. In the overview we show our drone applications.

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