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He graduated with a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and started his professional career as a research engineer and production estimator with Costain Blankevoort Dredging Company in 1978. During the late seventies and the early eighties, he worked on many dredgers as a trouble-shooter, meanwhile developing measurement systems for the automation of the data acquisition process.
After being employed for a few years by an automation company, specialised in the automation of dredging processes, he joined Boskalis in 1987. He started as a research engineer. From the early nineties until 1998 he was a member of the soils group of the estimating department, and therefore involved with all kinds of dredging related geological and geotechnical problems. As a senior project engineer for Hydronamic, the Boskalis in house engineering department he has coordinated tenders and project designs. From 2003 until 2009 Frans managed all technical and environmental work during the preparation and execution of the Channel Deepening Project in Melbourne Australia. Then, he worked as environmental manager on the Gorgon Barrow Island Project during the preparation phase. After his return to the Netherlands, he has been working as a senior engineer at the Boskalis head office in the Netherlands. From his retirement in 2014, Frans has been involved in education such as dredging simulator instructor and e-learning course development for the Dutch dredging branch organisation.