Posts in Category: NBSO-Texas

Netherlands Central Planning Bureau Director’s Presentation on Cost – Benefit  

June 29, 2012 Categories: NBSO-Texas News


Netherlands Central Planning Bureau Director’s Presentation on Cost – Benefit on Coastal Protection at BAYHEP yesterday.

2012 Texas Life Science Venture Forum 

February 08, 2012 Categories: NBSO-Texas News Partnership



March 8, 2011.  The Texas Life Science Venture Forum, held annually in Houston, is the largest life science conference in Texas, with industry and scientific delegates from all over the State, investors from around the country, and international representatives interested in meeting the Texas life science community. The City of Maastricht will be attending with a Dutch delegation.  more….


Dutch bridge parts the waters! 

January 26, 2012 Categories: NBSO-Texas

Leave it to the Dutch!!!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you - the waters have indeed parted!!!

This incredible “sunken” bridge located in the Netherlands is giving visitors a unique way to access a beautiful 17th Century Dutch fort. Designed by RO & AD Architects, the Moses Bridge literally parts the waters that surround the fort, allowing pedestrians to pass through. The bridge is made from sustainable Accsys Technologies Accoya wood, which is both FSC and PEFC certified.

A series of moats and fortresses were built over the West Brabant Water Line region of the Netherlands during the 17th century in order to provide protection from invasion by France and Spain. Fort de Roovere was surrounded with a shallow moat that was too deep to march across, and too shallow for boats. In turn the earthen fort had remained protected –until now.

From afar, the Moses Bridge is invisible to the eye. The flow of the moat appears continuous, as the water level remains at the same level, reflecting the surrounding foliage. As visitors approach the fort, the bridge appears as a break in the water with its sloping walls containing it.

First lying flush with the earth, the bridge then descends deeper into the ground. Lined with wood sheet piling for walls, the deck and stairs sit between. The bridge and its components have been made from sustainable hardwood that is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified. The Accoya wood is also treated with a nontoxic coating, protecting it from fungal decay and increasing its durability — an ideal material for a sunken bridge. Like a dam, the walls of the bridge hold the waters of the moat back, and like Moses, the bridge parts the waters so that pedestrians may pass.

The Moses Bridge gives visitors a unique opportunity to pass through parted waters, to eventually meet a historic fortress of defense.

Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen visits Fort Hood, Texas. 

January 19, 2012 Categories: NBSO-Texas News

by Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News Editor
January 19, 2012

Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen came to Fort Hood last week to meet with his troops training here under the 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat).

He liked what he saw as he met with III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Don Campbell Jr., as well as soldiers and airmen from the Royal Netherlands Army’s 12th Air Assault Infantry Battalion and the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s 11th Air Mobility Brigade. More…..

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