PTI is proud to announce Dr. Yvo Saanen, Commercial Director and Founder (1996) of TBA — a leading terminal design, simulation and software company in the Netherlands, as a speaker for the upcoming Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference taking place 19 – 20th April 2017 in London.
Dr. Saanen gained worldwide recognition after his design and realisation work on APMT’s MVII terminal and was subsequently nominated for the Dutch engineer of the year award.
He is currently in charge of business development and all commercial activities within the company and holds an MSc in Systems Engineering and a PhD on the design and simulation of robotised container terminals, both from Delft University of Technology.
Saanen told PTI: “Terminal automation is something that should concern any terminal in the world. It provides safer, more reliable and more environmentally friendly handling services for ports and terminals. It is the future.”
As well as being a well-known and respected industry figure, Dr Saanen is one of PTI’s most prolific and popular contributors and will be speaking about the TBA-supported Port Technology training portal. His appearance at the last year’s conference saw him present the world-exclusive launch of the portal, which is now being adopted by ports across the globe.
Dr. Saanen said of the event: “This event clearly stands out from the large amount of port related events by the quality of the speakers and attendees and the dynamic structure of the program.
“The issue I'm looking forward to discussing most is the on-going challenges of standardisation in terminal automation, the increasingly complex integration puzzle between all system components, and the task to bring training to the level in our industry that it deserves.
“I'm excited to share my experiences with automation, training, terminal design and optimization.”
TBA is a partner and sponsor of the conference and has supported the event in being truly interactive. Audience members will be able to put their questions to our panel digitally, or personally, in real time.
Dr. Saanen is a professor at the Rotterdam School of Management teaching Maritime Economics and Logistics and, in various bodies, lectures about terminal design by means of simulation. His work is published regularly in scientific magazines and business magazines.
Dr. Saanen concluded: “As much as automation seems the area of robots and computers, more intelligence is required from humans in designing, implementing and using the automated systems.”
Watch Saanen discuss the next big topic of brownfield sites in his latest video with PTI below: