Insight

Founder of iTanks

"They say that knowledge is power. However, research shows that eighty percent of all available knowledge exists inside the human brain. So when people retire..."

Five questions asked to Cor van de Linde

How and why did you get involved in iTanks?
They say that knowledge is power. However, research shows that eighty percent of all available knowledge exists inside the human brain. So when people retire, we lose all the crucial information and experience of our employees. Working at Maasvlakte Oil Terminal, we needed a solution for all the existing knowledge in the liquid bulk storage. To maintain and share this knowledge of various experts we founded iTanks.

What are your personal highlights so far?
As a foundation it’s our goal to maintain and share existing knowledge and to develop new knowledge through innovative collaborations. Since we officially started we have done much more than I ever expected. At the end of 2012 we started projects such as the iTanks Live, an interactive and inspirational conference to stimulate knowledge sharing and iTanks Students, an initiative to stimulate learning projects for students. Another highlight is without any doubt the development of the cleaning robot Jopie and a machine for welding with a laser.

What are the biggest challenges for iTanks?
Our dream is to realize as many successful innovations as possible, without the need of external financial resources. We would like to become fully independent and we are not afraid to take risks in achieving this.

What makes your work special?
Wherever I notice complicated situations, I see an opportunity. I get inspired by discussing possible solutions even if I don’t know where it’s going to end in the first place. Also, I really like to work with people of different ages and experience levels. Especially those youngsters can, not hindered by specific knowledge, come up with great innovations.

Since iTanks is established as a solid partner in the field, what is your vision on this year and which opportunities do you see in the market?
Our vision is: “from individual challenges towards shared solutions as a platform for innovation”. This year, we will continue to share knowledge through case studies, training and brainstorm sessions to investigate occurring problems. Looking across industries, an interesting insight is that some innovations are expanding to offshore. For example, the innovations we developed for bollards can also be used on oil rigs.

Cor van de Linde

Founder - iTanks

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