The Netherlands is a densely-populated country, with many rivers and roads. As a result, there are many intersections between roads and waterways, and these intersections are heavily used. Movares is a Dutch engineering consultancy and we can draw on over 100 years’ experience with a wide range of bridges and viaducts. We are among the Netherlands’ leading consultants in the field of movable bridges. Our knowledge and experience put us in a perfect position to look after bridges from initial design through to end of service life. Which is why we dare to call ourselves the BridgeDoctor: we care for your bridges!

Managing Director Movares

Availability and safety

Many Dutch bridges – both movable and fixed – were built in the 1950s and 1960s, and were not designed for today’s increased, heavier traffic. They are showing symptoms of fatigue and/or no longer conform (demonstrably) to current requirements. As a result, they need to be replaced. The availability of infrastructure is of great economic importance. At the same time, safety must be guaranteed. Our philosophy: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Our approach – the BridgeDoctor® – allows us to establish the condition of a bridge with the aid of a rapid analysis. In many cases, we can use smart measures to extend the life of a bridge, allowing it to remain in service for several more decades. The result? Cost effective, sustainable asset management for your bridge.


A realistic picture of an object’s condition is an essential prerequisite for managing it correctly. Movares can advise you on the best type of inspection for every situation, from a general overview to targeted, specialist investigations. We then use the results of the inspection to advise you on the measures that are required to guarantee safety and reliability. Movares has all the necessary specialisms in-house – steel and concrete construction, mechanical engineering, geotechnics, installations, machine safety, RAMSHE (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety, Health and Environment) and occupational health & safety.