Our family tree
Our founders shared a passion for the profession of engineering, an indestructible belief in progress and the drive to make the world a better place. This is still in our DNA today. This family tree (dated 2021) shows how we have grown from a small passionate group of people to the international community of 6,000 employees we are today.
Shaping the futureIn 2021, we celebrated the 140th anniversary of our company. To mark this milestone, we have commissioned a series of striking stories highlighting key moments in our firm’s history. These stories, written by Judith Gussenhoven, have been bundled in a bilingual book ‘Shaping the future/De toekomst maken’. We are proud of our heritage and would like to share it with you. We therefore offer the opportunity to order a book.
Some of the highlights
1881Johan van Hasselt and Jacobus de Koning set up the first independent engineering firm in the Netherlands. It’s the only engineering firm in the Netherlands that has been able to keep its independency until today.
Jacobus de Koning travelled to Egypt to create a winning design for a railway bridge across the Nile.
1917A collaboration with a Dutch beer brewer lead up to the start of engineering firm Dwars, Heederik & Verhey (DHV).
Women started working in our company. Their role changed dramatically in more than 100 years since they started.