Meet our Team

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Ben Arntz

Founder & Director

When I understood during my internship at Heerema what the impact on the environment was installing structures at sea,

I knew I wanted to come up with solutions for that.

Since then I have learned how conservatively the current market responds to innovative concepts. In a world that has to change much faster than it is nowadays. It makes me determined to realize my dream with our team.

Govert Meijer

Director

It inspires me enormously to make a contribution with a lot of young, talented people at GBM Works to an improved living environment for humans and animals.

By structuring and financing a new organization, I can make extensive use of the experience I have gained over the past decades as an entrepreneur in the offshore industry. I really like to make, create and innovate and I look forward to all the international contacts that we will undoubtedly gain in our journey.

 
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Wouter Verschueren

Lead Engineer

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Eleni Stathopoulou

Lead Geotechnical Manager

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Hein van Opstal

Project Manager

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Marcelo Werneck

Business Development Manager

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Jonah Matthijs

Office Manager

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Charlotte van Verseveld

Geotechnical Manager

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Daan de Jong

Graduate

Meet our Board of Advisors

Dorine Bosman

Former Vice President Wind and HSSE at Shell

I have a passion for new initiatives. Certainly if they stimulate offshore wind energy. GBM Works does that with its Vibro-drill concept. This energetic team deserves the support to bring the initiative to the market as quickly as possible. I am happy to contribute to that.

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Dirk Luger

Senior Geotechnical Expert

With 40 years of experience in geotechnical research at Deltares I have a clear view on technology developments for the offshore wind sector. Of the many new developments the GBM Works has a very interesting concept. I try to assist with the further development by making my experience and network available.

Willem Ackermans

Former Director Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions, (Former) Advisor to the Board of Management

This innovative installation method developed by GBM Works will have an important impact on the (overall) construction costs of wind projects and as a result will contribute to making wind energy more profitable. It is a pleasure to assist management of GBM Works in achieving their goals by providing them advice on strategic and financial issues.

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Wouter Remmelts

Director BAM International bv

With over 35 years of experience in the (international) civil construction industry, I am more than happy to open up my network and advise GBM Works, wherever I can. In addition, having graduated from the Technical University Delft in soil mechanics and combining that with much needed new developments in the field of wind energy, makes the circle round.

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Reini van Leeuwen

Former Associate General Counsel IP at Shell

The valuable technical developments made by GBM Works  require proper attention from an intellectual property perspective to ensure these developments fully underpin the achievements  of the business goals of GBM Works.  With my 40 years experience as  IP expert , I am very pleased to advise GBM Works on its IP strategy and further development/ commercialisation activities from an intellectual property point of view. 

 

Partners

As a major offshore installation contractor in the construction of offshore wind farms, DEME Offshore values the development of silent piling technologies for a sustainable future.

DEME Offshore is very interested in the installation technology being developed by GBM Works and, as a partner and launching customer, DEME  intends to be the first to apply the technology in the offshore market. DEME actively supports GBM Works in its development of the technology and is technically and operationally contributing to the preparation and execution of tests in the SIMPLE programme.

Shell has been following GBM Works and the development of this new installation technique with interest for more than 2 years. We believe that the Vibrojet® may enable significant noise reductions, which could lead to a further cost reduction of wind energy. For the SIMPLE IIB project, started in April 2022, we are excited to be a project partner and support the company.

Low noise installation of foundation for offshore wind turbines meets a great need in the market. GBM’s Vibrojet® has the potential to further enable cost reductions and opens up new optimization possibilities on the foundations design. We stress the importance of increasing the speed of this product development up to market introduction, and we would like to express our support for GBM. 

We are proud to be partner of GBM Works. As a company we have been active for many years in the offshore, mechanical engineering and other projects as a one-stop-shop partner. Because of our practical knowledge and skills, we meet the demands of our customer on very challenging technical issues. After the first contacts with GBM Works, there was a big match for the approach and possible solutions for the pilot projects. This gave Barth the confidence to enter into a long-term collaboration, to support the SIMPLE projects and to contribute to successful tests for the silent installation of monopiles.

Deltares strives to reach impact on societal themes, in this perspective on renewable energy, energy transition, water safety and climate change. The validation of new technologies, which help to reach these goals, as well as strengthening the position of the Dutch industry on that field are activities we want to contribute to. It is joyful to cooperate with the team of GBM Works, which has a potentially very interesting technology in hand for the offshore industry.

Serving the society on the environmental impact of various anthropogenic activities and their effective mitigation. GBM Works aims to develop a method to drive piles in an environmentally friendly way that also reduces the risks related to conventional pile driving. Co-working with several highly appreciated alumni with significant contribution to scientific knowledge progress is highly appreciated.

GBM Works developed the Vibrojet®, a new method for installing offshore wind turbine foundations. The product is an alternative method for the installation of offshore foundation (mono)piles with a focus on offshore wind.

This method is silent, faster and more efficient than current installation methods. Fatigue issues due to the use of a heavy hydraulic hammer will also be eliminated. The use of the Vibrojet® and its benefits will lead to a faster and more environmental friendly transition towards renewable energy. That is the reason why Climate-KIC is happy to be partner of GBM Works.

Passionate as we are about piling, we continuously improve the performance of the offshore vibro technology: faster, easier, smoother and more sustainable. As the world’s leading offshore vibro technology company, we love to contribute to good vibrations.
The GBM development fits right into that strategy, as jetting is able to increase the number of projects and locations where vibro driven piles to full depth can be achieved.
With CAPE Holland’s participation in projects like SIMOX and SIMPLE IIB we believe that the quest for innovative installation methods can be resolved faster, helping to keep our customers ahead of the game.

Supporters

Van Oord has been following GBM Works closely for some time. We are very interested in the innovative installation method that GBM Works designs, and we are happy to lend a helping hand if specific knowledge is occasionally requested.

GBM Works promises to introduce an installation method that can extend the life of monopiles for years. We live from that. It is therefore not strange that Sif has for several times made its site partly available for scale experiments.

GBM Works is recognised as a company with an innovative product which could solve the market demand for silent installation of foundation piles, which still requires several tests to proof its proper functioning Collaboration with Heerema offers the possibility to accelerate the market introduction of the Vibrojet® and incorporate into the final design relevant offshore work experience of Heerema. For Heerema, cooperation with GBM Works means a possible optimization of its offshore operations and thus the possibility of strengthening its position in the offshore wind market.

As a venture capital firm designed to address the unique need of early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software, FORWARD.one recognizes GBM Works as a company with an innovative product which could solve the market demand for silent installation of foundation piles. GBM Works envisions to solve the recognized issue, with an impressive and disruptive technical solution, in the offshore wind industry. Initial findings indicate that the market size is substantial. The team of GBM Works consists of talented and experienced professionals that are able to bring this technology successful to the market. 

As an international leading company in (vibro) drivability studies for offshore monopiles, Allnamics Geotechnical & Pile Testing Experts BV has been acting as consultant, coach and supporter for GBM Works, from early stages of the development of the vibro-jet until today. The friendly and open approach of GBM Works staff is inspiring and also beneficial for Allnamics.

GBM Works approach to apply jetting used in combination with vibro hammer technology, has the potential to become an interesting contribution for the installation of XXL monopiles. Dieseko Group encourages the further development of this innovation and is open to review this technology at real size with GBM Works when situation- and client-opportunities give rise to this.