Ple4Win product support and courses

r+k provides individual help and courses on the Ple4Win program. Rien Radder helps individual users of the program to model and to analyse complicated pipeline configurations. Marco Lammers provides introduction and advanced courses on Ple4Win.

Marco Lammers Ir Marco Lammers is a senior pipeline engineer at r+k Consulting Engineers, specialized in the structural behavior of pipelines in soft soils. He teaches geo (turbo) applied mechanics within the Master of Pipeline Technology course. He also provides r+k external training courses on the use and understanding of Ple4Win.

 

The Joy of Sharing Knowledge

A lot of people know how good you can feel by sharing something that’s worth sharing: friendship, a meal and a good joke. There are also people who are afraid of it: you give something away and you might get nothing in return…

There’s something nice about sharing knowledge however: it’s not a zero-sum game; another person’s gain is not your loss. Even better: most of the time, you gain something too: a better understanding of the things you are teaching.

There is no wealth like knowledge,
and no poverty like ignorance.
Buddha
(c. 400/500 BC, founder of Buddhism)

After finishing high school, I was pretty sure about one thing: I would not become a teacher. Trying your best to make other people a bit smarter and wiser, did not give me the idea that it would be fun to do. Especially when those people had their minds set on all kinds of things, except learning. But one thing I learned quickly was that time changes things…

When I was asked to become a (part-time) teacher, I had my doubts: my knowledge of the course material was alright, but I wasn’t trained to be a teacher. I thought about my time in university, who were the professors that had real interesting colleges? Not the ones with the “sexy” subjects… but the ones who were really passionate about their occupation.

To be honest: I had no hope to become as great a teacher as those who I consider the best. Should this stop me from trying? I don’t think so. Everyone wants to achieve something and as the saying goes: “The journey is more important than the destination.”

Thus my career as a teacher began, after a sleepless night in which I rehearsed my first lessons over and over again. It didn’t turn out that bad: the people that followed my lessons were motivated and willing to invest time and effort to get smarter and wiser.

Now, seven years later, I still teach though a lot of things have changed: I changed, the students changed and the lessons have changed. Some things remain however: the joy of sharing and seeing people develop in a better person, because they choose to invest in themselves and in one another.

Share your knowledge.
It’s a way to achieve immortality.
Dalai Lama
(1357-1419, high lama of Tibetan Buddhism)

Reference:

One of my favorite teachers: Walter Lewin, Dutch astrophysicist, professor at MIT

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