Design and Engineering Office


The main activity of the Design and Engineering Office expert group (DEO) is to translate ideas and concepts, in close collaboration with the internal client, into a technically feasible design and, for this purpose, to generate the necessary technical drawings and construction plans.

Computer designDesigns are mainly situated in the disciplines:

  • mechanics
  • experiment construction
  • process control 
  • technical infrastructure

Main activities

Support internal clients

The DEO expert group supports the expert groups of the institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems, as well as the other institutes of SCK•CEN. The profile of the internal client varies from the scientific collaborator who is not very familiarised with the construction world to the engineer or technician who offers us well thought-out, rational and almost completely developed concepts as basis.

In the design phase of a project, during regular technical meetings, different alternatives and ways of thinking are translated into a technically feasible design that, first of all, has to meet the required functionality, quality and safety criteria and for which economic aspects are optimally taken into account, so as to be able to carry out the realisation at acceptable costs.


The designers permanently get extra training in new techniques and realisation methods. They use renowned construction codes and realisation standards such as ASME, EN and PED.

The DEO expert group has developed a relevant expertise in:

  • the design of machines
  • reactor experiments
  • hot cell infrastructure
  • general technical installations


Head of Expert Group: Bergmans Gilbert