Technical Consulting
driven by excellence and vibrant solutions

Profile

V3CTRA Technical Consulting is lead by Bert Jan Haitsma.


After his study, Bert Jan worked for 2 years at AMEC as Process Engineer before moving to Tebodin, starting his career in process/technical safety. After 8 years at Tebodin, he worked for 2 years as a Technical Safety Consultant at TNO SSC before joining Vectra Group (later ARCADIS Vectra) in The Hague (later Rotterdam), The Netherlands.


At Arcadis Vectra, Bert Jan was responsible as Business Unit Manager for the operation of the Process, Oil & Gas Safety and Risk Management Business Unit providing process safety, compliance, risk management consultancy services for the process, on- and offshore oil & gas (including LNG FPSOs such as Generic FLNGs of SBM/Linde and Hoegh, Bonaparte FLNG and PFLNG2 etc.) and nuclear industries and as Project Manager/Principal Technical Safety Consultant responsible for winning and executing of (complex) technical safety projects and studies for these industries.


Following Arcadis Vectra, Bert Jan worked at CB&I primarily as HSE Manager/Lead Engineer at the KING LNG FPSO FEED project as well as the Statoil Aasta Hansteen EPC project.


Within SGS, Bert Jan Haitsma was a Global Business Development Manager responsible to build, expand and lead the global technical safety and risk management team and developing the business for this team with a focus on provision of these services to the upstream oil & gas industries as well as other process industries.


In January 2017 Bert Jan Haitsma founded V3CTRA Technical Consulting.

 

History

Vectra was established in 1982 and has lived like a Phoenix since.


Vectra was originally spawned as the UK office of the US engineering business Impell Corporation (part of Combustion Engineering) trading as Impell Corporation UK Ltd (July 1984 – Aug. 1990) providing seismic qualification expertise for the design of THORP (nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield). The 1st office opened in Warrington at the heart of the UK nuclear design industry. The business was subsequently bought as part of the whole Impell business by ABB in 1990 (ABB Impell Ltd , Aug. 1990 - Jan. 1994 ) and then by Pacific Nuclear Inc. in 1994. Pacific Nuclear and Impell Corporation merged to form Vectra Technologies Inc. with Vectra Technologies Limited being the wholly owned UK subsidiary.

Following an unsuccessful attempt at a management buy-out (MBO) in 1995, the UK business was sold to AMEY plc in May 1996 along with world wide use of the trading name except for the nuclear business in the US although the Vectra Technologies Inc. business has since ceased trading. The company name changed to AMEY Vectra Limited in May 1999.

Once again after an unsuccessful aggressive MBO attempt and the associated removal of the Managing Director, coinciding also with the decline of the AMEY business, the AMEY Vectra was sold in 1992. After a very close shave associated with a BIMBO (Buy-In MBO) fronted by John Springate, the eventual acquirer was Volvere, the venture capitalist investor, with the company being renamed Vectra Group Limited in 2003.

In November 2007, Volvere accepted a cash offer of £6m for the Vectra business from ARCADIS GMI. Vectra Group Limited and the associated Vectra (Middle East) Limited business became wholly owned subsidiaries of ARCADIS (GMI) Limited in the UK. In January 2010, all UK based subsidiaries of ARCADIS, including Vectra Group Limited and associated operations in the Netherlands, became part of ARCADIS UK Limited (AUK) and a trading name of ARCADIS Vectra was established within the environmental business line of the AUK organisation. In 2011, the Vectra tag was dropped and the services were branded internally ARCADIS as Safety &Risk Management (SRM) becoming part of the Infrastructure & Water Division (I&W) in March 2011. In June 2011, I&W along with the whole of the AUK business was restructured in a matrix management style splitting out the functions of operational delivery, client development and TKI (technical knowledge and innovation). Following this restructure, the Vectra entity effectively failed to exist any longer.

After the merger of EC Harris with ARCADIS NV, AUK was rebranded to EC Harris (UK) Limited.  

In November 2011, the former Vectra office in Warrington closed after nearly 30 years. The Dutch entity of Arcadis Vectra formally ceased end Nov. 2016 after having stopped its operations two years earlier.


January 2017 V3CTRA Technical Consulting,  arose from the ashes of its predecessors like a Phoenix and a new independent safety & risk management consulting company driven by excellence and vibrant solutions was (re)born.

 

Trivia

On a mobile phone keyboard is the "3" located at the same physical location as the "E". Hence the spelling of "VECTRA" as "V3CTRA".


The logo of V3CTRA (V3CTRΛ) can also be read as V3CTRL which in turn stands for Versatility Verification Validation and Control. 


V3CTRA is inspired by the Latin word "vector", which is defined as a quantity or phenomenon having direction as well as magnitude.

This is what the services provided by V3CTRA Technical Consulting comprise: excellence and vibrant solutions providing direction with magnitude to our clients.