A.P. van den Berg

A.P. van den Berg

Cone Penetration Testing is a Dutch soil investigation expertise. For more than 45 years A.P. van den Berg designs and supplies advanced equipment for this expertise. The company in Heerenveen provides the complete package including the CPT equipment, tools and a digital CPT data acquisition/measuring system for onshore, offshore and near shore in situ soil investigation. Besides the Cone Penetration Testing equipment, A.P. van den Berg develops and supplies hydraulic and electromechanical drive systems for in particular bridges and locks. A.P. van den Berg supplies proven technology and is well-known for it’s innovative strength. A.P van den Berg supplies proven technology and is well-known for its innovative strength. To today A.P. van den Berg has delivered more than 200 Track-Trucks, wheel drive and track drive vehicles and numerous of ROSON and WISON-APB soil investigation systems worldwide.

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IJzerweg 4 , Heerenveen , 8445 PK Netherlands
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

A.P. van den Berg is a medium-sized company operating on an international basis. The head office is based in Heerenveen, The Netherlands and currently employs 55 innovative, highly educated and motivated persons.
The main activity of A.P. van den Berg is designing and supplying advanced equipment for onshore, offshore and near shore in situ soil investigation (Cone Penetration Testing: CPT). A.P. van den Berg does so for over 45 years. A.P. van den Berg provides a complete range of tools including pushing systems that are available separately as well as mounted on a frame or vehicle, (digital) data acquisition systems and deep water soil samplers. The operator himself decides how these systems are integrated in the specific applications. A.P. van den Berg is in this area very flexible.

Water depths of 2,000 m have been achieved and Cone Penetration Test equipment for 4,000 m has been developed. A Seabed Sampler XL for undisturbed soft clay and recovery ratio’s of >95% is available for depths until 4,000 m. A.P. van den Berg can maintain this quality by keeping close contacts with renowned geotechnical institutes and universities all over the world, learning of developments and new trends early on. An extensive web of professional agents and representatives market the knowledge and expertise of A.P. van den Berg in the field of Cone Penetration Test equipment. 
Besides the Cone Penetration Test equipment A.P. van den Berg develops and supplies innovative hydraulic systems. This originates from the development of CPT equipment. As these contain hydraulic components, this activity was further developed and nowadays A.P. van den Berg develops and supplies hydraulic systems for bridges and locks. Electrical-mechanical systems also belong to the posibilities. Great advantage is the in-house development, engineering and production. Through the experience of its engineers, hydraulic systems can be built that exactly suit the total project. Furthermore A.P. van den Berg keeps full control and management over the entire process, as a result the hydraulic systems are designed & built with high quality sustainable materials. With the focus on Systems Engineering, the attention not only goes to the build project, but also to the prevention of high maintenance costs at a later stage. 

Arie van den Berg is the founder and godfather of our company. In the late 60s he gave up a permanent job in Gouda to start his own engineering firm in Heerenveen. In a relatively short time, he managed to build a reputation for the company. With a small booth at an exhibition or conference somewhere in the world he attracted attention and established contacts for further discussions.
Arie was a pioneer in his field, but his thoughts were not limited to soil investigation and associated equipment. He saw possibilities and had solutions for a wide range of subjects. Keeping up the pace with Arie was sheer impossible, but as a result the company grew steadily until it eventually peaked at 75 employees.
According to his ideas, the employees have realized products that can still compete and have laid the foundation for a leading company in the field of on-and offshore CPT equipment.