RWS, (RijksWaterStaat), is a Directorate-General of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water management. RWS is responsible for the protection against flooding, sufficient supply of clean water and construction and maintenance of motor- and waterways.
The Civil Engineering Division (Bouwdienst) is a subdivision of RWS; it deals with the implementation of governmental policies. The primary concern for the Civil Engineering Division is development, building, maintenance, advice and co-ordination. The products include bridges, locks, weirs, roads, tunnels and flood barriers. The advisory and co-ordination tasks consist of policy- and risk analysis, survey reports and recommendations for maintenance. The Civil Engineering Division provides employment for over 900 people and has an annual turnover of approximately 500 M Euro.