Mountain mathematics

Building a mountain: it takes tonnes of maths

In 2012, a group of enthusiast mathematicians set about to develop a mathematical approach of the construction of an artificial mountain. They did a great job, delivering various useful insights. Starting point: a set of research questions, posed by Bartels engineering, one of the contributing companies in the ‘Die berg komt er’ project:

  1. Where should the mountain be built?
  2. What shape, size and structure should the mountain have?
  3. Which materials can be used to build a mountain?
  4. How will the mountain impact the environment, soil levels and (local) weather?
  5. Can the mountain be made sustainable?
  6. How could one set up the necessary infrastructure?
  7. How can the mountain be used? (Both during construction and after completion.)

Answers to these questions can be found in the report on this study, which can be downloaded from this post.



  • Paulo J. De Andrade Serra (Eindhoven University of Technology),
  • Tasnim Fatima (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Andrea Fernandez (University of Bath)
  • Tim Hulshof (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Tagi Khaniyev (Middle East Technical University)
  • Patrick J.P. van Meurs (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • JanJaap Oosterwijk (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Stefanie Postma (Leiden University),
  • Vivi Rottschäfer (Leiden University)
  • Lotte Sewalt (Leiden University)
  • Frits Veerman (Leiden University)