Crossroad provides the setup of the selection track and process guidance for a new asset, purchase and logistic system for DEME. This is based on a profound risk assessment and understanding of the business operating model.


DEME is a global solution provider for activities such as dredging, land reclamation, hydraulic engineering, installation of offshore wind farms, services for the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sector and environmental activities such as soil remediation, sludge recycling and reassessment of brown fields and wreck clearance.
Today, DEME is active in over 90 different countries and has a permanent workforce of 4,600 dedicated people. In 2015 DEME won the award Company of the Year.
For the realization of its project, DEME relies on its major assets, consisting of a dredging fleet, backed by a broad range of auxiliary equipment.

The growth over the years demands a new approach for the management of the Asset Life cycle, global spend, supply chain, etc. enabled by a future proof software platform.


The Crossroad team approached the challenge as follows:

Stage 1: In a pre-study, the scope of the project was clearly set based on interviews with important stakeholders within the DEME group as well as the project objectives and approach.

Stage 2: Together with DEME, Crossroad set up different actions with the goal to set out the future operating model of DEME. This allowed the Project team to define the business processes and requirements, the future information model and the software architecture. E.g. expert work groups were launched to transfer knowledge on current practices (demand, purchase & supply) and to define the business operating model. Next, based on the definition of building blocks and the high-level architecture, several market scans were done to identify a short list of eligible vendors.

Stage 3: Guiding DEME in selecting the vendor, based on the Crossroad Application Sourcing Approach.


  • Defined business process driven operating model including process visualisation charts, in/outputs of all the E2E business processes in scope, functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Guidance in simplification and standardisation of current practices and procedures of business processes in scope.
  • Future-proof platform providing flexibility towards long-term strategy.
  • Result-driven guidance of Crossroad consultants based on best practices in Application sourcing and business process management