Risk management tool
Damage to neighbouring buildings caused by ground work can lead to additional costs and disputes. A new tool is now being launched to provide better risk management in construction projects.
New tool comes up with landslide measures
More rainfall and more extreme weather increase the risk of landslides. Public servants and planners in Norwegian municipalities are often well aware of the risk factors, but are unsure of what action to take.
Structural earthquake engineering design
NORSAR, NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute), RIF (Consulting Engineers’ Association) and Standards Norway offer a course in the use of Eurocode 8 - Design of earthquake resistant structures, 15-16 November 2018. Earthquakes will represent a more dominant factor in structural design than before.
Will find solutions to flood damages
PHUSICOS is a large R&D project which will implement nature-based solutions to reduce the degree of damage caused by natural hazards (floods and landslides) that are associated with extreme weather in rural mountainous areas. The NGI-led consortium of 15 organizations include highly-ranked European research institutions, authorities and practitioners.
Taking care of the oceans
The contamination of the sea is one of our greatest environmental challenges. NGI contributes to cleaner seas, and participates in research programmes and international initiatives that aim to prevent pollution and give cleaner seas. Online measurement and monitoring of hydrocarbons in water, and research on how microplastics are spreading and affecting the seas of the world, are two examples.
Stop for red light – avalanche on the way!
Each year many roads in Norway are struck and blocked by avalanches. Advanced technology now gives motorists a red light when an avalanche is triggered, so that they avoid to be hit by the thundering snow masses.
Research becomes useful technology for society through strategic partnership
NGI has chosen Kjeller Innovation as its strategic partner to commercialize results from research and development. Innovative solutions developed in NGI's project activities shall become even greater benefit and use to society.
Safeguarding future water supplies
How do you make sure that critical water supplies are not disrupted in the future? That was the overriding purpose when NGI was summoned to map rockfall inside the nearly 4 km long raw water tunnel of Nedre Romerike Vannverk IKS; the waterworks outside Lillestrøm, about 25 km north-east of Oslo. In addition NGI was asked to recommend measures to protect the water tunnel from future incidents.
Urban floods – a rising problem
Climate change and increasing urbanisation are clearly leaving their mark on the world in the present age. This can be a challenging cocktail that causes major flooding, destruction and, in the worst case, loss of life. NGI has expertise in storm surge modelling. Thus, we can calculate how the flood from a storm surge develops and how it will be carried inland ”, says Carl B Harbitz.
World's geotechnicians hand in hand in Seoul
This week, the world's geotechnical experts are gathered in Seoul, Korea. NGI is an active contributor to the 19th ICSMGE "International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering". NGI participates in several of ISSMGE's Technical Committees. On Wednesday 20th September, NGI hosts a workshop in Offshore Geotechnics on the theme "Foundation Design of Offshore Wind Structures".
New Directors reflect NGI´s international strategy
Three new members have been elected to the Board of Directors of NGI, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. For the first time, a non-Norwegian citizen enters the board. This reflects the strategy to increase our R&D and consulting services towards a growing European offshore wind energy market as well as the Norwegian building and construction sector, says Lars Andersen, Managing Director of NGI.
"Couldn't have managed without the avalanche warnings"
Today, NGI opens this winter’s season for daily avalanche warnings to the public and private sector in avalanche prone areas all over Norway. NGI, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, covers local and regional snow and avalanche information and distributes daily status reports and warnings to local communities and enterprises in the transport, energy and construction sector.
The Royal Society features Norwegian tsunami research
The world’s oldest scientific journal publishes a theme issue on tsunamis this week. Finn Løvholt of the Norwegian Geotechncial Institute, NGI, is the main author of one of the papers. He and his colleagues summarize the state-of-the-art in international research on landslide tsunamis, but also point out new perspectives.
Improved protection 4 years after Fukushima
NGI coordinating European – Japanese research Project. Better protection against tsunami impact and improved risk assessments. These are some of the most important results of a two-year Euro-Japanese research project, coordinated by NGI. The four participating research institutions met for a two-day seminar in Germany on the 5th and 6th March, marking the finalization of a successful project.
Suzanne Lacasse, NGI, to deliver the 2015 Rankine Lecture
On Wednesday 18th March 2015, Dr Suzanne Lacasse of NGI will give this year’s Rankine Lecture at Imperial College London. It is the first time a woman has been awarded this recognition, often referred to as the Nobel prize of geotechnics. The Rankine Lecture, followed by the Rankine Dinner, is organized annually by the UK Institution of Civil Engineers and the British Geotechnical Association.
World leading experts on tsunamis induced by landslides met at NGI in Oslo
More than 30 leading tsunami researchers from various parts of the world met in Oslo to discuss challenges related to tsunamis caused by subaerial and subaqueuous landslides. NGI hosted the first day and the University of Oslo the second day of the gathering, which took place late January 2015.