Subjects: Extreme weather
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.
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.
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.
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".
The Q-system tunneling app ready for download
For the world's engineering geologists: The Q-system app from NGI is now available for free downloading. The purpose is to simplify rock mass classification for tunneling and underground excavations.
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.
NGI presented first global tsunami risk map at UN conference
NGI, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, has contributed to the first tsunami risk analysis towards the world’s coastal populations and infrastructures. The new risk analysis was recently presented at a United Nations conference on global disasters and risk reduction, held in Japan.
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.
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.