Our societal mission

Our societal mission is to develop the geosciences and produce the knowledge basis to build, live and travel on safe ground. We solve this by combining research and consulting hand-in-hand and being a bridge-builder between academia, industry and the public sector.

Published 08.02.2023

We shall perform and promote research, development
and innovation in engineering geosciences.

We shall create results that are relevant for,
and used by society.

We shall provide professional development of our
employees, and contribute to education through
cooperation with the university sector.

Since the beginning of the 1950s, it has been a fulcrum of research and consultancy within engineering geosciences. Our employees are among the foremost experts in the world in their respective fields and since its establishment, NGI has been a beacon in geotechnical research and development.

Since 1972 NGI has assumed national responsibility for developing specialist expertise in avalanche risk assessment. NGI led the International Centre for Geohazards (ICG) from 2002 until its closure in 2012. This was one of Norway's first centres of excellence, appointed by the Research Council of Norway. International experts and researchers from abroad are always at NGI on scholarships and exchange visits.

The objects of NGI

The objects of NGI were formulated on its establishment in 1953 and comprise three main points:

National centre for geotechnical research and development.
Research and development within geotechnics and associated disciplines create results in the form of new expertise, new methods and new technology.

Develop knowledge and technology to be adopted.

Our results shall be relevant to the market and shall be put into use.
Professional development of employees and assist with further education.

Continuous skills development among our own employees and interaction with the most important Norwegian academic communities within our specialised fields are a significant part of our operation.