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Valuable new knowledge and models of storage risk related to faults in reservoirs

For three years, the FRISK research project has quantified fault-related leakage risks in reservoirs considered for CO2 storage. – FRISK has provided a high level of technical work. To interpret the faults correctly is the cornerstone of everything that comes after, says Richard Tozer, Structural Geologist at TotalEnergies, one of FRISK's industry partners.


Combatting extreme weather with nature-based solutions

World leaders gather yearly at the climate summit to discuss actions that can contribute to the fight against natural disasters and the climate crisis. To support the political discussions, the EU has initiated a series of side events to highlight research, innovation, and activities that will help meet the climate goals in the Paris Agreement.


NGI leads the new ISSMGE technical committee TC222 Geotechnical BIM and DigitalTwins

To increase knowledge and coordinate work NGI – Norwegian Geotechnical Institute has initiated the TC222 Geotechnical committee in the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) focusing on geotechnical Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Twins.


Managing Director at NGI, Lars Andresen, has become a member of the ISSMGE European President's board

The board's main focus will be to further develop the collaboration between geotechnical engineers in Europe during the next four years.


Linking art and research to disseminate knowledge on plastic pollution

Every year, 230,000 tonnes of small plastic pellets end up in the ocean. Some of them have been washed ashore at Huk beach in Oslo. Now the plastic has become photo art and a part of NGI’s research – on how plastic pollution changes nature.


Norwegian researchers lead a gigantic EU project which will find solutions for invisible pollution

Frying pans with teflon coatings so your food does not burn. Detergents to keep your clothes and dishes clean. These are examples of how we, in our daily lives, come in to contact with invisible pollutants called PM substances. These pollutants end up going down the drain and they do not degrade and can travel long distances in the environment. They remain in water and are problematic for humans and the ecosystem. Now the EU is taking action.


New method developed for simulating landslide tsunamis

The method shows that through modelling advanced landslide physics, both small scale experiments and real tsunami events can be explained with the same model. The results have been published in Nature Communications.


The MLRA 2021 conference takes place from 25 to 27 October in Wroclaw, Poland and online.

MLRA 2021 – "Machine learning & Risk assessment in geoengineering" is a joint International Symposium of two events 3ISMLG and TCMW. Many from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) having a key role will attend.


New method forecasting tsunami uncertainty

In a new paper "Probabilistic tsunami forecasting for early warning", NGI researchers have contributed to derive a new method for tsunami forecasting coined Probabilistic Tsunami Forecasting (PTF). The innovation of the PTF is to connect forecasted tsunami height to the ratio of correct vs missed and false alarms in tsunami early warning.


New piling solution will ensure both stability and energy from the ground

In partnership with Malvik municipality, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) will increase the use of geothermal heating in areas with thick deposits. For the buildings of the future the technology may increase the use of local thermal energy, reduce CO2 emissions, reduce pressure on the electricity grid and lead to cheaper electricity bills.



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The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) is a leading international centre for research and consulting within the geosciences. NGI develops optimum solutions for society, and offers expertise on the behaviour of soil, rock and snow and their interaction with the natural and built environment. NGI works within the markets Offshore energy; Building, construction and transportation; Natural hazards, and Environmental Engineering. NGI is a private foundation with office and laboratory in Oslo, branch office in Trondheim, and daughter companies in Houston, Texas, USA, and Perth, Western Australia. NGI was established in 1953.