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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.


Establishing a plastics recycling plant in a refugee camp in Ethiopia

In the Melkadida refugee camp in Ethiopia, several tonnes of plastic waste are accumulated every month. NGI is heading a project in which a recycling plant will ensure that the waste is converted into products that can be sold on the local market.


Looking for geotechnicians and engineering geologists

Do you love science? Do you enjoy challenges and a varied job that uses new technology? Is it important to you that your job should be useful to society? Then you should consider studies in geotechnics or engineering geology. You will have a good chance of getting a job, and there are lots of development opportunities.


Continuous avalanche measurements with new radar

The radar will automatically start taking measurements when it detects movements in the avalanche path at Ryggfonn, the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute's (NGI) experimental field test site at Strynefjellet. This radar constitutes a significant advancement for avalanche research at NGI.



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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.