In the last four years, NGI has donated a total of NOK 1.2 million. NGI is one of the main sponsors of Engineers Without Borders (IUG), one of many Engineers Without Borders around the world. The non-profit organization contributes with engineering expertise in development assistance.
- We facilitate and encourage our specialists to contribute with our core competence to make a difference. Participating in development projects also strengthens the professional development of our employees and contributes to develop our competence, says Andresen.
IUG projects where employees have contributed professional knowledge include:
- Security measures to increase the safety of school children in the earthquake-stricken Dolakha district of Nepal.
- Ensure access to clean water at an orphanage in Uganda.
- Recycling of plastic in refugee camps in Ethiopia.
The latter project is still ongoing, but the work has so far been moved from Ethiopia to Oslo due to corona and strict travel restrictions. This is to prevent the spread of infection.
NGI also participated in Engineers Without Borders' charity relay, Mapathon, on 1 December to map risk-prone areas in developing countries that lack digital maps. In the flood-prone Ghanaian capital Accra, 4973 buildings were mapped, which will be important for the inhabitants of the West African city to be able to prepare for and implement flood measures.
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.