Subjects: Environment, Energy
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.
20 Suction bucket jackets successfully installed at Borkum Riffgrund 2
Suction Bucket Jackets are installed at Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 2 Offshore windfarm in Germany. NGI and FRAMO were engaged by Ørsted for the installation the installation. The engagement also included design and installation of comprehensive Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems on two of the jackets to monitor and verify behaviour of the structures during operation in the field.
Taking care of the oceans
The contamination of the sea is one of our greatest environmental challenges. NGI contributes to cleaner seas, and participates in research programmes and international initiatives that aim to prevent pollution and give cleaner seas. Online measurement and monitoring of hydrocarbons in water, and research on how microplastics are spreading and affecting the seas of the world, are two examples.
Protecting our most valuable resource – water
Ensuring that our drinking water is safe is of utmost importance. Some say that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Numerous countries have gone to war over both gold, oil and diamonds. However, neither diamonds nor oil is worth nothing in the absence of clean drinking water. The German Environment Agency and NGI is on hosting a workshop in Berlin. The mission? Protecting EU's drinking water.
Research becomes useful technology for society through strategic partnership
NGI has chosen Kjeller Innovation as its strategic partner to commercialize results from research and development. Innovative solutions developed in NGI's project activities shall become even greater benefit and use to society.
First floating wind park to supply over 20,000 households
The World's first floating wind park began operations off the coast of Scotland in October 2017 and will deliver electricity to over 20,000 households in Great Britain.
Norwegian offshore windfarms will benefit both R&D and business
The Norwegian parliament's decision to establish one to two areas for floating offshore wind off the coast of Norway is great news for both Norwegian R&D and innovation, as well as for the competitiveness of Norwegian industry and businesses abroad.
Safeguarding future water supplies
How do you make sure that critical water supplies are not disrupted in the future? That was the overriding purpose when NGI was summoned to map rockfall inside the nearly 4 km long raw water tunnel of Nedre Romerike Vannverk IKS; the waterworks outside Lillestrøm, about 25 km north-east of Oslo. In addition NGI was asked to recommend measures to protect the water tunnel from future incidents.
Improved offshore environmental monitoring
Risk of spills and leaks from offshore oil and gas production is a major challenge and threat to the environment. A new measurement method based on research and development can help prevent disasters, with major economic and environmental consequences.
Toxins in Tyrifjorden - where do they come from?
In 2014 and 2015 the Norwegian Environment Agency (NEA) found that PFOS levels in fish from lake Tyrifjorden were respectively 20 and 45 times higher on average than in fish from the lakes Mjøsa and Randsfjorden. The NEA has therefore initiated a project to detect the emission sources.
New Head of Finance at NGI
Cecilie Ertresvaag joins as the new Head of Finance at NGI from 1st April. Ertresvaag comes from a position as corporate controller at Multiconsult, and will strengthen NGI's strategic, financial and commercial expertise.
New opportunity in the US
After 14 years of operation, NGI Houston is expanding into other market areas in the US by acquiring an advanced soils laboratory in Houston.
NGI in collaboration with FRAMO contracted to install wind turbine foundations for DONG Energy
NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) and DONG Energy Wind Power recently signed a contract for installation of 20 offshore wind turbine bucket foundations, called Suction Bucket Jackets. The turbines will be placed at the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 in the German sector of the North Sea. Subcontractor to NGI will be the Norwegian firm FRAMO.
Are we recycling contaminants in a circular economy?
Recycling is increasingly the preferred option for waste handling. Recycling is widely found to reduce the need for raw materials and to release fewer greenhouse gases, compared to incineration and landfilling.
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.
MoU between the University of Texas at Austin and NGI
The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and the University of Texas (UT) at Austin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday November 10th, 2015, related to scientific cooperation and exchange.
New research collaboration to reduce offshore wind costs
NGI will chair the REDWIN Project - a new research collaboration for more economical offshore wind energy. The production of renewable energy increases year by year in Europe, and the development of offshore wind is crucial for a future without fossil fuels. However, overall costs need to be reduced in order to make offshore wind competitive.
Sri Lankan drinking water heavily contaminated, concludes NGI
For many inhabitants in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, the quest for clean water has made every day life difficult. The water in the area’s open wells has been polluted and foul looking. Locals and environmentalists have complained to the authorities, leading to various investigations and the closure of a power station accused of causing oil leaks. However, there was no oil in the wells, concludes NGI.