Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)

Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) is a non-governmental organization, founded on January 1, 1953. The Institute conducts research and offers consultation in the geoscience. NGI provides services related to Environmental Geotechnology, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology. The idea of establishing a geotechnical research institute was conceptualized after the Second World War. The first committee was set up in 1947, followed by creation of the “Geotechnical Office” in 1950, at Oslo, by the Research Council of Norway. Dr. Laurits Bjerrum from Denmark, was the first Director at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI).

The Geotechnical Institute of Norway aims at promotion of geotechnical research and the subsequent application of the research results. Under the guidance of Dr. Bjerrum, NGI received global recognition. In 1970, with the start of the oil industry in Norway, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), had a significant contribution towards the development of offshore geotechnical engineering. For this performance in 1989, NGI received an award from the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. Presently headed by Dr. Suzanne Lacasse, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute has a workforce of about 145 employees.

The area of activities of the Geotechnical Institute in Norway are:
  • Natural Hazards
  • Building and Construction
  • Geohazards
  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Oil and Gas
  • Offshore innovations
  • Transportation

The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)concentrates on maintaining consistent quality of its research projects

NGI conducts research in the fields of:

  • Environment technology
  • Engineering geology and rock mechanics
  • Landslides, mudslides and avalanches
  • Soil investigations
  • Geohazards and geophysics
  • Offshore investigations
  • Numerical analysis and modeling
  • Reservoir mechanics

The activities of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) have a global dimension. NGI has constructed offshore highways and bridges in Thailand, rock tunnels and caverns in Hong Kong and Taiwan, artificial island in Italy, subway in Taipei, etc.