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NGI and Kjeller partner up to commercialise research

The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) has chosen Kjeller Innovation as its strategic partner to commercialise results from research and development.

The NGI, an international centre for research and consulting within the geosciences, has been developing research and expertise on the behaviour of soil, rock and snow and their interaction with the natural and built environment.

NGI’s head of technology development and innovation James Strout said: “Kjeller Innovation has long experience in getting new technology out on the market, and we learn much from our frequent discussions on ideas and opportunities with them.”

Working with offshore energy, building, construction, transportation, natural hazards, and Environmental Engineering, Kjeller Innovation will be the project manager for all of NGI’s commercialisation, including Airborne Electromagnetics (AEM).

This is a method which can be used to map soil layering and depth to bedrock along planned construction of roads and railway lines which can generate huge amounts of data. NGI has developed a method for machine learning, where AEM data quickly can be analysed to identify soil layering and depth to bedrock in the area investigated.

“There are several ways to commercialise technological advance,” explains Strout.

“We could establish a separate spin-off company where NGI participates as a shareholder, it could be licensing of the technology, or it may be to sell the technology to an interested party.

“Either way, the goal is that society will benefit with improved solutions and advantages of the results from NGI’s research and development.”



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