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NGI-led initiative to cut ground risk costs

The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) has joined forces with 17 partners on a new research and development project aimed at reducing the risk of material and economic damage as a result of the ground construction work.

According to NGI, alone it is estimated that the damage caused by ground construction work involves annual costs of billions of pounds and the Remedy project aims to reduce this number.

The Remedy scheme, which NGI is leading on behalf of the Research Council of Norway, is a continuation of the Begrens Skade 1 initiative which was completed in 2015.

“The main purpose of Remedy is to make risk assessment and risk management to an integral part of the geotechnical engineering design and the execution of the ground construction work, and thereby reduce the risk of material and economic damage,” said NGI technical lead Jenny Langford, who is also project manager for the Remedy project. “The project will mainly focus on the analysis of the causes for the damage and will propose improved methods.”

Partners on the project include are Norconsult, Geo Vita, Multiconsult, Rambøll, Hallingdal Brønnboring, Entreprenørservice, Keller, Kynningsrud, Jetgrunn, Skanska, Veidekke, Finans Norge, HWE, Norwegian public roads authority Statens vegvesen, Norwegian rail infrastructure organisation Bane NOR, SINTEF, NTNU and NGI.

“Thanks to the active participation and support of all 18 partners we hope now to be able to reduce costs in very large scale, and to launch improved methods and guidelines for the entire building and construction sector,” said Langford.

The Remedy project is split into six sub-projects including drilling for installation piles and anchor tie-backs; deep excavations and foundations; hydrogeological modelling, drainage and grouting; vibrations induced by construction activity including blasting, hammering, compaction and pile driving; risk assessment and management; and cooperation, guidelines and competence build-up across the sector.

The overall project is set to be completed by 2022.

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