The GeoFuture project proposes a 3-dimensional and integrated set of models to support civil engineering construction with geotechncial solutions. Under the leadership of NGI, Norwegian private companies, Norwegian universities and government agencies, the research will lead to an innovative way of solving geotechnical problems in an integrated manner with the structural, environmental and safety components of infrastructure projects. The future design approaches and tools for building, construction and transportation (Norwegian infrastructure) face an urgent need for integrated 3-D solutions combined with solid geo-expertise. The solutions will contribute to more effective and interdisciplinary design and even control of projects. A variety of techniques, ranging from artificial intelligence to computerized visualization, from new geotechnical models to methods and tools for risk assessment are the subject of the 4-year research. To meet the project's objectives, the research team requires a variety of different scientific expertise and developments, whereof the most important are the integration of geotechnical and geomechanical models into illustrative and intuitive 3-D representation. In addition to the scientific geo-developments, the project in cludes validation and dissemination of the results and the elaboration of assistance to the user in the form of a knowledge-based system. The project is organised such that it will also contribute to industry-oriented student and researcher training an d long-term competence development in civil engineering in Norway. The results, when implemented in practice, will lead to more efficient and more reliable designs, thus contributing to a more sustainable civil engineering industry in the building, construction and transportation sectors in Norway and, with time, abroad.
Project leader: Suzanne Lacasse
Category: Teknisk-industrielle institutter
Institution: STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT