What is Geotechnical Engineering?
Geotechnical Engineering is about how to build on, in or out of soil and rock. Geotechnical engineers design building foundations for structures on land and on the seabed, such as high-rise buildings and bridges and offshore installations such as platforms, windmills, pipelines and bottom structures.
The Geotechnical engineering group at NTNU has a focus on Computational Geotechnics complimented by extensive field work and advanced testing of geomaterials. The research aims for safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective solutions for the built infrastructure. Research encompasses roads, railways, harbours and complex deep-underground city construction. Offshore Geotechnics for oil and wind energy is another important field of application, which builds on the extensive expertise developed at NTH/NTNU for the oil exploration since the 1970’s.
In Norway a lot of infrastructure is built on challenging soils, where soft and often quick clays (extremely collapsible clay) require advanced geotechnical engineering. Norway has been among the leading countries for developing geotechnical engineering since the 1950’s. Today, climate change amplifies the demand for geotechnical engineering due to increased risks of flooding, rock fall and landslides.