Dam construction and dam safety


The reservoirs in Norway are like gigantic batteries. The water stored in these provides a constant supply of renewable electricity in Norway.

When it rains or snows, the batteries are charged and close to 3,500 dams hold the water in place.  At the same time, every dam and the water behind is poses a threat to the downstream area. Thus, dam safety is essential for a safe and sustainable operation of the reservoirs, as well as for the generation of renewable energy.

The researchers in this work group have focus on safe and sustainable dam operation, as well as safe and economical design solutions for both embankment dams and concrete dams. Issues of interests include:

  • Safety measures for rockfill dams under extreme loading conditions.
  • Sliding resistance of concrete dams on rock foundation
  • Dam structural health monitoring
  • Dam safety and emergency preparedness

Publications 2019

Netsanet Nigatu Tessema 1, Fjóla G. Sigtryggsdóttir , Leif Lia and Asie Kemal Jabir. Case Study of Dam Overtopping from Waves Generated by Landslides Impinging Perpendicular to a Reservoir’s Longitudinal Axis. Journ. Of Marine Science and Engineering.

Fjola G. Sigtryggsdottir & Jonas Th. Snæbjörnsson. Geological challenges and geohazard monitoring of a mega engineering hydropower project in Iceland. Engineering Geology

Publications 2018

Sigtryggsdottir, Fjola Gudrun; Snæbjörnsson, Jonas Thor; Grande, Lars Olav. Statistical model for dam-settlement prediction and structural-health assessment. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.

Conference Proceedings 2018

Hiriyanna Rao Ravindra, Ganesh; Sigtryggsdottir, Fjola Gudrun; Lia, Leif. 
Evaluation of design criteria for downstream riprap of rockfill dams. I: Proceedings of the 26th International Congress of the International Commission of Large Dams (ICOLD), Q.101, R.72, Vienna, Austria, 1-7 July 2018. CRC Press 2018 ISBN 978-1-138-61228-0. s. 1194-1209

Ravindra, G.H.R., Sigtryggsdottir, F.G., Lia, L.. Protection of embankment dam toe and abutments under overtopping conditions. Protections 2018.

Conference Proceedings 2017

Lia, Leif; Hiriyanna Rao Ravindra, Ganesh; Hiller, Priska Helene; Sigtryggsdottir, Fjola Gudrun. 
Overtopping erosion of rockfill dams – Research in Norway. International Workshop on overflowing erosion of dams and dikes; 2017-12-11 - 2017-12-14

Lia, L; Ravindra G; Hiller P, Sigtryggsdottir F.G. Overtopping erosion of rockfill dams-Research in Norway. EDF

Sigtryggsdottir, F.G & Snæbjörnsson, J.Th. Geohazard monitoring for reservoir and dam safety and sustainability. 19th ICSMGE

Sigtryggsdottir, F.G & Snæbjörnsson, J.Th. A systematic methodology for planning and evaluation of a multi-source geohazard monitoring system. Application of a reusable template. ICESD


Fjola Gudrun Sigtryggsdottir

Associate Professor

Email: fjola.g.sigtryggsdottir@ntnu.no
Phone: 73598388

About the project

Full project title: Dam construction and dam safety

Duration: 2017-2021

Objective: To provide new information for the development of sophisticated evaluation methods, solutions and measures to improve dam construction and dam safety.

R&D Partners: NTNU (IBM, IGB), UPM Madrid, ETH Zürich, Sira Kvina kraftselskap, Agder Energi, Tatkraft, Saudafaldene, SKL.

Associated projects: PLAF

Researchers working on the project: Leif Lia, Fjóla G. Sigtryggsdóttir.

PhD working on the project: Ganesh Ravindra and Geir Helge Kiplesund

Master students associated with the project: Guri Holthe Veslegard, Kofi Ntow Opare, Malin Fossum Asbølmo, Wendwesen Worku Lemma, Unnar Númi Almarsson.