AI for efficient geotechnical soil investigations

August 22nd, 2019 22. August 2019

During the 17thEuropean Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Reykjavik, Iceland, we give insight into the inner workings of integrated soil investigations programs based on integrating geotechnical and geophysical data with machine learning.

Assessing geological risk is a significant part of planning; however, this risk is hard to control given the high cost of detailed ground investigation programs using traditional approaches, namely geotechnical drillings. 

Infrastructure cost overruns and delays are persistent challenges for engineers and project owners. Reported average cost overruns from 20 to 50 % for linear infrastructure are typical.

Helicopter Geoscanning in Mid-Norway supporting Nye Veier AS highway planning


Nye Veier does ground investigations from the air

July 30th, 2019 30. July 2019

This article was first published by Byggeindustrien, a construction industry magazine, at on 30.07.2019 in Norwegian.

Nye Veier has begun using a new, cost-effective method for surveying the subsurface where roads and tunnels are to be built

The team behind the geoscanning survey ; Andi A. Pfaffhuber (Emerald Geomodelling) (f.l), technical lead for tunneling Nye Veier, Kari Charlotte Sellgren, Ib Faber (SkyTEM) and Craig W. Christensen (EMerald Geomodelling).

Nye Veier [Norwegian government-owned company planning, constructing, operating and maintaining major national highways] is underway with five large road projects along the E6 highway in Trøndelag [, a county in Norway]. This is the first time that Nye Veier is using geoskanning in their preparatory work. By using a helicopter and a measurement frame hanging 35 metres under the helicopter that sends electromagnetic signals into the ground, it is possible to map both the thickness and type of sediments and rock in a completely new and more rational way than usual.


Using NGI innovation for gigantic Indian road project

May 30th, 2019 30. May 2019

National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) aims to secure some of the most dangerous transportation routes between central parts of India and the Kashmir region. To solve these enormous challenges, they have engaged EMerald Geomodelling, through NGI.

Some of the world’s most dangerous roads can be found in the Jammu and Kashmir regions of the Himalayas. Many roads here are closed in the winter, and Indian authorities currently use helicopters to secure supplies to these areas. NHIDCL has therefore launched a comprehensive programme of road and infrastructure development projects in the northernmost areas of India.

Helicopter geoscanning in mountainerous terrain