Geotechnical engineering at ECSMGE 2019


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The international European conference on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering takes place in Reykjavík 1st - 6th of September 2019.

The theme is Geotechnical Engineering, foundation of the future. EFLA Consulting Engineers provides professional consulting on the full spectrum of geotechnical engineering and geology and environmental concerns above and below ground, urban and rural planning, nature protection.

EFLA's engineers will attend the conference and look forward to meeting colleagues in the field of geotechnical engineering.

Geotechnical engineering involves site investigations that are often performed at the first stages in development of projects, along with feasibility studies and site selection. This applies to most civil engineering infrastructure such as buildings, roads, tunnels, hydropower plants and transmission lines.


Situated in Iceland and executing project in the remote northern regions in Norway and Greenland, EFLA's engineers have encountered challenging ground conditions with adaptation and innovation. Residing permafrost has an influence on current and future installations, the same applies for slope stability and potential rockfalls or landslides. Even though the ground may not be permanently frozen, earthworks planning and construction in cold regions still differ from warmer climates.

Among services provided are

  • Identifying potential permafrost
  • Earthwork design in cold regions
  • Frost heave
  • Freeze-thaw interaction
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Ground temperature
  • Rockfall and landslides
  • Thermal conductivity of fill material
  • Ground cables

For further information on permafrost contact Jón Haukur Steingrímsson.

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Jón Haukur Steingrímsson

Retaining structures

EFLA has a long and vast experience in the design and construction of retaining structures. These retaining structures are of all types, shapes and sizes and are either constructed with or without MSE (Mechanically Stabilized Earth). The applicability has a wide spectrum ranging from sound barriers along major highways to large dams and braking mounds intended to stop and deflect avalanches in their paths, along with Sheet pile walls and anchored bulkheads used in harbour quay construction.

Among services provided are:

  • Design of avalanche protection structures
  • Design of sound barriers
  • Design of sheet pile walls
  • Design of retaining walls using MSE
  • Design of earth fill dams and embankments
  • Site supervision in earth construction projects

For further information regarding retaining structures contact Jón Skúli Indriðason.

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Jón Skúli Indriðason

Transportation Geotechnics

With many of Iceland's leading experts in the field of roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and ports, EFLA consulting engineers aim to ensure economically viable and environmentally sound solutions to a vast range of traffic- and transportation-related assignments in both planning, design and site supervision.

An important aspect in our design are geological surveys and geotechnical design of foundations as well as optimized geomaterial use, including reuse and recycling in embankments and in structural layers.

Among services provided are:

  • Geological surveys
  • Geotechnical design of foundations
  • Optimized geomaterial use
  • Slope stability
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Stormwater treatments
  • Underground utilities
  • Earthquake analyses
  • Effect of climate change on transportation infrastructure

For further information regarding transportation geotechnics contact Þorbjörg Sævarsdóttir.

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Þorbjörg Sævarsdóttir

Geothermal Energy

Undertaking a geothermal development project is a long-term commitment and requires support from experts you can trust. Minimizing risk and keeping cost estimates are the goals of EFLA's engineers at any stage of development. No geothermal resources are the same, but EFLA's engineers can provide expert guidance based on 30 years' experience in geothermal projects all over the world.

Among services provided are:

  • Preliminary site/land evaluation
  • Exploration and environmental impact assessment
  • Due diligence and resource assessment
  • Feasibility studies and business plans
  • Environmental consulting
  • Risk evaluation and project management
  • Design of geothermal equipment
  • Power plant PLC and SCADA control systems.
  • Grid connection / transmission tines.
  • Industrial and agricultural uses
  • District heating and cooling
  • Health and wellness

For further information regarding geothermal energy contact Heimir Hjartarson.

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Heimir Hjartarson