DAMAST-Transfer in Brief

DAMAST-Transfer aims to investigate the processes of induced seismicity during the construction and operation of dams, to test and further develop suitable monitoring of relevant parameters and to transfer the results into practice. It is based on the previous project DAMAST. The transfer is to take place through the establishment of a competence center in Georgia. This includes:

  • Qualification via theoretical and practical training
  • Establishment of the organizational structure for the competence center
  • Establishment of a local base for specific monitoring and archiving


Project Overview

Information, Facts & Figures about the Project

Recent Activities

Ongoing Work & Results from the Working Groups



Bild Agenda KonferenzDAMAST-Transfer
Third International Conference on Monitoring for Enhanced Hydropower Lifetime

Conference Goals
The conference will focus on recent cutting edge geoscientific and technical works undertaken in the western Caucasus within the DAMAST and DAMAST-Transfer projects (2019-2024) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF. Hydropower as renewable energy technology faces numerous challenges with respect to scientific process understanding, technical but also environmental topics.

Bild Grouting WorkshopDAMAST-Transfer
Students of Grouting Workshop

participate in the field trip to the Mtkvari Hesi.

Director of Engurhesi High Dam providing the welcome address to the grouting workshopDAMAST-Transfer
The Grouting Workshop

started on March 11 at the beautiful location of Georgian Technical University with welcome addresses. We especially thank the GTU and Engurhesi for the perfect organization of this workshop…. And of course special thanks to Professor Kalabegishvili of GTU. Lecturer and engineer Bernd Aberle provides the background for grouting with a lot of practical aspects and exercises.
Picture: Director of Engurhesi High Dam providing the welcome address to the grouting workshop.

Field Trip November 2023DAMAST-Transfer
Field Trip November 2023

Arrival in Tbilisi in the early morning of Monday, November 6.

Field Trip November 2023
Karte Abkhazia
New Seismic Station close to Gali Reservoir in Abkhazia

Thanks to our Georgian colleagues of the TSU (Prof. Nino Tsereteli), the seismic network around Enguri dam could be expanded by a new station in the southwest of the Gali Reservoir.

Einladung Workshop
DAMAST-Transfer Workshop

Resilience & Sustainability
AI-based Early Warning Systems for Dam Safety
25th-27th September at Tbilisi State University (TSU), 1 Ilia Tchavtchavadze Avenue,
Academic Building I, Room N115, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia


Registration until 15th of September: S.S. Ottenburger, ottenburger@kit.edu


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Tracer-Test Field TripDAMAST-Transfer
Tracer-Test Field Trip

Arrival at Enguri in early evening of march 21.

Students at workDAMAST-Transfer
SDG Student Training Report

Three weeks of discovery (Bluashvili – Kamenksy – Tepnadze):
Focus was on the orientation of drill-cores based on date of boreholes logging and drill core scans. These data are important for running the Enguri Dam which produces water power and thus clean energy which is one of the UN sustainability goals.

Conference DAMAST-Transfer
A lot has happened in September

• Conference on Monitoring for Enhanced High Dam Lifetime: Reliable Supply of water and electricity in times of Decarbonisation.
• Conference: Dams in Armenia – State of the Art & Research Potential.
• Conference Field Trip September

New Drilling Activities at Enguri Dam

On August 24 the new Drillhole KIT-Spartak was spudded at the Enguri Dam.

New Team has arrived

The new team to analyse the drillcores has arrived. Thomas Röckel our experienced geologist will train Alexander Kamensky, a student of George Melikadze at the Georgian Technical University.

Final Conference in Luisenthal

On 4 and 5 April 2022, the final conference "DAMAST-Conference: Monitoring for Hydropower Lifetime" took place in Luisentahl.

Field Trips 2022 – March

Birgit Müller and Lukas Müller arrived on Friday, March 18 at Enguri Dam where it had been snowing the days before.

Field Trips 2021 – December

Visiting Shtolna for checking injection site. In the evening Giorgi Bochorishvili and his team arrived.
Roman made first measurement with his multisensortool and Thomas Röckel and Birgit Müller analysed drill cores.

DAMAST bei der Bundesregierung

Forscher untersuchen Risiken für Staudämme
Mehr als 16 Prozent des globalen Strombedarfs werden aus Wasserkraft erzeugt – und Tausende weitere Staudämme sind weltweit geplant. Ein Forscherteam aus Karlsruhe will mit Partnern aus Georgien und Armenien den Betrieb von Stauanlagen sicherer und effizienter machen.

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Field Trips 2021 – September

In the Enguri Valley we could log of the KIT-4 well with the acoustic and the optical televiewer. Great data.

Field Trips 2021 – June

Drilling of Shtolna-2 well has started.

Field Trips 2021 – April

The teams at Enguri have been working in the field. Fractures in the power tunnel were checked.
Trip to Nenskra valley.

Field Trip 2020 in progress

The field trip 2020, including drillings and borehole measurements, just started.

For short information on the current field work follow the link below.

Drillings have started

August 2020: Mobilization of Sinergia Drill Rig for the drilling of 20 m seismometer holes has been completed.

The drillings on the drill sites close do Enguri Dam have started.

Successful Proposal

Congrats to our Georgian partners for the successful proposals, granted by the Shota Rustaveli Foundation:

1. "Characterization of Ingirishi fault reactivation potential at Enguri Dam (Young Scientist Proposal for Nino Goguadze)"

2. "New fundamental approaches to assessment of geo-hazards of large hydropower dams/reservoirs: the case of Enguri High Arc Dam Area"