Kick-Off Meeting, Zugdidi (Georgia) October 2019

The kick-off meeting for the DAMAST project took place in Zugdidi, a town near the Enguri dam. The event was organised jointly by KIT and the University of Tbilisi (TSU).

All partners in the DAMAST project as well as representatives of the institutions directly relevant to the project in Georgia and Armenia, such as the Emergency Service, the operator Engurhesi, the GHHD (European Centre on Geodynamical Hazards of High Dams) were present. The German Embassy in Tbilisi and Yerevan and the representative of the KfW Energy Sector were also informed.

On the one hand, the programme gave the opportunity to get to know each other, to find out about the planned activities and to ask questions in the discussions after each item of the programme. According to Professor Nestmann, the Enguri Dam is one of the numerous dams that went into operation around 1978. These dams are now facing major problems worldwide, e.g. from sedimentation. He sees the Enguri as a prime example of this class of high dams. The breaks and dinner after the kick-off meeting were also used for discussions.

During the meeting and in advance, direct contacts were established between the German and Georgian colleagues. This is an important contribution so that the individual subprojects can be carried out quickly and effectively.


8:30 a.m. Welcome notes

  • by DAMAST Speaker (Professor Dr. Frank Schilling)
  • by ENGURHESI representative (Mr. Levan Mebonia)
  • by representative of Emergency Management Agency of MIA (Mr. Beka Saria)
  • by GHHD representative (Prof. Tamaz Chelidze)

9:00 a.m. Short Introduction of each participant.

9:30 a.m. Why DAMAST - Motivation, Project Goals, Structure and Management (Dr. B. Müller, Prof. Dr. F. Schilling)

10:00 Coffee Break + Conference Photo

Participants of the kick-off meeting in Zugdidi in front of the meeting place
Kick-Off participant list
Prof. Dr. S. Hinz (in Session I: monitoring dam deformation)

Session Monitoring I


10:30 a.m. Overview on previous and current Monitoring at Enguri (Prof. Dr. Tamaz Chelidze)

11:00 a.m. Seismic Monitoring (Prof. Dr. Andreas Rietbrock, Dr. Emmanuel Gaucher)

11:30 a.m. Local Dam deformation monitoring (Prof. Dr. Stefan Hinz, Dr. Roman Zorn)

12: 00 Lunch break


Session Monitoring II


1:00 p.m. Regional deformation monitoring (Dr. Malte Westerhaus, Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Kutterer)

1:30 p.m. Sedimentation of large reservoirs (Prof. Dr. Franz Nestmann, Dr. Andreas Kron)

2:00 p.m. Sediment load monitoring and characterization (Dr. Stephan Hilgert)

2.30 p.m. Drilling and pore pressure survey (Dr. Thomas Röckel, Dr. Birgit Müller,)

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break


Session Perspectives towards risk assessment

3:30 p.m. Assessment of fault reactivation (Dr. Birgit Müller)

3:45 p.m. Risk Assessment and risk reduction technology (CEDIM, Dr. Sadeeb Ottenburger)

4:25 p.m. Main problems and tasks of the water reservoirs of Armenia (Hektor Babayan)

4:45 p.m. Discussion of Needs and Challenges

5: 45 p.m. Outlook (next measurement campaigns, next important dates, regular skype meetings?, data exchange, DAMAST homepage, Training for PhD students)