Third International Conference on Monitoring for Enhanced Hydropower Lifetime

Beyond the transfer of knowledge
Tbilisi State University
1 Ilia Chavchavadze Avenue, Second floor,  Lobby of the assembly hall

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.
The DAMAST researchers from TSU, GTU, EIFER, Piewak & Partner, GHHD, GEORISK and KIT have been working on topics such as induced seismicity and reactivation of existing faults under the current stress field, risk mitigation, petrophysical analysis of rocks, sediment formation and transport in the reservoir and the regional deformation as well as the deformation of the Enguri High Arch dam as a response to variable water loads.
The conference shows the research and transfer activities undertaken during the DAMAST projects and the future research topics that had been identified to ensure the long-term operation of the dams as a secure national energy source to aid the energy transition in the Caucasus.
The conference participants will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with the researchers involved in the DAMAST projects. The conference will be accompanied by a short field trip to the Enguri High Dam on April 18 and 19.

Technical Program

Welcome  addresses

Time Name
09:00 Jaba Samushia Rector of TSU

Mr. Jubo Turashvili

Head of Department of Energetic Policy and Investment Projects Ministry of Economics and Sustainable Development

  Prof. M. Kalabegishvili Representative of GTU
  Mrs. Sarah Zielonka Representative of German Embassy in Tbilisi
  Dr. Susanne Fretzdorff Representative of BMBF-Projektträger
Time Presentation

Drive Towards Excellence: DAMAST-Transfer actions for the longevity of existing High Dams based on scientific outcomes of DAMAST and DAMAST-Transfer
Professor F. Schilling, Leader of DAMAST-Transfer Project

Details of Science-Based Recommendations

Morning Session:
Chairman Prof. Hansjörg Kutterer, head of scientific advisory board of DAMAST-Transfer

Time Presentation

Seismicity around Enguri Dam and Nenskra based on DAMAST and DAMAST-Transfer seismic networks
Prof. A. Rietbrock1, Prof. N. Tsereteli2, N. Tugushi2, N. Karamzadeh 2, Dr. E. Gaucher3, T. Shubladze 2, F. Bögelspacher 1, M. Frietsch 1, L. Gudushauri 2, A. Detzel
1 KIT, Institute of Geophysics (GPI), 2 I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, 3 KIT, Institute of Applied Geosciences- Geothermal Energy


Monitoring Environmental Parameters-Transfer to local stakeholders
Dr. Roman Zorn, European Institute for Energy Research, EIFER

11:05 Coffee Break

Early Warning Systems for concrete arch dams based on physics informed neural networks
Raphael Dujardin, KIT-Institute of Institute for Thermal Energy Technology and Safety (ITES)


Integrated geodetic monitoring of arch dams from local to regional scale - results and recommendations
Dr. M. Westerhaus1, Dr. A. Schenk2, Dr. M. Rebmeister2, M.Sc. J. Weisgerber1, D. Svanadze3, Prof. S. Hinz2, Prof. Hansjörg Kutterer 1
1 KIT, Geodetic Institute (GIK), 2 KIT, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IPF), 3 I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysic


Geology and Geomechanics – Recommendations for new activities at Enguri and New Khudoni
Dr. B. Müller1, M.Sc. Th. Niederhuber1, Prof. O. Enukidze2, Prof. G. Melikadze2, Dr. D. Quandt3, B.Sc. A. Putzke1, Prof. G. Kalabegishvili4, Dr. Th. Röckel5
1 KIT, Institute of Applied Geoscience – Technical Petrophysics (AGW-TP), 2 I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics, Georgia, 3 KIT, Institute of Applied Geoscience – Structural Geology (AGW-SG), 4 Georgian Technical University, Hydraulic Department, Georgia, 5 Piewak & Partner GmbH


Sediment and Sedimentation Investigations – A nationwide perspective based on the experience of the Enguri Dam
Dr. Stephan Hilgert, Dr. Andreas Kron, Dr. Klajdi Sotiri, M.Sc. Tim Kerlin, KIT, Institute for Water and Environment (IWU) 

13:00 Lunch Break & Posters

Afternoon Session: Chairwoman Prof. Nino Tsereteli


KIT strategy towards Eastern Partnership
Elena Pfeifer, KIT-International Affairs, Coordinator International Excellence Grants and Fellowships

14:20 Discussion of future collaboration
15:00 Ceremony of official transfer of equipment
15:10 Closure of Conference