New dams are being built worldwide as part of the establishment of a climate-friendly energy and water supply system.

In many places, natural or induced seismic activity, especially in combination with extreme events such as heavy precipitation or landslides, can pose a threat to dams and water reservoirs and thus also the local population.

In the DAMAST project, German, Georgian and Armenian partners use the Enguri dam as example to investigate the underlying processes and safety-relevant parameters of water reservoirs.

The project aims to develop & test transferable and efficient monitoring concepts for dams in tectonically active regions.

Project Overview

Information, Facts & Figures about the Project

Recent Activities

Ongoing Work & Results from the Working Groups



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.

The DAS cable has arrived

On July 28 the teams of GPI and AGW take part at an introduction course for the handling of the cable. The cable will be used as a seismometer in one of the 300 m deep drill holes at the Enguri Dam.

Tools have been picked up

The acoustic televiewer, the oriented four–arm caliper and the gamma ray logging tools have been picked up at ALT Luxembourg by representatives of EIFER and AGW-TP after a 2 day training course The logging tools will be used for borehole logging in the two 300 m deep wells at Enguri Dam.

New Article Online

A. Ismail-Zadeh and colleagues published a study in Earth-Science Reviews (Elsevier) entitled "Geodynamics, seismicity, and seismic hazards of the Caucasus". The work can be accessed via Science Direct

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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"