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Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde got a crash-course in how CASA contributes to increased societal security.

Minister of Public Security Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde visits SFI CASA and director Magnus Langseth.
A Crash Course for the Minister of Public Security. From left: Political Adviser Kristian Paulsen Wilsgård, Minister Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, SFI CASA director Magnus Langseth. Senior adviser Guttorm Aanes films the occasion.

The Norwegian Minister of public security Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde is responsible for civil protection, preparedness and the Polar areas in Norway.  She came to SFI CASA on The Centre´s invitation to learn more about how the research in Trondheim aims to improve the survivability of people and vital infrastructure against any given threat.

30 Years of Research

Through 30 years of research, the host of The Centre, research group SIMLab, has gained a world-leading position on how materials and structures behave under extreme loadings. CASA is now half-way in the eight-year SFI-project period.

The  Norwegian Minister of Public Security visit the labs of SFI CASA
From left: Senior Adviser Monicha Hemmingby, Minister of Public Security Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, Department Director John Arne Gisnås and Per Brekke, assistant director of The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB).

Director Magnus Langseth gave the prominent visitors a short presentation on the main achievements.  He also took the opportunity to give the Minister a brief outline on how to utilise this know-how in the future.
Another backdrop for the visit was the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg´s recent call for new ideas and solutions when opening this year´s national conference on societal security (organised by National Security Authority).
Langseth presented the SIMLab groups aims towards a new, ten-year-long research programme on physical security organised as a centre at the Department of Structural Engineering, NTNU. The plan is to educate about 20 PhD candidates and 150-200 MSc candidates and develop a technology basis for innovations in the industry and public sector.  NTNU will contribute with a contribution in kind.

Knowledge Through Extensive Research

Professor Langseth states that maximum protection demands vulnerability assessments, based on the knowledge of the consequences of a given act or accident. At the same time, he underlines that such knowledge only can be provided through extensive research. According to Langseth, CASA´s new initiative fits very well with the request from the Norwegian Prime Minister.
The guests from the Ministry also got the opportunity to see a crash test of an aluminium profile in the kicking machine. They also paid a visit to the shock tube facilities.

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The  Norwegian Minister of Public Security visit the labs of SFI CASA
From left: Associate Professor Vegard Aune, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde and Olav Bolland, Chairman of SFI Casa´s board.

«This was very, very exciting», the Minister of Public Security summed up.  She also said that it is essential that final decision-makers are aware of the challenges that the society face. At the same time, it is imortant that they know there are solutions available to solve them. 

Money Well Spent

«Besides», the Minister added with a smile and a nod towards associate professor Vegard Aune: «It was very nice to meet our expense item».
Thanks to funds from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, NTNU and SFI CASA stepped up the work on physical security. Vegard Aune´s position as an Associate Professor on the topic is a result of this funding. He is an expert on the behaviour of materials and structures subjected to blast loadings. Besides, Aune´s PhD thesis was dedicated to the project on designing the custom-made 20 metre-long shock tube.  The rig has countless possibilities for recording and measuring blast loads and response of structures. «It is good to see where the budget money goes, and I am sure that this is money well spent», the Minister of Public Security said. In the visiting group were also the Minister´s Political Adviser Kristian Paulsen Wilsgård, and Per Brekke, assistant director of The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB). From the  Department of Justice also Department Director John Arne Gisnås and Senior advisers Guttorm Aanes and Monicha Hemmingby attended.