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 Water Management Institute of Georgia is one of the oldest Scientific-Research Organizations not only in Georgia, but in all South Caucasus, existing in the field of Water Management and Irrigation. It was established in 1925, and officially registered in 1929 as the Scientific-Research Institute of Water Management in Transcaucasia. In 1947 the Institute’s title changed to “Georgian Scientific-Research Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Land Reclamation”. Later the similar institutes were established in Azerbaijan and Armenia on the basis of the above-mentioned institute branches. Till 1992, the Institute was subordinated to the USSR Ministry of Land Reclamation and Water Management. As a result of disintegration of the USSR (1992) in accordance with the order issued by the Council of Ministers of Georgia the Institute became subordinate to the Georgian Academy of Sciences and titled “Institute of Water Management and Engineering Ecology of Georgian Academy of Sciences”. In accordance with the resolution No 58 issued by the Government of Georgia on the 16th day of March, 2006 it was transformed into the Legal Entity of Public Law and titled “Institute of Water Management of Georgia”, and based on the resolution #210 (217 July 2010) of the Government of Georgia Institute became subordinate to the Technical University of Georgia and entitled as “Water Management Institute of the Technical University of Georgia”.

During the different period of times the following people worked or completed full postgraduate course at the Institute: Ala Magomedova (Pro-Rector of Dagestan State Technical Institute), Tamaz Zhordania (Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing of Georgia), Levan Kiknadze (Legal Assistant of the Council of Ministers of Georgia), Guram Varshalomidze (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Adjara), Michael Kuznecov (Head of the Erosion Department of Moscow M.Lomonosov State University and Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences), Evsey Dolidze (Construction Supervisor of the Ministry of Construction and Housing of Georgia), Zurab Eristavi (Supervisor of “Georgian Water Construction”), Sergo Gotsiridze (Construction Trust Supervisor), Roland Jgerenaia (Director of Abkhazian Hydraulic Engineering) etc.

For years the staff of the Institute participated in the implementing of major projects, such as, the diversion of part of the runoff of North Siberian rivers to Middle Asia; design and construction of water management facilities in Algeria, Syria, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Greece; the designing of 100km coastal zone but­tressing work of the Caspian Sea (1995-1998), Russia (1981-1982); determining the design parameters of the Mingechauri complex reservoir and of an earth-fill dam; reclamation of the swamped territories of Kolkheti; the Tiriponi canal and designing the facilities depending on it: the Upper and Lower Samgori irrigation systems: the Institute took direct part in the implementation of the project of the Upper Alazani main canal project. Many innovations were introduced at the implementation of this project, including the construction of earth embankments along the route of the main canal by the technology of dumping into water.

The practice obtained was used in the construction of 23 dams of land-reclamation purpose in Georgia, such as the Algeti, Zonkari, Dali mountain, etc. Apart from building dams by the technology of dumping into ground water, the project of hydraulic filling was developed at the Institute (the dam of the manganese waste dump at Chiatura) and at construction with pin-point blasts (the dam of the zinc dump at Kvaisa). The Institute carried out the expertise in Algeria in connection with the possible deformation of five earth-fill dams, at the construction of two each new dams in Syria and Azerbaijan, to design bank protection structures on the Kodori and Alazani rivers, in order to rehabilitate the water-dividing unit on the Rioni river near Poti and 75 the environmental protection structures in the Baku-Supsa pipeline corridor.

Throughout its existence the Institute has carried on diverse scientific contacts and joint studies with various scientific, design, construction organizations and Universities of the USA, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, China, Israel, Austria, Nederland, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Japan, Romania, Syria, Cuba, Iraq, and Bulgaria.