Askeland is currently chief engineer in the project «Fjord crossings» in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

Askeland was educated at the Norwegian military academy, he is a civil engineer in technology from the University of Stavanger (UiS), and holds a PhD in risk management, also at UiS. He has been employed by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration since 2016, mainly working on technology qualification and risk management for the Coastal Highway Route E39. He has previous work experience from Rambøll and DNV GL.

E39 - a constant construction site

The Storting has asked the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to investigate the possibility of establishing fixed links along the E39 on an 1100 kilometre long stretch between Kristiansand and Trondheim.

 “Major improvement projects are underway along the E39, and by 2020, about 10 per cent of the route will be completed fully completed to the standard we consider necessary in 2050”, according to Dunham and Askeland.

 "It is feasible, we are developing new technology that will allow us to assess whether ferries or fixed links is the best technological solution for crossing some of the widest fjords in our country”, they explain.

 They elaborate that the main object of the project is to develop existing technology.

“The technology must be ready at the time it is appropriate to assess the individual projects”, explains Askeland. He adds that the technology development should enable us to cross the fjords, but is relevant to the entire road network in Norway.

“Tore Askeland adds valuable expertise to the project in terms of risk management. We are planning on constructing roads and bridges that will be in operation for 100 years. I'm sure Askeland will continue the project in an excellent manner”, says Dunham.