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Olav Heggstad graduated in 1899 as a civil engineer from the Norwegian Technical University NTU, Trondheim. He then joined the Dresden Technical University for two years and from 1912 to 1945 was the hydraulic structures' professor at NTU, thereby acting as the University rector from 1929 to 1933, and from 1941 to 1945. Heggstad was an expert in cold regions hydraulics and contributed also to the design of hydropower installations in his country.
Based on a twofold professional career of Heggstad as a hydraulic design engineer in his earlier years, and university professor in his later years, he was an excellent University educator. Most of his writings relate to the topics read at NTU, such as on the design of harbors, on sewers and wastewater treatment, on lock structures. Earlier, he also presented a work on the regulation works of Elbe River in Germany, thereby reviewing his stay in Dresden and works made later until the end of World War I. Heggstad was the first professor of hydraulic engineering at his Alma Mater, given that such a specialization did not exist in the 19th century. Usually, professors would then cover a part of the entire civil engineering courses, such as foundation techniques, tunneling and hydraulic engineering. From the 1950s, there started a specialization in hydraulics or fluid dynamics on the one hand, and in hydraulic engineering on the other. During the past decades, there was a further specialization into experimental and computational fluid dynamics. This trend will possibly stopped at one time when the different fields have drifted so far apart such that the overview on a particular problem will be no more guaranteed.
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