Key dates

Milestones in the development of the testing centre.

1917-1920 Development of a subsidiary specialising in the manufacture of turbines and gates by Grenoble-based mechanical engineering firm Neyret, Brenier & Cie, which would take the name Neyrpic in 1948. 

Birth of a scale model study and testing centre on the site of the new factory, in the Beauvert district of Grenoble.
1921-1923 First scale models of hydropower schemes
1923 First fixed-bed physical model of a river
1934 First movable-bed physical model of a river
1940 First studies of industrial and urban hydraulics – First physical maritime model (wave disturbance and stability). The laboratory takes the name "Laboratoire Dauphinois d’Hydraulique" 
1951 First movable-bed maritime model
1955 Creation of Sogreah (Société Grenobloise d'études et d'Applications Hydrauliques)
1967 Installation of the ship handling training center on manned models in Port Revel in the vicinity of Grenoble. Each year, the center trains more than a hundred port pilots and ship captains in restricted water navigation
1987 Creation of the new laboratory in Pont-de-Claix
1987 Construction of a torrent modelling area
1991 Construction of the multidirectional wave tank
1998 Development of control and measurement instrumentation - Active Absorption in wave generation
2008 New wave flume
Since 2015 Ramp-up of digital conditioning in data acquisition systems