Program at a glance

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Morning The 1st day of workshops, July 16, was rescheduled to be presented on July 17: Workshop on Beyond Data Visualization – Data Analysis. 17th Tuesday afternoon. WORKSHOP #1 – Practical aspects of field instrumentation
9h00 – 12h00.
OPPENING LECTURE – The development of Field Measurements in Geo Mechanics
Case histories from the FMGM Timeline and NGI archives
9h30 – 10h30
TECHNICAL SESSION – Slope Stability, Dam Safety and Civil Tunneling
0h45 – 12h30
SPECIAL LECTURE – Key components of an Effective Performance Monitoring Program
8h30 – 09h30.
SPECIAL SESSION – The Role of Field Measurements on Dam Safety
09h45 – 12h30
SPECIAL SESSION – Integrating field measurements and insurance.
Insurance timeline. Acceptable risk processes. Regulations issues.

8h30 – 11h00.
TECHNICAL SESSION – Case studies and field experiments
11h15 – 13h00
Afternoon WORKSHOP #2 – Beyond data visualization – Data Analysis
14h00 – 18h00.
SPECIAL SESSION – Human Factor in Geo-Instrumentation
14h00 – 16h00.
TECHNICAL SESSION – Remote System, Emerging technology and Environmental monitoring
16h15 – 18h30
SPECIAL SESSION – Civil tunneling: instrumentation and quality assurance
14h00 – 16h30.
KEY NOTE LECTURE  – Smart Geotechnical Asset Management: the key role of monitoring
SPECIAL SESSION – Development of international standards for geotechnical monitoring under ISO and CEN
14h00 – 16h00
TECHNICAL SESSION – Case studies and field experiments
16h15 – 18h30
WORKSHOP #1 – Practical aspects of field instrumentation
9h00 – 12h00.


The role of field performance measurements in risk assessment, control of natural geo-hazards and in the design, construction and operation of engineered facilities, has become a fundamental issue in today’s engineering practice, reinforcing the need for well implemented monitoring programs. In an attempt to address this growing need, the organizers of FMGM 2018 are holding a ½ day workshop on July 17th, the day before the symposium, for those interested in learning more about the practical aspects related to field instrumentation.

The workshop will be presented by a team of recognized instrumentation specialists from around the world. It is designed to appeal to those wishing to increase their knowledge with respect to the practical aspects to be considered when designing and implementing optimal geotechnical instrumentation programs of any kind and magnitude.

The workshop will focus on things to consider when:

  • Planning an instrumentation program
    Andrea Zattoni, CESI, Italy
  • Selecting, installing and troubleshooting:Piezometers
    Tony Simmonds, Geokon Inc., USAPressure cells
    Giorgio Pezzetti, SMAK s.a.s., ItalyExtensometers
    Daniel Naterop, Sisgeo, SwitzerlandInclinometers
    Andrew Ridley, Geo-Observations Ltd., UK
  • Designing automatic data acquisition systems
    Brent Randall, Campbell Scientific Inc., USA
  • Analyzing data (including sources of error)
    Allen Marr, Geocomp, USA
  • Integrating classical geotechnical measurements with remote sense techniques
    Paolo Mazzanti, NHAZCA, Italy


WORKSHOP #2 – Beyond data visualization – Data Analysis
14h00 – 18h00.

New Trends in Data Visualization and Analytics

Presented by:
Dr Paolo Farina, Department of Earth Sciences, Università degli Studi di Firenze; Geoapp s.r.l., Academic spin off of the University of Florence
Alex Neuwirt, Canary Systems, Inc.

In recent years, the types and quantities of data that are available to help clients understand their operational and safety risks have increased tremendously. It was not that long ago that automated monitoring consisted of one or two types of instrumentation such as piezometers or inclinometers. Now data may be provided by automated total stations, TDR, differential GPS, ground based radar, satellite InSAR, laser scanners, vibration/seismic recorders, environmental sensors such as rainfall or air quality, among others. This has required improving data storage systems, improving the visualization of the data and the development of near real-time analytics to understand what the data mean. Numerous vendors have been able to provide these capabilities in their platforms leading to significant improvements in the value of the information being collected and ultimately significant improvements in the client’s ability to exploit more of the data to more effectively manage the risks they are exposed to. This workshop will present an overview of the advantages and challenges of data integration, a general discussion of the types of interfaces available, the use of near real-time data analytics to support the data interpretation thus providing more meaning to the data and allowing to forecast their future trends.


  • Integration of Data. Advantages/Challenges of Integration
  • General discussion of geo-spatial interfaces. 2D and 3D Interfaces
  • Understanding Data (Analytics)
  • General discussion of the importance of data analytics for data interpretation and data forecasting

Rainfall data for the setup of early warning systems for shallow landslide prediction
Micro-seismic activity forecasting
Slope stability data interpretation and forecasting

  • Future Enhancements

Integration of new data sources
More advanced analytics for slope instabilities including volume estimation, run-out estimation, time of failure forecast, etc.
Use of artificial intelligence (AI) to identify more complex correlations.

  • Wireless Remote Condition Monitoring
    Aidan Laimbeer / Arnaud Lancon/Graham Smith, Senceive Ltd.

Some wireless monitoring systems providers have now been firmly established over a decade, providing proven, robust and durable solutions for a full range of structural and geo-technical monitoring requirements. With long battery life of 10+ years and a wide variety of supported sensors, comprehensive monitoring and analysis solutions can be simply and quickly deployed.

Three case studies illustrating the ease, flexibility and effectiveness of a comprehensive wireless monitoring system are presented.

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is the largest Australian Government funding commitment to a single road project in Queensland’s history. One of the main engineering features of the project is an 800m long bridge that will negotiate the steep terrain of the range. The Senceive system was used to monitor the Brisbane-Toowoomba Railway track bed, earthworks and retaining walls for its surroundings during early earthwork, piling and blasting activity to provide comfort that trains could continue operating whilst major works took place nearby.

Storm Eva caused cracks appeared on the carriageway of the historic Grade II listed Linton Bridge and there was significant bridge deck settlement of up to 200mm due to scouring at the footings caused by river flooding. The bridge was closed for over 9 months to road and foot traffic. Due to safety issues and cost, it was difficult to find a way to continuously and effectively monitor the movement of the bridge manually. Wireless sensors were installed within three hours on each parapet wall and monitored settlement on the bridge remotely using solar powered gateways, to sub 1mm resolution. Continued settlement was seen, and major remedial works carried out and it has now re-opened.

Just outside London, on the busy “commuter belt” rail lines, an unstable railway embankment was being monitored with a combination of high precision tri-axial tilt sensors, complemented with mains power free, wireless cameras that can provide triggered images, activated by the tilt sensors, to show if material has fallen on the track. If necessary, “flight controllers” might stop or slow trains. In this case, a significant landslip was indeed detected by the sensors, and its progress was recorded by the cameras providing a clear visualization of the slip. But by using the cameras, no engineer or surveyor needed to visit site, as it was not deemed serious enough and the rapid decision was taken to not stop trains.

  • The Pipe Deflection monitoring system is more on Automated data collection and reporting of alert conditions than pure ‘analysis’
    T. Weinmann – Geocomp, USA
  • Insights into RADAR Monitoring/Phomonitoring and Drones
    Paolo Mazzanti – NHAZCA S.r.l. Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Opening Cerimony
8h30 – 9h30

Pedricto Rocha Filho – Chairman


OPPENING LECTURE – The development of Field Measurements in Geo Mechanics
Case histories from the FMGM Timeline and NGI archives

9h30 – 10h30
Elmo di Biaggio / Per Sparrevik – Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo.


TECHNICAL SESSION – Slope Stability, Dam Safety and Civil Tunneling
10h45 – 12h30
L Melges – Golder (Session Chairman)

  • 10h45 – 11h00 Transport Infrastructure Geohazard Risk Monitoring with Optical Fiber Distributed Sensors: Experience with Andean and Arctic Pipelines
    Ravet, F. Omnisens do Brasil, Brazil
  • 11h00 – 11h15 Analysis of a Stabilized Slope During Critical Pluviometric Events Through Field Geotechnical Instrumentation Data
    De Matos, K. S.; Silva, F. M. A.; Acevedo, A. M. G.; Faro, V. P.; Sestrem, L. P.; Kormann, A. C. M, Federal University of Paraná
  • 11h15 – 11h30 The 2015 Scillato Landslide (Sicily, Italy): deformational behavior inferred from Satellite & Terrestrial SAR Interferometry
    Moretto, S.; Bozzano, F.; Brunetti, A.; Della, S. M.; Majetta, S.; Massanti, P.; Rocca, A.; Valiente, M, NHAZCA, Italy
  • 11h30 – 11h45 Monitoring and Forecasting of saddle dams and main dam on Bhadra reservoir (India)
    Taccari, M. L, Pasqualini, M, Deltares, Netherlands
  • 11h45 – 12h00 Instrumentation and Geotechnical Monitoring using VSPECT @ technology for the analysis of vibration sensor data
    Barreto, F. R. C., Campbell Scientific do Brasil, Brazil
  • 12h00 – 12h15 Interpretation of Tunnel Instrumentation for Safety Management Plan Deflagration
    Rissoli, A, L, C,; A, P, De Assis, A, L, C, University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • 12h15 – 12h30 Deep Displacements Measured With a Robotized Inclinometer System
    Allasia, P, Lollino, G, Godone, D, Giordan, D, Research Institute for Hydrogeological Prevention and Protection of Italian National Research Council, Italy.

SPECIAL SESSION – Human Factor in Geo-Instrumentation
14h00 – 16h00.

Giorgio Pezzetti, MAK s.a.s. (Human Factor in Geo-Instrumentation)
Fernando Junqueira, Golder (Human Role in Geo-Instrumentation: Technology Alone Isn’t Enough)


TECHNICAL SESSION – Remote System, Emerging technology and Environmental monitoring
16h15 – 18h30

  • 16h15 – 16h30 A Monitoring System For Landslides and Geotechnical Works Using Statistical and Artificial Intelligence Models
    Bressani, L. A.; Simões, E. B.; Ogura, A. T.; Boesing, I. J, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
  • 16h30 – 16h45 Satellite SAR Interferometry for geohazard and infrastructures monitoring
    Antonielli, B.; Bozzano, F.; Mazzanti, P.; Moretto, S.; Rocca, A, NHAZCA, Italy.
  • 16h45 – 17h00 Deployment Of Large-area Radio-enabled Geotechnical Monitoring Systems In Northern Mines
    Le Borgne, V.; Cosentino, A.; Bréhé, J-M, GKM Consultants, Canada.
  • 17h00 – 17h15 Preliminary Design and Monitoring Plan of Soil Cover Field Trials for Closure of a Waste Rock Pile in Southeastern Brazil
    Carneiro, I. P.; Guerzoni, H.; Junqueira, F.; Ribeiro, V. Q.; Braghini, F.; Filho, S.; Araújo, T.; Bissacot, T, Golder Associates Brasil, Golder Associater Canadá, Nexa Ressources, Brazil-Canada.
  • 17h15 – 17h30 A Case Study of Instrumentation & Monitoring Program in an Iconic Mixed Use Development Project
    Gujrad, A.; Mehrotra, P, Encardio-rite Group, India.
  • 17h30 – 17h45 DMS® 3D PLUS: a new automatic in-place instrument for geotechnical multiparametric monitoring
    Foglino, S.; L. Foglino, V. Foglino, M. Lovisolo, C.S.G. Srl, Italy.
  • 17h45 – 18h00 Detailing the use and installation of the Time Domain Reflectometer in geomechanics monitoring
    Matos, Arthur R. MecRoc Engenharia, Brazil; Gontijo, Alexandre A., MecRoc Engenharia, Brazil; Batista, Gustavo A. P., AngloGold Ashanti, Brazil.
  • 18h00 – 18h15 Physical Model of a Geosynthetic-Reinforced Pile-Supported Embankment Systems (GRPS) under Work Stress Conditions
    Dieguez, C.; Ehrlich M.; Eleuterio, J.O.S. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
  • 18h15 – 18h30 Monitoring preloading operations in the Port of Barcelona: from extensometers to satellite technology
    Raventós, J.;TRE ALTAMIRA, Arroyo, M, Tarragó D. UPC, Barcelona, Spain.


SPECIAL LECTURE – Key components of an Effective Performance Monitoring Program
Allen W Marr, GEOCOMP-USA.
08h30 – 09h30


SPECIAL SESSION – The Role of Field Measurements on Dam Safety
09h45 – 12h30

Tony Simmonds – Geokon (Chairman)
Andrea Zattoni – CESI (How to Improve Dam Safety with Monitoring System)
Carlos Henrique Medeiros – CBDB (Aspects to Be Considered in a Dam Instrumentation Project. How to Ensure Its Reliability for Decision-Making Process)
Helio Cerqueira – VALE (Safety Management of Geotechnical Structures)
Joaquim Pimenta de Avila – Pimenta de Ávila (Risk Evaluation Based on Monitoring Planning)
Alberto Ortigão – Terratek (A Few Lessons from Two Dams and an Excavation Instrumentation Projects)
Manoel Freitas – Hydrogeoeng (Rockfill Dams: Monitoring as a key factor for improving Safety)
João Francisco Silveira – SBB Engenharia (Dam Inspection with Drone)

SPECIAL SESSION – Civil tunneling: instrumentation and quality assurance.
14h00 – 16h30.

  • Modern techniques of tunnel monitoring and data interpretation
    José Adelmar de Mello Franco (Consultor)
  • Tunnels instrumentation and monitoring: technological innovations and automatization
    Renato Luis da Gama e Silva e Emerson Lopes de Carvalho (Latina)
  • Monitoring of underground works for line 5 of the São Paulo metro
    Fernando Leyser Gonçalves (Andrade Gutierrez) e Marco Aurélio Abreu Peixoto da Silva
  • Field monitoring interpretation of urban tunnels in soft ground
    Vinícius da Mota Wedekin – Bureau
  • Yield Point Multi-Position Borehole Extensometer for tunneling Monitoring
    T. Weinmann – Geocomp, USA

KEY NOTE LECTURE  – Smart Geotechnical Asset Management: the key role of monitoring
Paolo Mazzanti – NHAZCA S.r.l. Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
17h00 – 18h00


SPECIAL SESSION – Integrating field measurements and insurance.
Insurance timeline. Acceptable risk processes. Regulations issues.

8h30 – 11h00

Sandro Sandroni – Consultor (Chairman)
Daniel Zaltman (Underwriter,IRB Instituto de Resseguros Brasil)
Ignacio Becerra Uria (Broker, MarketSeg Seguros)
Marcio de Souza Santos (Risk Engineer, Odebrecht Corretora de Seguros)
Rafael Moreno Junior (Risk Engineer, Zurich Insurance)
Tiago Ern (Risk Engineer, AIG American International Group)


TECHNICAL SESSION – Case studies and field experiments
11h15 – 13h00

  • 11h15 – 11h30 Horizontal Inclinometer with Fiber-Optic Applied in Embankment Construction over Soft Soil at Rodrigo de Freitas LagoonRJ
    Mello, M. A.; Marques, M. E. S.; Aragão L. A. C. M, Military Institute of Engineering, Brazil
  • 11h30 – 11h45 Maximum Shear Modulus by In-situ Tests and its use for Site Characterization of a Tropical Soil
    Dos Santos, R. A.; Rocha, B. P.; Giacheti, H. L, State University of Sāo Paulo and University of Sāo Paulo, Brazil
  • 11h45 – 12h00 Landslide In A Rockfill Breakwater During Construction In The Coast Of Sergipe
    Sandroni, S.; Lacerda, W.; Tassi, M, PUC-Rio, COPPE – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, IME, Brazil
  • 12h00 – 12h15 A Static Pile Load Test on a Bored Pile Instrumented with Distributed Fibre Optic Sensors
    Kania, J.; Sorensen, K. K, Aaehus University, Denmark
  • 12h15 – 12h30 Performace of Vibraton wire piezômeters in very low permaeble clay
    Simonsen, T. R.; Sorensen K. K, Aaehus University, Denmark
  • 12h30 – 12h45 Detection of Cavities in Karst Subsoil Affecting Civil Engineering Structures by Means of Geophysical Measurements
    Kauther, R.; Cornelia, W, Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute, Germany
  • 12h45 – 13h00 Reference Pressure Cell, An Effective Solution for a Challenging Matter in Soil Mechanics
    Karimi, F.; Schneider-Glötzl, J, Glorzl GmbH, Germany.

SPECIAL SESSION – International Standards and Calibration
14h00 – 16h00

Josep Raventós – Altamira (Chairman).
Walter Steiner – Switzerland (Development of international standards for
geotechnical monitoring under ISO and CEN)
Andrew Ridley – United Kingdom (Fully Grouted Piezometers)
Pedricto Rocha Filho – Brazil (Expression of the Uncertainty of Measurements
in Calibration)
Alessander Korman. ABMS – Brazil (Standards for Geotechnical Monitoring:
Current Status in Latin America)


TECHNICAL SESSION – Case studies and field experiments
Peter Lamb Coffey, Australia (Chairman)
16h15 – 18h30

16h15 – 16h30 Investigation and Evaluation of surface settlement induced by tunneling in critical area Tehran metro line 6
Yazarlo, H.; Zohrabi, M.; Mahbob, R.; Khorasani, E, AHAB Co.Affiliation, Iran

16h30 – 16h45 Managing the effects of undrained displacements induced by piles driven in soft lacustrine clay
Steiner, W.; Keller, B.; Ehrler, M.; Egli, R, B+S AG, Keller + Lorenz AG, Kost + Partner AG, Switzerland

16h45 – 17h00 Dynamic structural characterization and monitoring of the Basilica di Massenzio – Rome
Moretti. S.; Distante, V.; Pezzeti, G.: Romani, E.; Mammone, I. SMAK, Italy

17h00 – 17h15 Rome Metro Line Monitoring System: the C Line experience
Moretti. S.; Pezzeti, G.: Romani, E.; Mammone, I, SMAK, Italy

17h15 – 17h30 Measurements and analysis of vibrations generated by the blasting in the excavation of a tunnel in the city of Santiago, Chile
Lagos, L. G.; Olguín, R.; Ochoa, F, IDIEM, University of Chile, Chile