Newcastle Chapter

Instrumentation and Monitoring: State of the Art for Geotechnics and Structures

Iain Robertson

Abstract

Instrumentation is typically used to provide real time data for Design & Construct projects, and is thus aimed both at the straightforward requirement to show ‘compliance with the specification’ and also to provide real time data for optimisation of the design and control of the construction process. These requirements then drive the need to provide good quality data, in real time, where the key information can be readily dissected from the mass of data that modern systems provide. The presentation will cover state of the art instrumentation hardware, together with some of the associated advantages and pitfalls; suggestions on how to specify an instrumentation system; then perhaps most importantly, what a well engineered data management system can provide to the Contractor, Engineer and Client.

About Iain RobertsonIain_Robertson

Iain is a civil engineer specialising in Geotechnics. He has spent his career working for geotechnical contractors and over the last 5 years has been lucky enough to work for Keller in Australia. Iain’s experience ranges from geotechnical investigation, though piling, anchoring, tunnelling, grouting and soft ground improvement. The bulk of this experience has been on large, complex geotechnical projects. After much time spent using geotechnical instrumentation to control geotechnical construction, Iain moved to Getec, the Instrumentation & Monitoring division of Keller. He now manages the Australian and New Zealand division of Getec, specialising in real time monitoring solutions for geotechnical, structural and environmental applications, using both conventional and modern instrumentation.

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