Engineers Australia

Emerging sensing technologies for smart geotechnical structures

Professor Kenichi Soga

The design, construction, maintenance and upgrading of geotechnical structures requires fresh thinking to minimize use of materials, energy and labor but to keep its resiliency against natural hazards. This can only be achieved by understanding the actual performance of the structure, both during its construction and throughout its design life. Recent advances in sensor systems offer intriguing possibilities to radically alter the methods of condition assessment and rich data obtained from such systems can act as a catalyst for new design, construction, operation and maintenance processes. This talk will introduce distributed fiber optic sensing system as an example of this trend. The value of such data to realize performance based design will be discussed using several case studies.

About the speaker

Professor Kenichi SogaDonald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering, Chancellor’s Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Kenichi Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering and a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He obtained his BEng and MEng from Kyoto University in Japan and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge before joining UC Berkeley in 2016. He has published more than 400 journal and conference papers and is the co-author of “Fundamentals of Soil Behavior, 3rd edition” with Professor James K Mitchell. His current research activities are Infrastructure sensing, Performance based design and maintenance of underground structures, Energy geotechnics, and Geomechanics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers.

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