Remote Sensing Applications for Geotechnical Engineering

Prof. Richard A. Coffman

Although in situ measurements of soil properties are still the most commonly acquired measurements in geotechnical engineering, the use of remote sensing is a viable alternative/supplement for monitoring geotechnical related phenomena.  Because many remote sensing platforms are satellite based and collect data on regular intervals, remote sensed data may also be utilized to look back in time to examine the development of a problem.  Several case histories that document the use of satellite-based or ground-based remote sensing for monitoring of: tunnel induced displacements, dam movement, man-made slopes, and expansive soils will be presented.  Additional case histories that document the use of remote sensing within the laboratory setting will also be discussed.

About the speaker

Prof. Richard A. Coffman

Prof. Richard A. Coffman Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas

Richard A. Coffman is a Professor of Civil Engineering (geotechnical emphasis) at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He received his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2002, his masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003, and his doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009.  Rick is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Arkansas and Missouri, and is a licensed professional land surveyor in the state of Missouri.  He is a member of the Deep Foundations Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the ASTM, and the United States Society on Dams.  Rick’s research focuses on soil behavior (laboratory and field testing of soils and deep foundations) and on remote sensing applications within geotechnical engineering.  Rick is currently in Melbourne on sabbatical.

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