Current and future role of instrumentation and monitoring in the performance of transport infrastructure slopes
journal contributionposted on 14.08.2017, 14:43 by J.A. Smethurst, Alister SmithAlister Smith, S. Uhlemann, C. Wooff, J. Chambers, Paul Hughes, S. Lenart, H. Saroglou, S. Springman, H. Lofroth, David Hughes
Instrumentation is often used to monitor the performance of engineered infrastructure slopes. This paper looks at the current role of instrumentation and monitoring, including the reasons for monitoring infrastructure slopes, the instrumentation typically installed and parameters measured. The paper then investigates recent developments in technology and considers how these may change the way that monitoring is used in the future, and tries to summarize the barriers and challenges to greater use of instrumentation in slope engineering. The challenges relate to economics of instrumentation within a wider risk management system, a better understanding of the way in which slopes perform and/or lose performance, and the complexities of managing and making decisions from greater quantities of data.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding for COST Action TU1202 through the EU Horizon 2020 programme, without which this Working Group output would not have been possible. J. Smethurst was also supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant number EP/K027050/1. A. Smith was supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council via a PhD studentship, a Doctoral Prize Fellowship, and two grants, numbers EP/H007261/1 and EP/D035325.
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