Automatic Deformation Monitoring System

Automatic Deformation Monitoring System

An automatic deformation monitoring system is a group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent software and hardware elements forming a complex whole for deformation monitoring that, once set up, does not require human input to function. Automatic deformation monitoring systems provide a critical function for the customer. In many cases an automatic deformation monitoring system saved lives and prevented the loss of millions of dollars in infrastructure and income.

Automatic deformation monitoring system components

Automatic deformation monitoring systems include:
*Data acquisition software and data management
*Deformation analysis


The consulting of the automatic deformation monitoring system covers a number of service activities that range from the first on site visit to sound out the situation and collect the requirements to the detailed project engineering with the selection of a suitable combination of measuring devices, mounting, power, communications, data center location and data acquisition software to the installation, operation and maintenance of the system.


To cover all applications an automatic deformation monitoring system must support any geodetic and geotechnical measuring device (sensor) that is required by the monitoring application.
*Geodetic measuring devices measure georeferenced displacements or movements in one, two or three dimensions. It includes the use of instruments such as total stations, levels and global navigation satellite system receivers.

*Geotechnical measuring devices measure non-georeferenced displacements or movements and related environmental effects or conditions. It includes the use of instruments such as extensometers, piezometers, rain gauges, thermometers, barometers, tilt meters, accelerometers, seismometers etc. Or refer to geotechnical sensors for more detail.

*Other techniques e.g. radar measuring devices.


Between measuring devices and the data acquisition software a broad range of communication alternatives are possible depending range, data rate and cost.
*Transmission cable (RS232, RS485, fiber optics)
*Local area network (LAN)
*Wireless LAN (WLAN)
*Mobile communication (GSM, GPRS, UMTS)

Data acquisition software including data management

The software is the heart of the monitoring system because of its key roles in acquiring data from the attached sensors, computing meaningful values from the measurements, recording results, visualising the changes and alarming responsible persons should threshold value be exceeded. Whilst the software is the heart of the system, the operator is always the brains because they have the sufficient skills and expertise to make considered decisions on the appropriate response to the movement, e.g. independent verification though on-site inspections, re-active controls such as structural repairs and emergency responses such as shut down processes, containment processes and site evacuation.

Deformation analysis

Deformation analysis is concerned with determining of a measured displacement is statistically significant. The analysis can be done visually through the use of time line, scatter, vector and other plots and numerically. Numerical deformation analysis is directly related to the science of network adjustment.


:* Literature, Edited by J.F.A Moore (1992). "Monitoring Building Structures". Blackie and Son Ltd. ISBN 0-216-93141-X, USA and Canada ISBN 0-442-31333-0

Papers & Examples of automatic deformation monitoring systems

** [ The use of Slope Stability Radar (SSR) in managing Slope Instability Hazards, AusIMM Bulletin, January/February 2008]
** [ FIG 2007 - Application of Automatic Deformation Monitoring System for Hong Kong KSL Railway Monitoring]
** [ The American Surveyor (Oct 2007) - 24/7 Structural Monitoring]
** [ Professional Surveyor Magazine (Oct 2007) - Unmanned and Secure]
** [ Monitoring of Open Pit Mines using Combined GNSS Satellite Receivers and Robotic Total Stations]
** [ FIG 2007 - Continuous Beam Deflection Monitoring Using Precise Inclinometers]
** [ Safety and Financial Value Created by Good Slope Management Strategies and Tactics]
** [ Deformation monitoring system protects personnel and structures through early detection]
** [ The American Surveyor (Spring 2006) - Robots Survey Dulles Tunnels]
** [ FIG 2006 - Driving Burj Dubai Core Walls With An Advanced Data Fusion System]
** [ Survey Slope Stability Monitoring Lessons from Venetia Diamond Mine]
** [ Advances in RTK and Post Processed Monitoring with Single Frequency GPS]
** [ FIG 2004 - Networking Motorized Total Stations and GPS Receivers for Deformation Measurements]
** [ Leica GPS Spider for Deformation Monitoring]
** [ Nachweis von Turmbewegungen mit einem Multisensorsystem]
** [ Flotron AG Chüebalmtunnel A8, Iseltwald (BE)]
** [ Monitoring Hong Kong's Bridges Real-Time Kinematic Spans The Gap]
** [ FIG 2001 - Modern Monitoring System Software Development]

Companies that are providing automatic deformation monitoring systems

* [ GroundProbe Slope Stability Radar]
* [ Leica GeoMoS Automatic Deformation Monitoring Software]
* [ Measurand Inc Unattended 3D Slope Monitoring]
* [ GNSS/LPS based Online Control and Alarm System and Software (GOCA)]
* [ FT Laboratories Ltd. > Surveying Division > Web based ADMS]

See also

*Deformation monitoring

External links

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