Infrastructure monitoring using passive remote imagery

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment


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Description A novel passive radar device developed by project partner University of Birmingham was tested in a series of experiments to assess its range, precision and accuracy. The intended application for the device is to measure ground movements over large areas due to landslides, tunnelling, and mining. The experiments were calibrated using more conventional laser scanning approaches. Further experiments were carried out to assess the likely error in displacement results caused by seasonal changes in vegetation cover, and the method of mapping the ground surface. The error from the former could be significant, and a method of estimating the true ground surface from information about the vegetation cover was proposed.
Exploitation Route The passive radar device needs further development before it could be used as a commercial system for measuring ground movements. The research relating to the errors associated with vegetation and mapping of the ground surface have wider application and have been published as journal contributions.
Sectors Construction,Electronics,Environment,Transport

Description Presentation at COST Action TU1202 final conference, Paris. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation given as part of the final dissemination conference for EU COST Action TU1202 on climate impacts on infrastructure slopes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
Description Slope Engineering and Geotech Asset Management Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Speaking at a two-day conference bringing together asset owners, engineers and contractors to share best practice in solving recent failures and discuss solutions for futureproofing assets. The subject was "the role of technology in managing geotechnical assets and mitigating risks on the UK rail network."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015