Programme

Field instrumentation is uniquely able to answer the questions that geotechnical engineers ask. This will be a live face-to-face Symposium and the programme will include Special Lectures, Technical Presentations, Young Engineers Paper Competition, Poster Sessions, Exhibitions, Workshops and Technical Tours, as well as a parallel non-technical programme.

The draft programme can be found below. Please note this is subject to change and will be updated regularly. 

Sunday
2022-09-04
Monday
2022-09-05
Huxley LT 340
Tuesday
2022-09-06
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
Wednesday
2022-09-07
Huxley LT 340
Thursday
2022-09-08
Huxley LT 340
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
Huxley LT 340
09:00 - 10:00
Registration & Coffee
09:30 - 11:00
Workshop #1 – Working towards a common format for monitoring data

TC220 – Data Formatting Working Group

The workshop will take the form of Inform – Discuss – Decide.

Inform
The workshop will look to draw on the expertise of specialist in our industry and possibly other industries to provide the participants with knowledge around the current use of data formatting in our practices. This Inform session will also seek to explore the possibilities available for us to consider and look at the use of data formatting in other industries.

Discuss
This session will seek to draw the participants into developing their thinking collectively and challenging the current practices through facilitated discussion groups. The outputs from this session will lead into the Decide session.

Decide
The culmination of this workshop will seek to highlight the most important aspects of Data Formatting for the Geomechanics monitoring profession. This will also seek to prioritise the work required to move us forward for future development by the Data Formatting Working Group.

11:30 - 13:00
Workshop #2 – Raising the profile of Instrumentation and monitoring within academic institutions

TC220 – WG. Role of higher education in improving instrumentation in industry

The increasing demand together with the rapid growth of technical solutions and available technologies are transforming geotechnical and structural monitoring from a niche dedicated to a few challenging engineering projects to a systematic approach, thus revolutionizing the Observation Method approach. However geotechnical and structural monitoring is not a universally recognized discipline, thus limiting the impact of monitoring practice to better performing engineering projects and infrastructure asset management. Few professional training opportunities are available both at MSc and professional levels, thus reducing the chance to create a well-trained community that may suitably support future needs.

This workshop will aim to join our monitoring community in order to bring ideas and discuss on possible options to:

– increase the teaching of instrumentation and monitoring at University level;
– simplify the access to professional courses to both end-users and monitoring professionals
– speed-up the development and adoption of ”standards” in construction projects and asset management”

14:30 - 16:00
Workshop #3 – I&M and the Observational Method: mind the gap and bridge it!

I&M and the Observational Method: mind the gap and bridge it!
The workshop will take the form of Inform – Discuss – Decide.

Inform
The first part of the workshop will provide a background of the relationship between I&M and the Observational Method. This will be achieved via a presentation by one or more speakers and will focus on the potential, the benefits and the challenges (stoppers) associated with the application of the Observational Method. The participants will be also introduced to the concept of the Observational Method as a data-driven approach, and to the consequent importance of the quality of the I&M scheme and data. The importance of a close cooperation and interaction between the I&M Consultant and other consultants as well as the I&M Specialist Contractor, the Main Contractor and the Client will also receive attention.

Discuss
The second part of the workshop will consist of parallel discussion sessions (round tables) about some of the topics mentioned during the first part. The participants will be taking an active role in the discussion and will be supported and challenged by an assigned moderator.

Decide
The third and final part of the workshop will start with summaries of the discussion sessions from the moderators, followed by a wrap up discussion to highlight the main conclusions. These will be collated in a dedicated memo and shared with ISSMGE TC220 and TC206, as well other organisations (e.g. the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction).

16:30 - 18:30
TC220 Committee Meeting
08:00 - 09:00
Registration & Coffee
09:00 - 09:30
Opening Ceremony
09:30 - 10:15
Keynote Lecture – Josep Raventos (Spain)

Instrument asepticism: or how I stopped worrying and started loving the combined use of GI and InSAR

10:15 - 10:45
Coffee Break & Exhibition Opens
10:45 - 12:15
Technical Session 1 – Slopes & Earthworks

TBC

12:15 - 13:15
Lunch Exhibition & Posters
13:15 - 14:00
Keynote Lecture – Anthony O’Brien (UK)

Creating value through Observational Control

14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 2a – Observational Methods
14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 2b – Environmental Monitoring, Mining and Landfill
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break & exhibition
16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 3a – Landslides
16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 3b – Excavations & Underground Spaces
18:15 - 19:45
1st Dunnicliffe Honour Lecture followed by drinks reception sponsored by Geokon
08:00 - 08:30
Registration, Coffee & Exhibition
08:30 - 09:15
Keynote Lecture – Prof. Jean Hutchinson (Canada)
09:15 - 10:45
Technical Session 4a – Slopes & Earthworks
09:15 - 10:45
Technical Session 4b – Buildings & Foundations
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break & exhibition
11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 5a – Buildings & Foundations
11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 5b – Dams & Embankments
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch Exhibition & Posters
13:45 - 15:15
Technical Session 6a – Impacts of tunnelling on adjacent structures
13:45 - 15:15
Technical Session 6b – Soil Moisture
15:15 - 15:45
Coffee break & exhibition
15:45 - 17:15
Elmo DiBiagio Young Engineer’s Paper Competition
17:15 - 18:15
Presentation by prospective hosts of the 2026 International Symposium (closed session for TC220 members only)

Closed session for TC220 members only

19:00 - 22:00
Conference Dinner
08:00 - 08:30
Registration, Coffee & Exhibition
08:30 - 09:15
Keynote Lecture – Prof Jamie Standing (UK)

Understanding ground and structural response to tunnelling through interpretation of monitoring data

09:15 - 10:45
Technical Session 7a – Tunnels Monitoring
09:15 - 10:45
Technical Session 7b – Dams & Embankments
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break & exhibition
11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 8a – Buildings & Foundations / Dams & Embankments
11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 8b – Bridge Monitoring and Transport Infrastructure
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch Exhibition & Posters
13:45 - 15:15
Technical Session 9 – Emerging Technologies & Ideas
15:15 - 15:45
Coffee Break and Exhibition Closes
15:45 - 16:30
Keynote Lecture – Prof. Lord Robert Mair (UK)
16:30 - 17:15
Closing Ceremony including announcement of the host venue for 2026 International Symposium
09:00 - 13:00
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