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. 

The full programme with presentation details can be downloaded in a printable format by clicking here

Skempton Room 301
Queens Tower Rooms
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
Queens Tower Rooms
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
Queens Tower Rooms
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
Skempton Room 301
Queens Tower Rooms
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
Queens Tower Rooms
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
Queens Tower Rooms
Huxley LT 340
Great Hall
08:30 - 09:30
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.

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.

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.

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”

13:00 - 14:30
Lunch Sponsored by Arup
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.

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.

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.

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 - 17:30
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 – sponsored by SOCOTEC
10:45 - 12:15
Technical Session 1 – Slopes & Earthworks

Session Chair – Professor Neil Dixon


Smethurst & K. BRIGGS

Long-term monitoring of long linear geotechnical infrastructure for a deeper understanding of deterioration processes

S. BRIGHTWELL & D. Butcher

Intelligent Monitoring Solution to manage slope risk on Network Rail earthworks: large scale deployment in Kent, Sussex and Wessex.


Influence of pore-water pressure and deformation effects on the long-term stability of cut slopes in overconsolidated clay.

T. NAKAYAMA, T Hara, K. Ishiikawa & K. Koizumi

Rainfall infiltration characteristics of railway embankments based on field monitoring.

N. SAFFARI & A. Ridley

Long-term Field Monitoring to Manage Performance of Earth Structures on the London Underground Network.

K. KYRKOU, M. Frost, P. Fleming & N. Sartain.

The application of Seismic Surface Wave testing on stiff low-height embankments for the Construction of High-Speed Railway’s Earthworks: A case study in the UK.

Y. MIYAZAKI, T. Sakatani, T. Koyama, M. Fujimoto & K. Kishida

Parameters identification of tank model for embankment slope using Kalman Filter.

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

Creating value through Observational Control

14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 2a – The Observational Method

Session Chair – Duncan Nicholson


Y. CHEN & D. Nicholson

A case study of review excavation monitoring data for the reliable back analysis

P. CHOQUET, J. Hynes & S. Martens

Grout Permeability Requirements for the Fully-Grouted Piezometer Installation Method

K.S. KHOO, T.Y. Poh &  A.K.K. Foong

A Case History on Observational Method for Deep Excavation in Singapore

A. AMAVASAI, T. Wood & J. Dijkstra

Data assimilation for geotechnics – exploring the possibilities

H. DETE & C. Quadros

Interpretation of settlement data from a road embankment on soft soils by Asaoka’s method

N. NIGORIKAWA, Y. Asaka, Y. Sugiyama & S. Orie

Development of inclinometer with built-in MEMS accelerometer for use in excavation work monitoring

R.A.C. Luna, R.D. Quebral, A.B. PAULINO, J.C.C. Pallarca, A.J. Palma & R.N.R. Daguio

Hazard Assessment and Mitigation using Remote Monitoring of Scouring and Bed Degradation at the Pasig-Potrero River

J. BARRETT & T. Simmonds

The Role of Automated Monitoring Systems: how to avoid being data-rich and information-poor

14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 2b – Environmental Monitoring, Mining and Landfill

Session Chair – Peter Lamb


C. Vulpe, N. Magnall, H. Larkin, A. Fourie, J. Boshoff, L. McNab & A. Thomas (presented by R. HOLLEY)
On the importance of proactive collaboration between mining operators and InSAR monitoring specialists.

J. Papic, I. Peshevski, Z. Bogdanovski & B. SUSINOV
Monitoring of tailing dam built over tailing lake

V. LeBorgne, A. Dulmage, A. Cosentino & S.E. THIVIERGE
Real-time remote temperature control of concrete samples during construction of the shaft liner of a potash mine.

T. SPILLMANN, T. Vogt, T. Diehl & E. Brockmann
Monitoring for radioactive waste disposal in Switzerland

G. Wickens, F. Taha, F. Trinkler & Q. ARNAUD
How to Maximise Value from Noise and Vibration Monitoring: 4 Key Ways for Environmental Managers to Get More from Their Data

A. LE KOUBY, L. Saussaye & S. Patquillard
Feedback on the monitoring of a dyke reinforced with Deep soil mixing technique in Loire river

The role of environmental monitoring in construction in the UK

Landfill behaviour on the soft soil of the Itapoá Port’s expansion (Phase 2), Brazil.

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break and exhibition – sponsored by Mott Macdonald
16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 3a – Landslides

Session Chair – Professor Paolo Mazzanti


J. PÉREZ ARCAS, V. Salinas, F. Figueras & C.Abanco
Rapid detection of landslide events using battery-operated long-range wireless tiltmeters

P. Allasia, E. FERRO, D. Godone, A. Pasquato & L. Simeoni
Inclinometer measurements with robotized and traditional mobile probes in an extremely-slow landslide

L. BREZZI , L. Schenato, G. Tedesco, F.C. Tchamaleo Pangop, N. Fabbian, A. Bisson, M. Lovison & S. Cola
Strain development measured with DFOS in experimental passive anchors used for landslide stabilization

S. ROMEO, A. Cosentino, M. Gaeta & P. Mazzanti
PhotoMonitoringTM as innovative solution for landslide monitoring: the IRIS tool

V. RAČANSKÝ, C. Fabris, H.F. Schweiger & H. Woschitz
Use of Distributed Fibre Optic Sensing on Ground Anchors: Case Studies

16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 3b – Excavations & Underground Spaces

Session Chair – Ishaan Rajankar


J. TORNBORG, J. Dijkstra & M. Karlsson
Monitoring the long-term hydro-mechanical response below an excavation bottom in sensitive clay

A. Ridley, B. NORBERTO, N. BICOCCHI, J. Ludlow & J. Hamshere
Monitoring prop loads in deep excavations

E. PANAGIOTIS, E. Paulatto, F. Petrella, I. Rocchi & V. Zania
Assessment of field measurements of three deep excavations from Copenhagen’s Sydhavn metro line

G. Klee & T. TRICK
How can reliable, high quality in-situ test data related to a hydro power project exploration phase help to improve the tunnel or cavern design, reduce risks and save costs?

J. SWENSON, J. Sharpe & M. Haggerty
Storm Storage Facility (SSF) Geotechnical Monitoring

A. Bhalla & P. Mehrotra (presented by A. GUJRAL)
Utilization of instrumentation data for averting a potential support failure in a deep excavation project

E. Levenberg, P.K. JENSEN & J. Nielsen
The Dynamic Cone Penetrometer as a Seismic Source for Geophysical Exploration in Urban Environments

R.K.N. Wong, R. Jhan, Y. Wang, I.T.Y. Wong, Y. Lin, S-H. CHENG & L. Ge
Supporting measures for improving the spoil slurry flow during jet grouting in soft clay

18:15 - 21:00
1st ISSMGE Dunnicliff Honour Lecture followed by drinks reception sponsored by Geokon

Dr Allen Marr
Challenges and Opportunities in Geotechnical Performance Monitoring
Introduction by Tony Simmonds

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

Session Chair – Dr Joel Smethurst


V. RESTREPO, H. Salazar & K. Palacio
Ground Based Radar (GBInSAR) application for landslide monitoring on a main highway in Colombia.

I. FARMAKIS, D. Bonneau, P.M. DiFrancesco, D. J. Hutchinson & N. Vlachopoulos
Rockfall monitoring using LiDAR data and AI: Opportunities and challenges

I. TOWHATA, L. Wang & T. Yamada
Technical developments for slope monitoring and mitigation of rainfall-induced landslide disaster

P. BERGER, T. Freudenthaler & M.C. Golles
Wireless Monitoring Solutions as an early warning tool to manage growing risk of Alpine slope stability failures: a case study from a hotel construction project in Salzburg, Austria

A. DI MARIANO, X. Gost, A. Gens & E. Álvarez
Control and monitoring of an unstable slope

R.A. Luna, R. Quebral, J. C. Pallarca & R.E. CABUNGCAL
Development of Contact Slope Monitoring and Early Warning System for Risk Reduction in Philippine Infrastructure

A. SMITH, L. Deng, N. Dixon & H Yuan
Extracting knowledge on slope behaviour from acoustic emission measurements

P. CLARKSON, R. Crickmore, S. Cole, A. Godfrey, C. Minto, A. Watlet, J. Whiteley, B. Dashwood & J. Chambers
Interpretation of Distributed Rayleigh Sensing data for Slope Stability and Ground Condition Monitoring

09:15 - 10:45
Technical Session 4b – Buildings & Foundations

Session Chair – Giorgio Pezzetti


Geotechnical Mapping using Press-in Piling Data to Estimate Bearing Layer

S.C. Lee, B.P. Tee & M.F. CHONG
Bored pile integrity assessment using Distributed Fibre Optic Sensor (DFOS)

City required instrumentation and how it impacts engineering practice

Application of Geophysical Method for Determination of Sink Hole in Limestone Formation in Kinta Valley School

Lessons learnt from dewatering activities and building settlement at Canary Wharf in London

J.S. Calero, N. Ibarrola, B. Payas, M. Camafort, N. DEVANTHÉRY, A. Vradi, E. Audige & R. Roberts
Advanced Monitoring Programs from Space and Big Data Analytics for Risk Reduction in Buildings and Foundations

10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break & Exhibition
11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 5a – Buildings & Foundations

Session Chair – Dr Pierre Choquet


J. COUCK, L. De Vos & D. Verastegui
Geotechnical monitoring during a loading test of diaphragm walls in Boom clay in Antwerp

A. Prosperi, G. NICODEMO, M. Korff & D. Peduto
Multi-source monitoring data and numerical analyses for the assessment of settlements affecting built-up areas in variable soil conditions

C. SANTOS, V. Santos & P.F. da Silva
Instrumentation guide for building excavation in urban areas

A. JOSEPH, A. Anil, R. Varghese & A. Boominathan
Monitoring blast induced vibration and structural health assessment of neighboring building before, during and after implosion of High rise structure using delayed detonation technique at Kochi, India

H. WORSCHING, R. Schneider, M. Hubrig, M. Stolz & M. Celik
Challenges to monitoring during construction of two inner city railway infrastructure projects

A.N. GRANITZER, M.J. Rebhan & F. Tschuchnigg
Influence of Reaction Frame on Uplift Behaviour of Micropiles Subjected to Static Load Tests

O. Samorodov, A. Ubiyvovk, O. DYTIUK, S. Tabachnikov & E. Schuchyk
Experience of instrumental monitoring of the stress state for the soil base – piled raft foundation system

11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 5b – Dams & Embankments

Session Chair – Paul Burton


L. BREZZI, S. Cola, L. Schenato, P. Chemello, G. Tedesco & P. Simonini
Distributed optical fiber systems for monitoring the serviceability strain response of an Italian concrete arch dam and its foundation

N. FABBIAN, S. COLA, P. Simonini, F. De Polo, L. Schenato, G. Tedesco, G. Marcato & G. Dalla Santa
Innovative and traditional monitoring system for characterizing the seepage inside river embankments along the Adige River in Salorno (Italy)

A. SAHADEWA, H. Setyawan, M. Tanjung, A. Pamumpuni, A. Hakim, J. Langit, P. Herry & A. Wibowo
Construction Failure of X Dam: The Importance of Field Monitoring

A. Fabritius, B. Heinemann-Glutsch & G. DUMONT
State of the art monitoring solutions of water retaining structures

Tailings Storage Facilities: Closing the Loop Between Observation and Action

B. SUSINOV, J. Papic & I. Peshevski
Monitoring of an earth-rockfill dam and proposing revitalization measures based on interpretation of monitoring data

John Dunnicliff and his view on geotechnical monitoring standards

A semi-probabilistic approach for the definition of field precision requirements in Instrumentation and Monitoring design

12:45 - 13:45
Lunch and Exhibition
13:45 - 15:15
Technical Session 6a – Impacts of tunnelling on adjacent structures

Session Chair – Professor Jamie Standing


F. WALDRON & J.R. Standing
Monitoring the response of a piled building to tunnelling using different techniques

The practical structural assessment and design aspects of monitoring building structures with regards movements arising from tunnelling, using examples from Bond Street Station Upgrade.

G. RUSSO & M.V. Nicotera
Monitoring a deep excavation in the historical center of Napoli: Università Station

T. Sandene, P. SPARREVIK & K. Tronstad
Monitoring of tunnel convergence during excavation of adjacent cut-and-cover tunnel

H. Salazar, V. RESTREPO & J. Piedrahita
Deformation behavior in MPBX extensometers in two road tunnels in Colombia

13:45 - 15:15
Technical Session 6b – Soil Moisture

Session Chair – Dr Michael Wan


M. BARDANIS, G. Dounias & S. Cavounidis
A large-scale drainage field array to establish the effect of vertical drainage wells on underdrainage pore pressure profiles as part of a landslide stabilization scheme

K. ODA, K. Koizumi, S.I. Ito & M. Nishimura
Reproduction of groundwater behaviour in road embankment with Digital Twin of field measurement of volumetric water contents

E. MCCONNELL, J. Holmes, R. Stirling, C. Davie & S. Glendinning
Hydrological monitoring of an outdoor, large-scale desiccation crack experiment.

J. HOLMES, J. Chambers, P. Wilkinson, P. Meldrum, J. Boyd, M. Cimpoiasu, P. Williamson, D. Huntley, S. Uhlemann, S. Donohues
4-Dimensional geoelectrical monitoring of slopes that affect transport infrastructure

E. DECLERCQ, K. De Beule, L. De Vos
Measuring water levels using LoRa – a kick off

C. MENKITI, P. Smith & M. Black
Pore pressure monitoring for underground infrastructure: lessons from large-scale field trails for Crossrail

M. BARZEGAR, W. Timms, B.A. Sainsbury, P. Tadich & S. Blanks
Toward a New Technology for Monitoring of Pore Pressure Using MEMS Pressure Sensor

15:15 - 15:45
Coffee break & Exhibition
15:45 - 17:00
Elmo DiBiagio Young Engineer’s Competition Sponsored by Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
17:00 - 18:00
Sponsor’s Showcase
17:00 - 18:00
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 at The Institution of Civil Engineers – sponsored by Geotechnical Observations
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 – Tunnel Monitoring

Session Chair – Jonathan Gammon


K. Komiya, M. ENDO, T. Nakamura, Y. Yamashita & K. Funakoshi
Monitoring and control system of friction cut plates in the box jacking tunnelling method

J. SU & C. Tringle (presented by BENOIT JONES)
Crossrail sprayed concrete lining (SCL) station platform tunnel advance rate study

M. Miller, K. NEJJAR, M. Bocci, S. Psomas, E. GONZALEZ LOPEZ & E. Smith
Risk Management through Monitoring for the HS2 Green Tunnels

J. SU & T. Yan (presented by BENOIT JONES)
Interpretation of fibre optic monitoring data from Crossrail Bond Street Station Sprayed Concrete Lined (SCL) tunnel

S. Farrell & J.R. STANDING
Monitoring the impact of tunnelling-induced ground movements on a gas main and sewer

09:15 - 10:45
Technical Session 7b – Dams & Embankments

Session Chair – Daniele Fornelli


K.E. LOW, S. Subramanian, S.H. Chew, J.W. Koh, S. C. Ng, Y.C. Tan, P.L. Goh & A.Y. Theng
Non-Destructive In-situ Testing of Strength and Hydraulic Conductivity of Cement-Bentonite Cut-off Wall Laboratory-Scale Model

J. TOROMANOVIC, P. Viklander, H. Mattsson & J. LAUE
Monitoring of an experimental embankment dam during impoundment and operation

G. MASON & A. Hatherley
Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area Flood Defence Project – Trial Embankment Construction and Monitoring

D. PROVOST, S. Leow & A. Grosser
Failure of fully grouted method grout column

Z. ILLÉS & Ö. Antal
Installation of a flood protection embankment’s monitoring system

10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break & Exhibition
11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 8a – Buildings & Foundations / Dams & Embankments

Session Chair – Leen De Vos


S. PERDIKOU & D. Kouhartsiouk
Condition assessment of levees and embankments by satellite interferometry

A.E. HAIDERALI, S. Perdikou & E. Michailidou
Monitoring and Verification of Foundation Settlement in Poor Ground using DInSAR

A. SAHYOUNI, L. Briancon, S. Grange, P. Burtin & J. Racinais
Instrumentation of a real-scale wind turbine foundation underlined by rigid inclusions

H. LOUW & E. Kearsley
Instrumentation and monitoring of an on-shore wind turbine piled-raft foundation

G. VAN GOOR, M. HIJMA, H. de Bart, J. Bossenbroek, H. de Bruijn, G. de Backer, L. de Vos, P. Doornenbal, E. Goeminne, M. Karaoulis, S. Medendorp, J. Olsthoorn, D. Peters, N. Pruijn, V.M. van Beek, L. van der Linde & P. van de Stroet
Monitoring a full-scale backward erosion piping field test at Hedwigepolder

Distributed fiber optic structural health monitoring for dams

J. Akhter, K. Saowiang, K.C. Chao, K.N. WONG
Evaluation of key design features for embankment constructed with deep cement mixing piles on soft clay

11:15 - 12:45
Technical Session 8b – Bridge Monitoring and Transport Infrastructure

Session Chair – Julian Portillo


M. PENASA, B. Helminger, E. Helminger & T. Fierz
Cloud-based 3D digital twin and fiber optic instrumentation of a pre-stressed concrete bridge for the continuous evaluation and monitoring of its structural condition.

V. RESTREPO, H. Salazar & J. Piedrahita
Automated structural instrumentation of tilt and displacement during pier cutting for seismic isolation of a bridge in Colombia.

G. RUSSO, C. Viggiani & M. Moladori
Long term monitoring of the foundation of a cable stayed bridge

A. STASTNY, R. Stein & F. Tschuchnigg
Long-term monitoring of the transition zone of an integral railway bridge in Germany

X. XU, C. Kechavarzi, D. Wright, G. Horgan, H. Hangen, N. De Battista, D. WOODS, E. Bertrands, S. Trinder & N. Sartain
Fibre optic instrumented geogrid for ground movement detection

K. Nasrollahi, J. DIJKSTRA, J.C.O. Nielsen & M. Ekh
Long-term monitoring of settlements below a transition zone in a railway structure

M.J. REBHAN, F. Kainz, H.P. Daxer, A. Zohrer, R. Thurner, F. Tschuchnigg & R. Marte
New test method for micropiles subjected to tensile loads – first field tests and validation

S. ROMEO, G. Pezzetti & P. Mazzanti
Geotechnical and structural monitoring during doubling of a transportation corridor: first insights and lessons learned from a dense monitoring network

12:45 - 13:45
Lunch sponsored by DGSI and Exhibition
13:45 - 15:15
Technical Session 9 – Emerging Technologies & Ideas

Session Chair – Tony Simmonds


L. DE VOS & J. Raventos
Grout mixes in geotechnical instrumentation. Some insights

P. SPARREVIK, H.J. Meland & J. Park
Distributed fibre optic ground deformation sensing

Why we do (not) monitor? – A Brazilian Experience

Y. YASUHIRO, D. Kensuke, A. Choo Mei, H. Yeo Chong, K. Pradeep & M. Prakhar
Application of Satellite Sensing Data to Ground Deformation Monitoring

P. NAGY & C. Kummerer
Monitoring of processes on the compaction device and in the soil during deep vibro compaction

The Analysis of Cold Geotechnical Instrumentation Data

J. SMETHURST, A. Blake & T. Rees-White
Towards a more rational approach for design of cement bentonite grout mixes

N. Ibarrola, J. Sala, B. Payas, N. DEVANTHÉRY & M. Camafort
Advanced Monitoring System from Space for Long Linear Transport Infrastructures

15:15 - 15:45
Coffee break sponsored by Geotechnical Consulting Group and Exhibition closes
15:45 - 16:30
Keynote Lecture – Prof. Lord Robert Mair (UK)
16:30 - 17:00
Closing Ceremony including announcement of the host venue for 2026 International Symposium
09:00 - 13:00
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