Workshops and Site Visit

There have been 3 preconference workshops organised on Sunday 4th September.

Workshop #1 will take place from 09.30AM - 11.00AM
Workshop #2 will take place from 11.30AM - 1.00PM
Workshop #3 will take place from 2.30PM - 4.00PM

Places must be pre booked through the registration site and refreshments and lunch will not be provided. 

Workshop #1  - Working towards a common format for monitoring data
Organised by: TC220 – Data Formatting Working Group
Facilitator: Paul Burton

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.


Workshop #2 - Raising the profile of Instrumentation and monitoring within academic institutions
Organised by: TC220 – WG. Role of higher education in improving instrumentation in industry
Facilitator: Paolo Mazzanti

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


Workshop #3 - Interaction of design and fields monitoring
Organised by:
Facilitator: Daniele Fornelli

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).

HS2 Site Visits

The committee is in the process of planning short visits to HS2 and Euston Station on Thursday 8th September between 10am and 12.45pm. There is space for a limited number of delegates to attend and you can book your place through the main registration.


HS2 is a new high speed railway that will form the backbone of Britain’s transport network. It will connect towns and cities in the South, Midlands and North with faster, easier and more reliable travel that will put more opportunities within reach for millions of people for work, business and leisure. By increasing rail capacity, HS2 will free up space on existing lines for more commuter, regional and freight services. This will relieve overcrowding and improve reliability for millions of people using Britain’s railways. The construction of the new railway is split into three phases: Phase One linking London and the West Midlands; Phase 2a linking the West Midlands and the North via Crewe; and Phase 2b completing the railway to Manchester, the East Midlands and the North. The new line between London and West Midlands (Phase One) will run on 140 miles of dedicated track. Four brand new stations and two new depots will also be built. 25,300 workers will be needed to complete construction.

HS2 Euston station

Euston will be the London terminus station for HS2, bringing services to the heart of the capital. Once complete, HS2 will more than double the number of seats out of Euston station during peak hours and free up space on the West Coast Mainline for more local and long distance commuter services to places like Watford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. The new station will bring huge improvements for passengers using the London Underground at Euston. There will be a brand-new ticket hall with direct connections to Euston Square station and from HS2 platforms. For the first time, tube passengers will have seamless connections between the Northern, Victoria, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan Lines at Euston.