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. Lunch and refreshments have kindly been sponsored by ARUP. 

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

1. Introductory Presentation (09.30-09.40) [Paul Burton]
The initial presentation will aim to define the scope of the workshop, describe the main challenges associated with monitoring data and the possible options ahead.

2. Description of the topics for discussion (09.40-10.00) [Angus Maxwell]

Angus Maxwell will provide some detail to inform the group about: -

• Types of Data collected for Field Monitoring in Geomechanics
• Formats of data collected for Field Monitoring in Geomechanics
• Future possibilities

3. Parallel Discussion Sessions (10.00 – 10.40.)
The participants will rotate through three working areas to discuss and share thoughts on each of these topics.
Each of the group will have one co-ordinator/reporter at each location, participants will use their post-it notes to add to the collective ideas.

1. Who/which organisations need to be a part of this development.

A client point of view (Digital Twin, Data Warehouse, future objectives eg Asset Management
A developer point of view (could be government or private developer – value of archival information)
A designer point of view – how to get to the information they need – requirements under design codes to consider archival data
A legal point of view – what are the legal barriers to data sharing (are they real or imagined)
A risk point of view – the importance of data in the active risk management process
A data producers point of view - practicalities
A data managers point of view – managing data in a rapidly changing construction environment
An end users point of view – quality, speed of delivery and context
An IT specialist point of view – what is the current road map or are we behind the times.

2. Your top 3 priorities of data type for the common data formatting

Circumstantial data – project collection for construction
Baseline data – what is going on before activity
Maintenance data – what happens after activity
Low/medium/high frequency data
Basic/complex data

3. The biggest challenges to creating a common data format.

4. Discussion Panel reports (10.40-10.55)
The moderator and the writer of each working group will present the findings of each discussion, highlighting the key and most talked about items to the wider audience.

5. Final Discussion and wrap-up (10.55-11.00) [Paul Burton]

A final discussion and wrap-up will take place highlighting areas of priority to develop, allowing for a few comments and questions. All conclusions will be reported to ISSMGE TC220.


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 - I&M and the Observational Method: mind the gap and bridge it!
Organised by:
Facilitator: Daniele Fornelli

1. Introductory Presentation (14.30-14.40) [Duncan Nicholson]
The initial presentation will aim to define the scope of the workshop, describe the main challenges associated with the OM and I&M and to “set the scene” for the discussion ahead.

2. Description of the topics for discussion (14.40-14.55) [Tony O’Brien/Leen De Vos/Daniele Fornelli]
The three topics for discussion will be presented and shortly commented by the moderators of the Working Groups. These short presentations will aim to highlight the challenges associated with the three proposed discussion points:
a) Contract issues [Tony O’Brien]
o What are the main contractual blockers for a wider application of the OM? How can these be overcome? How can a dedicated Early Contractor Involvement scheme, and an Independent Quality Assurance framework be implemented?
b) OM Design and I&M [Leen De Vos]
o How can the OM design and the I&M be developed together to be part of an integrated framework, including contingency plans and trigger values? What skills are required for the development of the OM design and the associated I&M scheme?
c) I&M quality in practice [Daniele Fornelli]
o How can the quality of the I&M data be achieved and verified to suit the needs of the OM before, during and post-construction from a back-analysis point of view? What can be done to increase the cooperation between the Consultant and the I&M contractor towards an effective data interpretation? Is there a need for dedicated professional figures/Higher Education courses?

3. Parallel Discussion Sessions (14.55 – 15.40)
The participants will join one of the three working group to discuss one of the above topics.
Each of the moderators will appoint one writer.

Break (15.40 – 15.45) To allow moderators to prepare Panel Reports.

4. Discussion Panel reports (15.45-16.00)
The moderator and the writer of each working group will present the findings of each discuss the wider audience.

5. Conclusions (16.00-16.01) [Duncan Nicholson]
Conclusions on Workshop3. All conclusions will be reported to ISSMGE TC220 and TC206.


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.