Workshop 2

Innovative Technologies for Instrumentation and Monitoring of Geotechnical Projects and Civil Infrastructures


Presiding Officers

Prof. Shen-En Chen, University of North Carolina [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]

Prof. Ramzi Taha, Qatar University [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]

Dr. Mohamed Farouk Shehata, EHE-Consulting Group, Egypt [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]

Dr. Wissem Frikha, University Tunis EL Manar/ENIT, Tunisia [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]

Sponsored by

Qatar University, Qatar

National Science Foundation, China

University of North Carolina, USA

Housing and Building Research Center (HBRC), Egypt

Shandong University, China

The International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - ISSMGE

South China University of Technology, China


Increased awareness of the economic and social effects of aging, deterioration and extreme events on civil infrastructure has been accompanied by a recognition of the need for advanced structural health monitoring and damage detection technologies. Structural health monitoring (SHM) has been a fast-developing domain in engineering disciplines especially in the civil engineering field. Use of field instrumentation to validate structural designs and to characterize performance is increasingly becoming a part of civil infrastructure projects. Soil-structure interaction and the geotechnical measurements play important roles for the overall assessment of the structural health. Instrumentation and monitoring technologies have been used successfully in challenging geotechnical projects to assist in the quantification of retrofit measures, seismic risks, construction progress, in-situ loading and emergency risks.

This workshop aims to share knowledge and lesson learned from various parts of the world for research and applications of innovative technologies for instrumentation and monitoring of geotechnical engineering and civil infrastructures. Two keynote speakers will share different monitoring technologies that have been developed for civil infrastructure monitoring: Professor Shi Bin from Nanjing University will share about different developments in embedded fiber optic (FO) sensing technologies for geo-monitoring in China and Dr. Paul Sumitro from Smartsensys, LLC, USA, will present various SHM technologies including wireless MEMS-based sensors, scour detection sensors, video optical imaging and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technologies for structural and geo condition monitoring.

Topics and Themes:

  1. Laboratory and Field Instrumentations
  2. Mega Construction Projects
  3. Case Studies
  4. State of the Art
  5. State of the Practice
  6. Measurement Technologies
  7. Planning, Administration, Funding, and Management


  1. Shi Bin, Ph.D., Professor of Geological Engineering and Environmental Geotechnology, Nanjing University of China, Director of Center for Engineering Monitoring with Opto-Electronic Sensing (CEMOES), Executive Director of Advanced Computational Engineering Institute for Earth Environment (ACEI) and Director of Geological Engineering Faculty, Nanjing University, China.

    Professor Bin Shi received his doctor of science degrees in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. Professor Shi is an internationally recognized expert in geodynamics and geohazard mitigation. He leads an expert team in fiber optical sensing technologies at Nanjing University, which has developed several different sensor configurations and applications. Professor Bin has extensive geotechnical experiences in many parts of China. His current research includes performance monitoring of geological and geotechnical engineering using distributed fiber optic sensors; micro-fabric and strength of engineering soil; engineering improvement of engineering soils; GIS applications etc. Dr. Shi is the principal investigator of more than 30 projects, respectively funded by the Chinese government, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Education Ministry of China, the Japanese International Science and Technology Agency, the Japanese Academic Promotion Committee, local governments, enterprises, and companies. Dr. Shi has authored and co-authored more than 150 technical publications in journals and various conference proceedings. Dr. Shi is the winner of the 2002 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China among more than 20 different awards. His professional activities include service as Vice President of the International Society of Environmental Geotechnology (ISEG), member of the Chinese Society of Engineering Geology and the Chinese Society of Geological hazards; and member of the editorial boards of three Chinese journals.

    Speech Abstract: With ultra-high resolutions, fiber optic sensing technology has significant potential for application in the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental domains. Characterized by linearity and long length and scale, transportation engineering, in particular, can benefit from fiber optic sensors, which have several advantages over conventional monitoring technologies such as non-point monitoring, good anti-interference, good durability and stability. For the past fifteen years, several technologies have been developed including point measurement systems using Michelson and Fibry-Perot, quasi-distributed systems using Fiber Bragg Grating and fully distributed systems using OTDR, ROTDR and BOTDR/A. This presentation will give a brief history of fiber optic sensor and account for several practical applications of the sensors in actual case studies.

  2. Paul Sumitro, Ph.D., MBA, P.E., S.E., President, Smartsensys LLC.

    Dr. Sumitro earned his PhD from Yokohama University, Japan. Prior to forming Smartsensys, Dr. Paul Sumitro was the chief engineer at Keisoku Research Consultants (KRC), Japan, and President of Smart Structures, LLC, USA. Dr. S. Paul Sumitro has earned a reputation as one of the active minds in the field of Structural Health Monitoring and Non Destructive Evaluation. He regularly collaborated with universities including University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Drexel University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, Hiroshima University and Yokohama University, Japan. Dr. Sumitro has developed several advanced SHM technologies including, wireless MEMS-based transducers, UAV imaging systems, tunnel visualization systems, etc. Several of which have been successfully implemented worldwide including projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and China.

    Speech Abstract: Structural health monitoring (SHM) is an important technology that integrates mechanics, advanced opto-acousto-electronics, mechatronics and computer applications for the purposes of ensuring physical structure stability and functionalities. This presentation will introduce several new sensing technologies for SHM including terrestrial 3D LiDAR scanners, laser Doppler vibrometer, piezo-electric skin sensor, wireless MEMS based accelerometers, GPS-based cameras and aerial photography. For large Civil system monitoring, SHM technology goes beyond sensors and may require system-level monitoring strategy design. This presentation will examples of multiple sensor integrated monitoring systems and actual application to tunnel monitoring.