The Future of Underground Construction Monitoring

by Boris Caro Vargas, (M.ASCE), General Manager; Soldata,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2014, Vol. 18, Issue 5, Pg. 22-26,28,30

Document Type: Feature article


In the past 15 years, the tools and techniques used to monitor the performance of existing ground and surrounding structures during construction have improved significantly. Practice is trending from manual intrusive instruments to more automatic, remote sensing, real time, and reflectorless techniques. Optical and radar signals are now commonly used for a wide range of high-accuracy movement detection and measurement. The improvement of data processing methods and capabilities helps to manage project risk. After all, mitigating settlement risk is almost always the top geotechnical concern during construction. While other sectors adopted smart technology long ago into their risk management decision-making processes, the civil engineering industry is only now reaping the full benefits of instrumentation and monitoring applied to all phases of a construction project.

Subject Headings: Underground construction | Underground structures | Risk management | Geohazards | Construction methods | Construction management | Sensors and sensing


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