What Is Geotechnical Monitoring?

June, 30 2021
What Is Geotechnical Monitoring?

The word “geotechnical monitoring” means keeping an eye on geographical elements, such as the ground, structures, water pressure, and more by monitoring and assessing their technical elements, such as ground vibrations, water levels, stress/strain, soil deformation, and more.


Geotechnical monitoring companies used geotechnical instruments to measure these elements properly. Examples include:


  • Inclinometers to monitor the movement of slopes and excavations
  • Settlement gauges/plates to observing settlements and cultures and more.


The goal of these instruments is to collect data, turn it into valuable information, investigate, calculate pre-feasibility, assess the results, and compare the same to initial recordings to conclude. A primary example of conclusions derived includes that of mitigating the risk of landslides and tsunamis.


Combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), geotechnical monitoring goes beyond the scope of just collecting data and moves into predicting as well.


The Core Objective: Keeping a Closer Eye


Despite being the most stable thing around, the ground can be highly variable and is particularly significant when dealing with larger buildings and megastructures. Geotechnical construction monitoring advice is handy not just when beginning a project but throughout the construction cycle.


Even with the best geotechnical design, things can go wrong and impact the long-term performance of construction crews or the building itself. With the help of geotechnical monitoring, regular soil analysis, water, chemicals, natural resources, and more are considered to understand how the ground will behave and what type of structure should be built in a given space.


Geotechnical monitoring offers stability to projects and has become a statutory requirement from authorities on larger projects, such as large domes, skyscrapers, and other megastructures.


Geotechnical Monitoring Tips: What to Analyze


As mentioned above, the main target of geotechnical monitoring is ground movements, stresses, and strains on structures, water levels, and ground vibrations. Apart from the two instruments and factors mentioned above, the following factors are also monitored:

  • Crack monitors/tiltmeters. These are used to keep an eye on other buildings near a project or building where another project is ongoing for cracks and tilts.
  • Monitoring water pressure in the pipes and around the building area, including rivers, ponds, and more with the help of piezometers.
  • Monitoring vibration levels concerning the stage in which construction is and the proximity of the site.
  • Soil composition.
  • Seismology risks, and more.

G3SoilWorks understands the monumental responsibilities geotechnical experts have on their shoulders and the need to specify your project’s requirements. Please consult with our expert engineers today and get your project rolling at minimal cost and minimal fuss.

For more on this topic or any other sort of help with your construction project, contact G3Soilworks to maximize the productivity and profitability of your projects in Southern California by supporting them with our geotechnical and geological experience.

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