M.S., S.M., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
John has taken the lead role in teaching more than 100 continuing education courses in geotechnical instrumentation. He is author of the 1988 and 1993 book “Geotechnical Instrumentation for Monitoring Field Performance“.
In 2010 he was awarded Distinguished Membership of the American Society of Civil Engineers, with the citation: “For pre-eminent leadership in the field of geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring”.
PhD, CEO NHAZCA S.r.l.
Paolo Mazzanti, Msc in Geology and PhD Engineering Geology. Paolo is Researcher and lecturer at the Department of Earth Sciences of “Sapienza” University of Rome and co-founder and CEO of NHAZCA S.r.l.
He is author of more than 50 scientific papers in international journals and lecturer at several international courses concerning natural hazards, monitoring and remote sensing. He has been invited lecturer at several International Universities and Research Centers (e.g. Italy, France, Norway, Austria, Germany, USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong). He is responsible of several consulting projects.
In 2011 he was honoured for writing the best paper by a young engineer at the Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics (FMGM) in Berlin, Germany.
Giorgio is Technical Director at FIELD S.r.l., a service company based in Bergamo, Italy. He worked for ISMES, an applied research and service centre of ENEL (Italian Electricity Board) for almost 20 years, responsible of the geotechnical and structural monitoring units, being involved in many large and critical projects all over the world. In 2000 he established FIELD and has continued his activity of system design, field assistance and data evaluation and management. Giorgio is a member of CEN/TC 341/WG1 Task Group 2, which is responsible for drafting European Standards on Geotechnical Monitoring.
Tony is the International Projects Manager at Geokon, Inc, Lebanon, NH, USA a manufacturer of geotechnical instrumentation, where he has worked for over 35 years.
He is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, Deep Foundations Institute, ISSMGE and ASCE, and has experience of instrumentation systems on a variety of projects worldwide.
Geotechnical Observations Ltd.
Andrew is Managing Director of Geotechnical Observations Ltd, a company he set up with Professor Peter Vaughan in 2000 with the specific aim of improving knowledge of the behaviour of earth structures (embankments, slopes and excavations) through the use of field measurements. He has 30 years of experience within the geotechnical sector and is internationally recognised for his contributions to the subject of suction measurement (in situ and laboratory).
Andrew is a member of CEN/TC 341/WG1 Task Group 2, which is responsible for drafting European Standards on Geotechnical Monitoring.
Marmota Engineering AG
Michael originally studied civil engineering and then focused on novel applications of distributed fibre-optic sensing in geotechnical engineering during his PhD at ETH Zurich. He has a wide experience in bringing sensitive fibre-optic sensors into the rough construction environment for projects in the icy Swiss Alps to hot and humid Hong Kong. He is founder of Marmota Engineering AG: geotechnical experts for fibre-optic monitoring.
AECOM Asia Co., Ltd
T. N. Wong is Senior Resident Land Surveyor with AECOM Asia Co., Ltd. He plans, administrates, manages and supervises Geodetic Surveying, Topographic Surveying, GNSS, ADMS Monitoring for horizontal movement and vertical settlement of superstructures and bridge, Engineering Surveying, Photogrammetry and Hydrographical Surveying. He is a team member of the engineering team in the construction of segmental as well as cast in-situ construction of bridges, tunnels and associated civil engineering works in major infrastructures and new town developments in Hong Kong SAR.
T. N. Wong became the first Vice President of FIG elected directly by the General Assembly.
Stefano Moretti is CEO of IMG S.r.l., a service company in the field of monitoring, hydrogeology and geophysics based in Rome and Turin (Italy), and since 2010 in Middle East and Poland with its local branches. IMG is charter member of NHAZCA, a spin-off company of “Sapienza” University of Rome.
Stefano is an engineering geologist specialized in geotechnical, geodetic and structural monitoring systems, with particular regarding to real time monitoring solutions and web-based data management system.
Currently IMG is managing large infrastructure projects in urban areas: the Line C of Rome Underground in Italy; Warsaw Underground – Line II and the New Rail Station of Lodz in Poland.
Spatial Technology Ltd.
Andy Chan, MSc in Information Technology Management at Chinese University of Hong Kong and BSc(Hons) Surveying and Geo-informatics at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, works as Project Manager at Spatial Technology Limited. Andy’s main responsibilities are the managing Research and Development Team and Technical Service Team and the leading Project team for BIM and Data management system implementation.
"Sapienza" University of Rome
Graduated in Geological Sciences at Rome University “La Sapienza” in 1987, Ph.D. in Earth Sciences since 1992, Researcher at Rome University “La Sapienza” from 1991 until 2000 and Associate Professor since November 2000 in the same University at the Engineering Geology section of the Department of Earth Sciences.
Since 2003 she is a member of the CERI – Research Centre on Prediction, Prevention and Mitigation of Geological Risks. She authored or coauthored more than 70 papers published on international and italian journals and international or italian conference proceedings concerning analysis of slope evolution, landslide phenomena, geotechnical and compositional characteristics, subsurface engineering geology, engineering geological investigations and support.
Joachim is Managing Director of Gloetzl GmbH, a manufacturer of geotechnical instrumentation, where he’s working since 2004. He is an active member of two German working groups for standardization and recommendation, and has experience of instrumentation on a variety of projects worldwide.
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
Mr. Sparrevik has a wide background in instrumentation and geotechnics, with more than 26 years experience from various offshore and subsea monitoring projects. His experience includes monitoring support and supervision during installation of offshore foundations. Mr. Sparrevik is a registered inventor with seven international patents, based on his multi-disciplinary experience. He presently holds a position as Technical Expert at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, being responsible for the “subsea technology” market.
Martin Beth is a geotechnical engineer, and has been working for Soldata Group for more than 15 years, now as the group’s Technical Director. Soldata is a large monitoring and instrumentation service company operating worldwide. Martin’s tasks include technical and operational support to complex monitoring sites, instrumentation systems design and general management support, and research and development within the group. Recently Martin has been advising Soldata branches on many large-scale projects around the world, for example, Crossrail in the UK, Bucharest Metro in Romania, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement in the US, and large mining projects in Australia.
Martin is a member of CEN/TC 341/WG1 Task Group 2, which is responsible for drafting European Standards on Geotechnical Monitoring.
Bernard van der Kolk
Bernard works at Deltares in the Netherlands on various dike related projects, including the IJkdijk program and several LiveDijk projects. IJkdijk is the program for innovative dike monitoring systems based on sensor systems, for which there was a unique opportunity to do full-scale dike failure tests with special built dikes equipped with a whole range of sensors types. One of the goals of the IJkdijk projects is to find out whether it is possible to predict dike failure with sensor measurements. LiveDijk projects are a continuation of the IJkdijk projects, but now in ‘real’ dikes. The goal of LiveDijk is to develop a monitoring system for dike safety. In the LiveDijk projects we connect real time monitoring systems to real time dike stability models to enable the regional dike managers to see the real time safety of their dike.
Elmo Di Biagio
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
Elmo DiBiagio is currently a Technical Adviser (Retired), Division for Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) in Oslo, Norway.
He has more than 50 years experience with design of instruments and monitoring programs for a large variety of projects including foundations, excavations, tunnels, dams, offshore structures, bridges and large scale tests. The experience includes evaluation and specification of project goals, selection of measurement concepts, preparation of specifications, design of instruments, and implementation of monitoring programs as well as data acquisition, data processing, and reporting.
He has published 70 papers most of which deal with geotechnical and structural instrumentation and research. He has lectured on these subjects in 23 countries.
Geotechnical Systems Australia Ltd
Matthew Crawford is the senior engineer at Geotechnical Systems Australia. Matthew has been working at Geotechnical Systems Australia for over 20 years where he specializes in instrument and system design with respect to customization and installation. Geotechnical Systems Australia is based in Australia where most of their work is focused on mining applications in particular coal and metalliferous mines.
Simon is Chief Operating Officer with Senceive, an innovative wireless sensor networks company in England, specializing in geotechnical, structural and rail monitoring solutions. He is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in managing the development and market introduction of leading edge communications technology products and systems, as well as building new companies from scratch. He has been instrumental in the success of Senceive, as exemplified by their winning the International Tunneling Product Innovation Award for distortion monitoring in 2012.
Università di Pisa
Nunziante Squeglia, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. Nunziante is Researcher and Lecturer of “Geotechnical Engineering” and “Structures of Foundations and Foundations” at the University of Pisa. He is the responsible for coordinating the activities of the Laboratory of Departmental Geotechnical Engineering.
He is author of over 40 publications on the treatment of soils by electrokinetic methods, monitoring of historical buildings and monuments, interpretation of geotechnical testing and on-site controls and monitoring of river embankments.
Since 1993 he is engaged in the monitoring of the Tower of Pisa and in the control of the activities related to it.