“After two successful editions of the International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring (held in Poppi, Tuscany, Italy in June 2014 and June 2015) that attracted more than 200 registrants from 34 countries and 32 partners, we’re now working hard to organise a third edition in 2016. 25 speakers have contributed to the high professional level of the past courses and we’re looking for improvements and innovation. Some new expert speakers are expected for the next edition. We plan to invite registrants to interact with us well before the start of the course, to discuss the possibility of them making presentations about new monitoring trends and about case histories and lessons learned.

After the 2015 course we had an exciting field trip to the Poggio Baldi landslide (www.landslidemonitoring.com), where 10 companies made demonstrations of their equipment. We’re exploring the possibility of another field trip combined with the 2016 course.

(John Dunnicliff & Paolo Mazzanti)

See pictures of the 2015 edition

See pictures of the 2014 edition


Geological processes and exploitation of our planet’s resources continuously lead to potentially dangerous interactions with our lives. Monitoring the behaviour of the ground and of structures and infrastructure is essential for safety reasons, quality control, optimization of construction and reduction of costs and time in engineering practice. Geotechnical and structural monitoring is crucial for a sustainable development.

The course will focus on the words of wisdom by Dr. Ralph B. Peck “We need to carry out a vast amount of observational work, but what we do should be done for a purpose and done well.”

Attendance at the course will be a great opportunity to establish a valuable network with colleagues from all over the world, to meet manufacturers and see displays of the most recent and innovative instrumentation.

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Newsletter 2015

What people say:

“(….) the GSM was truly an international gathering and probably the most international for any engineering short course (…). The 2014 edition of GSM was a great success. Anyone in the monitoring community should add this course to his/her list of “to dos””

(John Gadsby, publisher Geotechnical News magazine)

GSM 2014 was a resoundingly successful event. It provided the Course Partners a wonderful opportunity to spend time with enthusiastic customers, new and old, from all over the world. The good news is that it is being repeated in 2015.

(Tony Simmonds, Director of Sales and Marketing Geokon Inc. – Partner 2014 and 2015 events)

My participation in the 2014 event in Poppi was very valuable for our business as I made many contacts. The delegates, course content and presenters were also of the highest quality and contributed significantly to making this a wonderful and worthwhile event.

(Cala van der Westhuizen, Marketing & Sales Manager, REUTECH Mining – Partner 2014)

“I think that all practitioners, designers and decision-makers in the field of geotechnical and structural monitoring should attend this course at least once in their life.”

(Francesca Bozzano, University of Rome “Sapienza”)

“It’s great! Thank you for your efforts!” (Russia)

“Thank you so much to John, Paolo, the speakers, and the organizers for such an amazing course!” (USA)

“Excellent organization. Very good!!” (Italy)

“Congratulations very good course! I hope to see you next year.” (Spain)

“Wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity.” (South Africa)

“I would like to thank the organizers of the course for their big efforts and hard working to make it successful and their collaboration and support to participants.” (Sudan)

(Some participants of the 2014 edition)