MASTER CLASSES

The Master Classes will be organized in order to provide general and practical expertise on how to use the most common monitoring systems. Classes, with a duration of 4 hours, will be held by leading international experts.

Each class will cover the following main topics: installation, data acquisition, data processing, tricks&tips from everyday experience. Master Classes will be dedicated to 13 most used monitoring systems. Participants will have the possibility to choose amongst the following lessons (or choose all of them!).

Below you can find the confirmed information on speakers, dates and partners for each Master Class:

Leader

Paolo Mazzanti

Paolo Mazzanti (MSc in Geology and PhD in Earth Sciences) is Professor of Remote Sensing at the Department of Earth Sciences of “Sapienza” University of Rome and CEO of NHAZCA S.r.l., spin-off of “Sapienza” University of Rome. Paolo is the organizer and scientific leader of several international courses including the annual “International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring” that, in the last 6 years, attracted more than 600 people from 60 countries and 50 partners.

Paolo is responsible of consulting projects concerning tunnels, oil & gas, dams, open mines, large transportations infrastructures and landslides for National and International firms and agencies, in 10 countries. Paolo is member of the TRB (Transportation Research Board) Engineering Geology Committee and of the informal FMGM (Field Measurement in Geomechanics) committee and associated with several scientific associations (e.g. ISHMII, AIGA).

Paolo tutored and co-tutored more than 30 MSc and PhD theses in Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering and Remote Sensing and has been invited lecturer at several International Universities and Research Centers (e.g. Italy, France, UK, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Germany, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Belgium).

Paolo is author of about 100 scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings concerning the following topics: a) engineering geology (landslides, subsidences, settlements, snow avalanches); b) geological remote sensing; c) geotechnical and structural monitoring; d) monitoring by ground based and satellite radar; e) monitoring of civil structures and infrastructures, including cultural heritages; f) geotechnical assets management.

Saverio Romeo

Saverio Romeo, is a Postdoc Researcher at “Sapienza” University of Rome in the field of geological remote sensing and President of LARES – Italian Union of Civil Protection Experts. He has strong expertise in the Terrestrial SAR Interferometry and emergency response protocols for knowledge, emergency and control monitoring of Geotechnical and Structural Assets. Licensed Engineering Geologist with experience, as technical consultant, at international level on both land and infrastructures projects such as dams, landslide, transportation corridors, etc. He is member of the EGU (European Geoscience Union) and AIGA (Italian Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment). Currently, he is the Senior Manager of the NHAZCA Terrestrial Business & Technical Unit.

Sponsor

Leader

Giorgio Pezzetti

Giorgio is an independent consultant with his Company SMAK s.a.s. since 2015.

He worked for ISMES, an applied research and service centre of ENEL (Italian Electricity Board) for almost 20 years as responsible of the geotechnical and structural monitoring units, being involved in many large and critical projects for dams, tunnels, landslides, bridges, foundations, hydrometeorological and environmental projects all over the world.

In 2000 he established FIELD, where he served as Technical Director till 2014, continuing his activity of system design, field assistance and data evaluation and management.

Giorgio is a member of ISO TC 182/WG2, which is responsible for drafting European Standards on Geotechnical Monitoring and is vice chair of ISSMGE TC220 Field Monitoring.

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Leader

Jean Hutchinson

Dr. Jean Hutchinson is a Professor of Geological Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and served as the Head of Department between 2009 and 2017. A registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Jean conducts research on the assessment and mitigation of geomechanics risks related to rock slopes and ground surface subsidence, with a view to developing decision support systems founded on data collected from a variety of collection and monitoring techniques, always considering geological models and mechanics. Jean advocates for and participates in experiential learning, including field based education, and the promotion of inclusivity and diversity in STEM subjects.

Dr. Hutchinson is the Vice President for North America for the IAEG (2018 to 2022), is Vice President of the Board for the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique, is Past Chair of the Women in Mining Trailblazer Award Committee and is a past member of the Robert L. Schuster Medal selection committee.

Jean has had the great pleasure to supervise over 30 graduate students, and to teach a wide variety of courses to several 1000s of undergraduate students. Dr. Hutchinson in collaboration with her students, as well as numerous research partners, has published 1 book, 9 book chapters, 50+ refereed journal papers, 90 full length refereed conference papers and 80 extended abstracts / non-refereed conference papers.

Dr. Hutchinson has been very fortunate to receive a number of awards, including most recently the Glossop Medal and Lecture from the Geological Society of the UK in 2019, the Canadian Pacific Railway Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada (2017), the T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award from Queen’s University (2017), the inaugural Excellence in Engineering Education award, from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University (2016) and the Robert L. Schuster Medal, jointly awarded by the American Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists and the Canadian Geotechnical Society (2016). Jean was also pleased to be named as one of 12 “First Women in Canadian Geotechnique”, by the Canadian Geotechnical Heritage Committee in 2018. In recognition of her work, Jean has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

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Francesco Mancini

Francesco Mancini received his M.Sc. degrees in marine environmental sciences and a Ph.D. in surveying and mapping from the University of Bologna, Italy. Since 20 years, he works in the field of geomatics, as researcher (Technical University of Bari, Italy), associate professor (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy) and surveyor in application to ground deformation, natural hazard assessment and landscape archaeology. He is professor in Geomatics technology, GIS, Cartography and Photogrammetry at schools of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Francesco is at head of the Laboratory of Geomatics Engineering and associate editor of Applied Geomatics Journal /Springer).

Since 1998, he was involved in the application of space geodesy and remote sensing to the environmental monitoring and glaciology in Antarctica. Took part to five Antarctic Expedition, spanning from 1998 to 2005, as surveyor by global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) for crustal deformation, geodynamics and ice sheet monitoring. Since 2002 his researches and professional activities were focused on application of GNSS and satellite high resolution imagery for environmental monitoring and integrated use of survey methodologies for different purposes. Precise GNSS and topographic surveys were also managed during several and repeated archaeological expeditions worldwide. He used GNSS for many applications including coastal monitoring, risk assessment to ground deformation phenomena and slope failures.

In the last years, he focused on the design and validation of surveying methodologies for monitoring applications in the field of civil and environmental engineering with related processing strategies and data management. Research activities are now focused on topics related to the impact of innovative and emerging technologies on the surveying/monitoring activities using approaches based on the integration of GNSS, terrestrial laser scanner and aerial photogrammetry using drones.

Leader

Helmut Bock

Geotechnical Consultant, Bad Bentheim, Germany.
From 1989 to 1997 he was President of Interfels GmbH, Bad Bentheim, providing geotechnical instrumentation products and field services. Previously he was Professor of Geomechanics at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He has been involved in in-situ rock testing methods and geotechnical instrumentation for more than 30 years, and has numerous publications and patents.
Helmut is a member of ISO TC 182/WG2, which is responsible for drafting International Standards on Geotechnical Monitoring

Holger Wörsching

Holger Wörsching, born in 1975, studied civil engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and then worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Soil and Rock Mechanics at the University of Karlsruhe. In 2006 he changed to Solexperts AG in Switzerland and has been responsible for numerous in situ tests as well as geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring projects in Europe and South Africa. He is currently the Swiss delegate of ISO TC-182 / WG2 Geotechnical Monitoring.

Leader

Giorgio Pezzetti

Giorgio is an independent consultant with his Company SMAK s.a.s. since 2015.

He worked for ISMES, an applied research and service centre of ENEL (Italian Electricity Board) for almost 20 years as responsible of the geotechnical and structural monitoring units, being involved in many large and critical projects for dams, tunnels, landslides, bridges, foundations, hydrometeorological and environmental projects all over the world.

In 2000 he established FIELD, where he served as Technical Director till 2014, continuing his activity of system design, field assistance and data evaluation and management.

Giorgio is a member of ISO TC 182/WG2, which is responsible for drafting European Standards on Geotechnical Monitoring and is vice chair of ISSMGE TC220 Field Monitoring.

Georgette Hlepas

Dr. Georgette Hlepas has a master’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in New York, a doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.  She has 14 years of experience working as a geotechnical engineering at the US Army Corps of Engineers working on a variety of geotechnical civil works projects including dams, levees, and confined disposal facilities.  Dr. Hlepas is currently the USACE National Geotechnical Policy Advisor and lead of the USACE Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring Community of Practice.  She has focused much of her career on advancing the instrumentation and performance monitoring state-of-practice within USACE.  She led the effort to update the USACE Engineering Manual on Instrumentation and Monitoring of Dams and Levees, is currently working on updating the Engineering Manual on Instrumentation of Concrete Structures and developing guide specifications for instrumentation.  She has led the effort and performed internal peer reviews of the USACE national-level Instrumentation and Monitoring Program and is currently leading the effort to implement an enterprise-level instrumentation data management system.  She has developed and taught multiple instrumentation and performance monitoring courses both within USACE and at various conferences and has facilitated multiple instrumentation webinar and workshop training events.  She has authored and co-authored numerous papers on both geotechnical investigations and instrumentation topics.  Dr. Hlepas is also currently the chairperson the US Society of Dams (USSD) Monitoring of Dams and Their Foundations Committee as well as a member of multiple professional organizations (ASCE, DFI, TRB) and their committees.

Sponsor

Leader

Werner Lienhart


Werner Lienhart is President of the Austrian Geodetic Commission, Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems (IGMS) at Graz University of Technology (www.igms.tugraz.at), Austria. At IGMS Werner and his team develop new geodetic and fibre optic sensors and operate several permanent monitoring installations of landslides and critical infrastructure objects like bridges, tunnels and water dams. 

Prior to his university position, Werner was product manager at Leica Geosystems at the headquarter in Switzerland. At Leica he was responsible for the development of the Galileo and GPS L5 capable receivers and the Leica imaging total stations. Werner has published more than 100 scientific publications, held more than 200 presentations and holds several patents.

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Daniel Naterop

Graduated in 1978 in Civil Engineering at the Technical University Rapperswil, Switzerland, Daniel participated in large infrastructure civil engineering projects (Tunnels, pipelines, large structures).

After working in one of the leading Swiss contractor for special civil engineering (exploration drilling, ground anchors, grouting, foundation engineering), Daniel worked for Solexperts AG, Switzerland for over 30 years. There, he was manager of the department of geotechnical monitoring and project responsible for the development of different monitoring systems for the GeoMonitor, automatic data acquisition and monitoring system, and for, the web-based data visualisation WebDAVIS.

Since 2013, Daniel is Sisgeo’s area manager for Northern Europe. In this position, he acts as project manager and consultant for geotechnical monitoring projects actually for Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland. Daniel is also in technical support to the Sisgeo-group for research and development of systems and system application of borehole instrumentation.

From 2018 until 2019 Daniel was CEO of Huggenberger AG, the Swiss company within the Sisgeo-group specialized in concrete dam monitoring. Now, due to the succession of his position, he works as senior advisor and project manager for both companies, Huggenberger AG and Sisgeo.  

Daniel was and currently is lecturer for geotechnical instrumentation at seminars, conferences, courses and workshops around the world and has published more than 30 scientific papers.

Leader

Erol Kalkan

Dr. Kalkan received his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and first M.Sc. degree in Engineering Seismology. His second M.Sc. degree in Structural Engineering.

His doctorate is in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from UC Davis. His postdoctoral studies were conducted at the UC Berkeley in collaboration with Prof. Anil Chopra.

Dr. Kalkan was the recipient of the “2008 ASCE Raymond C. Reese Research Prize in Structural Engineering”. He has been granted the “2008 EERI-FEMA NEHRP Professional Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction”. 

He authored and co-authored more than 120 publications in earthquake engineering.

Dr. Kalkan served as a guest editor of five special journal issues. He is currently acting as an associate editor for ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Engineering Structures, and Seismological Research Letters.

After working for 11 years for the United States Geological Survey as a research structural engineer and national strong-motion network manager, he founded QUAKELOGIC in northern California.

Sponsor

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Andrea Zattoni

Andrea Zattoni is a civil engineer. He graduated at Politecnico of Milano. He worked at ISMES from 1991to 1998  in the monitoring department of the Geotechnical Division. Andrea Zattoni has 30 years of experience in monitoring system related to dam safety, structure and hydro-geological hazard in Italy and abroad . He worked in SISGEO for two years and in 2000 he joined Enel.Hydro where he worked as  Project Manager for international project till 2004. In 2004 he was hired by CESI SpA in ISMES Division where he assumed the responsibility of Head of monitoring Department and acted as international Project Manager. From 2016 till 2018 he  worked as a resident engineer in Rio de Janerio in CESI do Brasil for the ISMES Division of CESI SpA.

At present  in CESI SpA, he cover the role as Global Key Account for monitoring system as well as Business Development in Italy for Water and Infrastucture.Main projects which Andrea Zattoni acted as Project Manager are:, Itaipu Dam in Brazil and Paraguay including implementation of an Early Warning System, Khao Laem Dam integrated monitoring system (static, seismic and hdyro-meteorological) in Thailand, Pisa Tower during the recovery tilting project, San Marco Bell Tower in Venice, Giotto Tower Bell in Florence, the structural monitoring system of the Chernobyl Power Unit N. 4 collapsed after the accident in 1986, the Landslide monitoring network along the Black Sea Cost in Bulgaria, hydrometeorological monitoring network to detect the risk of avalanches along the Italian Alps, the Rosone landslide monitoring  project.

Sponsor

Leader

Paolo Mazzanti

Paolo Mazzanti (MSc in Geology and PhD in Earth Sciences) is Professor of Remote Sensing at the Department of Earth Sciences of “Sapienza” University of Rome and CEO of NHAZCA S.r.l., spin-off of “Sapienza” University of Rome. Paolo is the organizer and scientific leader of several international courses including the annual “International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring” that, in the last 6 years, attracted more than 600 people from 60 countries and 50 partners.

Paolo is responsible of consulting projects concerning tunnels, oil & gas, dams, open mines, large transportations infrastructures and landslides for National and International firms and agencies, in 10 countries. Paolo is member of the TRB (Transportation Research Board) Engineering Geology Committee and of the informal FMGM (Field Measurement in Geomechanics) committee and associated with several scientific associations (e.g. ISHMII, AIGA).

Paolo tutored and co-tutored more than 30 MSc and PhD theses in Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering and Remote Sensing and has been invited lecturer at several International Universities and Research Centers (e.g. Italy, France, UK, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Germany, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Belgium).

Paolo is author of about 100 scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings concerning the following topics: a) engineering geology (landslides, subsidences, settlements, snow avalanches); b) geological remote sensing; c) geotechnical and structural monitoring; d) monitoring by ground based and satellite radar; e) monitoring of civil structures and infrastructures, including cultural heritages; f) geotechnical assets management.

Sponsor

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Branko Glišić

Associate Professor Branko Glišić received his degrees in Civil Engineering and Theoretical Mathematics at University of Belgrade, Serbia, and Ph.D. at the EPFL, Switzerland. After eight-year long experience at SMARTEC, Switzerland, he has been employed at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Princeton University. His areas of interest are Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) methods, advanced sensors based on fiber-optics, large-area electronics and conductive polymers, SHM data analysis, smart structures and heritage structures. For his overall research achievements, he received 2013 SHM Person of the Year Award by the editors and associate editors of “Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal”, as well as several other awards.

Prof. Glišić is author and co-author of more than hundred published papers, four university courses and short course on SHM, and the book “Fibre Optic Methods for Structural Health Monitoring”. He is Vice President and Council Member of ISHMII, and member or committee member of several other professional associations (ACI, EMI, TRB, IABSE, ASCE, IABMAS, etc.) and journal editorial boards (ASE, Sensors, FiBE, and SMM).

Daniele Inaudi

Dr. Daniele Inaudi received a degree in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). In 1997, he obtained his Ph.D. in civil engineering at the IMAC Laboratory of Stress Analysis of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In 2005, he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Switzerland. Daniele Inaudi is co-founder and CTO of SMARTEC SA and CTO of Roctest. Daniele Inaudi is author of more than 200 papers, five book chapters, a book on “Fiber Optic Methods for Structural Health Monitoring” and editor of a book on Optical Nondestructive Testing.

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Andrea Manconi

Andrea Manconi is trained as an Environmental Engineer (University of Cagliari, Italy) and received the PhD in Natural Sciences from the University Potsdam, Germany in 2009. He has worked as research scientist first at the Helmholtz Centre of Geosciences GFZ Potsdam, Germany, (2005-2009)  and then at the National Research Council, Italy, (2009-2015). Since August 2015 he is senior scientist and lecturer in engineering geology at the ETH Zurich, Department of Earth Sciences (www.engineeringgeology.ethz.ch), and in May 2019 he joined GAMMA Remote Sensing AG (www.gamma-rs.ch) as a scientific collaborator. His activities include monitoring, analysis and modeling of surface deformation due to volcanic and seismic activity, as well as landslide and geo-hydrological phenomena. He holds the habilitation as professor in Engineering Geology and Geophysics.

Serena Moretto

Serena Moretto, MSc in Engineering Geology and PhD in Earth Sciences, is specialized in the analysis and interpretation of Earth Observation and Remote Sensing data, with strong expertise in Satellite SAR Interferometry. Serena collaborated with the Department of Earth Sciences and the CERI Research Center of Sapienza University of Rome through specific research contracts focused on geo-hazards and satellite monitoring applications.

Since 2017, she works at NHAZCA where she is involved in several monitoring services and R&D projects regarding the investigation of ground and structures/infrastructures deformations by innovative remote sensing techniques. Currently, she is the General Manager of the NHAZCA Satellite Business & Technical Unit.

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