Since 2014 the International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring (IcGSM) in Italy has been an international training event specifically focused on the role of monitoring in geotechnical and structural engineering. The first six editions, held every year from 2014 to 2019, have attracted more than 600 participants from 60 countries in six continents. More than 50 companies that manufacture hardware, software and provide services for geotechnical and structural monitoring have taken advantage of the IcGSMs to showcase their products.

We organized and directed the first three courses in the beautiful castle of Poppi in Tuscany. For the last three we moved to Rome in order to accommodate the increasing number of attendees. The courses have covered contact and remote sensing monitoring methods, wireless networks, new trends and case histories, and have included field trips. In addition to technical factors, emphasis has been given to the all-important human factors.

In 2020 we paused because of the Covid-19 crisis. Despite we are still facing with this issue, we decided to organize the 7th International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring in 2021. Even if in the past one of the key factors of the course was the personal relationships, we received a good level of appreciation from potential participants about an online format.The advantages are obvious, including no concerns about viruses, no travel and hotel costs, no whole week away from offices, and availability to a much larger number of participants.This is a new challenge for all of us but, at the same time, it can allow the attendance of more people around the world that could not afford travel costs and long distance from their office. We also decided to spread the event over an entire semester instead of making it concentrated in a single week (another opportunity provided from the “remote format”). 

As usual we will have Lectures, Master Classes, Field Trip and Exhibition but in “virtual mode”!

We are looking forward to “meeting” you at the 7th IcGSM in 2021.


John Dunnicliff

Paolo Mazzanti

Werner Lienhart

Alex Neuwirt

Alfredo Rocca

Andrea Bellino

Andrea Zattoni

Andres Thorarinsson

Andrew Ridley

Andy Chan

Angus Maxwell

Bernard van der Kolk

Bob Turnbull

Branko Glišić

Daniel Naterop

Daniele Inaudi

Eliano Romani

Elmo DiBiagio

Erik Mikkelsen

Fabien Ravet

Francesca Bozzano

Giorgio Pezzetti

Hans-Jürgen Nitzpon

Iain Oakes-Green

Joachim Schneider-Glotzl

Joel Swenson

Johann Golser

John Burland

Martin Beth

Martin Clegg

Martin Dupuis

Matthew Crawford

Matthew Trenwith

Michael Iten

Michael Wan

Michele Jamiolkowski

Nunziante Squeglia

Paolo Clemente

Per Sparrevik

Robert Taylor

Sarah Owen

Scott Anderson

Simon Maddison

Stefano Moretti

Susan Taylor

T.N. Wong

Thomas Matarazzo

Tony Simmonds

Ty Ortiz

Vincent Lamour



POPPI, TUSCANY (ed. 2014, 2015, 2016)

Poppi certainly is the most distinctive village and symbol of Casentino. Medieval center that still keep intact its walls, Poppi is placed at the top of a hill and its Castle of the Counts of the Guidi family dominates the village and a good part of the valley. The history of Poppi is closely linked to that of its family, one of the largest families of central Italy of the Middle Ages, which made ​​Poppi the political and administrative capital of the Casentino (“Poppi, the capital of the Casentino valley” is written in the Giorgio Vasari’s fresco in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence).

Symbol of the village obviously is the Castle of the Counts Guidi, that stands at the top of Poppi; not less interesting are the numerous churches of the village, first of all, the one of San Fedele, which hosts a crucifix made by Giotto.

ROME, THE ETERNAL CITY (ed. 2017, 2018, 2019)

Rome, known also as Urbe, Caput Mundi and Eternal City, founded in 753 BC, has been the first great metropolis of humanity, the heart of one of the most important ancient civilizations, which influenced society, culture, language, literature, art, architecture, philosophy, religion, law and customs of the following centuries. It was the capital of the Roman Empire, which extended its dominion over the entire Mediterranean basin and most of Europe, the Papal States and the Kingdom of Italy (from 1871 to 1946).

In Rome there are so many interesting things to see and do that sometimes it is hard to decide from what to start. Rome is the result of the continuous overlapping of different architectural and urban exemplars, in a unique and charming interpenetration showing the complex relationship that the city has always established with its past, in a succession of chaotic developments, periods of decadence, rebirths and the modernization of the urban fabric.

“(…) a big ‘thank you’ for inviting me to participate in the Instrumentation and Monitoring Course. (…) I particularly wanted to get up to date on remote sensing and I found the contributions were just what I needed.”


“(…) I wanted to take a moment to thank the organizers for making it such a worthwhile experience. (…) The associated exhibition was well coordinated and provided a splendid opportunity for instrumentation manufacturers and service providers alike to meet with their clients. Congratulations on both a successful and a memorable event.”


“The International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring is a great occasion to meet people coming from all over the world working in the field of structural monitoring and listen to the new applications. Everything is improved by a friendly environment and by the kindness of the organizers.”



NHAZCA (Natural HAZards Control and Assessment), Spin-off Company of “Sapienza” University of Rome, is a international leader in the analysis and monitoring of natural hazards and large infrastructures for the management and mitigation of risks. 

NHAZCA is strongly characterized by a highly integrated and motivated team which contributes to its success and growth over time. Our team consists of enthusiasts geologists, engineers, project managers, and technicians coming both from private and academic world, also benefiting from a world-class network. Since our foundation, our team has been growing extensively and our ambition is to continue to develop new solutions and services while expanding our geographic footprint. Each employee is a specialist in his or her field.

Thanks to the high technical and scientific expertise of its team and to the support of excellent scientific and commercial partners, NHAZCA organizes specialized training activities, with courses both at national and international level, with the aim to provide to end-users the necessary background about the latest innovations in the field of geotechnical and structural monitoring and in the analysis of natural hazards for risk mitigation purposes.



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