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Current and future role of instrumentation and monitoring in the performance of transport infrastructure slopes.

Smethurst, J. A. and Smith, A. and Uhlemann, S. and Wooff, C. and Chambers, J. and Hughes, P. N. and Lenart, S. and Saroglou, H. and Springman, S. M. and Löfroth, H. and Hughes, D. (2017) 'Current and future role of instrumentation and monitoring in the performance of transport infrastructure slopes.', Quarterly journal of engineering geology and hydrogeology., 50 (3). pp. 271-286.


Instrumentation is often used to monitor the performance of engineered infrastructure slopes. This paper looks at the current role of instrumentation and monitoring, including the reasons for monitoring infrastructure slopes, the instrumentation typically installed and parameters measured. The paper then investigates recent developments in technology and considers how these may change the way that monitoring is used in the future, and tries to summarize the barriers and challenges to greater use of instrumentation in slope engineering. The challenges relate to economics of instrumentation within a wider risk management system, a better understanding of the way in which slopes perform and/or lose performance, and the complexities of managing and making decisions from greater quantities of data.

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Publisher statement:© 2017 Swedish Geotechnical Institute. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http:// Published by The Geological Society of London.
Date accepted:04 May 2017
Date deposited:13 September 2017
Date of first online publication:27 July 2017
Date first made open access:13 September 2017

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