Instrumentation guide for building excavations in urban areas

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With regards to populational growth, the best areas for construction in urban areas have already been occupied.
As a result, the only remaining spaces are those between pre-existing structures and sites with poor geotechnical characteristics, with building requalification being a sustainable alternative. However, when the construction work takes place in city centres there is an increased risk of accidents that may affect the neighbourhood infrastructures during the process. One way to minimise those accidents is increasing the construction safety; therefore, it is important and essential to implement an adequate monitoring plan to anticipate hazardous
situations on the work site and/or in the surrounding area. The field monitoring must be implemented by the project designer, considering the intrinsic characteristics of each work, but this plan can sometimes be generic or non-existent. The aim of this paper is to present guidelines to planning an instrumentation program using geotechnical instrumentation, which will serve as a basis for futures works in urbanized areas. The main objective is to integrate several types of pre-existent methodologies and technologies to improve field
instrumentation and monitoring of building construction sites in urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th International Symposium on Field Monitoring in Geomechanics
EditorsAndrew Ridley
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherInternational Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventInternational Symposium on Field Monitoring in
- Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20227 Sept 2022
Conference number: 11


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Field Monitoring in
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Geotechnical instrumentation
  • Construction monitoring
  • Urban excavation work


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