A new wireless MEMS-based system for real-time deformation monitoring

Tarek Abdoun, Victoria Bennett

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Geotechnical instrumentation using Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are relative newcomers to this conservative industry. This article aims to describe a new MEMS-based system for in situ deformation and vibration monitoring. After an introduction to the design and methodology of this system, some of the questions surrounding the use of MEMS sensors will be addressed, including temperature sensitivity, long-term stability and relative cost. Methods of installation and retrieval will also be briefly described. Finally, a description and validation of recorded field data from an instrumented unstable slope in California will be presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalGeotechnical News
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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