Real-time structural health monitoring of landslides and geotechnical assets with ShapeAccelArrays

D. D. Dasenbrock, T. Abdoun, V. Bennett

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


As the impacts of failing geotechnical infrastructure become more apparent, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is now more commonly being applied to geotechnical assets: levees, earth dams, landslides, and foundation soils. In particular, real-time monitoring programs are now becoming considered essential for monitoring the performance, or identifying impending failure, of high-risk geosystems. This paper presents several case studies of real-time monitoring of embankments and slopes on Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) projects using MEMS-based in-place inclinometer, ShapeAccelArray (SAA), systems. Background on the SAA inclinometer-accelerometer array system is presented as well as observed project and performance benefits with respect to other displacement monitoring systems. Benefits of real-time monitoring and the larger concept of performance monitoring and SHM of geotechnical assets by remote sensing are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages10
Edition211 GSP
StatePublished - 2011
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2011Mar 16 2011

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number211 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


  • Landslides
  • Monitoring
  • Remote sensing
  • Structural behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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