A Berkeley Short Course 

Monday & Tuesday  May 8-9,  2023 (LIVE) & Recorded

Where: Online via ZOOM platform

The course is scheduled for 2025. You can sign up to receive email updates about course developments:

why this course

The pace of technological innovation and scientific progress has led to new technologies to monitor civil infrastructure and the environment. These technologies provide, in many cases, unprecedented opportunities for sensing and understanding of the way civil infrastructure responds to natural hazards, environmental stressors such as climate change, and human activities. 

This 2-day online short course improves on previous versions of the course offered in January 2021, May 2021 and May 2022.  (see feedback here) and is expected to be offered once this year.  

The course will provide a review of some of these technologies that are about to, or are already impacting the way we design, maintain, or operate geo-infrastructure and the way we manage risk. The instructors have significant expertise in the technologies presented and will outline the principles of operation and the advantages and disadvantages, as well as share examples of projects and case histories where these technologies have been successfully implemented. 

Short Course Participant Survey Results 


Dimitrios Zekkos, PhD, PE 

University of California at Berkeley (short course lead)

Robert Kayen, PhD 

USGS and University of California at Berkeley (instructor)

Kenichi Soga, PhD, FREng, FASCE, FICE 

University of California (instructor)

Kenneth Johnson, PhD, CEG, PE 

WSP USA (instructor)

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to introduce a wide range of new technologies for geo-infrastructure monitoring and how they fit in a geotechnical engineer’s toolbox. Specific course objectives:

course outline

Part 1: Introduction and The Big Picture of Geotechnical Infrastructure Monitoring

Part 2:  New Technologies for geotechnical monitoring: Remote and non-contact Sensing

Part 3:  New Technologies for geotechnical monitoring: Embedded Sensing

Part 4:  Conclusion

Putting it all together–how to optimize your design using monitoring data


By registering to the course you can get the course content in two ways:

In addition, the course includes significant time for discussion and  consultations in joint rooms and break-out rooms with the instructors. 

AGENDA OF DAY 1 (download Agenda file here)

Note: Minor improvements/changes to the agenda may be made

DAY 1 – Monday May 8 2023

Part 1: Introduction and The Big Picture of Geotechnical Infrastructure Monitoring

8:00-8:15: Introduction – Welcome (Zekkos)

8:15-8:45: Why Monitor? (Soga)

 Part 2: New Technologies for geotechnical monitoring: Remote and non-contact Sensing

8:45-9:15: RTK GPS (Kayen)

9:15-10:15: LiDAR (Kayen)

10:15-11:15: UAVs (Zekkos)

 11:15-12:15 - 1 hr break – discussion - chat

 12:15-13:15: Optical data collection & Structure-from-Motion (Zekkos)

13:15-14:15: Case Histories with 3D Data Analysis (Zekkos)

14:15-14:45: Setting the threshold and limit levels of monitoring (Soga)

14:45-15:45 Case History Dive-in: Tunnel Monitoring 1 (Johnson)

15:45-16:15 Public Discussion (optional)

16:15-17:00 Office Hours & Consultations (in breakout rooms -optional)

AGENDA OF DAY 2 (download Agenda file here)

DAY 2 – Tuesday May 9 2023

8:00-9:00  Welcome. Public Discussion (optional)


Part 2: New Technologies for geotechnical monitoring: Remote and non-contact Sensing (Continued)

9:00-10:00: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) (Kayen)

10:00-10:30 : Case History: SAR application (Kayen)

10:30-11:15 UAV-based Infrared – Principles & Applications (Zekkos)

11:15-11:45 Case History Dive-in: The Edenville Dam Failure Characterization (Zekkos)


11:45-12:30 break – public Discussion


Part 3: New Technologies for geotechnical monitoring: Embedded Sensing

12:30-13:30 Fiber Optics and the role of distributed sensing (Soga)

13:30-14:00 Case History Dive-in:   Soil-pile interaction monitoring (Soga)

14:00-15:00 ShapeArray TM  (Johnson)

15:00-15:30 public Discussion

15:30- 16:30 Wireless sensor network (Soga)

16:30-17:00 Case History Dive-in:  Deep excavation and tunnel monitoring (Soga)


Part 4: Conclusion & Public Discussion

17:00-17:30 Putting it all together & Introduction to Digital Twins (Zekkos)

17:30-18:00 Public Discussion (optional)

18:00-19:00 Office Hours & Consultations (in breakout rooms -optional)

Monday May 15 2023 (A week later)

8:00-9:00: Open Discussion with Instructors

This session is optional and provide additional interactions with instructors for all short course participants who participated live (synchronous) or watched some of the session recordings (asynchronous) 



The cost of this two-day course is $985. A limited number of spots are available for students after coordination with the short course leader. 

A 10% reduction in cost is provided for 3-4 registrations and a 20% off for 5+ registrations (if paid at the same time during course registration).

Refund Policy: Course registration can be fully refunded based on requests made until April 24 2023 (two weeks before short course).


Registration deadline is May 5 2023, unless the course becomes fully-booked earlier. Please note that the previous two courses in 2021 and 2022 were fully booked before the deadline. We also do not expect to offer this course a second time in 2023. 


For questions related to this short course, please contact the short course leader Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos (