[WEBINAR REPLAY] AGS (HK) Technical Seminar – Instrumentation and Monitoring: A Critical Link in Ground Engineering

This webinar took place on 28th Oct 2021 11:30
Duration: 1hr 15mins

On 4 November 2020, AGS(UK) held a Webinar entitled “Critical Links in Ground Engineering”.

The subject of the November webinar was Instrumentation and Monitoring (I&M), and is available for view by clicking HERE.

This webinar recording (completed for AGS Hong Kong) is a free summary of the presentations given in the November  2020 webinar, updated as necessary.

The webinar therefore:

  • Describes the scope and types of I&M and identify the role of I&M as a critical link in Ground Engineering.
  • Addresses the challenging issue of I&M data management.
  • Outlines the I&M situation in Australasia, based on a personal perspective on the challenges of I&M work in that region, and introduce a wider global dimension to the Webinar.
  • Tackles the subject of international standards for geotechnical monitoring, tracing their development and content to the present day. Standards currently in preparation, as well as those anticipated in the future, will be identified, as will be Technical Committees that have been formed to address I&M.
  • Identifies the UK’s strategy to develop training for installation and monitoring technicians which dovetails in with the development of Vocational Qualifications and compliance with the Standards. Wider issues of education, training and qualifications will also receive attention.
  • Provides details of the Aims of, and the Activities being undertaken by, the UK’s I&M Working Group.



Jonathan Gammon
Non-Executive Director and Advisor at Geotechnical Observations Limited

Jonathan Gammon is Non-Executive Director and Advisor at instrumentation and monitoring specialists Geotechnical Observations Limited. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Geologist with more than forty-five years of international construction experience working for consultants and contractors. His experience encompasses the design, specification, procurement, and implementation of instrumentation and monitoring, together with the acquisition, management, and interpretation of data. He is a UK Representative on the ISSMGE’s Technical Committee TC220 (Field Measurement in Geomechanics). At the end of 2019, he was responsible for establishing AGS(UK)’s Instrumentation and Monitoring Working Group (I&MWG), of which he is now Leader.

Jonathan was Geotechnical Design Manager and Resident Engineer for West Rail in Hong Kong during the period 1996 to 2002. He was subsequently Sub-Surface Design Manager for the Reference Design of Dublin Metro North in Ireland. In the UK, his experience includes Crossrail, Thameslink (Blackfriars Station Redevelopment), and the Northern Line Extension (for which he was the Expert Witness, Engineering at the Public Inquiry). He was Design Project Manager for the Bond Street Station Upgrade in Central London before working for more than two years on Phase One of the High Speed Two (HS2) railway between London and Birmingham. He retired from his position as Technical Director, Tunnelling and Geotechnics, at CH2M (now Jacobs) in August 2017.