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Eyes in the Heavens: Satellite Technologies for Remote Site Characterization

March 23, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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This presentation is based on the article ‘Eyes in the Heavens’ (Geostrata, 2017) with a very special theme: “Geotechnics at remote sites”. Installation and maintenance of instrumentation to monitor geotechnical projects in remote locations is usually more challenging than sites in urban areas. In this presentation, Dr. Zhangwei Ning will introduce the roles and applications of three different satellites for remote site monitoring with case studies. These are: telecommunication satellite for instrument remote control and wireless data transmission; GNSS satellite for high precision ground deformation monitoring, and earth observation satellite for large scale ground deformation monitoring.

Contact: Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina at zenon@tamu.edu

About Dr. Ning Zhangwei

Dr. Zhangwei Ning is a geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring expert and the technical manager with Sixense Group, USA. He received his B.S. and M.S degree from Tongji University in China and Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University in geotechnical engineering. His diverse academic and industry experience provides him with a multi-scale perspective in observing and studying soil behaviors: from microscale soil particle motions to macroscale massive ground movements in urban and natural environments. Since joining Sixense in 2013, an industrial leader in instrumentation and monitoring, he has participated in a wide range of complex projects, including: tunnel, deep excavation, bridge, dam, landfill, natural slope, etc. He is now the member of Deep Foundation Institute (DFI) testing & evaluation technical committee, leading a force task of developing a series of instrumentation and monitoring short courses. He is also an advocator of integrating state-of-the-art sensor and data technologies in civil engineering curriculum in the universities.



March 23, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


DLEB 702
College Station, TX United States