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Priming the industry: innovation in earthworks monitoring, Warrington

  • Lecture
  • Warrington
  • 09 October 2019
  • 18:30 - 20:30
Priming the industry: innovation in earthworks monitoring, Warrington

About this event

The increasing number and severity of failures in flood defences, transportation and utilities earthworks – predominantly due to extreme weather and ageing assets – has driven the development of a new geophysical ground monitoring system called PRIME (Proactive Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation).

PRIME is an innovative new monitoring system designed to deliver non-intrusive imaging of geotechnical assets and provide valuable insight into sub-surface processes for improved asset management and risk mitigation.

Developed by the British Geological Survey (BGS), PRIME combines geophysical ground imaging technology, remote data acquisition and web-based data visualisation with intelligent monitoring, to develop the basis of a new generation of ‘smart’ earthworks technology, capable of imaging the internal physical condition of infrastructure earthworks, whilst simultaneously monitoring ground movements.

This is a joint ICE North West and the North West Geological Society event.


Professor Jonathan Chambers

Jonathan leads the BGS Geophysical Tomography Team, which specialises in the development of new geophysical technologies and applications. His research has a strongly applied and industrial focus, and is concerned with geophysical, geotechnical and environmental survey and monitoring methodologies, and their application to engineering geology, groundwater, mining and slope stability problems.

He has a long track record of leading geophysical R&D projects with a range of partners, including UK government and research councils, universities, and private sector organisations from the minerals, engineering and environmental sectors.

He is a Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange Fellow for Infrastructure and an honorary professor at the University of Bristol. He is also a Chartered Geologist with a PhD in Applied Geophysics, an MSc in Industrial Mineral, and a BSc (Hons) in Geology. He has 20 years research experience in the area of engineering geophysics, with 60 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 100 papers at international scientific and industry conferences.

Event venue

Birchwood Park Conference Centre
Birchwood Park
Warrington WA3 6AE
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lauren Moczulski

e: [email protected]