EPICentre Seminars - Satellite-based assessment of buildings and infrastructure condition

13 September 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

EPICentre seminars

In this seminar, Dr Giorgia Giardina from Delft University of Technology discussed satellite-based assessment of buildings and infrastructure conditions.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Jonas Cels – UCL EPICentre / Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Ageing of infrastructure assets, their vulnerability to anthropogenic and natural hazards and the risks induced by the interaction between new underground infrastructure and the built environment are major challenges in the civil engineering field. The development of robust structural models to assess the building and infrastructure response to multiple hazards needs to be supported by validation through high-quality field data. While traditional monitoring requires in-situ measurements and trigger levels based on preliminary evaluation of vulnerable structures, very recent advances in Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) techniques enable remote monitoring over extensive areas, providing rapid and dense measurements with millimetre accuracy. This talk will address the potential and limitations of InSAR monitoring data for the assessment of building and infrastructure deformations.

Photo Credit: Macchiarulo, V, Milillo, P, Blenkinsopp, C, Giardina, G 2022

About the Speaker

Dr Giorgia Giardina

Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology

EPICentre seminars

Dr Giorgia Giardina is an associate professor in Geo-monitoring and Data Analytics, and a Vidi laureate at the Delft University of Technology. Prior to joining the TU Delft, Giorgia was a lecturer at the University of Bath, a visiting professor at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a research associate and a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and she was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. She is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) committee and the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH) committee. Giorgia’s research aims at increasing urban resilience through the evaluation of buildings and infrastructure vulnerability. By integrating remote sensing data, experimental testing and computational modelling, she analyses the response of existing structures to urbanisation, earthquakes and climate change effects.

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