(Collecting) Data alone is not enough, information matters. Global trends like digitization or construction 4.0 demand cutting-edge monitoring technologies that go beyond conventional data collection by providing target group-oriented information. These rapid, recent developments hold considerable potential for various application fields. The research area MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES focuses on satellite and drone technologies, geotechnical measurement techniques and geophysical methods.


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Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, drones) have evolved rapidly for numerous areas of application in recent years. Particularly the use of latest sensor techniques open up intriguing possibilities in the field of deformation analysis. The aim of DefDrone3D is to develop a drone-based monitoring system to semiautomatically detect and analyse deformations.

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PROJECT AlpSenseBench


AlpSenseBench is a one-year benchmark pilot study in four alpine regions (Bavaria, Tyrol, Salzburg, South Tyrol). It investigates high-availability remote sensing systems for early-warning of natural hazards in particularly climate-sensitive alpine regions. Due to its preventive character AlpSenseBech contributes significantly not only towards risk reduction, but also towards cost reduction of climate change related natural hazards. AlpSenseBench aims at the anticipation of natural hazards and the real-time warning of critical objects around infrastructures.

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P-SWARM is a project aimed at generating photogrammetric data more efficiently by employing multiple drones flying in swarm mode instead of just one. We are currently developing a swarm box, comprising five UASs, for a smart and fast swarm data generating process. It allows for three different acquisition modes and real swarm communication and is adjusted to a DEM in order to ensure a precise flight, even in high alpine and other challenging environments.

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SeisRockHT detects and analyzes seismic signals caused by high-alpine rockfall. For this purpose, seismic monitoring networks, designed for continuous, all year operation, are installed at the Sonnblick and at the Open Air Lab Kitzsteinhorn. At both sites, seismic monitoring is integrated into long-term monitoring infrastructure that delivers valuable complementary data.


Changing water contents of ground moraines and till significantly affect their mechanical properties and stability. Data on pore water changes are therefore of particular importance to tunneling projects and engineering geology. The main goal of MoistureMonERT is the development of a 2D ERT monitoring (Electrical Resistivity Tomography) for pore water that goes beyond 1D spot measurements.