Infrastructure Monitoring

SMART infrastructure monitoring

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The SMART Infrastructure Facility’s research into Continuous, Real-Time Monitoring (CRTM) helps prevent serious accidents and plays a key role in reducing the maintenance costs of critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, energy and water supplies.

CRTM monitors critical infrastructure assets in real-time and can alert authorities to possible problems, such as ground movements and even rainfall above thresholds where ground movements may occur. The system also records continuous data streams which can be used for further research to better assess the stability of embankments, landslides and cuttings. The continuous data allows a far better understanding of the mechanisms and relationships between the various parameters monitored as opposed to the more common periodic monitoring.

CRTM enables informed risk management and decision making, including identification of a potential landslide and priority areas and allow prioritisation of sites which require inspection and or maintenance.

SMART in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences has continuous monitoring systems in place at 22 sites nationally with more sites scheduled for completion. The systems are capable of detecting small ground movements in real time, so managers have real-time awareness of small movements which may potentially develop into larger displacements.

The SMART Infrastructure Facility is currently expanding its work in Continuous, Real-Time Monitoring of infrastructure facilities.

SMART expertise

The Landslide Research Team within SMART has been actively involved in landslide research for over thirty years. They are extending their activities from monitoring landslide to also monitoring critical infrastructure assets and parameters such as ports, bridges, culverts, rainfall, temperature, flood waters, electricity quality monitoring, energy management, water supplies and many other such needs.


SMART has a number of ongoing landslide projects to monitor critical infrastructure with industry partners. These partners include: Wollongong City Council; NSW Roads and Traffic Authority; RailCorp NSW; Geelong City Council and Mineral Resources Tasmania.

There are twenty two such sites currently being monitored, and more are under consideration. In the near future, SMART plans to greatly expand its Continuous, Real-Time Monitoring to hundreds and then thousands of sites across Australia.

For more information

Dr Phil Flentje
SIM Project Manager, Engineering
Geologist and Senior Research Fellow

Last reviewed: 2 July, 2013