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IAG Workshop on
Monitoring of Constructions and Local Geodynamic Processes
Wuhan University, PR China
May 22-24, 2001
Organized by
IAG Special Commission 4
Working Groups WG2 and WG3

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Department of Applied and Engineering Geodesy
Vienna University of Technology, Austria

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School of Geoscience and Surveying Engineering
Wuhan University, PR China

  1. Conference Programme

  2. Preliminary List of Sessions

  3. Conference Site

  4. Call for Papers

  5. Download: 1st Annoncement

  6. Contact Information

Conference Programme

Monitoring and system analysis of landslides, mudflows and rockslides has become of great importance, since the population of the world is increasing dramatically and, as in many cases, housing estates and industrial sites were erected without taking into consideration these geodynamic processes. In mountainous areas, for instance, as in the Alps in Europe, it is assessed that about 6 % of the country is affected by landslides. Along the Yangtze River, in the surrounding of the Three Gorges Dam Reservoir in China, e.g. about 120 landslides have to be monitored.

On the other hand, also continuous deformation monitoring of buildings and constructions is an important task for engineers. In the 20th century alone, the record height for a building or bridge span has increased by a factor of around 4. Quality control of these structures is a challenging task. The goals of the monitoring methods are the assessment of the structural behaviour (safety inspection), on the one hand, and improvement of maintenance (optimization of repair, early detection of damages), on the other. Instruments, used to monitor the motions, are often fixed to the object under motion. That means, their dynamic parameters change depending on the frequencies of the motions.

The goal of the two Working Groups WG2 and WG3 of IAG SC4 is to study dynamic monitoring methods, sensor systems and system analysis and models for quality control of large structures and landslides. Therefore also interdisciplinary collaboration will be necessary. The workshops intend to bring together experts and users from different fields, either from universities and other research institutions or from industry and engineering companies. The workshop will also provide the opportunity that researchers and experts from Europe can meet their colleagues from Asia in their related field. Therefore the workshop theme is


at the Wuhan University in China in May 2001.

Welcome to Wuhan 2001 !

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Preliminary List of Sessions

The technical programme will consist of oral presentations organized in the following sessions of the two working groups of the SC 4:

SC4 WG 2: "Dynamic Monitoring of Buildings and System Analysis"
SC 4 WG 3: "Monitoring of Local Geodynamic Processes and System Analysis".

The official language of the meeting is English. Apart from technical sessions on the first two days, there will be the opportunity to attend a sightseeing tour of the city Wuhan on the third day. This is also included in the registration fee. Guests may take a post symposium tour to the famous Three Gorges, but the cost is not included in the registration fee. The payment has to be made in cash at the conference registration desk.

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Conference Site

Information about Wuhan

Wuhan is geographically in the centre of China and is a major hub for transportation and communication. The city can easily be accessed by airplane, train, car and ship. As the capital of Hubei province, it is a large and beautiful metropolis. Famous sights are the Yellow Crane Tower, the Guiyuan Temple, the ancient Chu culture and the East Lake.

Conference Venue

The Foreign Guest Hotel of Wuhan University (in the campus of former WTUSM). The venue is conveniently serviced by public transportation and is close to the high-tech zone of Wuhan. The beautiful East Lake is in walking range. For more information, please visit

Wuhan University

Wuhan University is formed by four universities: former Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, Hubei Medical University. The campuses of the four former universities are adjacent. The new university has a high rank among all the universities of China. For more information, please visit

Post Symposium Tour

After the workshop there is the opportunity to attend a post symposium tour for 3 days to the Three Gorges. The tour is planned to visit the dam site and view the beautiful scenery in the Three Gorges area from a comfortable ship.

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Call for Papers

If you would like to present a paper at the conference, please send an extended abstract (250 - 300 words), including name(s), address, affiliation, fax and phone of authors, preferable by e-mail or also by fax.

Fax: +86 / 27 / 87884185
Abstract due date: January 31, 2001

Acceptance notification will be mailed by end of February. Camera ready papers will be published in the Journal of Geo-Spatial Information Science published by the Wuhan University. The paper format can be downloaded from this website.

Paper due date: April 30,2001
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Download: 1st Announcement

The 1st Annoncement and the guidelines for the paper format can be downloaded in pdf format:

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1st Annoncement (200 KB)

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Paper format (120 KB)

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Contact Information

Chairmen of the Organizing Committee:

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Prof. Zhenglu Zhang
Director of Institute of Engineering Surveying
Wuhan University
129 Luo Yu Road430079

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Dr. GŁnther Retscher
Department of Applied and Engineering Geodesy
Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics
Vienna University of Technology
Gusshausstrasse 27-29
A-1040 Wien


Secretary:    Prof. Jiming Guo, Wuhan University

Postal Address:

IAG Workshop on
Monitoring of Construction and Local Geodynamic Processes
Institute of Engineering Surveying
Wuhan University
129 Luo Yu Road 430079
Wuhan PR China
Tel.: +86 / 27 / 87885922 - 2401
Fax: +86 / 27 / 87884185


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© GŁnther Retscher.
Updated: 22. November 2000.