The Geo-Institute of ASCE is pleased to present the 7th International Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics. The conference will be held in Boston, Massachusetts during September 24-27, 2007. It will showcase professionals, equipment, methods, and organizations associated with making field performance measurements to help manage risks in the design, construction and operation of engineered facilities. The 7th FMGM is expected to draw experts and practitioners from every continent and more than 40 countries who work in infrastructure, construction, mining, petroleum, and the geoenvironmental fields.
The program will include special lectures, technical presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, workshops and technical tours, as well as a parallel non-technical program. Please continue to visit this website to obtain updated information and to register your interest in participating.
FMGM symposia have been held every four years since 1983, in Switzerland, Japan, Norway, Italy, Singapore and Norway again. Information about these past six symposia, together with related information about geotechnical instrumentation, can be found on www.fmgm.no.
Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the Guest Program...
The Guest Program includes tickets to the following events:
Monday, September 24th
Orientation Breakfast - 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Presentation to be given by Park Plaza Concierge at 9:00 a.m.)
Meet and Mingle with other spouses and guests at this special kickoff breakfast. The Boston Park Plaza Concierge will be giving a brief presentation at 9:00 a.m. regarding the many wonderful shopping, touring and dining options available to you while visiting the area.
Welcome Reception - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the hors d'oeuvres and beverages as you meander through the many varied exhibits showcasing the latest technological advances in the industry.
Wednesday, September 26th
Closing Banquet - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy and evening of food, drink and entertainment while enjoying the company of old friends and new acquaintances.
Also, guests may elect to join the New England Cultural Tour which will explore the beauty and splendor of the area's fall foliage at an additional cost of $90 per ticket, book soon as space is extremely limited.
Dear potential FMGM 2007 participants,
As Chair of the Organizing Committee and on behalf of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, I invite you to join us for the 7th International Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, USA September 24-27, 2007. We have a great program lined up for you and your companion(s). The three-day technical program is filled with presentations on applications of instrumentation to measure field performance, recent research into new instrument types and new applications, what we can expect from technological advances in the near future, and quantifying the benefits of monitoring systems. We have invited several speakers who are spearheading new developments in monitoring technology to demonstrate what is possible with today’s tools. We also have more than 160 accepted abstracts for papers and presentations at the conference. And, of course, there will be exhibits by those who provide us with the quality products we use to monitor instrumentation. Boston offers many opportunities for your companions to fill their days. These include walking and driven tours of our beautiful city, several world-class museums, lots of historical sites important to the early history of the United States, major universities, shopping, and sports. Boston has great public transportation facilities and many tour operators. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is a recently renovated, beautiful, old European style hotel with a marvelous banquet hall. It’s located in the center of Boston with close access to the subway system. We’re working hard to deliver a closing banquet on Wednesday night with the warmth and good fun of that in Oslo four years ago. For those of you seeking more hands-on experiences, we have organized optional pre- and post-conference activities. The pre-conference activities consist of workshops offered on Sunday by leading authorities in their fields on various topics related to geotechnical instrumentation. These are designed with home materials that will help you put what you’ve learned to productive use. The post-conference activities consist of organized tours in the New England area on Thursday and in New York City on Friday. Each day will have a technical tour and a general interest tour. Late September is the time of gorgeous fall colors in New England and the weather is mostly delightful. I hope to welcome you in person to Boston in late September.
W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., P.E.
Tracks & Topics
The topics span the globe in the geotechnical profession making this a truly international conference that will focus on the following themes and topics:
Theme 1 - Case Studies:
The role of field measurements in problem-solving, research, safety assessment, risk assessment and improving the design of civil engineering structures and works.
• Case histories and monitoring applications
• Instrumentation for innovating design
• Instrumentation and geo-hazards
Theme 2 - State-of-the Art and Future Trends:
The latest in measurement technology, equipment, communication methods, data management and interpretation, and visions for future development.
• Analysis and presentation software
• Automated Total Stations
• Avoiding electromagnetic interference (EMI)
• Capabilities and limitations
• Data acquisition systems
• Databases and data management systems
• Early warning systems
• Emerging new technologies
• Fiber optic sensors
• Future trends and needs
• Geotechnical, structural, geodetic, environmental and geophysical instrumentation methods and equipment
• Global Positioning Satellite Systems (GPS)
• Internet applications
• Performance, cost and reliability data
• Problems and pitfalls
• Protecting equipment against damage during electrical storms
• Real-time monitoring
• Remote monitoring, wireless systems
Theme 3 - The Business Side of Instrumentation:
Demonstrating and quantifying the benefits of field measurements to project management teams, owners, engineers, contractors, regulators and insurers.
• Benefits of instrumentation to owners
• Benefits of monitoring to engineers
• Benefits of monitoring to contractors
• Role of instrumentation in risk management