As 5th forum in this series of events, the theme of this forum is “Monitoring and Early Warning of Geological Disasters”. During the forum, 20 well-known scholars and experts around the world are invited to give presentations on up-to-date research findings, new research and specific challenges in the monitoring of geo-engineering, and the short courses on the sensing technologies are held. In addition, this forum is also a platform for the information release and the exchange of new technologies and products among related suppliers, industry companies. Equally importantly, the forum is an opportunity for the enterprises and institutions to seek technological support or establish cooperation, by which to develop and extend the application of distributed sensor-based monitoring technology in geo-engineering monitoring.
The 5th OSMG-2012 proceedings have 9 invited papers, 37 original English papers, 13 original Chinese papers and 27 technological papers, which reflect the current status of research and development in distributed fiber optic sensing network technologies both in China and other countries. We anticipate that these contributions will develop the application of these technologies to geotechnical engineering monitoring and enhance the technological level of their practical use.
Special thanks are due to the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Nanjing University, Suzhou Key Lab. of Distributed Monitoring in Infrastructure for the financial support and the facilitation to this forum. Great acknowledgments are also made to all the staffs and the graduate students at CEMOES of Nanjing University, Nanjing University High-tech Institute at Suzhou, Suzhou Nanzee Sensing Technology Co.Ltd for their endeavors during the preparation of this forum. The following agencies are appreciated for their enthusiastic encouragement and cooperation: China National Group, International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG); International Society for Structural Health Monitoring (ISHMII); International Society of Environmental Geotechnology (ISEG); Key Laboratory of Geological Environment Monitoring technology of MLR; FibrisTerre GmbH of Germany; 41st Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China and Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Without the efforts made by these organizations and individuals, it would be impossible to maintain the continuity of this important series of events. Finally, many thanks to the reviewers of all submitted papers and evaluation experts of the excellent papers for their efforts and time.
Prof. Bin Shi
On behalf of Organizing Committee
Oct. 1, 2014