John Dunnicliff

Co-Director of the course

John is a self-employed consulting engineer, specializing in geotechnical and structural monitoring. He has taken the lead role in teaching more than 100 continuing professional development (continuing education) courses on this subject.

He is author of the 1988 and 1993 book “Geotechnical Instrumentation for Monitoring Field Performance“.

In 2010 he was awarded Distinguished Membership of the American Society of Civil Engineers, with the citation: “For pre-eminent leadership in the field of geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring and for his long and distinguished career as a specialty consultant dedicated to the improvement of geotechnical practice”

Paolo Mazzanti

Organizer and

Co-Director of the course

Paolo Mazzanti (MSc in Geology and PhD in Earth Sciences) is Professor of Remote Sensing at the Department of Earth Sciences of “Sapienza” University of Rome and CEO of NHAZCA S.r.l., spin-off of“Sapienza” University of Rome. Paolo is the organizer and scientific leader of several international courses including the annual “International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring” that, in the last 5 years, attracted more than 550 people from 50 countries and 50 partners.
Paolo is responsible of consulting projects concerning tunnels, oil & gas, dams, open mines, large transportations infrastructures and landslides for National and International firms and agencies, in 10 countries. Paolo is member of the TRB (Transportation Research Board) Engineering Geology Committee and of the informal FMGM (Field Measurement in Geomechanics) committee and associated with several scientific associations (e.g. ISHMII, AIGA).
Paolo tutored and co-tutored more than 30 MSc and PhD theses in Engineering Geology, Civil Engineering and Remote Sensing and has been invited lecturer at several International Universities and Research Centers (e.g. Italy, France, UK, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Germany, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Belgium).
Paolo is author of about 100 scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings concerning the following topics: a) engineering geology (landslides, subsidences, settlements, snow avalanches); b) geological remote sensing; c) geotechnical and structural monitoring; d) monitoring by ground based and satellite radar; e) monitoring of civil structures and infrastructures, including cultural heritages; f) geotechnical assets management.

John Burland


John Burland is Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College London. In addition to being very active in teaching and research, he has been responsible for the design and monitoring of many large ground engineering projects world-wide.
He was London Underground’s expert witness for the Parliamentary Select Committees on the Jubilee Line Extension and has advised on many geotechnical aspects of that project, including ensuring the stability of the Big Ben Clock Tower.  He was a member of the Italian Prime Minister’s Commission for stabilising the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Luigi Carrarini


Luigi Carrarini, graduated in Electrotechnical Engineering at "Sapienza" University of Rome, is Head of Infrastructure Technology and Systems, part of the Operation and Territorial Coordination Direction of ANAS SpA. Other positions in ANAS include: "Smart Road" project manager; tunnel telecontrol system project manager; head of technological systems on a road network of 26000 km; responsible for design of technological systems applied to road infrastructure for exceptional maintainance and for new projects; responsible for the administrative and technical activities for the monitoring of the application of 54/2004/EC and Dlgs 264/06 "Minimum Safety Requirements for Tunnels in the Trans-European Road Network"; responsible for energy efficiency of road infrastructure operations.
He has been member of CEI (Italian Electrotechnic Commitee) SC64C for the redaction of the new standard "Electrical installations in road and rail tunnels"; at present he is Vice-President of the TC-D5 "Road Tunnel", member of the TC B1 "ITS systems" and coordinator of the Task Force Smart Road of the TC B5 "Autonomous and connected driving", AIPCR Italy; board member of Fastigi foundation. In the past he was in charge of systems and installations security schemes in Italferr SpA, of the "Ferrovie dello Stato" group.

Daniele Inaudi


Dr. Daniele Inaudi received a degree in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). In 1997, he obtained his Ph.D. in civil engineering at the IMAC Laboratory of Stress Analysis of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In 2005, he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Switzerland. Daniele Inaudi is co-founder and CTO of SMARTEC SA and CTO of Roctest. Daniele Inaudi is author of more than 200 papers, five book chapters, a book on “Fiber Optic Methods for Structural Health Monitoring” and editor of a book on Optical Nondestructive Testing.

Werner Lienhart


Werner Lienhart is Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems (IGMS) at Graz University of Technology, Austria. At IGMS Werner and his team develop new geodetic and fibre optic sensors and operate several permanent monitoring installations of landslides and critical infrastructure objects like bridges, tunnels and water dams. 

Prior to his university position, Werner was product manager at Leica Geosystems at the headquarter in Switzerland. At Leica he was responsible for the development of the Galileo and GPS L5 capable receivers and the Leica imaging total stations. 

Werner has published more than 100 scientific publications, holds several patents and is Vice-President of the Austrian Geodetic Commission.

Thomas J. Matarazzo


Dr. Matarazzo’s research interests mobile sensor networks, intelligent infrastructure, data-driven condition assessments, vehicular sensor networks, and automated management protocols for structural systems. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University. He acquired an NSF EAPSI research fellowship, then a Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences postdoctoral fellowship, which funded his research on post-earthquake sensing systems at Kyoto University in Japan. He has over twenty publications including six first-author journal articles. He is a recipient of several awards, most recently Microsoft AI for Earth. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab where he is leading an interdisciplinary research team to better understand how crowdsourced smartphone data from vehicle trips can provide bridge information. In addition he is a Visiting Scholar at Cornell Tech working with autonomous vehicle technologies.

Daniel Naterop


Graduated in 1978 in Civil Engineering at the Technical University Rapperswil, Switzerland, Daniel participated in large infrastructure civil engineering projects (Tunnels, pipelines, large structures).

After working in one of the leading Swiss contractor for special civil engineering (exploration drilling, ground anchors, grouting, foundation engineering), Daniel worked for Solexperts AG, Switzerland for over 30 years. There, he was manager of the department of geotechnical monitoring and project responsible for the development of different monitoring systems for the GeoMonitor, automatic data acquisition and monitoring system, and for, the web-based data visualisation WebDAVIS.

Since 2013, Daniel is Sisgeo’s area manager for Northern Europe. In this position, he acts as project manager and consultant for geotechnical monitoring projects in Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. Furthermore, he gives technical support at Sisgeo for research and development of systems and system application of borehole instrumentation.

Since beginn 2018 Daniel is CEO of Huggenberger AG, the Swiss company within the Sisgeo-group specialized in concrete dam monitoring. 

Daniel was and currently is lecturer for geotechnical instrumentation at seminars, conferences, courses and workshops around the world. Daniel has published more than 30 scientific publications.

Alex Neuwirt


Mr. Neuwirt is the founder and President of Canary Systems and has over 25 years of hardware and software development experience in the field of instrumentation technology and data acquisition and control. He has developed in whole or part many types of instrumentation programs including the sensors and hardware and software products for use in the field of data acquisition, including dataloggers, signal conditioning products for numerous types of instruments with a specialty in vibrating wire instrumentation, and software such as our MultiLogger software. His areas of expertise also include system integration and communications, whether wired or wireless.

Hans-Jürgen Nitzpon


Hans-Jürgen Nitzpon earned a degree in communications engineering from Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany and a Ph.D in physics from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Working for more than 25 years as an R&D manager for different organizations, Hans-Jürgen has acquired profound experiences in developing precision measurement equipment for ultrasound, acoustics and vibrational monitoring applications. He is the co-founder of SEMEX-EngCon developing and manufacturing vibration and seismic monitoring equipment. Being in close contact to numerous civil engineering customers Hans-Jürgen has gained considerable practical experience in installation, monitoring and analyzing vibrational data in construction and structural dynamics applications. He is also managing a funded research project with the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) for modal damage analysis of bridges.

Giorgio Pezzetti


Giorgio is an independent consultant with his Company SMAK s.a.s. He worked for ISMES, an applied research and service centre of ENEL (Italian Electricity Board) for almost 20 years, responsible of the geotechnical and structural monitoring units, being involved in many large and critical projects all over the world. In 2000 he established FIELD where he served as Technical Director and has continued his activity of system design, field assistance and data evaluation and management. Giorgio is a member of ISO TC 182 SC1 WG4, which is responsible for drafting European Standards on Geotechnical Monitoring.

Andrew Ridley


Andrew Ridley is the Managing Director of Geotechnical Observations Ltd (GeO), which he founded in 2000.  GeO specialise in the installation, reading, reporting and interpretation of geotechnical instrumentation. Andrew obtained his first degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 1984, followed it with a Masters Degree in Soil Mechanics from Imperial College London in 1988 and was awarded a PhD from Imperial College in 1993 for his work on “the measurement of soil moisture suction.”  He has served on the Advisory Panel for Geotechnical Engineering (the proceedings of the ICE), was on the Steering Committee for CIRIA 550 Infrastructure Embankments – Condition Appraisal and Remedial Treatment and represents FMGM (Field Measurements in Geomechanics) on the BGA committee.  He is also the UK representative on ISO/TC182/WG2, which is drafting International Standards for geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring. In 2016 he was awarded the John Mitchell Gold Medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers in recognition of his contributions to geotechnical engineering.

Tony Simmonds


Tony Simmonds is a Director at Geokon, Inc, Lebanon, NH, USA, a manufacturer of geotechnical instrumentation, where he has worked for over 35 years. He graduated from Portsmouth University, in the UK, in 1979 with an honors degree in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. He is responsible for Geokon’s network of overseas agents, representatives and system integrators and travels extensively to support them both on site and in commercially related matters.
Among the many projects in which he has been involved, some of the most notable include the Three Gorges Dam (China), the Petronas Twin Towers (KL, Malaysia), Itaipu Dam (Paraguay/Brazil), the Central Artery Project (Boston USA) and the Potzdamer Platz (Berlin, Germany).
Tony Simmonds is an active member of the TRB (Transportation Research Board), DFI (Deep Foundations Institute), ISSMGE (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering), and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers); and has spoken at numerous courses and presented papers at various symposia worldwide. 

Andrea Zattoni


Andrea Zattoni is a civil engineer. He graduated at Politecnico of Milano.

He started working at ISMES in 1991 in the monitoring department of the Geotechnical Division.

Andrea Zattoni has almost 25 years of experience in monitoring system related to dam safety, structure and hydro-geological hazard.

He worked in SISGEO for two years and after that in 2000 he joined Enel.Hydro where he worked as project manager till 2004.

In 2004 he was hired by CESI SpA in ISMES Division where he assumed the responsibility of Head of monitoring dept and acted as international project manager. Since 2016 is working as a resident engineer in Rio de Janerio for the ISMES Division of CESI SpA.

Along the years he managed as project manager several monitoring project related to dam, great civil structure, hydrogeological hazard and heritage building in Italy and abroad.

Main projects which Andrea Zattoni acted as Project Manager are: Khao Laem Dam integrated monitoring system (static, seismic and hdyro-meteorological) in Thailand, Itaipu Dam in Brazil and Paraguay including implementation of early warning system, Pisa Tower during the recovery tilting project, San Marco Bell Tower in Venice, Giotto Tower Bell in Florence, structural monitoring system of the Chernobyl Power Unit N. 4 collapsed after the accident in 1986, Landslide monitoring along the Black Sea Cost in Bulgaria, hydrometeorological monitoring network to detect the risk of avalanches along the Italian Alps.