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October 01, 2014
Predicting landslides with light
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 30, 2014
Optical fiber sensors are used around the world to monitor the condition of difficult-to-access segments of infrastructure-such as the underbellies of bridges, the exterior walls of tunnels, the feet of dams, long pipelines and railways in remote rural areas. Now, a team of researchers in Italy are expanding the reach of optical fiber sensors "to the hills" by embedding them in shallow trenches within slopes to detect and monitor both large landslides and slow slope movements. The team will presen ... read more

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