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Journal of Applied Geodesy

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Volume 10, Issue 1


Design and Implementation of a Modern Automatic Deformation Monitoring System

Towards an Open Source Software Platform for Geodetical and Geotechnical Measurements

Philipp Engel
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Published Online: 2016-03-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jag-2015-0024


The deformation monitoring of structures and buildings is an important task field of modern engineering surveying, ensuring the standing and reliability of supervised objects over a long period. Several commercial hardware and software solutions for the realization of such monitoring measurements are available on the market. In addition to them, a research team at the University of Applied Sciences in Neubrandenburg (NUAS) is actively developing a software package for monitoring purposes in geodesy and geotechnics, which is distributed under an open source licence and free of charge.

The task of managing an open source project is well-known in computer science, but it is fairly new in a geodetic context. This paper contributes to that issue by detailing applications, frameworks, and interfaces for the design and implementation of open hardware and software solutions for sensor control, sensor networks, and data management in automatic deformation monitoring. It will be discussed how the development effort of networked applications can be reduced by using free programming tools, cloud computing technologies, and rapid prototyping methods.

Keywords: Automatic Deformation Monitoring; Engineering Surveying; Software Development; Open Source; Rapid Prototyping


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Received: 2015-11-19

Accepted: 2015-12-07

Published Online: 2016-03-31

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Citation Information: Journal of Applied Geodesy, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 79–85, ISSN (Online) 1862-9024, ISSN (Print) 1862-9016, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jag-2015-0024.

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