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Online Training: Geospatial Site Appraisal – LiDAR, Optical and InSAR data sets for engineering geological and geomorphological investigation

10 November 2021
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Chartership, Contributes to CPD, Virtual event, Online Training
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This course is aimed at practicing engineering geologists and geoenvironmental engineers involved with desk studies, site characterisation and ground model development. It will provide an overview of geospatial site appraisal and introduce the variety of digital data sets that are available for such assessments. Topics covered will include the use of LiDAR data, optical imagery and data acquisition platforms, and InSAR (Radar) techniques and applications.


David Giles

Dr David Giles is Card Geotechnics Ltd’s Technical Director and Digital Imagery Consultant with over 35 years’ experience in academia and the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics industry. His experience includes 28 years lecturing and researching in Engineering Geology at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Giles is an active member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London, a past Chair and an active member of Geological Society Working Parties including UK Geological Hazards, which he chairs and the Engineering Geology and Geomorphology of Glaciated and Periglaciated Terrains.

Philippa Mason

Dr Philippa Mason received her MSc from UCL and PhD from Imperial College London and has been a Fellow of the GeolSoc for 20+ years. She is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Earth Science & Engineering at Imperial College London. Philippa is a professional field geoscientist and a specialist in remote sensing, with ca 30 years of academic and commercial experience; having begun her career in engineering site investigation. Her research interests lie in the application and development of EO techniques (particularly InSAR) in geohazards and exploration, on Earth and other planets. She is a member of the Engineering Scale Geology Research Group (ESGRG) whose research activities are focused on the development of InSAR tools for the measurement of small-scale ground deformation in urban and rural settings. She is co-leader of Imperial College London’s newly established Earth Observation Network and is a Trustee and Director of the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society.

Richard Ghail

Prof. Richard Ghail is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences of the Royal Holloway University of London and is a Chartered Geologist. Richard specializes in intra-plate tectonics on Earth and Venus uses radar interferometry (InSAR) to measure fault movements on exceedingly small scales of millimetres per year. He applies the technology to monitoring the surface effects of engineering in the ground and to understanding impact of intra-plate deformation on civil engineering infrastructure, particularly tunnels. He founded the Engineering Scale Geology Research Group to develop these ground investigation techniques and advance their study. Richard proposed Envision and led the ESA science study up to its selection. The mission will apply many of the InSAR technologies and techniques developed for ground engineering to characterise and measure geological activity on Venus.


11.00 – 11.30    Introduction to the context, scope and objectives of the day. Some comment on the needs of the community, the regulatory backdrop for civil engineering / site investigation and the advantages provided by EO/remote sensing technologies. Reference to the slow uptake of these technologies and our perception that some encouragement/assistance is needed to facilitate uptake.

10 minutes break

11.40 – 12.20    LiDAR and applications (from ground & airborne platforms, covering techniques, data and case studies illustrations)
10 minutes break

12.30 – 13.00    Questions and discussion

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch break

14.00 – 14.40    Optical imaging and applications (mainly Very High Resolution, from UAV and satellite platforms, covering techniques, data and case studies illustrations)

10 minutes break

14.50 – 15.30    InSAR and applications (operationally from satellite platforms with comment on UAV potential, covering techniques, data and case studies illustrations)

15.30 – 16.00    Questions and discussion


Registration will close 24 hours before the event takes place.

We can offer bespoke discounts on group registrations of 5 or more. Please email to enquire.


This event will be held virtually.

Delegates will receive joining instructions the day before it takes places.

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Registration rates

£ 140.00
£ 220.00

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