The Monitoring & Instrumentation Committee (MIC) of DFI Europe has the objective to support DFI members in concern of risk management where monitoring and instrumentation has added value.

Work of the committee

A study by the committee showed that there are already several existing (national) guidelines. They all have their strength and limitations and their focus may vary a little per country due to local regulations, but the main question remains what the value is for a new guideline. More likely it will create more confusion then overview.

Larger companies (consultants, contractors, clients) are already quite familiar with the benefits of geotechnical monitoring and do not really need a new guideline in how to design and effectively apply sophisticated geotechnical monitoring systems.

 Therefore the aim of the MIC is to focus on smaller organizations that are not familiar in detail with monitoring and instrumentation. The MIC wants to create a tool which helps them to understand the benefits of geotechnical monitoring and provide them information about where to find the right parties and equipment to meet the demanded monitoring requirements.

 Monitoring and instrumentation benefits are for example :

  • Risk control during construction stage;
  • Costs reduction in design and construction(taken limitation of geotechnical aspects into account).
  • Prevent of unnecessary delays in construction work
  • Increasing general awareness of geotechnical risks and possibilities of monitoring.
  • The cost of monitoring compared to the cost of failure and/or the savings that can be achieved, play a role in the work of the committee. DFI members benefit from the shared knowledge by the MIC on monitoring and instrumentation within their process of risk management.


MIC provides a web-based information platform accessible for DFI members. Main content of the platform is:

  • An introduction as a guideline to risk awareness and the role monitoring has in this aspect. The working title is “Using monitoring to maintain control in ground engineering
  • Overview of existing European codes and guidelines with concentrated information of the reviewed documents.
  • Case studies for visualizing concepts as “best practices” and “lessons learned”

 The target group of the output of MIC are all DFI members. Both managers and technical audience should be addressed in the output at: Clients, Contractors, Engineers.


The MIC members are a group of volunteers working as professionals in the field geotechnical monitoring and instrumentation. The committee is open for more members who are willing to give a contribution to achieve our goals. Progress of the committee is being coordinated in regular meetings. The MIC works from a European perspective and shares know-how within DFI committees worldwide and reports to the Board of DFI Europe.

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