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Report 3rd JISDM 2016

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Participants of the JISDM 2016

The 3rd Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring (JISDM) was held at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria, from 30th March to 1st April 2016 organized by the Research Group Engineering Geodesy of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation. It follows the more than 40 years old tradition of the FIG Symposium series on Deformation Measurements and of the IAG Symposium series on Geodesy for Geotechnical and Structural Engineering expressing the tight collaboration between these two geodetic organizations. The symposium is the most important geodetic meeting worldwide dealing with the topics on geodetic monitoring and deformation analysis. During the three-day-long meeting the entire spectrum of deformation studies was covered. One aim of the symposium was to reflect contributions from different fields of geodesy and geomatics, like engineering geodesy, spatial geodesy, photogrammetry and remote sensing. Around 150 participants from 25 countries attended the successful conference.

The program of the oral presentations was structured in two parallel tracks including 82 oral and nine poster presentations. The topics related to core methodological, technical and practical achievements in the field of deformation monitoring. Highlights of the conference programme included the discussion of scientific progress related to the monitoring of different natural and anthropogenic measuring objects, such as ground subsidence, landslides, glacier movements, bridges, tunnels or wind turbines. The latest methodological developments at theoretical level, modern sensors and measurement technologies as well as applications on man-made structures and natural objects were contents of the conference program. Areal monitoring techniques, GNSS and fibre-optics for deformation measurements, quality analysis of geodetic networks and time series, modern approaches to structural and geo-monitoring were only some examples. The program also included two sessions dealing with “Novel Approaches for Absolute Distance Measurements”. The respective talks were given by members of the EURAMET project “Metrology for long distance surveying”. In the opening two keynote speeches were given dealing with the role of deformation monitoring in the current global practice of structural health monitoring and lifecycle management of assets presented by Helmut Wenzel from Vienna Consulting Engineers and the use of the Leica GeoMoS monitoring software package presented by Michael Rutschmann from Leica Geosystems. Furthermore, Wolfgang Niemeier fromTU Braunschweig gave a laudation for Heribert Kahmen from TU Wien showing is lifetime achievements in the field of engineering geodesy.
For the first time, the authors had the opportunity to apply for a peer-review process. 23 papers successfully passed the review process. Ten of these reviewed papers have been selected for a special issue of the Journal of Applied Geodesy, which was published as issue No. 1 of Volume 10. In addition, authors were given the possibility to submit revised versions of their papers for a second special issue of the Journal of Applied Geodesy as well as for the Journal of Applied Geomatics. Also, in recognition of early-carrier scientists’ efforts to keep on excelling, the organizing committee awarded a paper prize to the best student presentation.
Due to the great success of the conference it was decided to hold the 4th JISDM in two years. The organizers will announce soon the location and time for the next edition.
Hans Neuner
Günther Retscher
Vassilis Gikas