Digging Deeper: Geotechnical Monitoring Techniques Explained

Geological monitoring techniques are an integral part of construction, national infrastructure, and other significant projects around the world. Even after completion, geotechnical services are needed to maintain structural integrity.

Major players based in North America, the UK, and Europe lead construction projects around the world. Middle East nations (Saudi Arabia), as well as Asian regional leaders South Korea and Singapore, operate in geotechnical services, mainly focused on Pacific nations (Australia and New Zealand). Global market growth is visible even in South Africa and elsewhere in South America.

The Global Geotechnical Instrumentation And Monitoring Market

In 2021, the competitive landscape was estimated at 3.2 billion USD. In the forecast period of 2026-2030, the industry is expected to grow to reach some 5.1 billion USD.

Worldwide public and private infrastructure investments, science developments, and changing government regulations are responsible for this growth in market share.

In short, as urban areas grow and require more power and resources from surrounding rural and wilderness areas, infrastructure investments such as dams, hydroelectric stations, solar arrays, and wind-energy grids are becoming increasingly critical.

Major Solution Providers

Open up any monitoring market report and you’ll likely find a list of some of the major players in the industry. Looking at the services they provide can give you an overview of geotechnical monitoring techniques.

European Providers

Keller Group Plc. Is one of the oldest and based in London. They operate in three divisions. North America, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and the Asia/Pacific regions.

Gaiacomm Ltd. is an independent consulting and technical contracting company from Greece. They do case studies in the wind energy, geotechnical, and civil service sectors of the market. They also provide projects such as core drilling, grouting, anchoring, and tunnel excavation.

Geosig Ltd. is a Swiss manufacturer of seismometers, accelerometers, and other earthquake-monitoring instruments and software.

Geocomp Corporation was acquired by French Sercel’s Sensing and Monitoring division in 2022. Geocomp is based in the United States and provides infrastructure monitoring. Sercel will begin delivering its S-links and S-scan devices to the United States market in 2023.

North America Providers

Nova Ventures Group is a leading US-based provider of test and measurement instrumentation and sensor technology.

They also manufacture lab, field, and online analytical instruments and tools for the water, environment, medical, and industrial markets.

They provide flow monitoring services, geotechnical instruments, and materials and serve aerospace, automotive, oil, and gas, as a result of renewable energy markets.

S.W.Cole Engineering is based in the United States and specializes in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, inspections, and test boring exploration.

Enercorp Instruments Ltd. is a Canadian manufacturer and supplier of environmental instrumentation, temperature sensing, pressure sensing, and electrical current monitoring devices.

Other Providers

Geomotion Singapore specializes in geotechnical instruments, monitoring, data management, soil investigation, and laboratory services.

What Is Geotechnical Instrumentation And Monitoring?

Geotechnical engineering involves many devices and tools. Here is a short overview of some of the programs:


Used to determine liquid pressure by determining the height to which a column of liquid rises against gravity. It can also be used to measure groundwater pressure at a specific point and is necessary for well-drilling.


Also known as a clinometer, this instrument is designed to determine angles of slope, elevation, or depression and is used in landscaping projects as well as foundation construction.


A device used to measure the displacement of deformation in rock, soil, and concrete structures. Imperative for foundational work as well as monitoring concrete structures.

Crack monitors

A device also used to monitor how cracks in concrete structures expand over time so that steps can be taken to remedy the problem.

Telemetry devices

An array of telemetry devices that rely on satellites, computer systems, radar, and software to provide mapping and geological/geographic data points that can be used for geotechnical engineering applications.

Why Geotechnical Engineering and Monitoring Is Important

Take a hypothetical case study of a hydroelectric dam. These structures are built to last decades and can be maintained and upgraded over time.

Geotechnical engineering and monitoring techniques are needed at every stage of the dam life cycle as strict government regulations and requirements must be met for safety and reliability.

Amanda Kremer