Authors: Burton, PM


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Burton, PM 2015, 'Instrumentation — the next generation needs an industry champion', in PM Dight (ed.), FMGM 2015: Proceedings of the Ninth Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 821-825,

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Consumer and industrial developments have led to the instrumentation of today, but how will we develop the instrumentation of tomorrow? Collaboration and connectivity in our profession is evident via the high participation of specialists at symposia such as Field Measurements in Geomechanics (FMGM) and via social media such as the Geotechnical and Structural Instrumentation and Monitoring (GSIM) group on LinkedIn. However, we do not have an international umbrella organisation, a specialist technical body that champions the cause of instrumentation. Such a body would allow our industry to best benefit from and harness advances and possibilities in technology. An international organisation would provide an excellent framework for the future. The paper reviews the current status and suggests scope and objectives for such an organisation.

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