The Poggio Baldi (FC, Italy) experimental monitoring site

The experimental monitoring site of the large Poggio Baldi Landslide was designed by the joint initiative of NHAZCA S.r.l., Spin-off of “Sapienza” University of Rome, Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna, the Municipality of Santa Sofia and the Department of Earth Sciences of "Sapienza" University of Rome 


On 2015, NHAZCA started the development of a field test where students, experts or citizens can improve their knowledge about landslide and geotechnical monitoring and see the available technologies, in the frame of one of the largest active landslides in Italy (about 4 Million m3), reactivated on March 2010. 


The accessibility of the site allowed the installation of different kind of remote sensing monitoring equipment (e.g. Laser Scanner and Photogrammetry) aiming to assess the residual hazard and to predict the future evolution of the slope system. 

Further implementations are also expected in the current year in order to make the Poggio Baldi experimental monitoring site an international reference site for testing and developing innovative monitoring techniques.


For the valorization and promotion of the site and for the improvement of the technological contents of the project, a field trip addressed to Geologists, Engineers, Surveyors, Architects and to all the people involved in the fields of surveying and monitoring, was organized on last 8th June 2015. 10 international leading manufacturers and providers of advanced monitoring equipment performed practical demonstrations and answered questions of the 115 participants coming from 9 different Countries in the frame of a unique “field fair” at international level.


Following the great success of the event, we are now organizing the second edition of the field trip that will be held on 10th June 2016 (again linked to the Third International Course on Geotechnical and Structural Monitoring). National and international experts will be available to show both the intervention protocols and the procedures for the installation of devices and data acquisition, by “contact” and “remote sensing” techniques.