Automatic deformation monitoring for road and rail

Automated deformation monitoring: The key to keeping roads and rail safe

When roads or railways pass through landslide-prone areas, the consequence of collapse is very real for people and communities in the area. There is the potential for catastrophic loss of life or inaccessibility for local areas. To prevent this, GeoLidar’s automated deformation monitoring can provide an early-warning system for landslides, subsidence or other structural defects in your road or rail infrastructure. 

Current deformation monitoring methods are often slow, difficult and imprecise manual surveying or automated total station monitoring. This data is often corrupted by passing cars and pedestrians and only measures separate points or prisms rather than the entire surface. That is why our automatic deformation monitoring solution for road and rail provides continual assessment of the ground levels. This provides real-time updates and safety assurance for your road or rail project. 

Why GeoLidar for automatic deformation monitoring?


GeoLidar monitoring can detect dangerous situations early, so they can be avoided before they occur.


The scanning occurs in real time, so there is never a need to operate on outdated data.


Monitoring can produce a data-rich 3D map and store it for future assessments.

Deformation Monitoring for Roads

GeoLidar provides reassurance in deformation monitoring for roads. Through AI, the cars, weather impacts and other road traffic are removed from the data, allowing a precision focus on ground monitoring. 

Its robust but compact design allows it to be set up and deployed quickly, meaning you can establish rapid and effective road deformation monitoring after an event. Data transmits to a secure cloud and can be accessed instantly through any enabled device. 

In addition to road deformation monitoring, GeoLidar can monitor up-slope to identify ground or rock movements. 

Deformation Monitoring for Rails

Deformation monitoring plays an essential role in assessing the structural safety of rail infrastructure. GeoLidar monitors real-time changes in the track alignment using the high-speed LiDAR, creating a dense point cloud photomap of the railway. 

It repeats monitoring automatically, showing either movement of embankments upslope or downslope of the track, but also of the flat cutting in the slope as well. This continual monitoring can provide rail owners and operators with the technical data to assess the level of risk to the asset or local communities. 

In addition to rail deformation monitoring, GeoLidar can monitor up-slope to identify ground or rock movements. 

GeoLidar automatic deformation monitoring 

GeoLidar software on laptop

GeoLidar provides an automated solution for landslide and subsidence monitoring. By combining LiDAR and artificial intelligence, it can reveal ground movements to millimetre-scale precision. GeoLidar offers a breakthrough solution in real-time deformation monitoring.

Learn more about GeoLidar.

Contact us for a free demo


GeoLidar is an Australian-made, patent-pending innovation from customer-led research and development house Geobotica.  

Brisbane-based Geobotica works with industry partners to develop world-leading sensors, software and AI solutions for industry. 

Learn more about innovation at