Automatic deformation monitoring

for slopes

Streamline your site monitoring

GeoLidar’s automatic deformation monitoring is a critical service in the construction and civil infrastructure industries. It is used to detect the early warning signs of a slope collapse and act before slope failure. 

This technology’s ongoing monitoring allows you to identify movement of the ground, as well as an embankment, a cutting, a dam wall, a tower or a mine or quarry slope. The changes in the speed of deformation allow you to understand if a slope is experiencing ongoing creep, settling towards stability, or accelerating towards collapse. 

Our continuous automatic deformation monitoring enables greater safety on site. Workers can be removed from the potential fall zone while action is taken to reinforce the structure.  

Furthermore, there are productivity benefits to GeoLidar.  For example, if there are concerns about the structural integrity but automatic deformation monitoring records no defects, operations can continue safely. 

Why GeoLidar for automatic deformation monitoring?


GeoLidar monitoring can detect dangerous situations early, so people can avoid them before they occur.


The scanning occurs in real time, so no ground movements can occur without your knowledge.

Monitoring can produce a data-rich 3D map that can be stored for future assessments.

An innovation in automatic deformation monitoring

Automatic deformation monitoring is conducted using our technologies to scan a hillside, cliff, or slope without the need for human intervention. It uses a camera and LiDAR to generate a map of all areas of the surface, as well as patent-pending algorithms to extract the monitoring surface from other objects in the scene – such as machinery, traffic, people, or vegetation. 

GeoLidar increases the accuracy and sophistication of automatic deformation monitoring to create a rich 3D model of the asset and help forecast the time of collapse. This removes the need for costly and slow manual surveying. It also creates a photorealistic, survey-grade 3D model of the scene and tracks the movement of the surface over time, so you can spend less time looking for disaster and more time preparing for and responding to it.

What sets GeoLidar apart: Deformation monitoring techniques

Current deformation monitoring techniques, the one you might be using for your project already, include manual readings taken from time-to-time by a surveyor – this is not real-time and only samples a small group of points, rather than whole-surface coverage.

You might already be using something better than that, however. The next step up is using an automatic total station, which improves the time-per-scan to several scans a day, but again only for a few individual points. Another option is InSAR monitoring from satellite, but it only offers monthly or weekly scans at best.

Ground based radar, such as Slope Stability Radar from GroundProbe, is the gold standard for deformation monitoring, but may not be affordable for all sites.

None of these technologies can automatically remove unwanted objects from the scene. 

GeoLidar model

GeoLidar changes this. 

It streams data in near-real-time, gives precise readings like ground-based radar (but at much shorter ranges), does full-surface coverage (and not just points like a survey system), and automatically removes “noise” using smart algorithms. It is small enough to fit in a backpack and can be easily moved into tight locations.

Contact us for a free demo of GEOLIDAR

GeoLidar is an Australian-made, patent-pending innovation from customer-led research and development house Geobotica.  Geobotica is partnered with GroundProbe to deliver GeoLidar for slope stability monitoring globally.

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

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