2017.05 | Triggering and Motion of Landslides – Eduardo Alonso (Rankine Lecture – video)

Triggering and Motion of Landslides

57th Rankine Lecture

British Geotechnical Association

Dear colleagues, I would like to share with you the keynote lecture by Professor Eduardo Alonso, from the Universitat Politecnica of Catalunya (UPC).

Prof. Alonso has always been a leading figure in landslides and slope stability investigation. He has has won several medals, prizes and awards, and his achievements in civil Engineering are countless (e.g. he has been invited to multiple lectures and published more than 600 articles in international journals and conference proceedings), so I am not going to make you feel depressed with his astonishing achievements…

On a personal level, he has always been an example and guide to all his students in Engineering Geology and Civil Engineering in Barcelona, myself included.




2017.05 | 6th Interdisciplinary workshop on Rockfall Protection


I have been invited to participate as a member of the scientific committee on the 6th Interdisciplinary workshop on Rockfall Protection that will take place in Barcelona in May 2017. Previous RocExs workshops were held in rocky-active areas such as Japan (1999), France (2005), Switzerland (2008), Austria (2011) and Italy (2014). The workshop is being organized by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, on behalf of the Rockfall Expert Network and the Joint Technical Committee of the ISSMFE, ISRM and IAEG.

According to the workshop website, the following topics will be discussed:

    • Rockfall source identification and characterization
    • Rockfall inventory and/or mapping
    • Parameters’ characterization and tests
    • Hazard and risk analyses
    • Rockfall modeling
    • Monitoring and alert systems
    • Mitigation and protective measures
    • Large rockfalls and rock avalanches
    • Case histories

In addition, a one day filed trip in  Montserrat Mountain is also scheduled, covering following topics:

• Rockfall hazard and risk characteristics in Montserrat Mountain (Sanctuary and Natural Park) and singular rockfall recent events
• Rockmass monitoring (jointmetric sensors, TLS, Total station, GbSAR)
• Rockfall protection for access infrastructures (roads and rack railway) and buildings: stabilization works and protective fences

The website containing useful information is already online here: http://congress.cimne.com/rocexs2017/frontal/default.asp

Hoping to see you there!

All the best,


2015.04 | Short course | EGU 2015 |

Hello to everyone,

We will be presenting a Short Course at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly. The course is entitled “Use of 3D point clouds in Geosciences: Acquisition, Processing and Applications

DATE AND PLACE: Monday 13th of April, from 17:30 to 19:30 in room B7.  If you are a PhD student or an Early Stage Researcher, you are welcome to assist.


Introduction to course + speakers (AA+MJ) 5’
1. Short introduction to LiDAR sensors + photogrammetry (MHD) 15’ (20’)
2. Point cloud acquisition, pre-processing and available software (AA) 15’ (35’)
3. 3D geological mapping (FH) 15’ (50’)
——10 min. Pause —— 10’ (1h)
4. Rock structural characterisation (AG) 15’ (1h 15)
5. Monitoring:   Change detection + Deformation (DC) 15’ (1h 30)
6. Perspectives and discussion (AA) 15’ (1h 45)


Some other information can be found here: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/session/19506

2015.01 | Special Issue | Use of LiDAR and 3D point clouds in Geohazards

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to invite you to consider submitting a manuscript to this Special Issue:


Special Issue Information

Contributions aiming to use 3D point clouds for investigating natural phenomena (including ground deformation, landslides, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, soil erosion, etc.) that pose serious risks to human beings or infrastructures will be much appreciated in this special issue. We aim to put together innovative contributions about novel processing techniques and original applications of three-dimensional techniques in Geohazards. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel technologies or procedures for dynamic acquisition of 3D point clouds
  • New computational methods related with the monitoring of natural phenomena
  • Semi-automatic extraction of terrain features related with the characterization of geological hazard
  • Integration of very high quality data for improving the modeling of geohazards
  • Recent case studies: innovative analysis and interpretation of Geohazards
  • Use of three-dimensional systems in laboratory scale experiments (micro scale)
  • Improvements in regional mapping derived from high quality 3D data
  • Pioneering initiatives for the creation of 3D databases, web visualization and data sharing
  • Further related topics.


Guest Editors: Dr. Michel Jaboyedoff,  Antonio Abellan and Marc-Henri Derron

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2015


2014.12 | Invited Conference | AGU | San Francisco


I have good news!: I will perform an invited talk at the AGU conference at San Francisco this year.

The title of the conference is “Recent advances in analysis and prediction of Rock Falls, Rock Slides, and Rock Avalanches using 3D point clouds“, within the session of Greg Stock (Yosemite National Park), Brian Collins (U.S. Geological Survey) and Jeffrey Moore (University of Utah).

It will be an honor having the possibility to present our recent (and future) research there… so thanks to all the people that made this dream become possible! this will be one of the best Christmas present ever. Please take a look to the conference abstract here: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm14/meetingapp.cgi#Paper/2299


NH43B-08: Recent advances in analysis and prediction of Rock Falls, Rock Slides, and Rock Avalanches using 3D point clouds Thursday, 18 December 2014: 3:25

 Antonio Abellan1, Dario Carrea1, Michel Jaboyedoff1, Adrian Riquelme2, Roberto Tomas2, Manuel Jesus Royan3, Joan Manuel Vilaplana3 and Neal Gauvin4,


2014.10 – Guest Professor at Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt


I’ve been invited by my colleagues of Physical Geography Department – Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt to give some lectures at their institution (see their announcement here).

I will be there from October to December during a total period of four weeks.

Here I attach some data (DATA NO LONGER AVAILABLE, SORRY) that we will use for the courses of this week:

WEDNESDAY 26 Nov. Today we will learn some basics about CloudCompare for  3D point clouds visualization and tratment…. Then you will have some more time for applying this info to your own LiDAR or photogrammetric data

THURSDAY 27 November. Today we will be using Point Cloud free software for learning how to do comparison of 3D models for monitoring purposes..

Good luck and… enjoy!



2014.06 – EU Summer School on 3D techniques for landslide analysis and monitoring

Université Européenne d’Eté (UEE) 2014, N°1
en région Rhône-Alpes

16 au 20 Juin 2014 – Bernin, Grésivaudan (Isère)

 This June we had the pleasure to carry out a summer school on 3D techniques (LiDAR and photogrammetry) for landslide analysis and monitoring.

We have been sharing a very dynamic course with 30 motivated participants with very different backgrounds: some of them doing research, other working such as consultants, risk managers, etc.

Thanks to the organizers, teaching team and to all the participants, it has been a very interesting week for me too.


More info on the program, calendar, etc here: http://www.risknat.org/pages/universites/session2014.html


2014.05 – Eurock 2014 Conference

The 2014 ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium (EUROCK 2014) was held in Vigo, Spain, on May 27-29, 2014. There, I have presented a research work carried out in collaboration with my colleagues from Univ. Barcelona Manuel Jesus Royan (which I’m currently co-supervising) and prof. Nue Vilaplana (my PhD supervisor during my PhD thesis in Barcelona, almost 5 years ago, time flies by the way…).

As a member of the scientific committee of the Eurock2014 conference, I’m very proud on how the conference was managed from my colleagues both form the University of Vigo and the Spanish National Group of the ISRM. It has also been a pleasure to discuss with my colleagues in Spain and all over the Europe. I hope most of the ongoing and new collaborations drafted during the conference will be successful.

I leave a link to a pdf copy of the conference’s program: http://eurock2014.serglo.es/uploadedFiles/EUROCK2014.84fhn/fileManager/PROGRAMA – OK – 042013_OC_Eurock_Programa_170x240_5.pdf . For those of you interested in our work, just send me an email

2014.02 – LiDAR Short course for Vertical geology conference 2014


A full-day short course on 3D LiDAR techniques applied to vertical geology was proposed the day before the conference. The participants have assisted to a series of theoretical and practical works related to this innovative discipline with inputs from structural Geology, remote sensing, 3D point clouds, etc. The program, who was leaded by Michel Jaboyedoff and his team at Univ. Lausanne included:

08 00     Introductive coffee
08 30     Introduction
– Theoretical background
– Data processing and treatment
– Commercial software
10 30     Coffee break
11 00     Theory:
– Geological & Landslide Mapping
– Rock structural characterisation
– Monitoring Movements
– Mobile laser scanning
12 00     Lunch
13 00     Practical work
14 30     Coffee break
15 00     Practical work
Perspective and discussion

Please, do not forget to visit the official website of the conference: http://www3.unil.ch/wpmu/vgc14/