2017.07 | Summer School of Alpine Research on Close-range Sensing in Alpine Terrain (July 2017)

Don’t miss out this summer school in Austria….!

2nd Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research on Close-range Sensing in Alpine Terrain

The international summer school is jointly organized by the University of Innsbruck, the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

accommodation and food is provided to all participants…  More info here: https://www.uibk.ac.at/geographie/summerschool/summerschol

2015.08 | RockRisk project | UPC | New website


Good news, we have a new website for the RockRisk project,

This is challenging project leaded by my colleagues at Technical school of Catalonia (Nieves Lantada and Jordi Corominas) aiming to investigate rockfall hazard and risk, both studying rockfall volumes, fragmentation, propagation and vulnerability of the building to rockfall impacts.

Please, take a look at the website and collaborators here: http://rockrisk.upc.edu/



2015.07 | Fieldwork | Pyrinees | UPC

I’ve been doing an intense fieldwork campaign on the Aiguestortes Natural park (@ Pyrenees) with Jordi Corominas and his team, we were many different people involved and we had the opportunity to test several sensors, including our LiDAR, hexacopter, terrestrial photogrametry, total station, GPS … it was very funny, a great area to stay and a very nice company that helped providing interesting discussions, invited to beers and helped carrying the heavy equipment.. thanks!







Thanks to Felipe Buill, From the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) for sending some pictures!

2015.04 | Article comment | AGU landslide website | Petley’s blog


today I have had a very good surprise, one of our publications has been cited by David Petley in his well known “landslide blog”. You can read his review here:


This is a good recognisement of more than seven years monitoring on the cliff where I developed most of my PhD methods for rockfall detection and prediction..


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


2014.10 – 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!



2014.10 – Please, support the CloudCompare open source project

Support the CloudCompare open source project!

CloudCompare is an open source tool for editing and processing dense 3D point clouds (such as those acquired with laser scanners). Since I found it very useful, I would like to support their current campaign for supporting this project.
Please, take a look here: https://pledgie.com/campaigns/19052
I’ve already collaborated! 😀