Workshop 20

Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing in Geotechnical Engineering and the Energy Sector

Date: Friday 9 June 2023



  • Mahmoud Farharidoushan (Silixa)
  • Nils Noether (fibrisTerre Systems)



Distributed fiber-optic sensing refers to a family of technologies that enable asset owners and operators to retrieve vital data from within structures over long lengths and at high rates and resolutions. Optical fibers, deployed as sensors over tens of kilometers, can deliver data on acoustics, static and dynamic strain, temperature and many other properties that contribute to efficacy enhancement in production and exploration, as well as risk management during construction and operation – of tunnels and roads, boreholes and wells, slopes and embankments, and any other element of today’s critical infrastructure.

The one-day workshop will focus on practical insights from successful monitoring projects, sharing hands-on experience on installation, operation and data handling. The workshop will bring together application specialists from industry and academia with anybody who wants to learn how to use this powerful technology.


Participant Profile

Anybody from the industry or academic world who would like to learn or deepen his or her knowledge – about how to use the different DFOS technologies in geotechnical, geophysical, structural and civil engineering in energy transmission or any other field.


Workshop Programme

09:45Introduction to fiber-optic sensing
Interrogation techniques: DTS, DAS and DTSS
Optical fibers: Basics, sensing characteristics and handling
Fiber-optic sensing cables
10:30Coffee Break
10:50Keynotes on projects and applications, academic focus (titles to be announced)
13:00Keynotes on projects and applications, industry focus (titles to be announced)
14:00Panel discussion with keynote speakers: Benefits and challenges of DFOS in geophysics; which technology for which application?
14:30Coffee Break
14:50Hands-on demo session: Live show with DAS and DTSS for geophysical applications
16:00End of the Workshop