Satellite Imaging Techniques for Ground Movement Monitoring of a Deep Pipeline Trench Backfilled with Recycled Materials

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Teodosio, Bertrand ORCID: 0000-0002-3909-4054, Al-Taie, Asmaa ORCID: 0000-0002-2734-9195, Yaghoubi, Ehsan ORCID: 0000-0003-0639-0225 and Wasantha, PLP (2022) Satellite Imaging Techniques for Ground Movement Monitoring of a Deep Pipeline Trench Backfilled with Recycled Materials. Remote Sensing, 15 (1). ISSN 2072-4292


The damage to pipeline infrastructures caused by reactive soils has been a critical challenge for asset owners. Sustainable backfilling materials have recently gained interest to stabilize highly reactive zones as a pre-emptive approach towards sustainability. In this study, two adjacent sections of a sewer pipeline trench in Melbourne, Australia were backfilled with two blends of 100% recycled aggregates. The sites were monitored for ground deformations during October 2020–February 2022 (17 months) using surveying techniques. Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) techniques and algorithms were also employed to estimate the ground movements of the sites and surrounding regions. The cross-validation of deformation results achieved from both techniques enabled an in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of the recycled aggregates to address reactive soil issues in urban developments. Observational deformation data and their spatiotemporal variation in the field were satisfactorily captured by the InSAR techniques: differential InSAR (DInSAR), persistent scatterer interferometry (PSI), and small baseline subset (SBAS). The SBAS estimations were found to be the closest to field measurements, primarily due to the analysis of zones without well-defined geometries. This study’s contribution to existing knowledge defines the spatiotemporal influence of sustainable backfill in areas with reactive soil through field data and satellite imaging. The relationship between InSAR techniques and actual field behavior of sustainable backfill can be a baseline for the growing construction that may be challenging to perform field monitoring due to resource constraints.

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DOI 10.3390/rs15010204
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Subjects Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords ground movement monitoring, pipeline damage, reactive soils, sustainability
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