The EC FP7-SPACE Project De-Montes (Deformation Monitoring by High Resolution Terrestrial Long Range Sensing) (from 2012-01-01 to 2014-04-30) aimed at the provision of an efficient, highly automated, high-resolution, terrestrial, long range sensing measurement and analysis system which is able to monitor geo-risk areas and deforming large man-made objects by means of non-signalized natural target points – which is a key to such systems due to the lack of accessibility and the required distance-to-the-object.
The main step beyond currently available techniques lies in the introduction of a novel modular suite of terrestrial visual survey sensors, namely Image Assisted Total Stations (IATS, used to perform long-range high-resolution measurements on single points) in combination with Terrestrial long-range Laser Scanners (TLS, used to survey large areas).
The main objective of De-Montes was to equip the participating SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) with a new kind of measurement system for long-range terrestrial deformation measurements, based on high precision visual measurements (IATS) which can be combined with comprehensive lower resolution Laser scans (TLS) and digital photogrammetry.
The De-Montes project integrated methods and techniques from standard surveying, computer vision, photogrammetry, mechatronics, software engineering, and geological sciences, well covered by the academic and research partners. The Project mainly dealt with the definition, implementation, adaptation, delivery and test, and preparations for system integration at the SMEs’ systems and frameworks, using software parts from the different RTD (Research & Technology Development) partners.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 285839 "DE-MONTES".