The View From Here: Waterton Reservoir

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Operations Manager, Geomatics

Publish Date: October 4, 2021

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The View From Here: Waterton Reservoir

WATT’s Geomatics team captured some amazing photos last week while working on a project at the Waterton Reservoir. We’re on-site performing deformation monitoring of the dam.

What is Deformation Monitoring?

Deformation monitoring is a systematic process of measurements and analysis used to track and model the three dimensional movement of a structure that may be the result of stresses induced by applied loads or environmental factors.

Multiple geodetic measuring devices can be utilized to measure displacements or movements in one, two or three dimensions. The information gathered by a deformation monitoring survey can be used by professionals to determine the health of a structure and make predictions about future behaviour.

We utilize the latest technology in total station, digital levels, scanners and software to collect and analyse the data required for these types of projects. WATT has specific experience with:

  • Dam deformation reports
  • Infrastructure monitoring – bridges, railways
  • Settlement and post load deformation
  • Construction excavation – shoring piles and walls


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