Monthly Archives: September 2014

XII International IAEG Congress, Torino

The 12th international congress of the International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG) took place in Torino (Italy) from 15 to 19 September 2014. Several members of the risk group attended the conference and presented their work (see the list of contributions below). The conference was also a good opportunity to meet people working on similar topics.

Michel Jaboyedoff presenting his work
Michel Jaboyedoff presenting his work

Contributions (co-)authored by the group:

  • Abellan et al., Velocity Prediction on Time-Variant Landslides Using Moving Response Functions: Application to La Barmasse Rockslide (Valais, Switzerland) [Video]
  • Carrea et al., Automatic Rockfalls Volume Estimation Based on Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data
  • D’Amato et al., Investigating Rock Fall Frequency and Failure Configurations Using Terrestrial Laser Scanner
  • Humair et al., Inventory of Rock Slope Deformations Affecting Folded Sedimentary Layers in Moderate Relief Context: The Case of the Livingstone Range Anticlinorium, AB, Canada [Video]
  • Jaboyedoff & Derron, Methods to Estimate the Surfaces Geometry and Uncertainty of Landslide Failure Surface
  • Jongmans et al., Application of Ambient Vibration Techniques for Monitoring the Triggering of Rapid Landslides
  • Matasci et al., Stability Assessment, Potential Collapses and Future Evolution of the West Face of the Drus (3,754 m a.s.l., Mont Blanc Massif)
  • Michoud et al., Slope Instability Detection Along the National 7 and the Potrerillos Dam Reservoir, Argentina, Using the Small-Baseline InSAR Technique
  • Nicolet et al., A Simple Method to Include Uncertainties in Cost-Benefit Analyses


FOSS4G 2014

FOSS4G conference is the largest gathering for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial techologies. It is hosted by OSGeo since 2006 and has been held all over the world and drew attendees from over 40 countries. This year, the conference was organized in Portland, Oregon, USA and it aims to held in Seoul, Korea for the year 2015 (more information can be found on: and )

CHANGES framework is an ITN European project entitled: “Changing Hydro-meteorological Risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists” (A Marie Curie Initial Training Network – Jan 2011 to Dec 2014). Within the CHANGES project, it is aimed to have a spatial decision support system to analyze the current and future risk scenarios and help the decision makers in selecting the best risk reduction alternative for the current and future years. The system is to be implemented by using open source Geospatial software and it is planned to make it free for the potential users.

The reason to attend this conference was to gain the insights on the new works, updates and technologies supported by OSGeo. The technologies that are currently using to develop this web based platform of CHANGES project, are recognized by OSGeo: OpenGeo, Postgres and PostGIS, Geoserver and possibility use of GeoNode.

It is possible to watch the keynote speakers’ talks and other sessions online at:

PDXPUG Day 2014 on 6th of September 2014 was held at Portland State University:

The presentations related to Postgres, an open source relational database management system, can be watched online here:

The PhD student of the CHANGES project: Roya Olyazadeh, has attended the conference as a volunteer to help organizing the conference and she has been called “the travel Volunteer” (The farthest distance traveled by the volunteers was from University of Lausanne, Switzerland.)

FOSS4G 2014
Oregon Convention Center + American Lunch Box


CHANGES-SDSS meeting in Lausanne on 18-22 August 2014

One of the monthly meeting within the CHANGES project for development of a Spatial Decision Support system (SDSS)

The purpose of these meetings is to present the current results of each components of the system and synchronize the activities within the five members of group.

In the framework of CHANGES Project a spatial decision support system is under development with the aim to analyze the effect of risk reduction planning alternatives on reducing the risk now and in the future, and support decision makers in selecting the best alternatives. The interface based on open source software tools should be able to analyze risk scenarios that can be used in disaster response planning and in risk reduction strategies. These interfaces will be designed user-friendly to make hazard and risk information better accessible and to support the interpretation of this information by additional features for analysis. [more information:]


Second field work in Bolivia – SNIS Project

In the context of our project SNIS named “Sustainable Land Management in Mountain Regions of Bolivia and Nepal in the Context of Outmigration, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction” (in collaboration with: Universität Bern, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Université de Neuchâtel, IUCN, RCO-NCCR, AGRUCO, Others). Prof. Jaboyedoff, Dr. Ivanna Penna and Mr. Jean-Marie Vuignier, conducted around two weeks of field work survey during July 2014 in the Jatún Mayu-Pankuruma watershed (Cochabamba, Bolivia). The research was conducted in collaboration with the researchers Angelica Machaca and Edgar Cuba from the AGRUCO-Agroecología Universidad de Cochabamba. Survey aimed to collect data on landscape and demographic dynamics, and included the interview with the Mayor of the Sipe-Sipe locality. In addition, during the second week of August 2014, a Science- Policy workshop was held in La Paz as part of our project. The workshop was organized by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, our second partner in the project. In this meeting counted with participants from ONG’s, government and universities who discussed about linkages between outmigration, land degradation and climate change adaptation in mountain regions of Bolivia.

Working group