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Montoring development near streams - erosion, structural failure
May 10, 2013 Beckye F
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In recent years we've seen issues with erosion and retaining wall failures in our region - especially after major storm events. Some issues were related to construction quality, but some are due to building that occured too close to streams. The process for allowing floodplain to be "reclaimed" is set by laws that we don't control at the local level, so builders get permissions despite city staff preferences and historical performance trends (and yes, staff in different departments do disagree at times).

I can see the potential for RFID "monitors" in those areas where problems have been documented in the past or where the potential for issues to occur in the future. The ability to detect ground shifts, monitor seasonal changes in soil compaction, and measure erosion can be used to predict where structures may be impacted. The data could potentially be used to help influence changes to legislation as well.


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