Advanced Slope Engineering (ASE) s.r.l. was born in 2013 as a Start Up – Spin Off company of the University of Parma (Italy) and now it is a PMI. The partners founded the firm with the aim to develop, build and distribute a new monitoring system, named Modular Underground Monitoring System (MUMS), which is a patent of ASE, based on innovative micro-technologies. Most of ASE activities are about R&D in the fields of new technologies and data recover, management and analysis. All the members and employees have Ph.D or Master’s degrees in engineering (Civil, Environmental or Electronic) and some are academics. In the framework of the 4th industrial revolution, ASE idea is to provide automation, big data application and Internet of Things approach in the management of the environment, with particular attention to the decisional support for critical conditions related to hydrogeological hazards or to the construction and operational phases of new and large infrastructures in sensitive contexts or difficult areas.
The technologies that ASE is proposing are at the base of the development of a completely new monitoring concept and innovative system in the fields of geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics and rock engineering, tunnelling and landslide control and prevention, environmental monitoring. The main feature of these systems relates to their complete automation and remote managing and control. The technology is a combination of sensors, embedded in specifically moulded nodes (Links), connected along an aramid fibre cable and an electrical cable to form an arbitrarily long chain. The nodes can be organized in different combinations of distances and types, to adapt the chain to any specific monitoring needs. Links can be connected along a single cable with the distribution and configuration that most accurately fit the monitoring purpose. Each node can be equipped with MEMS sensor, MEMS and electrolytic cell, Piezometer, Barometer, High-Resolution thermometer. Several links make the custom-made chain, which is delivered directly to the installation site on a practical reel or a box. MUMS can also be installed in boreholes equipped with standard inclinometer pipes that cannot be accessed with the manual probe due to excessive deformation.
The Modular Underground Monitoring System (MUMS) approach is developed around a new concept of landslide monitoring, coming from several years of researches carried out at the Dept. of Engineering and Architecture (DIA) of the University of Parma, Italy. This concept foresees the need to develop an automated system that is accurate, reliable, and durable, although having relatively low installation and maintenance costs. The technology provides a semi-continuous monitoring of deformations and other significant physical entities along the whole length of the MUMS instrument, carried out with predefined and easily modifiable frequency.
Fields of interests are geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics and rock engineering, tunnelling, landslide control and prevention, environmental monitoring.
MUMS can also be installed in boreholes equipped with standard inclinometer pipes that cannot be accessed with the manual probe due to excessive deformation, saving time and money.