3rd Workshop on 17th and 18th of October, 2006
The successful house advertising for the work and objectives of the Soil Moisture Group in the last workshop finally led to the acknowledgment of the SMG as an official Research Group for Moisture Measurement Techniques at the University of Karlsruhe.
Following up the emphases of the first conference this third workshop was outstanding in the fact that for the first time this event was held together with the already established conference ‘Der Feuchtetag’ which is organized in rotation by the Materials Research and Testing Institute of the University of Weimar (MFPA) and the Federal Institute for Research and Testing of Materials in Berlin (BAM).
Many applications in such fields as civil and geotechnical engineering, hydrology or environmental engineering require detailed information on the distribution of moisture in materials and structures under investigation. A broad variety of new measurement methods have been developed to solve these moisture related problems and on which was reported and which were discussed in this third workshop.
The purpose of this year’s conference was, above all, to encourage the users of moisture measurement equipment in authorities and consulting companies to clearly define their needs and perspectives and their expectations from developers and science.
The focus of the conference with a total of 30 presentations of more than 70 authors mostly concerned the fields basic principles and devices, methods and techniques and last but not least their applications. Starting with a brief historical review on the life of Heinrich Hertz, who discovered the existence of electromagnetic waves during his work here in Karlsruhe thus making him a pioneer of electromagnetic moisture measurement techniques and the SMG, the presentations encompassed important topics such as micro-sensors, non-invasive or large-scale measuring techniques, moisture sensing by free power lines as well as new sensors for the automatic detection of the state of ground.
One more time the workshop found the broad approval of the participants and the modern concept of bringing together both experts and users was greatly appreciated.
Contributions to the workshop are published in “Innovative Feuchtemessung in Forschung und Praxis 2, Berichtsband zum Workshop 2006” R. Nüesch (ed.), Aedificatio Verlag.