The team use novel techniques, such as small hand-controlled helium balloons with digital cameras and GPS controlled high-resolution geophysical surveying. Data collected provides critical information on the area observed and is combined to create a 3D computer model of the landside to help engineers with risk management.
The long-term project has given students and academics the opportunity to use advanced geophysical equipment and techniques, coupled with academic conference and research gains. When completed in 2009 it is hoped the results from the project will help those at risk from landslide all around the world. TerraDat will also gain significantly from the market potential for rapid, long-term landslide monitoring.