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Manual monitoring

Datum Monitoring provide manual and episodic monitoring services across a range of sectors.

Manual monitoring

Manual monitoring is a viable and suitable method of monitoring where site deterioration is gradual and low risk and in scenarios where automated monitoring methods are not suitable. It is a valuable technique to identify the long-term trends of movement to provide data for a planner repair or confirmation of the integrity of the asset.

Our in-house qualified experienced team of Field Technicians, Engineers and Monitoring Surveying use the most accurate and resilient equipment including Leica Geosystems, Geokon and Instantel.

Using Inclinometers, piezometers, extensometers and slip plane indicators provide an economical way of manually monitoring movement over time.

Manual readings scheduled with the client provide a cost effective alternative to fully automated systems with data streamed via Datum Interactive’s software suite Platform Interactive.

We carry out manual monitoring of all forms of Assets including:

  • 3D monitoring and repetitive positions surveys of structures, railways and other assets
  • Slope and groundwater surveys using borehole instrumentation
  • Precise level and ground surveys
  • Structural and building monitoring surveys using crack gauges and manual measurements


Our in-field monitoring division is controlled and managed by our specialist team of program managers. They schedule and deliver thousands of daily monitoring episodes across the UK 24-hours-a-day.

Datum technicians are trained to access and set-up safe systems of work across a full breadth of scenarios and trained and qualified in the following specialisms:

  • Railway access competency – Railway Contractors’ Certificate, COSS and safe working leader
  • Confined Spaces
  • Roped Access and working at height
  • Highways and roads safety
  • CSCS and CPCS, Safepass (Ireland)