Australian researchers on Thursday said they have developed a software tool to predict when a building will crack or its foundation will move, even when a dam could break or a mudslide occurs.
The tool uses applied mathematics and big data analytics to analyze intricate ground motion patterns and track location and time of landslides to forecast them up to two weeks in advance, Xinhua news agency reported.
The early clues include motion patterns that change over time and become synchronized.
They are subtle. Identifying them requires a fundamental knowledge of failure at the microstructure level — the movement of individual grains of earth, said Tordesillas.
The scientists are trying to identify the properties that characterize these failures in the small-scale, so as to shed light on how failure evolves over time.