Deformation Monitoring Systems for the 21st Century

Deformation monitoring with DABAMOS

Our research at Hochschule Neubrandenburg – University of Applied Sciences aims to discover new ways of ensuring the stability and structural integrity of buildings, terrain, and other observed objects by moving geodetic deformation monitoring into the Internet of Things.

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Two monitoring systems have been developed as part of our research:


The Deformation Monitoring Package (DMPACK) is a scientific software package for distributed deformation monitoring, sensor control, and automated time series processing in engineering geodesy and geotechnics. The project is the successor of OpenADMS. The package consists of a library libdmpack and additional programs based on it which serve as a reference implementation of a sensor network middleware for modern deformation monitoring.

DMPACK Tech Stack


The Open Automatic Deformation Monitoring System (OpenADMS) is a prototype software in Python 3, developed between 2015 and 2020. It consists of client and server programs to create geodetic and geotechnical sensor networks within the Internet of Things. The software is not in active development anymore.

Both systems are released under open source licences, and may be used without charge.



The development of the DMPACK software is guaranteed until 01/2027 thanks to on-going research at Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM).


In the last four years, the project was unable to attract additional funding. Due to the limited opportunities, further research is rather unlikely in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, we are interested in hearing about any adoption outside of Germany. Please get in touch with us.


The project web site has been updated, and got a face-lift.

Schematic illustration of a sensor network based on OpenADMS

Supported by:

Hochschule Neubrandenburg – University of Applied Sciences Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung