Project Description

Thomas Oommen

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

toommen@mtu.edu

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring

Biography

Dr. Oommen’s research efforts focus on developing improved susceptibility characterization and documentation of geo-hazards (e.g. earthquakes, landslides) and spatial modeling of georesource (e.g. mineral deposits) over a range of spatial scales and data types. To achieve his research interests, he has adopted an inter-disciplinary research approach from two main areas, specifically: aerial/satellite based remote sensing for obtaining data, and artificial intelligence/machine learning based methods for data processing and modeling.

Dr. Oommen is expanding his research to investigate future applications of satellite remote sensing and machine learning for geological engineering in the fields of geohazards and georesource characterization. His immediate goal is to verify the applicability of remote sensing techniques such as Differential Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (DinSAR) and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) as sustainable operational strategies for monitoring land subsidence. Land subsidence is often the surface expression of a variety of subsurface mechanisms such as lowering of water table, drainage, lateral flow, loading, vibration, and tectonic activity. Quantifying subsidence is critical for land use and infrastructure planning, health monitoring of engineered structures as well as for understanding the subsurface conditions.