Italian bridge monitoring project

A monitoring project has been awarded for Italy’s Genoa bridge.
Measurement, Survey, Design & Software / May 25, 2020 25 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
Genoa’s new bridge will benefit from continuous monitoring of its structure - image © courtesy Salini Impregilo/PerGenova

An Italian IT firm, FOS, will carry out research work for the new bridge in the Italian city of Genoa. The new bridge is being completed and takes the places of the Morandi Bridge, which collapsed with fatal results in 2019.

The deal is worth a total of €989,000 and one of the research projects is for monitoring of the new Polcevera Viaduct. Called Cymon, the bridge monitoring project will be handled in a partnership with Fincantieri, which forms part of the consortium that has been building the bridge.

A digital twin of the new bridge will be generated and Fincantieri’s subsidiary Cetena is carrying out this specialist work. A combination of sensors and augmented reality technology will be used to model structural loads and environmental factors to which the bridge is being subjected.

FOS is developing software that will assist with data acquisition.

The aim of the work is to ensure that the condition of the bridge can be monitored closely during its working life. By assessing the condition continuously and modelling load factors, any maintenance needs will be addressed in timely fashion. The working performance and safety of the structure will be ensured.