Foundation of the FABRE Consortium for the safety of bridges and viaducts

The Politecnico di Milano is part of an alliance between universities and research organisations

The FABRE Consortium, a technical and scientific alliance for monitoring and assessing the safety of bridges and viaducts in Italy, was recently established.

The organisations involved in the agreement are the Politecnico di Milano, the University of Perugia, the Politecnico di Torino, the University of Padua, the University of Pisa, the University of Camerino, the University of Messina, the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, and the ENEA [Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development].

The Consortium will bring together the most highly-qualified experts and cutting-edge technology in an effort to monitor and assess the condition of road infrastructure and will develop highly technological and scientific methods to classify the various risks (static, foundational, seismic and hydrogeological).

The members of the consortium will also develop and make use of innovative techniques in repair and/or improvement works on bridges, viaducts and other existing structures.

Within the overall context of Italy’s largely aging infrastructure network, in some cases designed and constructed over 50 years ago, prevention takes on a key role, keeping a watchful eye on the state of repair of our infrastructure so as to be able to intervene at the right moment, thus avoiding serious and occasionally dramatic consequences,

explains Prof. Virginio Quaglini, Scientific Coordinator of the Material Testing Laboratory and professor of the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.

The FABRE Consortium aims to kickstart the necessary research activity, coordinating and making the best possible use of the theoretical and experimental skills present in Italy’s major research centres so as to put them at the service of the general public.

concludes Quaglini.

The Politecnico di Milano has been active in the field of scientific research on bridges for decades, with particular reference to monitoring methods aimed at identifying anomalies in their structural behaviour based on information from networks of detection instruments installed in various structures. This is the context for the activities of the research group led by Prof. Carmelo Gentile, who, together with Prof. Quaglini, will participate in the Consortium Members’ Assembly.