All the new technology of the Genoa San Giorgio bridge

All the new technology of the Genoa San Giorgio bridge

The new smart structure is equipped with over 240 sensors to monitor safety, a robotic system for inspection and cleaning and in the future also a digital twin. Here's what you can expect from the replacement of the Morandi bridge

The new Genoa bridge in the last days of construction (photo Commissioner for the reconstruction of Genoa) A continuous girder of 1,067 meters, consisting of 19 spans supported by 18 reinforced concrete piles, two lanes plus an emergency lane for direction of travel, 17 thousand tons of steel structural work and 67 thousand cubic meters of reinforced concrete. These are just a few numbers that describe what motorists will see along the new Genoa San Giorgio bridge, inaugurated on August 3 by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. Under the wheels of their vehicles, an almost invisible but capillary network of over 240 sensors, yet to be completed, will silently touch the pulse of the work, transforming any jolt or vibration, torsion or dilatation into numbers and algorithms, graphs and measurements in real time to monitor infrastructure security.

A smart bridge, which will be equipped with a robotic automation system for inspection and cleaning, photovoltaic panels, dehumidification and lighting systems, sounded 24 hours a day. A wealth of data that, thanks to a research and development study still external to the current project, in a few years could also give the San Giorgio a digital twin, complete with IOT systems and applications for maintenance in augmented reality.

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