The Fabre Consortium is born, an alliance between universities for the safety of bridges and viaducts in Italy

A few days after the inauguration of the new viaduct over the Polcevera in Genoa, ENEA, the Vanvitelli University with the Polytechnics of Turin and Milan and the Universities of Pisa, Padua, Perugia, Camerino and Messina have created the Fabre Consortium, which will field the most qualified experts and the most advanced technologies to monitor and assess the state of health of our country’s road infrastructures and to promote and coordinate activities concerning the classification of structural and environmental risk.

The collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa, in the summer of 2018, greatly shook public opinion, not only due to the high number of victims involved, but also due to the importance of the work, which brought to the fore the age-old problem of the state of health of the Italian infrastructural heritage.

To contribute to the complex process aimed at monitoring and assessing the state of health of our country’s road infrastructures, the Fabre Consortium, through the work of qualified experts and the use of advanced technologies, intends to promote and coordinate the activities concerning the classification structural and environmental risk of bridges. In addition to the verification, control and monitoring of infrastructures, the main purposes include the development and use of innovative techniques in the repair and/or improvement of bridges, viaducts and, in general, existing buildings, with the objective of promoting the transfer of scientific and technological research results to public and private bodies that manage road infrastructures and to professional communities. The activities will also be an important driving force for the development of new research activities in the universities involved, through the commitment of numerous scholars and researchers and the strengthening of currently existing research centers and laboratories.

For the University of Campania, the activities of the Fabre Consortium will be coordinated by Prof. Ing. Gianfranco De Matteis, full professor of Construction Techniques at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design.

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Source: University of Campania Vanvitelli