Infrastructure resilience
Built to resist

Carlos Bajo, Head of Bridges & Civil Structures Area in Engineering Services, provides a deep analysis of the collapse of bridge Polcevera in Genoa (Italy), also known as ‘Morandi bridge’ for the typology of its design. In a remarkably accurate but simple explanation, Carlos goes into detail to describe the sequence and conditions under which it happened, analyses its causes and proposes hypothesis, and reveals whether it would be possible to prevent, mitigate or even avoid this kind of accidents. Before rushing to click the link, we raise a question to make you think: why are there bridges that are still standing after 15 centuries and one that has been built only 50 years ago can collapse?

To complete the content of this issue, we present two investigation projects within the European-funded research program Horizon 2020, through which our Research and Development team is trying to answer the following questions: will we be able to build infrastructures capable of resisting catastrophes, flooding or terrorist attacks? And will we have the knowledge and resources to be able to minimize their impact (towards a zero impact) in a near future?

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