Historical Building Monitoring

Structural Health Monitoring of St Mark's Basilica in Venice

In order to protect St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice from high water, it was decided to build transparent glass sheets around it. Since the laying of the glass included excavations to be carried out very close to the Basilica, Digital Rilievi was chosen to monitor the two outermost columns of the façade and the two Pillars of Acre (Pilastri Acritani) placed on the right side of the Basilica, using Move Solutions sensors.



Construction site monitoring

Excel London Exhibition Centre Monitoring

ExCeL London, a premier exhibition and international convention center, embarked on an ambitious expansion project to add 25,000 square meters of high-end event space. The project, initiated in March 2022, demanded meticulous monitoring to safeguard the foundation stability during critical excavation and concreting phases. 

The construction strategy, devised by Gallagher Group, required phased excavation of foundation trenches, reinforced with robust steel braces before concrete pouring. Traditional monitoring methods posed significant safety risks and inefficiencies, necessitating an innovative approach.



Railway monitoring

North Yorks Moor Railway monitoring

This project has been conducted by Academy Geomatics Ltd in collaboration with the North York Moors National Park AuthorityThe goal was to establish a comprehensive, real-time monitoring system to assess the behaviour of a landslip along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, in order to ensure the safety and longevity of this crucial transportation link. Finding a suitable location for a total station proved challenging, as there wasn’t a spot that was both clear of the train tracks and had a view of the landslip. The valley offered limited stable ground for securing reference prisms. Moreover, the dense ferns and bracken, growing over a meter tall during summer, posed a risk of blocking the line of sight.


Railway monitoring

Rail viaduct real-time & long-term monitoring

This case study is a pioneering project led by Professor Hannes Grabe, Head of the Department and Chair of Railway Engineering at the University of Pretoria. The article showcases the application of Move Solutions’ advanced technology for the real-time and long-term monitoring of a railway viaduct in Pretoria, South Africa.The railway sector in South Africa is on the cusp of a transformative era, with Transnet objectives and government investments bolstering its development. The University of Pretoria, in collaboration with key industry stakeholders, is pioneering Railway Engineering advancements in Africa.


Bridge monitoring

Ensuring safety and efficiency for Denver’s Platte River Bridge

Denver’s Platte River Bridge is a single-span pedestrian bridge with a unique design that poses distinctive challenges relating to structural movement. To ensure the bridge remains safe and operational, the City and County of Denver embarked on a pioneering project with Stantec, a global engineering firm, to monitor the condition of the bridge. This innovative project uses iTwin IoT software from Bentley Systems, along with 16 wireless sensors from Move Solutions, to remotely monitor the bridge and provide continuous access to reliable data and analysis on the health of the structure. 

Infrastructure monitoring

Bell tower monitoring project in Lucca

The bell tower of the Basilica Church San Michele in Foro, located in the heart of Lucca, Italy, is an iconic historical structure renowned for its architectural significance. To ensure its ongoing preservation and safety, a consortium of experts and institutions joined forces to embark on a comprehensive monitoring project. […] 

Building monitoring

Building monitoring after the 2023 Turkey-Syria earthquake

On the 6th of February 2023, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in southern Turkey near the northern border of Syria. […] 200,000 buildings were destroyed, leaving the community in a state of vulnerability. To bring them some support in this critical situation, Emmanuel Durand partnered with Move Solutions, who donated the necessary sensors for the project to monitor and analyze the structural conditions of two hospitals and a large student residence after the earthquake. That enabled the collection of valuable data for post-earthquake analysis and facilitated the return of people to these essential facilities. […]

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Vertical structure monitoring

Wireless tilt monitoring of Beirut silos

The Beirut Grain Silos, 42 cylindrical reinforced concrete structures 48 meters high containing 85% of Lebanon’s grain reserves, was built in the port of the capital in the late 1960s. On August 4, 2020, the tremendous explosion that occurred in the warehouse of storage just 85m away from the Silos caused enormous damage, impacting the city along a 600m radius. The part of the structure facing east collapsed completely, while the one facing west resisted without collapsing, preventing the shock wave of the explosion from reaching the western part of the city with all its original strength.

Tunnel monitoring

24/7 dynamic monitoring of a Metro tunnel

Academy Geomatics Ltd is combining data from a range of Move Solutions geotechnical sensors and a Trimble S7 Total StationThe system provides live 24/7 monitoring data so as to keep the tunnels of Newcastle’s Metro and the train users safe during extensive above ground construction work. 

Last summer, building work officially started on a new £155m HMRC headquarters in Newcastle. The Pilgrim Quarter project is going to be the biggest office development in Newcastle City Centre’s history and is located very close to the underground Metro tunnels in the area. […]


Quay wall monitoring

Static-dynamic SHM and water monitoring for quay wall safety

In August 2022, Academy Geomatics Ltd started conducting automated monitoring with a total station and prism for a local council. There were concerns that the quay wall might have been moving and the monitoring was aimed at verifying that. Since day trips to monitor the wall were not a long enough period of time to attest the consequences of the tidal effect on the wall, it was proposed to set up an automated total station and leave it there 24/7 for a month, receiving data every 5 minutes to accurately show the tidal effect on the structure. […]

Historical building monitoring

Static monitoring of the Carliol House façade

Academy Geomatics Ltd is using Move Solutions sensors to monitor the Carliol House while the rear of the building is getting knocked down and a new building is getting built into the facade. 

Last summer, building work officially started on a new £155m HMRC headquarters in Newcastle. The Pilgrim Quarter project is going to be the biggest office development in Newcastle City Centre’s history. […]

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Historic building monitoring

Wireless structural health monitoring of the Colosseum

The Colosseum is a historical structure of inestimable cultural value both for Italy and for the whole world. It is, therefore, necessary to preserve and protect the structural integrity of the historic structures that are incorporated into a constantly developing urban context such as that of the Italian capital.

A tender has been announced by the “Ministry of Cultural Heritage” and the contracting authority for the project is the “Parco Archeologico del Colosseo“. The aim of this monitoring project is to be the pilot project for processing the monitoring of the Colosseum and verifying the satellite data already acquired and being studied on the ground.

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Construction site monitoring

Dynamic and static load tests of a metal bridge on a construction site

temporary metal bridge was built to join the two banks of the river that divides the construction site of the new bridge in San Lorenzo di Sebato, in Trentino Alto Adige. The main function of this temporary structure, on a construction site, is to allow the passage of vehicles and heavy vehicles necessary during the development of the construction site.
The purpose of this construction site is to build the new bridge that will connect the Pusteria state road with the new access to Val Badia. The structure of this new bridge is 144 meters long and 1,040 tons heavy.

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Construction site monitoring

Monitoring a construction site to provide rail access to the depot

As part of the Transport for Wales rail system, a rolling stock depot was built at Taffs Well which required a bridge to connect it to the rail station. Before building the new bridge a sheet pile wall had to be installed in order to retain earth and other filling material during piling activities. 

The monitoring system provided by Move Solutions through one of their UK supplier, Korec Group,  collects real-time data of the sheet pile wall, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The aim is to identify any changes in the behaviour and position of the wall so as to avoid structural failure after its removal. […]

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Historical building monitoring

Monitoring a historic windmill undergoing repair works

At the beginning of 2022, the SPAB and their Mills Section started a repair project at Kibworth Harcourt Mill, an outstanding historic post mill at Kibworth Harcourt in Leicestershire. Most of its structure dates back to 1711 or earlier and its interior is covered with graffiti of millers who worked there in the past. It is a Grade II listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Kibworth Mill is the last survivor out of the 211 post mills in Leicestershire, which makes it an important part of local and national milling heritage. […]

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Bridge monitoring

Tilt and vibration monitoring of a railway bridge

The bridge located on the Scrivia river, one of the arteries of the homonymous valley, is a structure all about 160 meters long and is divided into 7 spans with lowered arches, in reinforced concrete. Built-in the early 1900s, it served as a road and rail bridge for years. In 1980 the extension of the bridge over the Scrivia (structure in reinforced concrete with slab and beams) was carried out and also a shift of the railway network to its own site, thus splitting the two uses.

To monitor the health of the bridge, a wireless sensor network was installed consisting of DECK to monitor displacement and Triaxial Tiltmeter to monitor the inclination of the […]

Zambeccari bridge monitoring

Bridge monitoring

Wireless monitoring of the Zambeccari bridge in Tuscany

The Zambeccari bridge in Pontremoli was built in the early 1900s on the Verde stream. It is a reinforced concrete bridge developed on two spans of the same length. In May 2020, the closure to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic is ordered for structural checks. The objective of the temporary closure of the structure is to clarify the state of health of the bridge and its structural degradation. After verifying the state of the Zambeccari bridge by the Vega Engineering Company, the structure was reopened with a reduced carriageway. Vega has prepared, with the approval of the municipality, the insertion of a continuous and remote structural monitoring system.

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Bridge monitoring

Dynamic monitoring of the Vespucci Bridge in Florence

The Vespucci bridge is one of the central bridges of Florence that allows you to join the San Frediano district to the rest of the city, separated by the Arno river. It is a structure in c.a.p. arch divided into 3 spans, with an overall length of 162m. Designed by Riccardo Morandi and built between 1954-1957, suffers from deterioration of the concrete, like many works of the time. This deterioration has affected the two piers even more markedly, especially the one on the left (San Frediano side) due to the erosion of the riverbed by the currents of the Arno river. This structural deterioration required continuous monitoring and safety works. […]

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