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.
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 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. […]
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.
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 Station. The 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. […]
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.
Construction site monitoring
Dynamic and static load tests of a metal bridge on a construction site
A 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.
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. […]
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. […]
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.
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.
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. […]