Colosseum Move Solutions Wireless structural health monitoring of the Colosseum CASE STUDY




  • IMG
  • Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism


Line C of the Rome metro, currently under construction, will connect the eastern part of the city with the northwest one, starting from Pantano up to the Prati district.
The planned route is spread over 25.6 Km, divided between approximately 16 Km underground and 9 Km on the surface, partly using the surviving route of the previous Rome-Fiuggi railway.
Line C uses a Driverless Integral Automation system (without driver on board) which allows the metro line to be managed completely automatically, guaranteeing the running of the trains and their safety in all aspects with maximum efficiency.

Crossing historic districts such as Alessandrino, Centocelle, Pigneto, Appio and the Historic Center, a tender was launched for the structural and environmental monitoring of the Colosseum and the archaeological park by the “Città Metropolitana di Roma”, in order to ensure stability and integrity of the monument given the immediate proximity to the underground construction site.

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. The current construction site, right next to the Colosseum, can generate vibrations or failures that must be constantly monitored to understand their actual resonance.

Move Solutions was therefore involved as a specialized partner by IMG, an Italian company that won the tender, providing a complete structural and environmental monitoring system. The monitoring system consists of Triaxial Accelerometer, Triaxial Tiltmeter and multiple probes connected to Analog Communication Nodes. All sensors supplied by Move Solutions are completely wireless and easily managed remotely thanks to the Move Cloud Platform.

For the entire installation on the Colosseum, which is absolutely non-invasive, it took only 2 days. In addition, to reduce the visual impact and to better incorporate these IoT devices in the historical context of the Colosseum, the sensors were painted by a restorer appointed by the “Belle Arti di Roma” with the aim of camouflaging them.

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