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The collapse of the Morandi bridge: Chronicle of a death foretold?
12 February 2019 5:30 pm 7:00 pm
Professor Alessandro Palermo from the University of Canterbury will provide a presentation on the recent Morandi bridge collapse, concluding with some lessons learned.
Date Tuesday 12th February 2019
Time Social 5.30 – 6.00 pm (Presentation from 6.00pm)
Place Beca offices – ANZ Centre 267 High St, Christchurch Central
Speaker Professor Alessandro Palermo
Topic The collapse of the Morandi bridge: Chronicle of a death foretold?
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On 14 August 2018, the Ponte Morandi, part of the Polcevera Viaduct in Genoa, Italy, partially collapsed without warning killing 43 people. Despite starting to show signs of deterioration in the 1990s and a number of proposals to replace the bridge in the intervening years, few initiatives were undertaken in a meaningful manner.
The presentation explores the background and design philosophy of the designer Morandi, overviews the construction and design of the Genoa bridge and highlights the possible causes of the collapse. The presentation concludes with some lessons learnt that could be relevant to New Zealand bridge infrastructure.