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Applications of Stratigraphic Analysis to Enhance the Inspection and Structural Characterization of Historic Bridges

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Institute for Construction Technologies, National Research Council of Italy, Secondary Branch of L’Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Institute for Construction Technologies, National Research Council of Italy, Secondary Branch of Naples, 80146 Naples, Italy
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Department of Biosciences and Territory, University of Molise, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
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Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 24 December 2020 / Accepted: 31 December 2020 / Published: 7 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Infrastructures Inspection and Maintenance)
Road networks are disseminated of bridge structures whose typology reflects the time of design and construction of the transportation infrastructure and its relevance in the reference geographical area. Among others, masonry bridges are still widely operational, especially in those regions affected by a limited urbanization and a very high landscape value. As a consequence, the maintenance and the reliability of existing structures is a key issue for owners and managers of road and railway infrastructures. This circumstance leads to the development of an integrated approach able to cover the needs of knowledge of the technological and structural features of the bridge along with its history and current conditions. The main contribution of the study lies in the implementation of such an interdisciplinary approach through the application of archaeological stratigraphic method and 3D data management to historical masonry bridges. The survey and inspection protocol, whose first results are here presented, aims to improve the knowledge of the assets, and facilitate the visual inspection. The results refer to a road infrastructure located along the Aterno River in the surroundings of L’Aquila (Central Italy) and point out promising perspectives in terms of feasibility and scalability of the approach to large stocks of assets. View Full-Text
Keywords: masonry bridges; infrastructure conservation; archaeological analysis of bridges; knowledge of historical artifact; historical bridges; inspection and maintenance masonry bridges; infrastructure conservation; archaeological analysis of bridges; knowledge of historical artifact; historical bridges; inspection and maintenance
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Savini, F.; Rainieri, C.; Fabbrocino, G.; Trizio, I. Applications of Stratigraphic Analysis to Enhance the Inspection and Structural Characterization of Historic Bridges. Infrastructures 2021, 6, 7. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6010007

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Savini F, Rainieri C, Fabbrocino G, Trizio I. Applications of Stratigraphic Analysis to Enhance the Inspection and Structural Characterization of Historic Bridges. Infrastructures. 2021; 6(1):7. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6010007

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Savini, Francesca; Rainieri, Carlo; Fabbrocino, Giovanni; Trizio, Ilaria. 2021. "Applications of Stratigraphic Analysis to Enhance the Inspection and Structural Characterization of Historic Bridges" Infrastructures 6, no. 1: 7. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6010007

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