Reconstruction and reinforcement
Seven years have passed since then. Santa Maria del Suffragio was one of the first landmark buildings to be partially restored. The use of provisional supports allowed its partial opening to the public one year after the tragedy. Full reconstruction of the church started in 2013 and is still ongoing. The earthquake did not only cause the collapse of the dome but also resulted in structural deficiencies in the whole building.
The structure is not only being reconstructed, but also seismically reinforced to guarantee the stability and safety of this important landmark in the years to come. In order to continuously monitor and control the structure’s behavior, the reinforcements are being tested by I.A.T. Ingegneria A&T
and Earth System
, companies focus on measurements for geotechnical, environmental and structural monitoring. Optical measurement technology by HBM FiberSensing supports monitoring of strain and temperature in the pre-stressed tie rods used for reinforcement (see figure 1 & 2 for an installation plan).