Structural reinforcement

The characteristics, process, equipment and materials to be used on a project involving the making safe of a structure or its structural reinforcement are defined by a preliminary, fundamental phase of fact-finding investigations aimed at determining the physical-chemical properties and static-constructional characteristics of single elements as well as the structure in its complexity.

The analysis of the unstable elements is correlated to a stratigraphic analysis of the structure of the walls and tests carried out with the mobile laboratory, as well as remotely, which allow the planners to define the structures and most suitable methods for the reinforcement with the aim of guaranteeing the correct conditions for its safety and stability over time.

The works are carried out by combining the teams who work on the structure with teams of restorers, thereby approaching the project in a unified and effective way thanks to the synergy of the skills held by the whole working group.

Over the course of the years Leonardo has built up a solid experience base in the treatment of boarded up buildings which are subject to large-scale structural damage, and also in relation to various registered seismic events in Italy (the earthquake in Emilia Romagna and Lombardy, 2012, and that in L’Aquila, 2009). The variety of houses taken on – in relation to their different morphological characteristics and those of the matter and substance of the buildings and the relative level of damage to them – has allowed Leonardo to specialise, outlining an approach aimed at those particular types of interventions.