GeoTalks@TU Darmstadt
16.11.2021 - Prof. Marco Barla

Rehabilitation methods for Italian motorway tunnels

Italian motorways were built since 1921 and they include many engineering structures subjected to decay and aging over time. Among these, #tunnels are currently being inspected and repaired. The need arises to identify appropriate #rehabilitation methods that can also guarantee the continuation of service in safe conditions and functionality. The repair works often require partial or integral demolition and rebuilding of the tunnel crown and springlines. Marco will present that this is a challenge but also an opportunity for a major upgrade and for the renewal of the infrastructure.

About Marco Barla:
Marco Barla is Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He is the coordinator of a research group active in the field of energy geostructures, laboratory testing on soils and rocks, numerical modeling, tunnel excavation, slope stability, monitoring ( He is the Editor in Chief of the ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, the President of ELGIP, European Large Geotechnical Institutes Platform, and Chair of the next Iacmag 2022 conference. Besides, he gained more than 20 years’ experience as a consultant and founder of Geosolving srl, a full engineering company.