On the 8th of November, Manens-Tifs visited the construction site of MOSE (acronym of the Italian name “Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico”), an integrated work of civil, environmental and hydraulic engineering still under construction, aimed at the defense of Venice and of its lagoon from the disastrous consequences of the “High Water Phenomenon”.
The “High Water Phenomenon”, that has become increasingly frequent and intense in the last decades (starting from the so called “Grande Alluvione” of 1966 to the last critic events of 2018), represents a dangerous and continuous threat for the inhabitants of Venice, for the foundations of the buildings, for the great historical, artistic and environmental heritage of the Venetian capital, as well as for the other nearby lagoon cities.
MOSE aims to protect the Venetian lagoon from these dramatic events, through the construction of retractable movable gates placed at the so-called inlets (the water connections between the lagoon with the open sea through which the ebb and flow of the tide occurs) of Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia, temporarily isolating the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea during the high tide events.
After an explanation of the construction characteristics of the work at the Consorzio Venezia Nuova primary hall located at the Arsenal, Manens-Tifs’s team visited the Lido’s inlet (one of the three construction site together with Malamocco and Chioggia) where two rows of gates are located: the barrier of North Lido (21 gates, total lenght 420 m) and the barrier of South Lido (20 gates, total lenght 400 m). The barriers are separated by a new artificial island that houses the main technical buildings for the operation of the gates.
MOSE can be considered the most important work in the world in the sector of civil and environmental protection, both for its unique technical characteristics and for the size of the involved territory and the extension of work.
With this visit, Manens-Tifs has shared with its staff the uniqueness of this work, that should be a reason of pride and satisfaction for all the Italian engineering.
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