Rock barriers: safety
for infrastructures in mountain areas
Relationship between man, mountain and technology
In mountain areas like South Tyrol, the issue of rockfall barriers is becoming increasingly important. Experts agree in stating that, in the future, falling rocks will be an increasingly significant problem in the area. Events like the massive landslide of 2014 at Ronchi di Termeno, prove which forces can be set in motion by falling rocks. The largest of those rocks, which only just grazed the Freisinger Hof, had a volume of 380 cubic metres.
Every year, South Tyrol spends 40 million Euro for the construction of protection barriers against falling rocks. In addition to homes and businesses, it is also necessary to protect sensitive infrastructures like, for example, the Brennero motorway. A fundamental role is played by the ongoing development of the materials used, which makes them suitable for new challenges. In this way, together with a farsighted planning of danger zones, experts aim at preventing damage to people and infrastructures, even though safety can never be guaranteed 100%.
Good Practice: Rock barriers in Ronchi di Termeno
In January 2014, in Ronchi di Termeno, there was a bad landslide. After the emergency, the geology and materials planning office put extensive protection measures to work. The result are the two embankments that protect the inhabited areas from further rockfall.
The experts in our network:
- Geology and materials testing office
- Heinrich Ausserer