Austria and Italy: Brenner Base Tunnel, Innsbruck and Verona
In the summer of 2018, an excursion to Austria and Italy accompanied by Prof. Fritz Grübl and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silvia Weber took place with a total of 40 students. The aim was to study large, future-oriented projects from various fields of civil engineering. The first station was the Zugspitze cable car, which currently holds three world records: highest steel construction support for aerial tramways (127 m), overcoming the largest total height difference in one section (1,945 m) and longest free span (3,213 m). After the descent, the tunnel construction site of the Brenner base tunnel, which will be the longest underground railway connection in the world (64 km), was visited. The individual equipment and procedures were explained by Prof. Grübl.
The journey continued to Italy, the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Verona impressed with its historical buildings. The famous Arena, the Castelvecchio Castle and the Ponte Scaligero segmental arch bridge were visited. In Padua the second oldest university in Italy, the Palazzo del Bo and the chair of Galileo Galilei were visited.
An inconspicuous cemetery in the village of San Vito d' Altivole is a place of pilgrimage for architecture fans and concrete technologists. Here is the grave of the Brion family, designed by the Venetian star architect Carlo Scarpa in exposed concrete.
Back in Austria, the city of Innsbruck was visited. Here the special works of the Iraqi star architect Zara Hadid are to be emphasized. The artistically curved ski jump "Bergiselschanze", the valley station and the bridge over the Inn River represent architectural masterpieces in the idyllic Alpine panorama.
Further entries from the Guinness Book of Records were visited in Reutte and Rottach. In Reutte the longest rope suspension bridge in the world (406 m) was built. In Rottach, the world's longest bridge made of textile concrete until 2007.
Report Stable Whisper 50, October 2018