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Academic / Professional qualifications
Andrea achieved a BSc. in Building Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy) in July 2011 and MSc. (first class honour) in Civil Engineering at the University of Trento in October 2015.
Andrea is a Ph.D. researcher in Civil Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research, supervised by professor Daniele Zonta (lead supervisor) and Dr. John Douglas, is addressed to the multi-hazard assessment and early warning for civil infrastructure, but I am currently focused on the problem of scour at bridge foundations.
The Ph.D. was suspended from November 2017 because Andrea was employed as a research assistant for a 12-month project on bridge scour (Early warning decision support system for the management of underwater scour risk for road and railway bridges). It was founded by the NERC Environmental Risk to Infrastructure Innovation Programme (Grant no. NE/R009090/1). Transport Scotland, Network Rail, Arup, Heriot-Watt University, and SEPA are partners involved in the project.
The project aims at developing a Decision Support System (DSS) for scour risk management for road and railway bridges. The system will estimate and update the present and future failure risk using real-time information from monitoring of scour depth, rainfall forecast, and river flow characteristics.
Using a probabilistic approach, scour depth at every bridge locations of an infrastructure network will be estimated by monitoring limited and critical bridges. Roughly speaking, observation from a scour monitoring system installed at a pier of one bridge is used by the probabilistic tool (i.e., the Bayesian Network) to provide a better estimate of the scour depth at unmonitored bridges.
The scour risk rating methods used by Transport Scotland, and Network Rail are then reproduced in a probabilistic form. Finally, the optimal decision to take (do nothing, send inspectors or close the bridge) is found through a Decision model.
A scour monitoring system will be installed on a bridge in south-west Scotland (A76 200 bridge over River Nith in New Cumnock) to demonstrate the functioning of the DSS, and Andrea has tested it in the Strathclyde's Geomechanics laboratory.
Andrea's research interests are structural health monitoring, scour risk assessment, Bayesian inference, Bayesian Networks, bridge vulnerability assessment, earthquake risk assessment, post-earthquake damage building assessment, signal processing, and data analysis.
Andrea is also a teaching assistant for the Civil Engineering course assisting with course development, marking and tutorial lecturing for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is currently assisting with the Prestressed Concrete, Composite Materials & Structural Stability class of the bachelor and masters degree.
Alongside assisting in teaching classes, Andrea supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students in their dissertation project.
Master of Engineering, University of Trento
Bachelor of Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
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Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation