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Protecting Historic Venice

By [email protected] - 13th July 2006 - 20:27

Intergraph Corporation announced a partnership with the Italian government to safeguard the Venice lagoon from the rising tides of the Adriatic Sea, which threaten to erode this distinguished city and erase history in the next 50 to 100 years.
Consorzio Venezia Nuova (CVN) is a private consortium which proposed a solution to the sinking of Venice. The solution, Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico (Electromechanic Experimental Module) or MOSE, was approved by the Italian government in 2003 and is slated for completion in 2011. It features 78 submerged, mobile dams at the three entrances to the lagoon.When the sea tide rises above 110 centimeters, the dams can be activated by inflating compressed air and expelling water, thereby preventing the flooding of the lagoon and the city of Venice. Magistrato alle Acque of Venezia, the government agency charged with safeguarding and managing Venetian waters, and CVN have employed Intergraph hardware and software solutions, almost exclusively for nearly 15 years.The selection of a suite of Intergraph GIS and commercial photogrammetry products for the protection, management and infrastructure maintenance of the Venice lagoon is the latest extension of the relationship. âThe city of Venice, its waters and lagoon are regarded by the world as important pieces of history,â said Roberto Rosselli, manager, System Informativi (IT) Group of Consorzio Venezia Nuova (CVN).âThe management of the infrastructure, the issues relating to the management of Venetian waters and the protection of the city require accurate and current data and the technologies necessary for managing the area. Intergraph supports these needs with best-of-class geospatial tools that allow for the highest level of management of those components.âThe Intergraph products used to obtain GIS information and conduct analyses of environmental issues include ImageStation, MGE, GeoMedia and the GeoMedia Web Map family. As the project expands in depth and scope, additional Intergraph products and professional services will be utilized.

Author: Carlos DellaMaddalena

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