A joint effort leaded by Henesis team, together with Mountain Guides “La Pietra” allowed to put in place the first set of sensors for the monitoring of Bismantova Stone (Pietra di Bismantova) rock falls. Thanks to Beesper monitoring system and specific extensometers, it is now possible to observe the behaviour of more concerning fractures along the rock face affected by the last landslide.
Bismantova Stone is a world famous touristic place in the middle of Northern Apenine, Italy. It always attracted interest of human beings. It is already mentioned in Dante’s Divina Commedia, and nowadays hosts a quiet hermitage. Its white and high scarps attract numerous climbers from the surrounding and abroad.
The surrounding landscape reveals a long evolution characterized by huge rock falls and rock avalanches, other than large landslides. So that, the recent episodes of instability are not per-se exceptional, but significant in terms of hazard affecting both occasional tourists and the people used to spend there their leisure time activities.
Following the last dangerous event occurred in 2013, Castelnuovo ne’ Monti Municipality relied on the expertise of Earth Science Dept. researchers at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and Henesis’ Beesper technology to quantitatively assess the evolving risk of the more unstable scarps.
The set of solar powered sensors already installed and registering deformation data along the main crack resulting after the last landslide will be enriched in the next weeks by other nodes and an embedded video acquisition and analysis system.
Vassi in Sanleo e discendesi in Noli,
montasi su in Bismantova e ‘n Cacume
con esso i piè; ma qui convien ch’om voli;
Dante Alighieri (Purgatorio 04-25)