F Nov 2015

Turin Metro: an “Olympic” record project

A deep interview to discover the background of the construction of the first automatic Italian metro line in Turin.

Rome. Mr. Demetrio Morabito welcomes us in his office looking onto the Tiber. It’s the 25th September 2015 and we are in the capital of Italy, at the headquarters of the Italian branch of the international group SYSTRA, Systra-Sotecni Spa, of which Morabito has been Managing Director since 2000, thanks to his many years’ experience in the field of transport infrastructures, as Technical Manager of the prestigious Italian construction company Astaldi SpA. Before coming to work for Systra Group, Demetrio Morabito took part, in a series of management positions, in the construction of prestigious engineering works in Italy, including the Rome-Naples High Speed railway line, the Jonica highway, the metro in Naples and the design and modelling of the tender of the Bridge over the Strait of Messina. He has also been involved in many prestigious projects abroad, such as the Caracas-Cua railway line in Venezuela, the Bucharest-Costanta railway line in Romania, the Plodvid-Svilengrad line in Bulgaria and the Warsaw metro. Such an impressive curriculum has justly earned him his position in an international-level company with numerous projects to its name both in Italy and abroad. With him, Railway Engineering has specifically taken a close look at a project that is an absolute first for Italy: the Turin Metro, the first to be fully automatic and driverless, thanks to the VAL system.

by Anna Celenta

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