Maintenance Conference MeditMaint 2019 was held in Dubrovnik Ispis
Autor Krešimir Brandt   
Srijeda, 05 Lipanj 2019 13:01


From May 22 to 24, the conference MeditMaint 2019 was held in Dubrovnik, organized by the Croatian Maintenance Society. There were about a hundred engineers and managers from seven European countries. The topics were very actual. Why we need CMMS, digitisation and Industry 4.0, increasing reliability and availability of technical systems…

Special attention was taken by the EFNMS Workshop on Physical Asset Management in front of fast changes in the business environment and new technological horizont as well as lecture on the construction and future maintenance of the Peljesac Bridge and the state of the road infrastructure with an emphasis on bridges. The presentation on the Peljesac Bridge was completed by the B.Sc. Marjan Pipenbaher, chief bridge designer, and after the Morandi Bridge collapse the lecture on the inspection of the Croatian bridges was addressed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Construction of the Republic of Croatia mr. sc. Željko Uhlir. The workshop was led by Finnish expert Dr. Kari Komonen and Slovenian engineer Janez Tomažin. Mr. Franco Santini's lecture about Maintenance as Physical Assets Integrity Assurance was also very interesting.

Counseling was particularly ceremonial for two Croatian engineers, Marko Rukavina from HIPP Croatia and Drazen Mlinac from Zvijezda, who were officially promoted to certified European maintenance management experts.

The Second Day of Counseling mr. Sc. Željko Uhlir held a lecture on the situation in Croatia's road infrastructure, with emphasis on the status of bridges and viaducts.

As explained, the road infrastructure is divided into that governed by the state and local self-government. After last year's tragedy in Genoa, where 43 people died at the demolition of Morandi Bridge, the Ministry of Construction has decided to make an estimate of the status of bridges in Croatia. With highways and roads under the state control, there are no major problems. Every four years there is a new road management program, which means regular maintenance. Unfortunately, structures under the authority of local self-government are out of control. At the regulatory level, everything is perfectly arranged, but local self-government is most difficult to separate the kuna for expensive and "invisible works", maintaining infrastructure. In the summer of 2018, MGIPU has requested bridges for 35 cities. The two cities – Rijeka and Vinkovci – had such a maintenance plan. Other cities – nothing.

Many will agree that the middle part of the second day of Counseling was a lecture dipl. ing Marjan Pipenbaher, a world renowned architect from Slovenia who, as the chief designer, signs the Pelješac bridge project. The total length of the bridge will be 2404 meters and will be one od the longest bridges in Europe. Monitoring and maintenance are the 21st century technologies. The bridge will be equipped with multiple aerometars, 3D ultrasound, two seismographs, six GPS stations, a traffic control system, a fire control system, visual surveillance, geometric monitoring, accelerometers … At the end of all these devices there will be a management center where analyze the collected data, perform visual inspection and assess the need for maintenance and taking corrective and intervention measures.

Counseling also had its own terrain. On the first day, participants watched the mills and the pillar for the skirting on the river Ljuta. Interestingness is from the aspect of tradition, but also from the aspect of maintenance, because such objects can last indefinitely. There are still technical systems that can last forever with proper maintenance. On the last day of the Counseling, a panel discussion was held and a lecture by prof. Maje Nodari about the maintenance of medieval Dubrovnik walls. The participants of the Counseling with the professional guidance of prof. Nodari went to the wall and learned many historical and cultural sights. Counseling was finalized at the Sponza palace, where participants of the Counseling were welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik Orlanda Tokić.