Roma Metropolitane Line C, Section T3, Italy
Steel fibre-reinforced precast concrete segments
Owner: Roma Metropolitane
Engineer: Rocksoil S.p.A. – Metro C S.c.p.A.
General contractor: Metro C S.c.p.A.
What we do

Making the case for steel fibres in place of traditional reinforcing bars in Italy’s underground construction

Running from the eastern suburbs into the heart of Rome, Line C will add 26km to the region’s metro system when all phases are completed. TBM excavation for Section T3 constructed twin tunnels approximately 2.8km long, 25–30m deep, passing below the historic city centre and in close proximity to many world-renowned monuments and archaeological finds.

The challenge


Building complex infrastructure in such a culturally and historically significant area required a dedicated focus to protecting structures above as well as below ground.


The Metro C consortium introduced the idea of using segments reinforced solely with steel fibres to simplify cross passage excavation between the twin tunnels.

Metro C, Rocksoil, and the Università Roma Tor Vergata, worked with Bekaert to test the use of steel fibre-reinforced precast concrete.

The solution


The testing confirmed the structural and durability advantages of steel fibres. This enabled the consortium to secure a Technical Assessment Certificate – in accordance with Chapter 11, point 11.1, letter C of DM 17.01.2018 for the use of steel-fibre reinforced concrete for lining tunnels in Italy, as well as the creation of other prefabricated products for underground construction. 


In addition to the cross passage areas, the team successfully trialled steel fibre reinforced concrete segments on Section T3 of Rome’s Linea C—a first in Italy—using Dramix® 4D 80/60 BG fibres.

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