Italy: State-of-the-art milling technology for one of the most famous race tracks in the world of motor sports

To make the "Marco Simoncelli" Misano World Circuit faster and safer, Pesaresi Giuseppe SpA decided to take advantage of the cutting-edge technologies of WIRTGEN and Trimble. In less than three weeks, all irregularities were removed from the track, leaving it ready for more spectacular motor sports competitions.

The "Marco Simoncelli" Misano World Circuit is a motorcycle race track in the Italian town of Misano Adriatico in the Emilia-Romagna region on the Adriatic Riviera, a few kilometers to the south of the provincial capital Rimini. Since 1991, the town has regularly hosted the World Superbike Championships and – since 2007 – the San Marino Grand Prix.

When Santa Monica SpA issued a call for tender to modernize the track, the construction of two new track sections was also planned. These plans additionally included measures to enhance safety as well as increase the speed.

Wirtgen races over finishing line at the Misano World Circuit with its 3D technology. Foto: Trimble.

Wirtgen races over finishing line at the Misano World Circuit with its 3D technology. Foto: Trimble.

WIRTGEN and Trimble won the race

The person responsible for optimizing the race track was Jarno Zaffelli, owner of Dromo Italian Applied Circuit Design, one of the world's leading experts in race track design. Pesaresi Giuseppe SpA from Rimini, a company that has specialized in road construction projects for more than 50 years, was commissioned with carrying out the work.

The goal was to pave around 5,000 t of new road surface – a job requiring 80 workers and 50 vehicles. The demands were high. In addition to changing the longitudinal and cross slope of the track, all existing undulations and other irregularities had to be rectified. The use of 3D technology was expressly stipulated in the technical specifications during both the planning and the implementation phases, in order to ensure the necessary precision.

The Trimble SPS930 Universal Total Station is adapted to the active prism of the Wirtgen cold milling machine. This allows the milling depth to be adjusted with millimeter accuracy. Foto: Trimble.

The Trimble SPS930 Universal Total Station is adapted to the active prism of the Wirtgen cold milling machine. This allows the milling depth to be adjusted with millimeter accuracy. Foto: Trimble.

The milling depth needed to be adjusted with millimeter accuracy during the milling work to remove all irregularities from the track. It was the only way to ensure that the surface of the finished asphalt track was absolutely even. This prompted Pesaresi Giuseppe to select its WIRTGEN W 210 cold milling machine for this job, together with a 3D solution from Trimble.

"Intelligent" milling: W 210 with PCS900 delivered perfect results

Once the terrain had been surveyed in collaboration with a topology and engineering construction company, the exact 3D terrain profile for the Wirtgen cold milling machine W 210 was created and uploaded. Equipped with the Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System, the W 210 was then able to achieve outstanding precision down to the last millimeter using the 3D profile.

Non-stop milling is possible by switching from one total station to another with Hot Swap technology, preventing the formation of bumps when the machine stops. Photo: Trimble

Non-stop milling is possible by switching from one total station to another with Hot Swap technology, preventing the formation of bumps when the machine stops.Photo: Trimble

Trimble "Hot Swap" technology ensured instant transitioning between the individual total stations for uninterrupted milling work. As a result, no bumps were caused by the machine stopping on the track.

The WIRTGEN cold milling machine W 210 is the ideal choice for fast and economical handling of such construction projects, as milling drum units with working widths of 1.50 m, 2.0 m and 2.20 m and selectable milling drum speeds mean that the compact large milling machine can be flexibly modified on the job site to cater to local conditions. A high milling performance, optimum maneuverability as well as the fuel-saving drive concept with two diesel engines ensure maximum economy in all working situations.

The use of 3D technology also speeds up job processing, as the trucks do not have to avoid stringlines or stakes and they can move faster and more easily on the surface when transporting material away.

The Wirtgen cold milling machine W 210 is equipped with an interface for 3D systems. The Trimble PCS900 system was used for this job. Photo: Trimble

The Wirtgen cold milling machine W 210 is equipped with an interface for 3D systems. The Trimble PCS900 system was used for this job. Photo: Trimble

Fast, successful job completion

Work was completed in as little as 14 working days, following which the asphalt paving work could begin. Just four days later, the entire job was finished – on time and in compliance with all specifications. The new track is now completely smooth. What's more, with the additional track sections, all spectators on the grandstands will now have a much better view of the entire course. This project has paved the way for more spectacular, world-class motor sport competitions.

Il control box installato sulla scarificatrice a freddo Wirtgen indica la posizione del tam-buro fresante rispetto al progetto 3D o alla compensazione verticale definita. Foto: Trimble

Il control box installato sulla scarificatrice a freddo Wirtgen indica la posizione del tam-buro fresante rispetto al progetto 3D o alla compensazione verticale definita. Foto: Trimble