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The first part of the course provides an overview of the testing techniques and analytical tools that are routinely employed in the study of problems in rock engineering. The second part of the course focuses instead on the analysis of groundwater movement describing the procedures for geo-hydrological characterisation and the relevant methods for engineering design.
The prerequisites of the course are: a) a good knowledge of solid mechanics and b) a sound understanding of the principles of geotechnical engineering including both mechanical aspects (e.g. laws of soil deformation and strength) and hydraulic aspects (e.g. flow in porous materials under both transient and stationary conditions).
The course has an approximate duration of 50 hours. It consists of a combination of theoretical lectures and class exercises. The language of the course is English.
J. A. Hudson and J.P. Harrison (1997)
Engineering Rock Mechanics
Pergamon, ISBN 9780080438641
Handouts provided by the lecturer
Office hours: The lecturer receives by appointment to be agreed via e-mail.
DOMENICO GALLIPOLI (President)
LUCA GIOVANNI LANZA (President)
AGOSTINO WALTER BRUNO (President Substitute)
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
Students are assessed by means of: a) an individual written test covering the entire course syllabus and b) an individual oral presentation to peers about a relevant engineering problem.
The written test lasts typically two hours and includes between two and four questions, whose weight is equally split between the subjects of rock mechanics and geo-hydrology.
The oral presentation lasts about half hour and is followed by questions posed by peers and lecturer. The subject of the oral presentation is free but it must cover an engineering case study relevant to the domain of rock mechanics and/or groundwater analysis.
The written test and the oral presentation have the purpose of evaluating the student's learning outcomes in different contexts. The written test enables the students to demonstrate their knowledge in a context that favours reflective reasoning on blind questions. The presentation allows the students to demonstrate their knowledge in a context that privileges communication and dialectical interaction skills.
The written test has a weight between 80% and 90% of the final grade of the exam.
The individual oral presentation is evaluated collectively by the students and the lecturer. It weighs between 20% and 10% of the final grade of the exam.