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GEOTECHNICAL PROBLEMS IN BUILT ENVIRONMENT

CODE 97205
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 11 cfu during the 1st year of 10719 ENGINEERING FOR BUILDING RETROFITTING(LM-24) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/07
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim of the course is to analyze some of the main aspects related to soil-structure interaction phenomena that occur in the built environment. Since the focus is on existing buildings, after a first part that deals with the types of foundation and the basic methods used in practice for settlement assessment and bearing capacity calculation, the issues of greatest interest, due to external and natural causes (e.g. slope movements, soil liquefaction, groundwater oscillations, subsidence, etc.) and anthropogenic (e .g. deep excavations, shallow tunnels, etc.), are detailed and studied in depth. The course also provides the knowledge and skills to students on design and intervention guidelines relating to the foundation-soil system, such as the strengthening of foundations, underpinnig and soil improvement.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    -  foundation types (shallow and deep) and methods  for calculating settlements and bearing capacity.

    - geotechnical problems of major concern for existing buildings: slope movements due to landslides; actions induced by an earthquake, loss of bearing capacity and settlements induced by soil liquefaction, problems related to deep excavations and shallow tunneling

    - knowledge and skill on design guidelines and methods for possible intervention techniques on the foundation-soil system (underpinning, reinforcement and ground improvement).

    TEACHING METHODS

    This module uses lectures, tutorial exercises, case histories and practice exercises. Technical visits could also be organized.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    - Soil Mechanics : an overview

    - Existing buildings: foundation types; settlement and bearing capacity assessment approaches.

    - Analysis of geotechnical problems:

    • landslides and slope movements,
    •  seismic aspects related to geotechnical issues (site effects, pseudo static analyses for  foundation stability problems, soil liquefaction) 
    • deep excavations and shallow tunneling
    • Damage levels and practical assessment methods.

    - Intervention techniques on the foundation-soil system:  underpinning, reinforcement and ground improvement.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Set of Notes  (Aulaweb)

    Research Papers suggested by the teacher

    Matos Fernandes M. (2020). Analysis and design of geotechnical structures . CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

    Lutenegger A.J.(2019). Soil Geotechnology in Construction. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

    Barnes G.E. (2000). Soil mechanics: Principles and Practice (2nd ed.) Palgrave

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    RICCARDO BERARDI (President)

    ROSSELLA BOVOLENTA

    STEFANIA DEGLI ABBATI

    SERENA CATTARI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam consists of an oral test that focuses on the syllabus topics, as well as a discussion of possible exercises developed individually or in group

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam is thougth to assess if that the theoretical and practical concepts relating to the topics of the course  have been acquired and understood, through specific questions and discussion of real case studies, as well as insights into any exercises proposed during the lessons. Both the quality of the exposition, the skill in the syllabus topics , the capacity for critical reasoning will be assessed.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    10/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    02/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale