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GEOLOGY APPLIED TO ENGINEERING

CODE 61919
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9022 SCIENZE GEOLOGICHE (LM-74) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR GEO/05
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Engineering Geology is the science applied to the study and solution of engineering and environmental problems arising from the interaction between human activities and geology. The purpose is to ensure that geological factors affecting engineering works are properly interpreted and taken into account in order to avoid or reduce the consequences of geological hazards.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching is aimed to provide the students with the skills required to address properly the main engineering geological issues, related both to natural phenomena or civil engineering works, which may arise in professional activity. In particular, the following subjects are dealt with: 1) rock mass strength and deformability; stability analysis of rock slopes for planar, wedge and toppling failures; 2) groundwater wells and pumping tests; 3) slope stabilization methods and soil hardening; 4) engineering geological issues related to the construction of roads, tunnels and dams; 5) basic concepts of the Technical Regulations on Constructions (NTC 2018).

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The teaching aims to provide students with the skills to identify and solve problems arising from the interaction between the natural and man-made environment as well as from the construction of civil engineering works. In this regard, within the course, basic concepts of rock mechanics and hydrogeology previously provided during the bachelor's degree are integrated and applications of previously acquired knowledge to major civil engineering works (e.g. foundation works, tunneling, slope stabilization works and consolidation techniques, dams, and roads) are introduced. A specific part of the course is devoted to provide students with the framework and structure of technical construction legislation for the aspects of interest for professional Geologist.

    PREREQUISITES

    Basic knowledge of Physics, Geology, Structural Geology, Geomorphology and Applied Geology.

     

    TEACHING METHODS

    Teaching consists of lectures, tutorial activities and field trips.

    Attendance at lectures, tutorials and field trips is strongly recommended.

    Classroom lectures are delivered through multimedia presentations.

    Tutorial activities are aimed at the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the frontal lectures. The exercises involve individual reports and final discussion with the lecturer.

    Teaching support activities by geologists registered with the Geologist Regional Order and/or with geologists employed in other public administrations are scheduled.

    Regarding the teaching method, please refer to the teaching-specific AulaWeb instance for possible updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Rock mechanics complements: Strength of Intact Rock (Hoek & Brown Failure Criterion); Strength and deformability of rock masses.

    Hydrogeology complements: design and execution of water wells; conditioning of a well; pumping tests and data interpretation.

    Dams: definitions; types; geological investigations for dam design.

    Roads: geological investigation for the design of a road; criteria and execution processes for the construction of a road; materials used in the construction of roads; requirements of materials used in the construction of roads; methods of construction of a road; geological issues in the construction of a road.

    Slope stabilization works and consolidation techniques: surface protection and erosion control works; modifying the slope geometry or the mass distribution; modifying the surface water regime; modifying the groundwater regime; modifying the characteristics of the ground; transferring loads to competent ground; retaining structures; measures to stop or deviate the path of the landslide debris.

    Tunnels: factors to be considered and investigations for tunnelling; geological issues; design solutions; excavation methods; construction stages; geological-geotechnical monitoring.

    Technical legislation on constructions: aspects of interest for professional geologists.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    - Gonzales de Vallejo L.I. (2005) - Geoingegneria. Pearson education Italia Ed.

    - Gattinoni P., Pizzarotti E., Scattolini E., Scesi L. (2004) – Stabilità dei pendii e dei fronti di scavo in roccia. PEI Ed.

    - Scesi L., Papini M., Gattinoni P. Longoni L. (2015) - Geologia Tecnica. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana.

    - Scesi L., Papini M., Gattinoni P. (2006) - Geologia applicata – il rilevamento geologico-tecnico (vol. 1). Casa Editrice Ambrosiana.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    See detailed timetable at the following link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

     

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam consists of oral examination to ascertain the student's learning of the topics covered within the course and the student's ability to expound on them.

    Please refer to the teaching-specific AulaWeb instance for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of depth of each topic will be given during the course.
    The oral examination will focus mainly on the topics covered during the lectures and will aim to assess not only whether the student has achieved an adequate level of knowledge, but whether he or she has acquired the ability to analyze and integrate the knowledge acquired during the practice activities and excursions conducted during the course.
    The ability to describe the topics clearly and with the appropriate terminology will also be assessed.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    24/01/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    07/02/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    20/06/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    04/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    18/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    05/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    19/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Frequency is recommended.