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ENGINEERING GEOLOGICAL SURVEY AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

CODE 108793
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 4 cfu during the 2nd year of 9022 SCIENZE GEOLOGICHE (LM-74) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR GEO/05
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The engineering-geological survey is aimed at collecting, in the field and in laboratory, and through several methods, geomechanical, geotechnical and hydrogeological data, to produce technical outputs (e.g., geological and geotechnical models, thematic maps) supporting the design of civil engineering structures and urban planning.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course is aimed at providing concepts regarding both traditional and innovative methods for collecting and analysing engineering geological, geomechanical and hydrogeological data. At the end of the course the student gains skills that will be useful in addressing geological issues in the frame of engineering geological design and territorial planning. Starting from the fundamental knowledge provided during the basic courses dealing with Engineering Geology, complementary theoretical notions will be provided, combined with field and laboratory activities, which will allow the student to undertake a practical-oriented training path.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims at providing theoretical and practical knowledge concerning engineering-geological, geomechanical and hydrogeological data survey and processing for soil and rock mass characterization and for geological and geotechnical model definition. Know-how regarding data collection through both field and laboratory surveys and measurements, processing of engineering-geological data, acquired with both traditional and innovative methodologies, elaboration and analysis of thematic maps will be provided.

    At the end of the course, the student gains skills useful to: i) describe and assess the main engineering-geological features of soils and rock masses, also in relation to different geological and geomorphological settings and at different spatial scales; ii) schedule engineering-geological investigation programs; iii) develop geological and geotechnical models to support the design of engineering constructions and urban planning, also in compliance with building codes and urban planning regulations.

    The course also aims at providing both independent and critical judgment to tackle engineering-geological issues during participatory processes with other experts.

    PREREQUISITES

    Basic knowledge of Physics, Structural and Stratigraphic Geology, Geomorphology, Engineering Geology, Soil and Rock Mechanics, Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course is based on lectures, laboratory activities and field trips.

    Lectures are performed through multimedia presentations dealing with theoretical arguments and the presentation of relevant case histories.

    Laboratory activities aims at the application of theoretical knowledge by solving practical problems, also using specific software. They include both individual tasks and tutorials carried out and discussed with the teacher.

    Field trips include the application of some geological-technical survey techniques learned in the classroom.

    Please refer to the specific AulaWeb application of this course for any update due to possible changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course deals with the following topics:

    • Introduction to engineering-geological survey purposes in the framework of the design of civil engineering constructions and of urban planning.
    • Brief reminder regarding the most important criteria aimed at the definition and scheduling of engineering-geological survey campaigns according to official guidelines and regulations (i.e., building codes and urban planning laws).
    • Methods for engineering-geological survey applied to both the characterization and modelling of rock masses and heterogeneous and structurally complex formations (e.g., flysch, mélanges, block in matrix rocks) to support the design of underground excavations and slope stability analysis.
    • Engineering-geological surveys applied to the analysis of slow-moving landslides and of rapid shallow-landslides involving slope debris.
    • Methods for engineering-geological survey applied to subsoil characterization and modelling to support the design of foundations and of retaining works.
    • Hints of engineering-geological survey for applications in the field of hydrogeology.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Learning material provided during the course and available on Aulaweb.

    • Casadio M., Elmi C. (1995) – Il Manuale del Geologo. Pitagora Editrice, Bologna.
    • Cestari F. (2005) – Prove geotecniche in sito. Ed. Geo-Graph. 3^ Ed.
    • Gonzales de Vallejo L.I. (2005) - Geoingegneria. Pearson Education Italia editore
    • Gattinoni P., Pizzarotti E., Scattolini E., Scesi L. (2004) – Stabilità dei pendii e dei fronti di scavo in roccia. Edizioni PEI.
    • Hencher S.R. (2012) - Practical engineering geology. Spon Press, Taylor & Francis, Oxon
    • 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
    • Scesi L., Papini M., Gattinoni P. (2003) - Geologia applicata – applicazioni ai progetti di ingegneria civile. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    The lessons timetable is available at the following link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam consists of both a practical and an oral test. The practical test is based on the analysis and resolution of a simple practical case involving the application of engineering-geological survey for the definition of subsoil geological and geotechnical models in the framework of engineering geological applications. The oral examination is based on a discussion concerning the practical test along with questions on the topics dealt with during the course.

    The practical test is passed with a mark greater than or equal to 18/30. The final mark is given by the arithmetic mean between the marks of the two tests.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The examination process is aimed at verifying acquired knowledge and comprehension of subjects covered within the course as well as the student's capability to address simple issues related to engineering-geological applications. The level of student's ability to present, with the correct use of technical terminology, along with the critical reasoning will be also evaluated. Details on how to prepare for the exams and the level of detail required for each topic will be provided during lectures.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    25/01/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    08/02/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    21/06/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    05/07/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    19/07/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    06/09/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    20/09/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Attendance to lectures, laboratory and field activities is strongly recommended.