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Second Cycle Degree in Geoengineering

Teaching Courses and Contents in brief

First Year

Numerical methods for scientific computing - Statistical data analysis (joint courses)

  • Numerical methods for scientific computing – 6 ECTS/CFU
    Basics concepts of numerical analysis. Numerical solution of linear systems. Data and function approximation. Numerical solution of ordinary differential equations: methods for initial value and boundary value problems. Introduction to Matlab for the implementation of numerical methods.

  • Statistical data analysis – 6 ECTS/CFU 
    In the past decade, significant attention has been given to the development of tools that attempt to measure the vulnerability, risk, or resilience of communities to disasters. Within this context, this course will teach participants different ways to measure social vulnerability, outlining the limitations of different approaches. Particular attention will be given to the development of composite indices and to statistical methods to quantify these concepts.


Structural Mechanics and Engineering (I and II joint courses)

  • Structural Mechanics and Engineering I – 6 ECTS/CFU
    Elements of Solid Mechanics. Theory of plasticity, static and kinematic theorems of limit analysis.

  • Structural Mechanics and Engineering II – 6 ECTS/CFU
    Elements of structural dynamics. Design of structures subject to seismic actions. Design of structures subject to soil actions. Structural design of dams. Elements of computational analysis of structures and Finite Elements Method.


Geology (I and II joint courses)

  • Geology I – 6 ECTS/CFU
    The Earth system and its dynamics over time; Llithogenetic processes: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. The rocks over time: basic principles of stratigraphy; The rocks in space: geological structures and reading geological maps.

  • Geology II – 6 ECTS/CFU
    The course will focus on elements of structural geology, geophysics and geodesy that are important in the engineering sector. Major themes will include stress, strain, faulting, earthquake seismology, and ground deformation.


Fluvial hydraulics – 9 ECTS/CFU

Hydraulic processes in natural rivers. Analysis and design of the main environmental and territorial concerns related to river dynamics.


Engineering Geology – 9 ECTS/CFU

Geohazards and geological risks. Engineering geological investigations and mapping. Rock and soil characterization in the field and in the lab. Properties for engineering use. Geological problems of engineering works. Landslides: investigations, monitoring and mitigation. Groundwater movements, groundwater and well hydraulics.


Engineering Geomorphology – 6 ECTS/CFU

Theoretical course with laboratory exercises on the main applications of quantitative geomorphology. Geomorphological hazard and risk. Methods for hazard forecasting and mapping. Land systems. River network dynamics. Soil erosion, basics and numerical modeling.

Second Year

Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering– 6 ECTS/CFU

Stress-strain behavior and strength of cyclically loaded soils; Field and laboratory testing procedures for the measurement of dynamic soil properties; Basic concepts of earthquake seismology; Measurement of ground motion parameters; Seismic hazard and methods for prediction of site ground motion parameters; Methods for analysis of: ground response during an earthquake, seismic liquefaction and seismic slope stability; Seismic micro zoning criteria.


Slope Stability – 6 ECTS/CFU

Introduction. Landslides recognition and monitoring. Site investigation. Design shear strength. Slope stability analyses. Safety evaluation. Slope stabilization methods.


Watershed Hydrology – 9 ECTS/CFU

Remote sensing of hydrologic variables. Water and energy balance of the soil‑vegetation‑atmosphere system. Distributed hydrologic modeling. Hydrologic prediction.


Geomatics – 6 ECTS/CFU

The disciplines that refer to geomatics and can support analyzes, projects, environmental surveys: GNSS, LIDAR, aerial photogrammetry, remote sensing, cartography, information systems.


Watershed Management  – 6 ECTS/CFU

Application of bioengineering techniques for watershed management. Introduction to slope root reinforcement and bank vegetation management. Soil slope stabilization, erosion control and torrent control by means of bioengineering techniques. Introduction to debris-flow and shallow landslide analysis and control. Impact of soil instability and erosion processes on the agricultural and forest landscape. River training and land rehabilitation. Surface runoff processes


Soil Conservation – 6 ECTS/CFU

The soil in the environment and the associated environmental risks. Soil architecture. Soil‑water relations, static and dynamic. Soil erosion. Soil pollution and pollution from the soil, the case of nitrogen pollution.


Coastal Dynamics – 6 ECTS/CFU

Continuum Mechanics – 6 ECTS/CFU

Flood Risk – 6 ECTS/CFU

Soil Conservation – 6 ECTS/CFU

Information and telecommunication abilities – 3 ECTS/CFU



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last update: 30-Nov-2020
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