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School of Engineering
Course unit
INO2043844, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOIL PROTECTION PROJECT WORK
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FABIO GABRIELI ICAR/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/07 Geotechnics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 GABRIELI FABIO (Presidente)
COLA SIMONETTA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2016 01/10/2016 15/03/2018 GABRIELI FABIO (Presidente)
CARRUBBA PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Geotechnics
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to guide the student in designing geotechnical structures for soil protection against natural hazards and for the realization of territorial infrastructures. This objective is achieved through the acquisition of knowledge in the theory and practice of the geotechnics.
Examination methods: Some short preliminary homeworks (written) during the course (6-7), one executive geotechnical project on a specific earthwork (levee, retaining wall,...) and the final oral examination.
The final oral exam (about 20-30 min) will start from the results of the previous homeworks and of the executive project.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criterion is based on homeworks, on the compliance of the project with the objectives of the course and on the final oral exam.
Course unit contents: The following topics will be discussed:
Summary of geotechnical notes
Static and dynamic soil compaction
In-situ tests for soil characterization
Embankment and levee construction and soil consolidation
Vertical drains
Vacuum assisted consolidation
Construction stage stability
Monitoring and prediction of settlements
Forms and function of levees
Levee stability and seepage
Failures of levees, remediations and restorations
Retaining walls in static and dynamic conditions
The basics of rock mechanics
Stabilty of rock slopes
Rockfall protective systems
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The learning will be favored by a mix of teaching methods with the aid of slide shows, videos, with exposure to the blackboard and with the support of the personal computer. Group works will be encouraged for the homeworks.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Besides lecture notes and handouts, an extensive review of texts for consultation will be provided.
Lecture notes will be
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Renato Lancellotta, Geotecnica. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • John Atkinson, The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo