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Course unit
INP7081018, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0517, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track GEOTECNICA [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOPHYSICS FOR ENGINEERING
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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 GIORGIO CASSIANI GEO/11
Other lecturers LAPO BOSCHI GEO/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines GEO/11 Applied Geophysics 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 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 CASSIANI GIORGIO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Essential prerequisites include: fundamentals of mathematics and physics
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at introducing students to the use of geophysical, or non-destructive testing, techniques for engineering application. Methods will be discussed that can provide high- and very-high resolution information with penetration of the order up to a few tens of metres underground and in man-made structures. Particular emphasis will be posed on the soil characterization for seismic amplification purposes.
With a view to a more complete and authentic understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the proposed methods, students will be given a general introduction to Geophysical Exploration techniques, including issues of data acquisition, processing, inversion and interpretation of results.
Upon completion of this course students should have acquired a critical capacity of comparing strengths and weaknesses of each method, and of geophysical methods with respect to other methods, as well as a general understanding of what methods can be used for what purposes, and in what ways.
Examination methods: Oral examination including also the discussion of relevant scientific literature, some elements of which will be presented and provided to the students during the course.
Assessment criteria: The following will be evaluated:
-ability to expose scientific papers relevant to the subject
-ability to critical analysis of the presented methods
-ability to link possible methods to specific applications
-ability to physical-mathematical reasoning
Course unit contents: The course will be composed of two parts:
part 1: introduction to exploration geophysics, will introduce the general concepts of Geophysics applied with particular regard to:
• physical principles of the main electrical, elettomagnetic, seismic (and acoustic), magnetic and gravimetric methods
• concepts of resolution and penetration
• general definition of geophysical inversion
• basic concepts about data acquisition of the main methodologies

Part 2: non invasive exploration methods for engineering purposes. The methods that will be discussed are:
-traditional and tomographic geo-electrics, particularly with special regard to geotechnical and hydraulic applications
-induction electromagnetic methods for fast characterization of structures and subsoil
- GPR and its potential applications to stratigraphy, engineering, hydrology, with a particular focus on processing and interpretation
-advanced high-resolution seismics for structural and stratigraphic definition of the top tens to hundreds of metres
-seismic refraction and surface waves seismic engineering and their geotechnical applications
-seismic, radar and geoelectrical cross-hole geophysical methods
- well logs and their environmental and hydrological applications.
For all methods special attention will be given to their applications, with examples from literature and from the experience of the lecturers. Demonstration will be given of the main methods concerning acquisition and data processing.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study material, based on lecture slides, will be distributed together with scientific papers from international literature.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Sharma, Environmental and Engineering Geophysics. --: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Reynolds, An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics. --: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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