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Course unit
INP9087738, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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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 MASSIMO FABRIS ICAR/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/06 Topography and Cartography 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 FABRIS MASSIMO (Presidente)
MENIN ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Extensive knowledge of mathematical analysis, physics and statistics.
Target skills and knowledge: The goal of the Course is to provide at students the theoretical and practical tools necessary to perform surveys finalized to the execution, knowledge and design of works in the field of Environmental Engineering, their inclusion in the national and international reference systems and the management of the acquired and/or processed data with GIS tools.
In the Course are deepened the theoretical aspects of the different survey topographic methodologies (classical surveys, GNSS, photogrammetry, laser scanning) and analyzed practical applications in different fields, studying the achieved accuracies. Moreover, are presented and used the main topographic instruments that are employed in the context of different methodologies, hinting to the procedures for data processing and the final precisions. To the student is presented the different digital surface models (DEM, DSM, DTM, DHM, ...) obtained from the interpolation of the acquired data, he will be able to use the most suitable model based on specific needs and operate integrating data from different sources.
Examination methods: Oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is performed on the basis of the knowledge and abilities acquired by the student, from the ability to identify suitable solutions to solve practical surveys problems, to that demonstrate mastery with the different topics of the Course.
Course unit contents: Introduction in Land Surveying and Geomatics: principles of Geodesy, Topography, Cartography and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System).
Methods for acquisition and processing of 3-D data:
Photogrammetry: terrestrial, aerial and satellite acquisitions. Mathematical relationships between image and object space. Direct and inverse problems of projective and similarity coordinate transformations. Conditions of collinearity and coplanarity. The plane case, the normal case. Orientation procedures (Interior, Exterior, Relative and Absolute). Measurement and correction of image coordinates. Structure from Motion, Aerial Triangulation. Stereo-model generation and error analysis. Various mathematical models strip and block adjustments. Project planning. Digital photogrammetry: numerical representation of the image and radiometry; image matching algorithms in digital photogrammetry.
LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging): working principles. TLS (Terrestrial Laser Scanning) and ALS (Airborne Laser Scanning). Time Of Flight (TOF) versus based on phase measuring systems. Data management, full waveform data interpretation, reflectance. Characteristics of instruments and sensors. UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) systems.
SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar): principles, sensors, acquisitions procedures, various type of processing and applications.
Co-registration of 3-D data in Local or Global reference systems. Georeferencing.
3-D surface representation: Digital Models (DEM - Digital Elevation Model, DSM - Digital Surface Model, DTM - Digital Terrain Model, DHM - Digital Height Model, DTMM - Digital Terrain and Marine Model) concepts and their implementation and applications in Geomatics and Environmental Engineering.
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): the concept of “data” and “information”. Definition of GIS, the main components and functions of a GIS. Spatial data and attributes, data models (vector, raster, TIN), thematism. Database and geodatabase, management of tables data. Introduction to traditional cartography, reference surfaces: Ellipsoid and Geoid. Reference systems: planimetric and altimetric Datums. The Datums of interest for Italy (Roma40, ED50, WGS84) and the relative cartographic systems (Gauss-Boaga, UTM, “Fuso Italia” and “Fuso 12”). Coordinate conversion and transformation of Datum. Research functions and spatial analysis in GIS, creation of vector models, rasters and Digital Models (DEM, DTM, …). Examples of GIS applications.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reference books, lecture notes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Kraus K., Photogrammetry. --: De Gruyter, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wolf P. R., Ghilani C. D., Elementary Surveying: An Introduction to Geomatics. --: Harlow: Prentice Hall, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Uren J., Price W. F., Surveying for Enigneers. --: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving

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

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