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School of Engineering
Course unit
INP9087766, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

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 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 PIETRO TEATINI ICAR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/02 Maritime Hydraulic Construction and Hydrology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 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
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: The course assumes the knowledge acquired from the following courses: Hydrology, Numerical Methods, and Groundwater Hydrology.
Target skills and knowledge: A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- optimize the use of underground fluids taking into account the environmental constraints;
- evaluate the possible methodologies to store fluids and energy underground;
- analyze the environmental impacts associated to subsurface fluid extraction and injection of fluids into the subsurface;
- model the fluid-dynamic processes associated to fluid withdrawal/injection from/into the subsurface;
- model the geomechanical processes associated to fluid withdrawal/injection from/into the subsurface.
Examination methods: Oral exam, with a discussion on the modelling project developed during the course and a critical analysis of a journal paper provided by the teacher to each student at the end of the course
Assessment criteria: 1. Knowledge of the technical contents of the course.
2. Quality of the modelling project and ability of result discussion.
3. Capability of presenting and analyzing the scientific paper provided by the teacher.
Course unit contents: The underground environment, both shallow and deep, is becoming a system even more used by anthropogenic activities, such as: storage of potable fresh water (managed aquifer recharge), surface water filtration for potable use, treated wastewater filtration of agricultural uses, underground wastewater disposal, geologic CO2 sequestration, development of geothermal resources, enhanced geothermal systems, underground gas storage, and underground energy storage using compressed air and hydrogen. The course is aimed at providing the basic knowledge on the fluid-dynamic and geomechanical processes involved in these activities and on the use of numerical simulators available for the planning and management of these activities. The possible environmental impacts associated to these activities will be discussed: aquifer contamination, seawater intrusion, land subsidence, induced seismicity, impacts on surficial structures and infrastructures. The methodologies of quantify these effects will be presented as they are usually required in the Environmental Impact Assessment procedure.
Some significant case studies will be presented and discusses.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning: private study and numerical modeling.
Teaching: lectures, numerical modeling lab, possibility of a field trip.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Due to the variety of the topics presented, the teacher will indicate study and reading sources on a subject basis, without adopting an official textbook of the course. The lecture notes and slides are available in the moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • finite element simulators provided by the teacher

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy Climate Action