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The DPR June 5, 2001, n. 328 provides that geotechnics, and then the design of geotechnical systems, also falls within the competence of the professional geologist. For the student of the Laurea Magistrale the geotechnical study implies the need and ability to use knowledge, policies and methods of geological sciences: (petrogenesis, geodynamics and structure geological structure; surface and underground water movement, dynamic morphological alteration processes transport, sedimentation, diagenesis, geological survey and underground exploration, engineering geology and geophysical) and integrate them with some essential principles of the physics of construction, design, building site technology.
In this' perspective, the course uses the process of analysis and verification of the main geotechnical systems to stimulate and train the student to use, integrate and improve, their knowledge of basic geology and applied for the proper construction of the geological model and the geotechnical model that are a prerequisite for geotechnical calculations provided by law.

The illustration of practical examples of calculations for the limit state and basic knowledge of the physics of construction, aims to outline the role and limits of responsibility of the geologist in the multidisciplinary field of geotechnical engineering tools to provide some cultural to allow the necessary comparisons between knowing interdisciplinary geological and engineering technician.




Origin, content and applications of Geotechnics
a. Notable occurrences of problems and failures in geotechnical design
b. Italian legislation in geotechnics and Design of Geotechnical Systems:
c. Professional skills (DPR June 5, 2001, n. 328) and responsibility in geotechnical field
d. Basic and multidisciplinary knowledge necessary for geotechnical design

2. Elements of the physics of construction
a. Type, structural diagrams, Materials and Construction Technologies
b. Safety and performance expectations
i. Ultimate Limit States (ULS)
ii. Serviceability Limit State Limit state (SLS)
iii. Checks
iv. Safety Assessment
v. Rated life, utilization classes and reference period for the seismic action
c. Actions on structures
i. Classification of actions
ii. Characterization of elementary actions
iii. Combination of actions
iv. Decay
d. Actions in the limit states design
e. Permissible stress design
f. Seismic action
i. Limit states and their probabilities of exceedance
ii. Categories of soil and topographic conditions

3. Fundamentals of physics of geological materials
a. Earth and rocks in geotechnics
i. Index properties of rocks and soils
ii. Mechanical behavior and constitutive laws
b. Determination of the physical / mechanical properties of soil and rock laboratory
c. Determination of the physical / mechanical properties of soil and rock “in situ”

4. Design of Geotechnical Systems
a. Articulation of the design
b. Characterization and modeling of geological site (references)
c. Surveys, geotechnical characterization and modeling
d. Verification of safety performance
i. actions
ii. resistors
iii. Verification against limit state hydraulic
iv. Verification against the ultimate limit states (ULS)
v. verification against the Serviceability Limit State (SLS)
v. Using the observational method
vii. Monitoring of the complex ground-work

5. Geotechnical systems:
a. Soil-structure interaction analysis
i. Significant volume
ii. Stresses and strains within the significant volume
iii. Verification of safety and performance with permissible stress design, ULS and SLS
b. Examples of geotechnical design of the following systems:
- Foundation,
- Supporting structures,
- Underground works,
- Earthworks, Excavation’s slopes
- Improvement of soil and rock masses,
- Consolidation of soils affected by existing engineering works,
- Assessing the safety of the slopes
- Feasibility of works that involve large areas

Teaching Methods

- Lectures
- Exercises:
- practical execution of geotechnical laboratory tests
- design of surveys for the construction of the geotechnical model,
- using the results of the survey for the construction of the geotechnical model
- geotechnical calculations with the criteria laid NTC/2008

Verification of learning

The course is divided into 5 chapters of varying duration. At the conclusion of each chapter, a written verification of the degree of learning consisting of multiple choice questionnaire and / or free.

The topics of Chapter 5, will be verified through peer review of geotechnical calculations with the methods prescribed by the NTC 2008.


GEOTECNICA – Terzaghi e Peck
Geotecnica e tecnica delle fondazioni - Carlo Cestelli Guidi - HOEPLI
Meccanica dei terreni - T.W. Lambe – R.V. Whtman

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