75462 - Laboratory of Geotechnical Engineering for the Preservation of Historic Buildings M

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the class, student has knowledge of the method and tools of Geotechnical Engineering for the Preservation of Historic Buildings. In particular, at the end of the course he/she is able to identify the possible geotechnical issues for the preservation of historic building and to plan a geotechnical survey

Course contents

The laboratory is intended to provide the basis for understanding the main geotechnical issues in the preservation of monuments and historic sites. In this framework the knowledge of previous experiences is a unique guide in any decisional process. Hence, lessons start from selected case histories, giving example of the geotechnical problems to be tackled, the proposed solutions, and the strategies carried out to preserve the overall integrity of the monuments. Each one of the presented case studies is used to introduce a relevant geotechnical issue from a theoretical point of view. In particular, three main topics are developed: in situ tests, monitoring and foundation analysis.

The theoretical concepts are than applied to specific data and developed into assigned exercises.


M. BUDHU Soil Mechanics and Foundations. Ed. Wiley.

Teaching methods

Slides prepared by the teacher

Assessment methods

Final oral exam (theory and exercises)

Office hours

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