74831 - Applied Geology and Hydrogeology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to acquire and report geological-technical data for using into the main engineering-geological projects.

Students will acquire the base-knowledge of hydrogeology and hydraulic properties of geological material.

After working through the course, the students should be able to specify a basic site investigation strategy to identify soil deposits and determine their characteristics, interpret their findings, appreciate the effects of sampling on the quality of soil samples taken for laboratory testing, and the implications of these effects for the interpretation of such test data. Students will also familiarize with the principle of operation of common in-situ testing devices, their applicability and parameters that can be reliably obtained from them. 

Course contents

Representation of geological-technical data for the main engineering-gaological applications.

Base knowledge of the hydrogeology and hydraulic properties of geo-materials.

Techniques of ground investigations. Borehole logs, sampling and effects of disturbance. Cone penetration testing, Standard penetration testing, Dilatometric test, Field vane test, Pressuremeter test.

Selection of in-situ test methods and their interpretation.

Principles of field monitoring for geological applications.


Knappett J.A. and Craig R.F., Craig’s soil mechanics, E & FN Spon, 2020, – 9th ed..

L. González de Vallejo, Geoingegneria, Pearson Ed., 2005, 717 pp.

Cestari F., In situ geotechnical tests. Patron ed., 2012, Bologna, 380 pp..

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, laboratory and field practicals

Assessment methods

Oral exam based on theoretical questions and interpretation of the results of in-situ tests.

Teaching tools

Geotechnical and Computing Labs

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Simoni

See the website of Alessandro Gargini