30993 - Fundamentals of Construction Technique T

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  • Teacher Luca Landi

  • Learning modules Luca Landi (Modulo 1)
    Omar Fabbri (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ICAR/09

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Building Engineering (cod. 9199)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Sep 21, 2021 to Dec 22, 2021


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

Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The main topics relating the design of the structural systems aimed at the stability of buildings are studied: direct and indirect actions, restraints, analytical models, evaluation of the structural safety through probabilistic approaches; design and construction criteria; loading tests; code for structural design.

Course contents

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

A prior knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of statics and mass geometry, the solution methods of isostatic and simple statically redundant structures, the beam’s theory and cross-section analysis according to De Saint Venant is required to attend with profit this course.

This knowledge is usually acquired by passing the exam of Scienza delle Costruzioni (Structural Mechanics).

Fluent spoken and written Italian is a necessary pre-requisite: all lectures and tutorials, and all study materials will be in Italian.


Course Contents

The course  of Elements of construction techniques (6 cfu) is part of the integrated course Technique of constructions T C.I. (12 cfu) and consists of two modules, one of 4 credits and one of 2 credits.

1) Illustration of the design issues and of the methods for the verification of the structural safety. The allowable stress method. The semi-probabilistic limit state method.

2) References to codes and guidelines on the actions and loads (permanent loads and variable loads; human actions and environmental actions, seismic actions).

3) Elements of the theory of beams under bending and illustration of the fundamental cases.

4) The solution of statically indeterminate plane structures with the equilibrium method (solution with the general method and with the simplified method).

5) Verification of reinforced concrete elements subjected to axial force, bending moment and shear force with the ultimate limit state method.

6) Verification of reinforced concrete elements subjected to axial force, bending moment and shear force with the allowable stress method.

7) Criteria for design and construction details related to structural elements in reinforced concrete: slabs, beams, columns, foundations.

the module of 4 credits regards the topics of theory (1-5), the module of 2 credits the exercise topics (5-6) relative to the design and dimensioning of reinforced concrete buildings.


Autori vari, Manuale di Ingegneria Civile, Ed. Zanichelli/ESAC, Bologna.

O. Belluzzi, Scienza delle costruzioni, Ed. Zanichelli, Bologna.

M. Capurso, La statica del cemento armato, Pitagora editrice, Bologna.

E. Cosenza, G. Manfredi, M. Pecce, Strutture in cemento armato: basi della progettazione, Hoepli.

A. Ghersi, Il cemento armato: dalle tensioni ammissibili agli stati limite: un approccio unitario, Ed. Dario Flaccovio, Palermo.

E. Giangreco, Ingegneria delle strutture, UTET.

R. Lancellotta, Geotecnica, Ed. Zanichelli, Bologna.

A. Migliacci, Progetto agli stati limite delle strutture in c.a., Ed. Masson, Milano.

V. Nunziata, Teoria e pratica delle strutture in cemento armato, Ed. Dario Flaccovio, Palermo.

P. Pozzati, Teoria e Tecnica delle strutture, Ed. UTET, Torino.

Teaching methods

The course is characterized by frontal lessons at the blackboard and with power-point slides.

Assessment methods

The test is unique and includes the learning assessment of the contents of all the modules that compose the course. 

The learning assessment is carried out through the development of a design application and an oral final test, aimed at evaluating the achievement of the requested knowledge. The oral test consists normally of questions that concern: resolution of hyper static structures, theoretical questions concerning the course program, design and verification criteria of structural elements, discussion of the design application.

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to at least to demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject and some ability for critical application. A failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts of the subject and/or logic failures in the analysis of the subject.

Teaching tools

Lecture-notes supplied by the teacher, reference codes, design examples.

Office hours

See the website of Luca Landi

See the website of Omar Fabbri