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Academic Year 2017/18
01NIYMO
Applied Geology/Geophysics
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Environmental And Land Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Fiorucci Adriano ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 GEO/05 48 12 0 0 11
Sambuelli Luigi ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     48 12 0 12 8
SSD CFU Activities Area context
GEO/05
GEO/11
6
6
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
Ingegneria ambientale e del territorio
Ingegneria ambientale e del territorio
Esclusioni:
01BBU; 03HBY
Subject fundamentals
The course is dedicated to the students of the first degree in "Environmental Engineering". The goal of the course is to introduce the student to the main principles and methods of Geology and Geophysics both form the theoretical and applied point of view. The course intends to give to the students some basic tools and knowledge which are essential to analyse the geological context in which an environmental engineer will have to work. The course is then a completion of the basic training of the first degree in Environmental Engineering and is propedeutical to the Master degree in Environmental Engineering.
Expected learning outcomes
The goal of the course is to develop in the student the ability to approach territorial issues with particular regard to the constituent elements of the natural environment. Give to the student the basic knowledge of technical analysis of applied-geology and -geophysics in studies concerning environmental and territorial phenomena. So that the student is able to take the useful and necessary information to design sustainable interventions on the land in an optimal way.
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
have a proper scientific-technical knowledge of the materials forming the Earth's surface involved by the typical activities of environmental engineering;
have a basic knowledge of the forces and dynamics that contribute to transform the landscape;
have some notions on geophysical techniques of non-invasive analysis of the subsurface.
To stimulate the judgement autonomy and the technical communication ability the student will be requested to:
know the basic scientific and technical terminology of geology and geophysics;
hypothesize the geophysical techniques most suitable to study given problems;
evaluate the effects of geodynamic forces on given structures and the impact of given structures on the surrounding environment.
The student acquire these knowledge and skills from the lessons, the lab and classroom exercises, the illustraion of meaningful case histories and from the field activities.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The student who wish to attend the course is supposed to have knowledge about calculus (differential and integral), physics (mechanics and electromagnetism), chemistry (atomic structure, elementary chemical reactions).
Contents
CLASSIFICATION OF ROCKS AND SOILS GEOMORPHOLOGY
The geochemical composition of the Earth. The Minerals. The classifications of the Rocks. The Rocks Cycle. Volcanism and plutonism. Sedimentary environments (especially with regard to those continental). Weathering of rock. Elements of geomorphology.
TECTONICS
Stratigraphy and tectonics (folds, faults). Theory of Plate Tectonics. Orogenesis (with particular reference to the structure of the Alps and Apennines).

EARTH GRAVITATIONAL FIELD
The earth gravity field, gravity field components, tides, field variations, density of earth materials, gravity anomalies.
EARTH MAGNETIC FIELD
The earth magnetic field, magnetic field components, field variations, magnetic susceptibility of earth materials, magnetic anomalies.
ELEMENTS OF ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING OF EXPERIMENTAL DATA
Digital and analog signals, sampling, spectral analysis, convolution, digital and analog filters.
SEISMIC WAVES
The wave equation, rheological models of the earth materials, wave equations solutions.
REFRACTION SEISMIC
Seismic properties of earth materials, kind of waves, refraction seismic, instruments, acquisition, interpretation.
ELEMENTS OF SEISMOLOGY
Seismic model of the earth, site effects, earthquakes source localisation, earthquake classification.
ELEMENTS OF HYDROGEOLOGY
The water cycle. The underground water flow. Types of aquifer and hydrogeological basins.
LANDSLIDE
Classification and study of landslides. Mitigations measures on landslide and landslide hazard.
Delivery modes
FIELD WORK APPLIED GEOLOGY: On site observations of rocks, soils and geomorphology.
FIELD WORK APPLIED GEOPHYSICS: Field application of the techniques illustrated during the lessons to study a site.
JOINT COMPUTER LAB ACTIVITY: Processing and interpretation of the data acquired in the field work.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
A synthesis of the arguments and a copy of the slides projected during the lessons are available on the web site of the course
MAIN TEXTBOOKS:
J.C. SANTAMARINA, 2005, DISCRETE SIGNALS AND INVERSE PROBLEMS. Wiley.
H.R. BURGER, A.F. SHEEHAN, C.H. JONES, 2006, INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED GEOPHYSICS - Exploring the shallow subsurface. W. W. Norton & C., NEW YORK.
A. PARRIAUX, 2009, GEOLOGY: BASIC FOR ENGINEERS. Taylor & Francis.
F. PRESS, R. SIEVER, J. GROTZINGER, T. H. JORDAN, 2006, CAPIRE LA TERRA. Seconda Edizione. Zanichelli.
Assessment and grading criteria
The final test is oral and consists of:
a question about the characteristics and physical properties of rocks and soils (9 points)
a question concerning the hydrogeology / the landslides / applied geology (9 points)
a question concerning seismic, seismology, gravity and magnetic methods ( 9 points)
discussion on acquisition, processing and interpretation of the data form the 2nd field work (3 points).

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18
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