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NUMERICAL MODELLING IN ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY

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Academic year
2022/2023
Teacher
MONICA GHIROTTI
Credits
6
Didactic period
Primo Semestre
SSD
GEO/05

Training objectives

The aim of the course is to provide the basic principles of numerical modelling for geotechnical and hydrogeological problems.
The course is divided into two parts:
1) Numerical Modelling in Engineering Geology (24h)
2) Numerical Modelling in Hydrogeology (24h)

Prerequisites

Previous knowledge from courses: Technical Geology, Applied Geology, Hydrogeology, Applied Hydrogeology

Course programme

Introduction to Engineering Geology modelling. Quick review on geotechnical and geomechanical principles and parameters (4 h).
Numerical analysis of: 1) gravitational stress field generated in an elastic and an elastic-plastic material; 2) underground excavation in an elastic and elasto-plastic material; 3) slope stability of an homogeneous slope; 4) slope stability of a rock mass (20h).

Didactic methods

The course 'Numerical modelling in Engineering Geology' forecasts 24 hours of teaching divided in 8 hours of frontal lectures and 16 guided tutorial in the labs.
The course 'Numerical Modelling in Hydrogeology' consists in 24 h of teaching divided into 10
hours of theoretical concepts about Numerical Modelling in hydrogeology and 8h of
guided tutorials in the labs; 3h theoretical concepts about Geostatistics and 3h of
guided tutorials in the labs.

Learning assessment procedures

The aim of the exam is to verify at which level the learning objectives previously described have been acquired.
The exam consists in a numerical modelling exercise on Engineering Geology.
The final grade results from the average of both Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology tests.

Reference texts

E.Hoek Practical rock engineering, 2007; freeware at https://www.rocscience.com/learning/hoek-s-corner/books