Civil and environmental engineering
Study-unit Code
Ingegneria ambientale
Corrado Cencetti
  • Corrado Cencetti
  • 48 ore - Corrado Cencetti
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Ingegneria ambientale e del territorio
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Elements of Plate Tectonics. Petrology and Petrography. Magmatic, sedimentary and metamrphic processes and rocks. Stratigraphy and sedimentation. Structural Geology. Geological surveying. Geological maps. Engineering Geology and Geological Risk. Natural Resources. Elements of Hydrogeology. Landslides and risk. Interventions in landslide areas.
Reference texts
Casati P. (1996) - Scienze della Terra. Volume 1. Elementi di Geologia generale. Third Edition. CittàStudi Edizioni (Torino).
Canuti P., Crescenti U. & Francani V. (Eds) (2008) - Geologia applicata all'ambiente. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (Milano).
Pipkin B.W., Trent D.D. & Hazlett R. (2007) - Geologia ambientale (italian edition, by Rinaldo Genevois). Piccin - Nuova Libraria (Padova).
Slides produced by the teacher.
Educational objectives
Acquisition of basic geological competences finalized to "dialogue" with Geologist, in order to deal with the planning aspects where such professional figure is requested. To understand the fundamental role of Geologist in land planning, in the development of plans of Engineering works and of works, measures and interventions finalized to the prevention and mitigation of the geological risk. Acquisition of knowledge of means and methods of surveys used by Geologist.
Teaching methods
Lessons (even in field)
Other information
Learning verification modality
Oral test, which aims to verify whether the candidate has acquired the necessary skills to be able to "talk" with the technical geologist, in terms of understanding of the geological "language". Moreover, the exam aims to verify whether the candidate has acquired the necessary knowledge in order to understand what is the sphere of design and planning where it is necessary consulting geologist and, therefore, what should you expect from technical geologist for design and planning purposes, in various fields of application.

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Extended program
The topics are arranged in 2 Didactic Units:

Didactic Unit No. 1: Principles of Geology

Elements of Plate Tectonics. The interior of the Earth. Litosphere and Astenosphere. The theory of Plate Tectonics. Passive, Active and Transform margins. Earthquakes and Volcanism. Orogenetic mechanisms. Italy in the geodynamic context of Mediterranean Sea. Elements of Petrology and Petrography. The magmatic process. Types of magma. Magmatic rocks (intrusive, extrusive and intermediate) and their minerals. Paragenesis and classification of magmatic rocks. Geodynamc environment of magmatic rocks. The sedimentary process. Physical and chemical weathering. Erosion, transport, sedimentation, diagenesis. Classification of sedimentary rocks. Geodynamic environment of sedimentary rocks. The metamorphic process. Types and degree of metamorphism. Metamorphic facies. Classification of metamorphic rocks. Geodynamic environment of metamorphic rocks.
Principles of stratigraphy and sedimentary environments (continental, marine and transitional). The concept of facies and formation. Sedimentary cycles. Stratigraphic series (complete, condensed, reduced). The Umbrian-Marchean Series. Elements of Structural Geology. Tectonics. Folds and Faults: classification, associations, stress fields and geodynamic environments. Neotectonics. Geological surveying. Topics and methods. Problems of stratimetry. Methods of cartographic representation. Geological maps (elaboration, reading and interpretation).

Didactic Unit No. 2: Technical Geology and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Engineering Geology and Geological Risk. Geological Hazard and Geological Risk. Hydrogeological Risk. Natural Resources. Groundwaters. Elements of Hydrogeology. Hydrologica properties of rocks. Porosity and permeability. Darcy Law. Hydrogeological complex. Free and pressurized aquifers. Groundwater circulation. Hydrogeological Risk. Landslides. Factors and causes. Main mechanical properties of solis and rocks. Water in the soils. Landslides classification. Landslide risk evaluation. Monitoring systems of mass movements. Remediation of landslide areas. Morphological and hydrological assessment.
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