Geosciences for risk and environment management
Study-unit Code
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Giorgio Minelli
  • Giorgio Minelli
  • 47 ore - Giorgio Minelli
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Discipline geologiche e paleontologiche
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
1. Introduction; 2) Strain; 3) Stress; 4) Rock Mechanics; 5) rocks and fault zones; 6) structural associations of extensional tectonics. 7) structural associations of compressional tectonics. 8) structural associations of wrench tectonics. 9) structural associations of inversion tectonics. 10) stereonet, reading geological maps, geological sections balanced restoration.
Reference texts
Structural Geology by Haakon Fossen
Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions, 2nd Edition by George H. Davis, Stephen J. Reynolds, C. Kluth;
Structural Geology, by Robert J. Twiss, Eldridge M. Moores;
Educational objectives
The course aims is to provide students with the basic principles of structural geology applied to oil exploration and development of deposits of oil and gas: the course deals with the problems of structural geology through three basic steps: a) quantitative study and analysis of geometry, b) qualitative and quantitative study and analysis of the kinematics, c) quantitative study and anlysis of mechanics and dynamics. All these topics applied to the problems of HI exploration. It will be also address the study of fractured reservoirs and fault seal / migration . The course explains the basic principles of the main balancing software / restoring (3DMove) applied to real cases.
In order to understand and be able to profitably apply the techniques described in the teaching it is very important students know the basic concepts of geology, of the sedimentology and of geological mapping.
Teaching methods
The course is organized in lectures and at the end of each topic are carried out practical sessions in which the students apply the concepts developed in the lectures. All classes are conducted on a real case with particular reference to the petroleum geology. In lectures it makes extensive use of audiovisual media.
Other information
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Learning verification modality
The final tests are written and are organized as scheduled examinations during the course will be carried out at least two written verification tests to ascertain the level of knowledge and understanding reached by the student. All the written test consists in the solution of problems of seismic interpretation offered in 3 groups with coefficients from 1 to 3. The test has a maximum duration of 120 minutes and is designed to test the ability to correctly apply the theoretical knowledge and understanding issues proposals. The measurement of the final test is performed by calculating the sum of the results of individual questions multiplied by the coefficients 1,2,3.multiple choise answers exams
Extended program
Stress and strain in rocks; the relationship between stress and strain; the real and ideal behavior of the rocks; the theory of fracturing; the Mohr circle; shear zones and structural asscoiations; the faults and the stress field; the brittle and semi-brittle shear zones; relations between folds and fractures; s; relations between folds and faults and the migration of HI; kinematic indicators; tectonic structures in the different geodynamic environments, stereographic projections; balanced geological sections and retrodeformatione. Structural associations in different geodynamic environments and at different scales.
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