Engineering Geology

Institution: DSTA (UNIPV)

Major: Hyris

Instructor: Claudia Meisina (

CFU: 6


Duration: available here

Schedule: available here

Office hours: by appointment



Scope of the course is to introduce the student to fundamental surface and subsurfaces data in order to develop and understanding engineering geological models for application to engineering works and to geohazards. The course consists of lectures to illustrate the theory and tutorial sessions where the emphasis is on applications and problem solving. Each subject is illustrated with the support of experimental and observational evidences and well-documented case histories concerning earthquake and landslide hazard drawn from the experience of the instructor.



Definition and importance of engineering geology. Geological factors and their relation with engineering problems. The most important fields of application of engineering geology to foundations, slopes, tunnels, dams and earth structures. Basic aspects of engineering geology including map construction and interpretation (e.g. engineering geological mapping units). Significance of ground profiles to engineering design, their origin in various geological settings. Engineering geological model types and terminology: conceptual and observational approaches. General rules for the construction of useful models. Use of surface and subsoil data in creating model of the ground, development of engineering geological models involved in civil engineering projects and in geohazards. Some examples of engineering geological models  for geohazards assessment in different geological and geomorphological environments.



Basic knowledge of geology.



  • Luis Gonzalez de Vallejo, Mercedes Ferrer (2011). Geological Engineering. CRC Press, ISBN 9781439892213. Reference textbook.
  • Course notes, scientific articles and other material will be provided during the course.



Assignments will be handed over and graded during the course. The final examination will consist of a 3 hours, written test. The final-exam format is closed-book. Grading: 40% assignments, 60% final exam.