Engineering Geology

Institution: DSTA (UNIPV)


Term: 1st Semester – Academic Year 2018-2019

Instructor: Claudia Meisina (

CFU: 6



Schedule: TBD

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 withengineering 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.