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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge and Ability to Understand:
At the end of this course, the student should have acquired a broad and critical viewpoint of structural analysis of existing structures.
At the end of the course, the student should have developed the ability to
identify the structural analysis methodologies best suited for the structure beinfg investigated
Autonomy of Judgment:
Upon passing the examination the student will have developed the ability to evaluate
critically the results of structural analysis methods for historic buildings.
Communication Skills:
Throughout the course, the students should refine their language skills, with
specific reference to the technical terminology of the course, to
communicate their project effectively and accurately.
Learning Skills:
The techniques of structural analysis of historic buildings are subject to continuous innovation. Therefore, the student must acquire the ability, once identified the
problem to be solved, to select the most suitable method even evaluating options not necessarily presented during the course.


It is useful to have attended the Restoration course in order to know the basic concepts of restoration theory as well as constructional characteristics of historical buildings.
It is useful to have basic knowledge of automatic drawing programs (such as Autocad), spreadsheets (such as Excel) and presentations (e.g. Powerpoint).

Course contents summary

- Global analysis of masonry buildings
-Analysis of the main local mechanisms in existing buildings
- Hints on FEM and DEM methods for existing buildings

Course contents

The extended program is provided in the website Elly2020 of the course

Recommended readings

Slides of the cours will be available on Elly2020 website

Teaching methods

The course is divided into a series of lectures held with the help of Powerpoint presentations, and project reviews. During the course there are seminars held by external speakers to explore some of the issues addressed in the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the year there are two deliveries to check and possibly correct the progress of the project: one at the end of the knowledge phase and one at the end of the course. In addition, the two group revisions, with public presentation of the projects, allow for a first assessment of language property and communication skills.

Other informations

Attendance to the course is mandatory, as for all workshops.