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Learning outcomes of the course unit

At the end of the course the student will know the basic elements for an
appropriate reading and interpretation of all aspects dealing with the soil,
its mechanical behavior and soil-structure interaction, in the design and
construction of civil works. The student will demonstrate to understand
the technical-scientific terminology in the geotechnical field.
The student will be able to carry out the geotechnical design of a simple
shallow foundation and of a retaining wall.
The student will acquire the ability to interpret both field and laboratory
geotechnical data and to model a real problem, in order to find the
technically sound design solutions.
Communication skills:
The student should have acquired sufficient proper use of the language
with regard to the topic specific terminology. The student will be able to
write a report dealing with the design of a ahallow foundation.


The good knowledge of the fundamental of Structural mechanics is
strongly recommended.

Course contents summary

Common problems of geotechnical engineering, with particular reference
to practical application problems related to foundations and support structures.

Course contents

1) Introduction to geotechnical engineering;
2) Main characteristics of soils and soil classification;
3) Stess in soil;
4) Soil stiffness;
5) Change in stress;
6) Soil strength;
7) Shallow foundations;
8) Deep foundations;
9) Retaining structures;
10) Field investigations;
11) Seismic conditions.

Recommended readings

L. Montrasio “Lezioni di geotecnica”, Ed. Santa Croce (Parma)

D.M. Wood "Soil mechanics - a one-dimensional introduction", Cambridge
University Press

Teaching methods

The course consists of a series of lectures and exercises. The exercises
are presented and carried out in the classroom.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists in a written test.