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Second Semester 
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Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


A) Knowledge and understanding
By the end of the programme, students will be able to understand those subjects directly pertaining to geoengineering, and what's necessary to deal with the planning of works occurring in geoengineering and mining engineering.

B) Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to understand and assess the main problems which occur in geo-engineering and will be able to solve by using their analytical skills, sizing and verification, which will be introduced during the programme.

C) Making judgements
The concepts learnt during the classes - theory and practice - will enable the students to independently assess, outline and model those a number of cases. Students will also be able to apply correctly the analysis and computing methods learnt in class.

D) Communication skills
Communicate own conclusions and knowledge, and the rationale behind it, to an audience of specialists and non-specialists. Preparation of a report outlining the results.

E) Learning skills
Self-directed or independent study. Collaborative work.


Prior knowledge of Geology, Environmental Geoengineering and Economy.


· Introduction 1 (hour).
· The sizing of environmental geo-engineering projects (2 hours).
· Earthworks in environmental geo-engineering (8 hours).
· Drilling engineering. Well design and planning (10 hours).
· Sustainable mining. Geo-resources (foundations). Open-cast mine design and planning. Underground mine design and planning. Management of mining landfills. Circular economy in environmental geo-engineering works (case studies) (18 hours).
· The role of design of environmental geo-engineering works in a sustainability context. Conclusive notes on geo-ethics and future challenges (2 hours).
· Practice exercises (15 hours);
· Field trip (4 hours).

Teaching Methods

The teaching will be delivered primarily in presence, integrated and enhanced with online strategies, in order to ensure the use in an innovative and inclusive way.
The program includes theory and hands-on learning. A guided exercise is offered at the end of each topic.
The theoretical part will be developed in 45 hours of lectures including the set-up of different projects; practice will consist of 15 hours by providing the keys to the main design problems.
Mini seminars taught by industry professionals are included.

Verification of learning

The student's assessment is an oral exam and solution of the final classwork practice.
The exam score is awarded by a vote out of thirty according to the following rules:
1. ability to analyze problems;
2. formal and substantive correctness of the procedures identified for problem solving;
3. study of the proposed solutions in relation to the skills to be acquired;
4. correctness of the results obtained;
5. knowledge and understanding of the topics;
6. assessment of the technical-scientific language used;
7. independent judgment.
The final grading will be based on the average results of the final classwork and of the oral test (the two parts will count 50% each).


The slides projected during the lesson, made available to the students, constitute a fundamental but not sufficient trace for the preparation of the course. It is therefore recommended to consult the following texts:
• “Geotecnica”, R. Lancellotta, Zanichelli.
• “Geoengineering”, Gonzalez de Vallejo Luis I.
• “Drilling”, Jean-Paul Nguyen, 1996, Editions TECHNIP.
• “Drilling Technology in Nontechnical Language”, Steve Devereux, 2000 PennWell.
• “Pozzi per acqua - Manuale tecnico di progettazione”, M. Gorla, 2010, Dario Flaccovio Editore.
• “Horizontal Directional Drilling”, David A. Willoughby, 2005, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing.
• “Trenchless Technology”, Mohammad Najafi, 2004, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing.
• “Trenchless Technologies in Italia”, Italian Association for Trenchless Technology, 2005.
• “La perforazione”, G. Peli, 2020.
• “Introductory Mining Engineering”, H.L. Hartman, 1987.
• “Manuale pratico di esplosivistica civile”, Coppe D., Ed. Pei, 2004.
• “Mine ventilation and air conditioning”, Hartman H.L., Wiley, 1982.
• “Mining Engineering Handbook”, SME, 2011.

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