Since 1973 the Geotechnical Section of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of University of Florence is involved in teaching and research activities.

Our activities

Teaching activities include:
  • Graduate Courses (Geotechnics, Advanced Gerotechnics, Foundations, Soil Improvement, Soil Dynamics, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering)
  • Ph.D. Courses of Geotechnical Engineering (a Doctoral Course of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an International Doctoral Course on "Risks management on the built environment")
  • Seminaries and special lessons performed together with foreign and Italian researcher on subjects of topical interest for graduate and Ph.D. students
  • Lessons at Postgraduate Courses organised by University of Florence
  • Courses and seminaries for technicians and public officers of the local Administrations.

Research activities fall within a wide range covering Geotechnical Engineering and Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and are centred on the assessment of geotechnical risks in buildings and environment, due to foundation problems, settlements, slope and retaining wall instability, environmental impacts, seismic site effects, soil liquefaction, etc.

At present, the research programs fall within:

Our relation and partnerships

Our working group has relations with various international research groups in the field of geotechnical and earthquake engineering (International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ISSMGE, European Association of Earthquake Engineering, EAEE, European Seismological Society, ESS, etc.) and collaborates with many other Italian universities, scientific research institutes of the Italian Research Council (CNR), the Ministry for the University and Scientific and Technological Research (MURST), the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the “Autorità di Bacino del Fiume Po” (ADBPO), the Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI) and several Italian Administrations (Florence Municipality, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Toscana and Umbria Regions).

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