Soil bioengineering

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Il corso si prefigge di portare lo studente a raggiungere un duplice obiettivo, da una parte quello di conoscere i principi e le tecniche dell'ingegneria naturalistica, dall'altra quello di essere in grado di progettare interventi nello specifico contesto della progettazione delle aree verdi e del paesaggio. In particolare, il corso tratta della combinazione tra vegetazione e materiali inerti per riqualificare e proteggere il territorio dai processi di degradazione. Oltre agli aspetti prettamente tecnici, relativi alla scelta della tecnica e delle specie più adatte agli scopi dell'intervento, verranno anche affrontati gli aspetti normativi italiani. Oltre all'ambito italiano verranno anche presi in considerazione il contesto europeo e quello mediterraneo.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Introduction to the course. Origins and definitions of Soil bioengineering
Characteristics of live material:
- Functions of vegetation;
- effects of vegetation on erosion and stability processes on slopes and embankments as well as in the riverine environment;
- technical characteristics of plants;
- criteria for the choice of vegetation;
- forms of use of vegetation.
Characteristics of inert material: wood; stones; iron and steel; organic material; geosynthetics; auxiliary material.
Techniques: constructions on slopes and embankments; hydraulic constructions.
Interventions in the field of:
- works against hydrogeological instability
- river restoration
- recovery of quarries and landfills
- mobility infrastructures
- Other areas.
Prerequisites for admission
Fundamental prerequisites for frequency and/or study are knowledge of the main laws of physics, systems of units of measurement, trigonometry, elementary algebra.
Teaching methods
The course, delivered in asynchronous e-learning, is organized in teaching units divided into two groups:
- General tools of Soil bioengineering, in which the basics of the discipline, common to all applications (origins, contents, processes of physical degradation of the territory, materials), are treated.
- Areas of application (slopes and escarpments, watercourses, infrastructure, quarries and landfills)
For each teaching unit the student will have :
- one or more video lessons dealing with the aspect in question,
- supplementary material in the form of articles or book chapters (also in English),
- photogallery (currently inactive)
- videogallery (currently inactive)
- links to suggested websites,
- self-assessment test (currently inactive)
General tools:
- forum for the request of clarification to the teacher
- student discussion forum.
Being in asynchronous mode, the course is delivered continuously so that the student can follow it according to the rhythms that the student(s) are devised.
e-learing course delivered through the online teaching platform Ariel.
For students enrolled at the University of Milan, access to the Ariel platform is via the usual e-mail credentials provided by the University.
For students enrolled at the University of Genoa, until the transfer of information between the Universities is completed, access can be made by making the following steps:
1. Register on the Ariel website (
2. Then send an email message to bischetti@unimi with:
- first name, last name
- email address with which you registered
3. after registration, click on the confirmation link automatically received at the e-mail address used for registration. Enabling to access the site is not immediate but it will be done manually within a few days. In the case of difficulty, please, contact the instructor.
Assessement methods and criteria
The students have two options:
- oral interview concerning all the program parts
- design project and its discussion, and its connection with the program. the project considers a study-case where Soil Bioengineering techniques can be applied (streambanks, hillslopes, embankments, etc.). The study-case can be proposed by the students with the help of the instructor, who will assist the students during the work.
the exam will be held at the Milan headquarter and scheduled by sending an email to the instructor with the following information:
- name and family name, Degree course, identification number (matricola)
- week of desirable date
For the exam formal registration, the students must enroll to the course through SIFA system.
WARNING: day and hour of the formal appointment do not correspond to the real interview appointment (that must be scheduled as above illustrated)
E-learning: 48 hours
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