Rural buildings and land survey

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The objectives are:
- acquire the elements to design the rural structures in mountain areas, with reference to buildings for livestock breeding.
- know the criteria for defining the functional spaces for the animals and for the performance of the connected operations, the survey methods of the territory and the inclusion of rural buildings in a specific context.
Expected learning outcomes
The expected results are to know:
- assessing the functional requirements and methods of use of livestock buildings in the mountain area.
- use cartographic tools to evaluate the inclusion of rural buildings in the mountain territory and for territorial planning.
- interpret remotely sensed maps and treat spatial data with modern geomatic methods for agro-forest planning
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Didactic methods
The lessons will be held remotely on the Microsoft Teams platform in synchronous mode according to the scheduled time. The lessons will be recorded and left available to students for asynchronous viewing.
Some face-to-face lessons may be scheduled (practice exercise of the territory survey module). In any case it will be possible to follow these lessons online.

Program and reference material
The program and reference material will not change. Recordings of the lessons and supplementary material in the form of videos will be made available.

Learning assessment procedures and assessment criteria
Written exam using the and zoom platforms, in groups of a maximum of 25 students or, where the regulations allow in presence, always in written form. The production and delivery of the territorial classification paper is foreseen in any case.
Course syllabus
Rural buildings:
General criteria for the design of production buildings. Functional aspects of structures for livestock breeding. Design criteria for livestock buildings in relation to the requirements of animals and the territorial and environmental impact. Relationship between rural buildings and the territory. Problems related to the environmental impact of agricultural activities. (1 ECTS)
Microclimatic parameters in livestock buildings. The minimum requirements to ensure animal welfare. Control of the environment inside agricultural buildings (humidity, temperature, gas). Design criteria for livestock buildings for reducing emissions. (1 ECTS)
Functional and distributive needs of housing structures. Buildings for the breeding of cattle, sheep and goats. (1 ECTS)
The ancillary structures of livestock farms. food and forage deposits. Types, design and operation of the milking parlors; storage facilities and technologies for the treatment of livestock effluents for their correct agronomic use in compliance with the law. (1 ECTS)

Land survey:
Statistical survey of the agro-forestry territory starting from the Istat and Arpa databases. (1 ECTS)
Cadastre, Aims, characteristics and phases. Land and buildings cadastre. The cadastral maps. Analysis of digital information systems of the cadastre at regional level. Application examples on traditional (paper) and innovative (digital) media. Territorial planning tools at different levels of detail. Regional Territorial Plan, Provincial Territorial Coordination Plan, Territory Governance Plan. Regional laws on territorial governance. (1 ECTS)
The analysis of the territory through the cartographic tool. Cartography elements: the reference geodetic systems; Cartographic projections; Topographic maps and thematic maps; Exercises Reading and use of maps: Examination of regional cartography. The regional cartographic portals, analysis and elaboration of the available cartography: CTR, Ortophotos, DTM, Thematics maps. Application examples of some regions and normative references. Territorial analysis through indirect investigation. Physical investigation: chorography, meteorology, climatology; The historical evolution of the territory; Analysis of the agricultural-forestry system. (1 ECTS)
The territorial analysis through the indirect statistical survey. The use of GPS in surveying the territory and integration with GIS software. Features and potential of GIS software (1 ECTS)
Prerequisites for admission
Mathematics, Physics
Teaching methods
frontal lessons, classroom exercises and field trip
Teaching Resources
Rural buildings:
The teaching material consists of:
Notes of the lessons; Booklet on the structures for dairy cattle farms; Selected scientific papers reported during the lessons ( - Costruzioni rurali e Rilievo del territorio)

Land survey:
Handouts distributed during the course and available on - Rural constructions and agroforestry territory. lesson on the land register: Corso di Estimo - Stefano Amicabile - Ed. Hoepli
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of two tests:
First test:
- Written. Duration 2 hours.
The written test consists of 3 exercises relating to the Rural Construction module.
- Draft to be carried out independently, creating a territorial framework.
The paper, relating to the land survey module, consists in the drafting of a territorial framework that the student will carry out independently. The paper must contain a "Cartographic", a "Meteorological" and a "Statistical Data of the Agricultural Territory" section.
Deliver ONLY in .pdf format before the written exam.
If the student does not pass one of the two tests, they will have to repeat only the one in which theyhave not reached the sufficiency.
Second Test:
- Oral
Students who pass both parts of first test will take the oral exam, discussing the first exam and with questions about the whole program approximately 7-10 days after the first test.
The final grade is the arithmetic average of the written exam, the land survey draft and the oral exam.
The exams will take place at Edolo, if the enrolled students will be at least 5; otherwise, they will take place at the headquarters of the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, via Celoria 2, Milan.
DSA students: have to communicate their situation to the Disabled and DSA Service of UniMI ( The referent of the Degree Course in the Faculty is Prof. Raffaella Zanchi ( In addition, students with DSA certification are required to promptly notify the Professor to agree on the exam procedures.
Field activity: 4 hours
Practicals: 28 hours
Lessons: 48 hours