Academic Year 2018/19





School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering



Degree Programme of:


Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation
Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)


Lecco Campus

1. General Information

School School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering
Code Reference Law437
NameCivil Engineering for Risk Mitigation
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeLM-23 - Civil engineering
Degree level Laurea Magistrale (Equivalent To Master Of Science)
First year of activation 2010/2011
Official length of the programme 2
Years of the programme already activated 1,2
Official language(s) English
Campus Lecco
Dean of the School Taliercio Alberto
Coordinator of the Study programme Alessio Radice
Website of the School http://www.ingcat.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
http://www.master-riskmanagement.lecco.polimi.it/


Central Student Office - Lecco
Address VIA GAETANO PREVIATI, 1/C (LC)

2. General presentation of the study programme

Master of Science - Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation, Lecco Campus

The complexity of modern societies has produced relevant effects with respect to  risks. On the one hand societies are experiencing new and emerging threats that are also the result of modernization, on the other they are more exposed and vulnerable to hazards as a result of urbanization and larger dependence from infrastructures. Furthermore, societies are increasingly calling for safety and protection, not only as a consequence of growing fears but also because safety is considered a public good to be guaranteed to citizens. Such demand for risk mitigation can be recognised across both developing and developed countries, though in different forms.  Fallacies of available instruments to face crises and to prevent them are rather clear and contribute to the perception of increased risks

Modern  crises, new threats and "old" hazards that hit built environments require new abilities and competences. The rule of thumb is clearly not enough to accompany the whole process from impact to recovery and reconstruction and to open the floor for renovated ways to prevent risks in a sustainable way, both economically and ecologically.

Engineering solutions have always been seen as fundamental pillars of both structural and non structural mitigation. Following the traditional engineering expertise, this M.Sc. proposes innovative paths to deal with the complexities of today's risks. First, civil engineering will be coupled with a systemic approach to risk assessment and management. The traditional focus on buildings and structural safety will be complemented by the analysis of the many uncertainties faced in hazardous environments. Second, information and communication technologies are proposed as fundamental tools to support Risk Management, in particular for handling emergencies. Third, social, juridical, economical aspects will be integrated into the more technical perspective, to enable future professionals to understand the wider context in which they will have to operate. The focus on integration has been embodied in an innovative didactical method that will address problems in comprehensive modular courses. Such an approach is not just "interdisciplinary", as it requires the ability to work and interchange ideas with other experts to achieve an agreed solution for the problem at stake.

The Politecnico di Milano has significant experience to offer. It has promoted a large integrated research on Risk Management involving several departments (see www.polimi.it/prometeo), with researchers and professors from various fields who will teach in the M.Sc. It can count on an extended network of national and international universities and research centres with which projects financed by institutions as well as by private organizations have been developed or are currently under way.


3. Learning objectives

A comprehensive approach to the management of natural and technological risks requires a wide variety of competences, many of which are well grounded in engineering disciplines (civil, environmental, chemical, electronic and information technology). The programme offers a synthesis of fundamental and advanced engineering tools for Risk Management, integrated by competences in different areas (land use planning, economics and finance, communication, law, psychology, medicine, ...). Teaching is organised along three conceptual axes: (i) modelling tools are needed for sound analyses of the processes involved; (ii) the complexity of the problem requires skills characterised by a strong interdisciplinary vision; (iii) the synthesis of different disciplines is allowed by a problem solving approach. The result of such educational programme should be a professional able to share and interface specific competences within a team of experts dealing with the complexity of environmental risks assessment and mitigation, as well as emergency management.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering for Risks Mitigation is part of a broader didactic project comprehending the Master of Science (2 years) and a Specializing Master (1 year).
For the Master of Science programme, a section of general education provides basic and advanced tools characteristics of a civil engineering curriculum, which are, however, polarised by a conceptual framework of risk assessment and management. A 10-credits course is devoted to the fundamental of Risk Management (RM) approaches, including some basic legal issues and organization of civil protection systems. In the second year students choose two among a group of thematic modules which are designed with a problem solving approach, where different competences (within a number of different disciplines) are organised comprehensively to tackle a given RM problem; the final project is typically devoted to the solution of a field case. Thematic modules are the necessary complement to the general formation in civil engineering in order to achieve a correct approach to the complexity and transversal nature of RM.
 

Students already having specific competences from previous (technical) degrees can complete their education towards a RM approach by following the Specializing Master programme that integrates an introductory section on Risk Management with some proper selection of thematic modules.

Further information at: http://www.master-riskmanagement.lecco.polimi.it

 

4.2 Further Studies

The qualification grants access to "Dottorato di Ricerca" (Research Doctorate), "Corso di Specializzazione di secondo livello" (2nd level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di secondo livello" (2nd level University Master)


The Politecnico di Milano is a University that offers courses in Engineering, Architecture, and Industrial Design. Its Schools includes more than 1000 professors belonging to 9 Schools - 6 of them grouping different areas of Engineering, 3 of them relating to Architecture, Land and Urban Planning, and Industrial Design.

Each of these Schools offers a number of post graduate programs - Doctoral Programs - Ph.D. among them:

  • Energy
  • Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Spatial Planning and Urban Development
  • Structural Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Technology and Design for Environment and Building
  • Territorial Design and Government.

5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

This master programme is offered at the Politecnico di Milano, School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering. It is aimed at providing scientific and technical tools to assess and manage natural and technological risks. The proposed master programme is grounded in the engineering tradition (civil, environmental, chemical, electronic and information technology), offering fundamental and advanced tools for the management of a variety of natural and atrophic hazards.
English is the official language of the course.


Graduated students with a MSc in Civil Engineering can find occupation in building companies, design and consulting societies and governmental institutions; typical occupations range among: design of structures and infrastructures; planning, control and management of urban and territorial systems; research in Universities and research agencies; evaluation of environmental impact of structures and infrastructures. Differently form what prescribed for junior engineers with a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, no restriction is given by the law as to the size and importance of the works. As an example, the high degree of specialisation allows engineers with a MSc degree to be involved in the design of hydroelectric power-plants, large span bridges and tunnels.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation


Function in job context:

The Master of Science programme is aimed at providing knowledge and expertise in the field of structural and non structural measures for the mitigation of natural and technological hazards. The result of the educational programme is a professional that besides the typical skills of a Civil Engineer, is able to share and interface specific competences within a team of experts dealing with the complexity of environmental risks assessment and mitigation, as well as emergency management.

Differently from what prescribed for junior engineers with a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, no restriction is given by the law as to the size and importance of the works. As an example, the high degree of specialisation allows engineers with a MSc degree to be involved in the design of hydroelectric power-plants, large span bridges and tunnels.

 

Function's Skills:

Relevant skills are:
- design of structures and infrastructures;
- planning, control and management of urban and territorial systems;
- research in Universities and research agencies;
- evaluation of environmental impact of structures and infrastructures;
- quantification of natural and technological risks.


Professional opportunities:

Job opportunities are:
- Civil Engineer in building companies, engineering societies, public agencies;
- Expert in risk assessment and mitigation for private and public companies;
- Risk Manager in private companies, public institutions and organisations;
- Responsible for risk mitigation and Civil Protection;
- Safety Manager in private and public companies;
- Consultant for business continuity and community contingency plans.


For further information graduated students may also refer to the Career Service of Politecnico di Milano:
http://www.polilink.polimi.it/go/Home/Polilink/Career-Service
Surveys of University Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4180

5.3 Qualification profile

CIVIL ENGINEER EXPERT IN EVALUATION AND RISK MITIGATION

Profile in a work context

The Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) study programme aims to provide knowledge and skills for critical analysis in the field of structural and non-structural countermeasures, for mitigation of natural and human risks. Graduate students, in addition to the traditional skills of a civil engineer, s/he is able to work with different experts in order to face the complexity of the risk assessment and mitigation process, as well as the emergency management.

The graduate student has an advanced knowledge in many engineering fields, obtained during the first year of the study programme. Through the choice of courses attended in the second year, s/he has the opportunity to undertake different careers, among which two of them are the most significant. A first career concerns an expert in the evaluation and mitigation of risks related to structures and infrastructures; this profile is built thanks to the courses in:

SEISMIC RISK ASSESSMENT FOR POST - EVENT MANAGEMENT - ICT APPLIED TO CRISIS MANAGEMENT - TRANSPORT RISK MANAGEMENT IN EMERGENCY PLANNING - TRANSPORT SYSTEMS AND TRANSPORT RISK - STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT AND RESIDUAL BEARING CAPACITY. FIRE AND BLAST SAFETY - RETROFITTING DESIGN OF STRUCTURES SUBJECTED TO SEISMIC LOADING.

A second career is instead focused on the hydrogeological risks and their related methods of structural and non-structural prevention, and its courses are

GEOLOGICAL AND PHOTOGRAPHICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING - GEOPHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING - HYDROGEOLOGICAL RISKS IN MOUNTAIN AREA - LABORATORY OF EMERGENCY PLANNING - DESIGN OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES - STRUCTURE DURABILITY: MONITORING AND CONTROL.

Skills of this function:

- Structural monitoring

- Risk assessment for structures and infrastructures

- Design of structures and infrastructures, ex-novo or with adaptation interventions

- Evaluation of hydrogeological risk

- Territorial planning aimed at risk mitigation for extra-urban and urban contexts

- Territorial monitoring

Job opportunities:

- Risk assessment expert for public and private subjects (including insurance companies)

- Risk Manager in consulting companies, public bodies and non-governmental organizations

- Civil Protection Organizations

- Civil engineer in design firms and construction companies

- Service network management company

- Scientific research


6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Laurea (First degree), or foreign comparable degree


In the framework of the International Program of Politecnico di Milano, the Master of Science in Civil Engineering is offered to Italian and foreign students with a Bachelor (BSc), or equivalent, degree.

A limited number of Scholarships will be granted to support foreign students. The MSc is taught in English.

Access is submitted to the respect of University and School requirements.

In particular for Italian graduates, the additional information is given at:

http://www.ingcat.polimi.it/scuola/normativa-di-riferimento/

6.2 Requested knowledge

A School commission will evaluate the curriculum of applicant students, and will check if the credits of the candidate's BSc degree correspond to credits required to access the Master of Science in Italy.
Provided the requirements of point 6.1 are met, the typical curriculum of a BSc in Civil Engineering should guarantee access to the MSc without extra restrictions. However, based on the curriculum of each applicant, the School commission reserves the right to include in their study plan specific courses.
 

The educational offer at the Politecnico di Milano
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6.3 Deadlines

Further information at:
http://www.master-riskmanagement.lecco.polimi.it
How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
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6.4 Tutoring and students support

Politecnico di Milano offers a Tutoring Program. The tutorial activities are managed independently by the faculty. The 'General Services to the students' interaction with the individual presidencies of Faculty for the administrative aspects. The mode of custody of the tasks of mentoring are the same as those adopted for other positions as part-time collaboration. For specific information on services enabled, please see the websites of individual faculty.

http://www.ingcat.polimi.it/studenti/tutorato/


Polinternational
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7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

As specified in the didactic regulations,120 credits are required to obtain the degree.

7.2 Mode of study

At Lecco Campus the Master of Science is fully taught in English, requires a full time attendance and involves classroom and laboratory activities.

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

1 Year courses - Track: CEM - CIVIL ENGINEERING FOR RISK MITIGATION


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
052486B,CICAR/01
MAT/08
NUMERICAL METHODS FOR PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS112.0
[7.0Innovative teaching]
12.0
091252B,CICAR/07SOIL-STRUCTURE INTERACTION19.09.0
091268CICAR/20TOOLS FOR RISK MANAGEMENT17.07.0
090806B,CICAR/02HYDROLOGY FOR FLOOD RISK EVALUATION16.06.0
090807B,CICAR/01RIVER HYDRAULICS FOR FLOOD RISK EVALUATION26.06.0
053450BICAR/08COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS25.05.0
053449BICAR/08STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS25.05.0
053448BICAR/08THEORY OF PLASTICITY25.05.0
091269BICAR/06FUNDAMENTALS OF GIS25.05.0

2 Year courses - Track: CEM - CIVIL ENGINEERING FOR RISK MITIGATION


Code Educational activities SSD Course Title Language Sem CFU CFU Group
094797B,CICAR/07
ICAR/09
DESIGN OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES110.016.0
094798CING-IND/22STRUCTURE DURABILITY: MONITORING AND CONTROL16.0
094802B,CICAR/09STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT AND RESIDUAL BEARING CAPACITY. FIRE AND BLAST SAFETY110.0
094804B,CICAR/09RETROFITTING DESIGN OF STRUCTURES SUBJECTED TO SEISMIC LOADING16.0
094814B,CGEO/05
ICAR/06
GEOLOGICAL AND PHOTOGRAPHICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING110.0
094816CGEO/11GEOPHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING16.0
094808B,CGEO/05
ICAR/01
HYDROGEOLOGICAL RISKS IN MOUNTAIN AREA210.0
053400B,CICAR/01LABORATORY OF EMERGENCY PLANNING26.0
094810B,CICAR/05TRANSPORT RISK MANAGEMENT IN EMERGENCY PLANNING210.0
094811B,CICAR/05TRANSPORT SYSTEMS AND TRANSPORT RISK26.0
053126B,CICAR/06
ICAR/20
GEOSPATIAL DATA PROCESSING AND CRISIS MAPPING APPLIED TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT210.0
094820BICAR/08SEISMIC RISK ASSESSMENT FOR POST-EVENT MANAGEMENT26.0
094797B,CICAR/07
ICAR/09
DESIGN OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES110.016.0
094798CING-IND/22STRUCTURE DURABILITY: MONITORING AND CONTROL16.0
094802B,CICAR/09STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT AND RESIDUAL BEARING CAPACITY. FIRE AND BLAST SAFETY110.0
094804B,CICAR/09RETROFITTING DESIGN OF STRUCTURES SUBJECTED TO SEISMIC LOADING16.0
094814B,CGEO/05
ICAR/06
GEOLOGICAL AND PHOTOGRAPHICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING110.0
094816CGEO/11GEOPHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING16.0
094808B,CGEO/05
ICAR/01
HYDROGEOLOGICAL RISKS IN MOUNTAIN AREA210.0
053400B,CICAR/01LABORATORY OF EMERGENCY PLANNING26.0
094810B,CICAR/05TRANSPORT RISK MANAGEMENT IN EMERGENCY PLANNING210.0
094811B,CICAR/05TRANSPORT SYSTEMS AND TRANSPORT RISK26.0
053126B,CICAR/06
ICAR/20
GEOSPATIAL DATA PROCESSING AND CRISIS MAPPING APPLIED TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT210.0
094820BICAR/08SEISMIC RISK ASSESSMENT FOR POST-EVENT MANAGEMENT26.0
094797B,CICAR/07
ICAR/09
DESIGN OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES110.016.0
094798CING-IND/22STRUCTURE DURABILITY: MONITORING AND CONTROL16.0
094802B,CICAR/09STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT AND RESIDUAL BEARING CAPACITY. FIRE AND BLAST SAFETY110.0
094804B,CICAR/09RETROFITTING DESIGN OF STRUCTURES SUBJECTED TO SEISMIC LOADING16.0
094814B,CGEO/05
ICAR/06
GEOLOGICAL AND PHOTOGRAPHICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING110.0
094816CGEO/11GEOPHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING16.0
094808B,CGEO/05
ICAR/01
HYDROGEOLOGICAL RISKS IN MOUNTAIN AREA210.0
053400B,CICAR/01LABORATORY OF EMERGENCY PLANNING26.0
094810B,CICAR/05TRANSPORT RISK MANAGEMENT IN EMERGENCY PLANNING210.0
094811B,CICAR/05TRANSPORT SYSTEMS AND TRANSPORT RISK26.0
053126B,CICAR/06
ICAR/20
GEOSPATIAL DATA PROCESSING AND CRISIS MAPPING APPLIED TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT210.0
094820BICAR/08SEISMIC RISK ASSESSMENT FOR POST-EVENT MANAGEMENT26.0
094838----STAGE/FINAL TEST (CERM-LC)112.012.0
094838----STAGE/FINAL TEST (CERM-LC)212.0

7.4 Foreign language

English is the official language of the course.


Language courses
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7.5 Degree examination

The final exam consists of the public discussion of a dissertation on a subject typical of civil engineering. The thesis, which may be of theoretical, experimental, numerical or design must address the topic chosen in an original way. It must be submitted in the form of dissertation writing, must be countersigned by a rapporteur who is professor of the faculty of civil engineering, environmental and territorial integrity of the Politecnico of Milan and can be submitted to the court for a preliminary “controrelatore”, not necessarily on the faculty, and considered an expert on the subject under discussion in the thesis.


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3137

8. Academic calendar

The academic calendar of the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering is available at the general pages and link of the University and at webpage of School ICAT: http://www.ingcat.polimi.it/en/didactics/academic-calendar/


Academic calendar
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9. Faculty

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

The names of professors for each Course, together with their subject, will be available on the degree programme starting from the month of September.
The degree programme is annually published on the website of Politecnico di Milano.

School Presentation
http://www.ingcat.polimi.it/en/school/presentation/
Academic office and services
http://www.ingcat.polimi.it/en/academic-office-and-services/

Lecturers.

Teachers lessons for official Engineering Subjects for A.Y. are set out in the pages of the Schoolof of Civi, Environmental and Land Manangement Engineering.

 Several Departments contribute to the teaching activities. They are listed below with the relative websites.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

Lecco Campus

Courses will be taught at the Lecco Campus of the Politecnico di Milano, within the Schoolof Civil, Environmental and Territorial Engineering.

 

Studying in Lecco

Lecco Campus is characterized by a wide didactic offer throughout Politecnico di Milano and by the presence of research activity and technological transfer focused on issues that are characteristics of the local area.

Lecco, as a Regional Campus, is featured by a strong didactic and research presence in the following sectors:

  • Civil engineering, with particular attention to civil building protection;
  • Building engineering, with particular attention to  Building Engineering-Architecture sector;
  • Management, with particular attention to logistics;
  • Mechanics, with particular attention to quality and eco-efficiency.

 

The didactic and research activities are currently carried out in the buildings of Via Marco d' Oggiono, Via Amendola, Corso Promessi Sposi and Campus Point, a prototypical research centre that - with its new eight labs - anticipates scientific, technological and research contents of the future campus, while planning the definitive location in the area of Via Ghislanzoni, the former hospital of Lecco . 

Within a few years a new campus will gather all the didactic and research activities. 

Lecco and its surroundings have a strong industrial background with a long tradition of international exchanges, furthermore the presence of foreign students attending the three Master of Science courses, taught completely in English at Lecco Campus, creates a multi-ethnic context that is an important and stimulating aspect of our campus.


11. International context

International relations

 

The vocation of the Politecnico di Milano has always been beyond the borders of Italy.

To enhance its international relations, both in terms of scientific research and education, the Politecnico promotes several co-operation activities and projects with foreign countries in the fields of interest (i.e. teaching, research and technology transfer, staff and student exchange, seminars, professional training).


12. Internationalization

International Framework Agreements

 

The Politecnico di Milano signs each year a number of Framework agreements with partner universities or institutions from all over the world to enhance its international cooperation in various fields.

In general Framework agreements consist only of a declaration of intent for collaboration in the field of teaching and research programmes and are signed when a wide co-operation between two Institutions is envisaged. Agreements concerning specific activities may be implemented to settle particular activities that need to be developed.


Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4671

13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.

14. Further information


Only the original in Italian is valid.

15. Errata corrige