|The course has two components
(i) Seminar-type, interactive presentation of 11 units covering basic cases of applications of Geodesy in various fields of Civil Engineering. These units cover the fields of Geotechnical and Structural Engineering (as study and construction), but also Transportation Engineering etc. and Applications in fields such as Archaeology.
(ii) A supervised research project covering a full semester in any of the fields of the course is assigned to a group of two students. The project is based on experiments and on their analysis, analysis of bibliographic data, analysis of existing experimental data, applications of existing software or algorithm development. The results of the project are presented in a quasi-formal workshop. Students learn also from the gradual progress, presentation and evaluation of all projects.
(iii) Reference to news breaking events (earthquakes etc.)
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|At the end of this course, a successful student will have the following knowledge/competences
1. Basic understanding of special methods for surveying of major projects (construction of transportation projects, of underground projects, large bridges, super-tall constructions, stadium roofs, etc.).
2. Basic principles and applications of Satellite Geodesy and of new instruments such as laser scanners and techniques for analysis of geodetic and other data taking into consideration their error properties
3. Basic characteristics and geodetic, especially satellite techniques for the study of natural phenomena such as earthquakes (deformation field, finite fracture/fault models, strain), volcanic processes (ground deformation due to stresses produced by volcanic fluids), landslides and ground (“land”) deformation due to sediment (ground surface kinematics) -“Deformation Measurements”
4. Understanding of geodetic techniques for the study of structural integrity and safety of important constructions and engineering lifelines due to static and dynamic loading (Structural Health Monitoring)
5. Techniques for the study of the stability of underground excavations (tunnels etc.) and of the overlaying structures due to the rearrangement of stresses, study of stability and safety of dams due to hydraulic load etc.
6. Familiarization with experimental methods with the potential to control the quality of measurements and of final results
7. Familiarization with Digital Terrain Modeling and data mining from digital data bases
8. Familiarization with algorithms of numerical solution of redundant systems of equations with uncertainties