DIPLAB stands for DIsaster Planning LABoratory and is intended to contribute to the prediction, prevention, and risk assessment of natural disasters such as slope instabilities, and to study the interaction of man made structures with the ground… through a multidisciplinary approach involving Geomathics, Engineering Geology, and Geotechnical Engineering.
DIPLAB GEOMECCANICA is the Geomechanics Laboratory which is operating in the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. Based on funds provided by Politecnico di Torino, the Fondazione San Paolo, and the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering the laboratory was set-up in 2005 by merging the Soil Mechanics and the Rock Mechanics laboratories previously active in the same department.
The laboratory shows a collection of standard and originally developed equipment devoted to geomaterial characterization and modelling, always in the perspective of solving engineering problems.
The main activities of DIPLAB GEOMECCANICA are:

  • the geotechnical characterisation of soils, rocks and rock masses, in line with the international state of the art and with reference to the analysis of geologic, hydro-geologic, hydraulic and seismic risk, also with reference to the interaction between infrastructures and environment;
  • the performance of special geotechnical laboratory and in situ tests, with attention paid to the understanding of processes involved at different scale in slope instabilities, for which the necessary input data and geological, hydro-geological, geotechnical and seismic models are available or can be developed;

the development of numerical models for real time simulation, analysis and interpretation in GIS environment of slope instabilities, with attention on deep landslides, subject to traditional monitoring and measurement of significant geomathic, hydrogeological and geomechanical parameters.

For enquires on facilities and costs of rock testing please contact: marco.barla@polito.it


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