Infrastructure and equipment

In spring 2018, we started a cross-departmental process across the 5+1 laboratories of the department and the research groups involved in the project.

The challenge was to systemise existing resources, to complete and update them, and establish which new equipment needed to be purchased.

The first equipment list outlines the planned purchases over several years: in the first year is €286,571, two items of equipment worth more than €40,000 have been included in the University’s two-year purchasing plan and are being put out to tender in the coming months.

A second list outlining equipment needs gathered by research fellows (hardware, software, databases, photographic and document storage tools), discussed and assessed with department technicians was decided in the CdD of 14 March 2019.

Termocamera FLIR Serie T1020
FLIR T1020 Series Thermal Imaging Camera LADC Laboratory

(+software for data processing)
Sensor: IR 1024×768 (786,432 measurement pixels)
– objective: 28° (36 mm)
– wide angle: 45° (21.2 mm)

Fields of application: acquisition of high-precision thermal data for the detection of thermal imbalances in the building sector: at building and city scale, detection of energy losses, detection of installations (electrical, heating, etc.), detection of water-related phenomena (rising damp, infiltration, rain, etc.) detection of wall texture below the plaster layer.

videoscopio IPLEX
IPLEX GX videoscope Olympus LADC Laboratory

Probe length: 2.0 m and 7.5 m – diameter 6 mm

Fields of application: acquisition of photographic and video images of confined spaces where access is prevented due to their small size: identification of the wall texture of masonry, inspection of ducts, the route of flues, tunnels, chimneys, wells etc.

Laser scanner terrestre FARO FOCUS S350
Terrestrial Laser Scanner FARO FOCUS S350 TeCMArcH Laboratory

 (+ software for data processing)
Range > 300 m;
Scanning speed over 950,000 pts/sec
Distance tolerance +/- 1 mm at 10m
Class 1 laser.

Fields of application: architectural, archaeological, urban and land survey, diagnostic survey and monitoring at different scales, and three-dimensional modelling.

NVIVO Qualitative analysis software

Version 12 Plus (Windows)
Permanent academic licence

Fields of application: qualitative data analysis of texts (typically interview transcripts) and multimedia elements, through coding operations, allowing the identification of key elements to demonstrate research theses in a structured and coherent way.


Fields of application: Realistic immersive simulation of ante operam and post operam conditions of architectural and urban projects for the assessment of transformations and related impacts. Including WiFi system for free movement in a cable-free environment.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 LAPTOP

Fields of application: computer to support the management of complex 3D simulations and real-time interaction with Virtual Reality environments. Work notes and file management.

Go Pro HERO7 Black Camera

Fields of application: photographs and films of dynamic situations and difficult-to-access places while being efficient in maintaining video-audio quality.

What do we mean by Territorial Fragility?

Fragility is an object or situation’s predisposition to radically change due to unexpected accidents. It can be understood in (at least) three different ways.

Firstly, fragility is an object or situation’s constituent feature. It is understood as an original state which, if natural, may be compatible with human action and, if artificial, may be a deliberate or unintentional design.

Secondly, fragility arises due to a departure from stability and resistance leading to deterioration.

Finally, fragility may be caused by a disruption of an evolutionary reinforcement process. This reduces ongoing transformations that have not yet stabilised and are open to other types of fragility, i.e. transformation mechanisms (plans, projects, rules, policies).

Based on these different interpretations, the Department’s project shall examine and deal with land fragility, starting from a recognition of the issues’ importance for our country and globally.