The system supports the educational activities of the various faculties and degree programmes as well as the more in-depth analysis of specific topics for undergraduate and master theses and PhD dissertations.
The labs are expertly staffed and outfitted with the latest equipment. They do research and other work in the fields of photography, representation, surveying, topography, cartography, geographic information systems, petrography, building materials analyses, technology, earth sciences, geophysics, building sciences, building techniques, and environmental engineering physics.
The lab system offers tools and expertise for:
• testing materials and structures for the risk of collapse
• short- and long-term static and structural monitoring of monumental and contemporary structures
• analysing materials and structures
• environmental analyses
• specifying and analysing construction materials and problem solving
• surveys and representations of projects, buildings and areas
• 3D interactive models, digital animation, video, multimedia works
• drawings, models, video animation and websites
• geographic information systems
• elaborating and archiving digital maps
• document retrieval and research
• photographic campaigns
collects and archives examples of materials, products and innovative building techniques for use by researchers, students and professionals.
operates and does research in the field of map-making and the representation of urban and regional phenomenon; collects, retrieves, archives, processes and disseminates its cartographic, photographic, aerial, satellite and surveying patrimony online and through information systems.
focuses on the technical and scientific issues involved in the surveying and digital representation of architecture; has considerable experience in surveying cities, geographical regions and objects (statues, moulding, artefacts, stones) and in using tools and techniques including terrestrial topography, GPS, photogrammetry (close range and aerial), laser-scanning and image processing.
active in the field of geographic information systems, using the major GIS software tools on the market and developing applications with Open Source tools; designs and develops online services and makes it possible to download the university’s cartographic and aerial photographic resources.
concentrates on analysing and experimenting with systems and methods for producing and representing what is created in the fields of visual arts, theatre and architecture; works with entities involved in regional management and the protection and conservation of cultural heritage, as well as research institutes and industry at large.
works actively throughout the region on digital and analogical photographs for architectural reportage and documenting exhibitions and events; does studio and view camera work for reproducing works of arts, models and documents; covers the entire range of photographic production, from digital shots to darkroom printing, from processing images to transferring data between different reproduction systems.
conducts research on the chemical-physical characterization of stone and litoid materials used in buildings of art-historical interest and determines the phenomena of deterioration and alteration to which they are subject; does archaeometric studies to define the provenance and production techniques and/or workmanship of stone, litoid and ceramic products, as well as studies to identify pictorial techniques in paintings and the characterization, identification and behaviour of antique materials.
active in various fields interested in applied physics in relation to the built environment: acoustics, lighting techniques, the thermophysics of buildings and materials, ambient comfort and interior environmental quality; involved in environmental verifications for analysis and conservation in the field of architectural and cultural heritage.
the lab’s three divisions support individual works or urban scale projects throughout all phases of development and in the eventual management of their output: from conceptual drawings to realistic renderings, from virtual to physical rendition, from animation to film sequences, from online circulation to complex archiving.
began testing construction materials in the late 1940s and, in 1961, became Italy’s official laboratory (Laboratorio Ufficiale della Repubblica italiana); does research and outside projects on issues regarding Law 1086/71 and for experiments leading to new patents; is actively involved in quality control at companies manufacturing concrete and steel for reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete in Italy and abroad. LabSCo is currently a European leader in studies on full-scale structures.
analyses the physical-mechanical characteristics of loose ground and rocks (volume and weight characteristics, consistency limits, attrition parameters and eudiometric tests) for investigating underground waters and the degradation of building materials.