In the frame of the HERACLES Virtual Course, UniPG (IT) and e-Geos (IT) gave a course entitled "Geomorphological and structural modeling applied to CH management" on Thursday the 19th October from 11.30 to 13.30 (CET).

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge on the integrated use of remote sensing and in-situ monitoring data for structural assessment of heritage buildings with a focus on applications carried out on the Consoli Palace in Gubbio within the activities of HERACLES Project. The course focuses on the interpretation of displacement data obtained from satellite synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry technology, long-term structural health monitoring and environmental monitoring data. All this information is integrated and analyzed also in light of expert interpretation of the outputs of a damage survey and structural analysis via Finite Element simulation



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The guidebooks (downloadable here) helps people who view the course to better understand the subject matter of the course and to find materials for further study




Mario Costantini received the PhD in Geoinformation from the “Tor Vergata” University, Rome, Italy, the Perfezionamento degree in Theory and Mathematical Methods for System Analysis and Control, from “La Sapienza” University, Rome, and the Dottore Degree in Physics from “La Sapienza” University, Rome. He worked in universities, companies and international research organizations (among which the European Space Agency and the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Currently, he is the Head of Algorithm and Processing-System Engineering at e-GEOS, a company of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Telespazio, Rome.

Dr. Costantini has more than 20 years of experience, with internationally recognized achievements, in the fields of signal processing, remote sensing, and Earth observation. He has performed/leaded the development of innovative algorithms and operational processors for synthetic aperture radar interferometry, phase unwrapping, stereoscopy, super-resolution, tomography, coregistration, data fusion, change detection, classification, target detection and recognition, and, in general, extraction of information from contextual, multitemporal and multispectral analysis of remote sensing data, based on both model inversion and machine learning techniques. Moreover, he and his team have realized operational products/services for Earth observation from radar (interferometric) and optical (multispectral/hyperspectral) data, such as millimetric ground and structure deformation monitoring, ship detection, oil spill detection, wind and waves determination, forest fire detection, forest, grassland and agriculture classifications, digital elevation models (DEMs), satellite mission simulations. Costantini’s scientific/technological interests include, in general, algorithms for extracting information and taking actions from data.

Dr. Costantini is author of various international patents and scientific papers. He received awards for the realization of technical innovations from ESA, NASA, and Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica) group.

  • Veronica Lucia CASTALDO, PhD

Post-doc research fellow at University of Perugia, CIRIAF.

Veronica Lucia  Castaldo  is  a  building  engineer  specialized  in  buildings  energy  efficiency.  She has  more  than  3  years  of  experience  in  the  world  of  building  envelope  technologies,  optimization  of  the  thermal-energy  performance  by  means  of  dynamic  simulation,  energy  retrofit  of  existing  buildings,  and  sustainability  technical  consultancy. 

Mrs.  Castaldo holds  a  Bachelor  Degree  in  Civil  Engineering  from  University  of  Perugia  and  a  Master  Degree  in  Building  engineering  from  Politecnico  di  Milano. Additionally, she  holds  a  PhD  in  Energy  and  Sustainable Development  from  University  of  Perugia.  During her  PhD,  she  was  a  visiting  research  scholar  at  the  CEEM-Civil  Engineering  and  Engineering  Department  of  Columbia  University,  where  she  worked  on  the  prediction  of  thermal-energy  balance  of  buildings  in  urban  environments  by  means  of  analytical  and  numerical  analyses.    Afterwards, she  was  a  Post-Doctorate  Researcher  at  CIRIAF,  an  interuniversity  research  center  on  pollution  from  physical  agents  and  its  effects  on  the  environment.  She was  involved  in  more  than  3  European  founded  projects  about  nearly  zero  energy  buildings  and  settlements  and  LEED  projects.  She was  a  lecturer  on  building  physics  and  energy  certification  protocols  and  co-authored  more  than  40  publications  on  international  peer-reviewed  journals  &  conference  proceedings  on  these  topics. 

In the  United  States  Mrs.  Castaldo worked  as  building  physicist  and  integrated  design  coordinator  for  a  prestigious  architectural  firm  focused  on  sustainable  multipurpose  buildings  design.  She  was  responsible  for  conceiving  high  performance  design  strategies  for  buildings  and  communities,  modeling  energy  and  environmental  performance.

  • Prof. Filippo UBERTINI, PhD

Associate Professor of Structural Design at University of
Perugia, DICA
UNIPG Scientic Responsible for HERACLES

Prof. Filippo Ubertini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Structural Design at University of Perugia, where he teaches Advanced Structural Design. He graduated cum laude in Civil Engineering from University of Perugia in 2005 and received his PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Pavia in 2009. He was visiting scholar at Columbia University, USA, in 2008. Filippo Ubertini’s research is mainly focused on vibration-based Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of heritage structures and on smart construction materials for SHM, such as smart concretes and smart bricks. The latest research activities in these fields concerned: (i) rapid post-earthquake damage detection in historic masonry structures through long-term dynamic monitoring systems based on automated modal analysis; (ii) fabrication, modelling and application of novel strain sensing smart concretes and smart bricks for SHM; (iii) system identification and dynamic modelling of civil engineering structures. Currently he is coordinator of UNIPG RT in two Horizon 2020 projects and of a national PRIN project. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Shock and Vibration, Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Advances in Civil Engineering. He has been recipient of prizes and awards