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Dr. Ferdinando Totani | Geotecnica Award | Best Researcher Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

Ferdinando Totani is a highly accomplished civil and environmental engineer with a distinguished academic background from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, including a Ph.D. in Civil and Land Engineering. His expertise spans geotechnical investigations, seismic risk mitigation, and earthquake engineering. With extensive research experience and participation in national projects, he has contributed significantly to the field of soil liquefaction and seismic hazard assessment. As a laboratory technician at the University of L’Aquila, he continues to advance research in geotechnical engineering, emphasizing best practices for hydraulic derivation works. Ferdinand’s dedication to teaching and collaboration further enhances his professional profile.

🌐 Professional Profiles


  1. Scopus Profile

🎓 Academic Achievements and Professional Qualifications 🏅

Ferdinando Totani has demonstrated outstanding academic prowess and professional dedication in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His educational journey at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, is marked by exemplary achievements Bachelor’s Degree (25/02/2008): Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Thesis: “Mechanical modelling of the Vajont landslide”. Scored an impressive 110/110 cum laude with a special mention of the commission. Master’s Degree (30/04/2010): Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Thesis: “Geotechnical investigations for the analysis and repair of the damage suffered by Palazzo Camponeschi (AQ) in the earthquake of 6 April 2009”. Achieved a remarkable score of 110/110 cum laude with special mention. PhD (07/04/2014): PhD in Civil and Land Engineering. Thesis: “Local seismic response and seismic risk mitigation using the jet grouting technique: a study applied to the western area of the city of L’Aquila”. Acknowledged with a special mention of the committee for research aptitude.

👨‍🔬 Professional Qualification (13/10/2010):

  • Registered member of the Professional Register of the Order of Engineers of the Province of L’Aquila (Italy), specializing in the Civil and Environmental sector.

🌐 Research Contributions and Grants 💡

Ferdinando Totani has actively contributed to national research projects and received grants for his valuable work:

🔬 Participation in Funded Research Projects:

  • Engaged in seismological projects such as “COBaS: Constraining Observations into Seismic Hazard” as part of the INGV-DPC 2012-2013 convention.

🔍 Research Grants:

  • Awarded Research Grant No. 18/2019 by the University of L’Aquila for geotechnical research activities aimed at defining best practices in project approval and supervision of hydraulic derivation works.

🌍 International Research Exposure and Internships 🌱

Ferdinando Totani’s research endeavors extend beyond borders:

🌍 International Internship:

  • Conducted research at the Reina Mercedes University of Seville, focusing on extending the geotechnical map of Seville and verifying liquefaction for metro line sites.

👨‍🏫 Teaching Assignments 📚

Ferdinando Totani has also contributed to education through teaching assignments:

📝 Teaching Assignments:

  • Collaborated on teaching and support activities for the Master’s degree course in Civil Engineering, specializing in “EARTHQUAKE GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING” at the University of L’Aquila during the 2019-2020 academic year.

🛠️ Work Experiences and Entrepreneurial Ventures 💼

Ferdinando Totani has a diverse professional background, including extensive experience as a freelancer engineer and an active involvement in technology transfer and entrepreneurial endeavors: 👷 Freelancer Engineer (Present): Undertakes various engineering tasks independently, specializing in geotechnical design, slope stability analyses, environmental engineering, and local seismic response analyses. Responsibilities include: Geotechnical design, encompassing foundation design (shallow and deep foundations), retaining walls, and anchored bulkheads Conducting slope stability analyses for soil/rock landslides and assessing the stability of landfill slopes. Designing environmental engineering solutions. Providing consultancy services for local seismic response analyses, contributing insights to structural designs and seismic microzonation. Performing in-situ tests, including geotechnical and seismic tests, to assess site conditions and ground properties. 🚀 Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship: Founding member of DRIMS SRL (Diagnostics, Retrofitting, and Innovation in Materials and Structures SRL), a spin-off dedicated to advancing engineering solutions. Location: Piazzale Pontieri n. 1 – Loc. Monteluco di Roio – 67100 L’Aquila – DICEAA. Registered with REA: AQ – 132934 and VAT: 01947670665. Role: Serves as an expert in geotechnical engineering, contributing valuable insights and expertise to the company’s endeavors.💡 Key Contributions: Played a pivotal role in establishing DRIMS SRL, leveraging expertise in geotechnical engineering to drive innovation and provide solutions in diagnostics, retrofitting, and materials and structures innovation. Actively involved in the commercialization of patents and technology transfer initiatives, fostering business development and contributing to the growth of the company.

📚Top Noted Publication

  1. Title: Site characterization by seismic dilatometer (SDMT) in the city of L’Aquila
    • Authors: Monaco P, Totani G, Amoroso S, Totani F, Marchetti D.
    • Year: 2013
    • Journal: Rivista Italiana di Geotecnica
    • Volume/Issue: 47(3)
    • DOI: 10.4399/97888548369383


  1. Title: Seismic response analysis in the southern part of the historic centre of the City of L’Aquila (Italy)
    • Authors: Ferraro A, Grasso S, Maugeri M, Totani F.
    • Year: 2016
    • Journal: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
    • Volume/Issue: 88
    • Pages: 256-264
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2016.06.009


  1. Title: Post-event site investigation, monitoring, stability analysis, and modelling of a gas pipeline explosion
    • Authors: Totani G, Totani F, Celli D, Pasquali D, Di Risio M.
    • Year: 2017
    • Journal: Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention
    • Volume/Issue: 17
    • Pages: 86-92
    • DOI: 10.1007/s11668-016-0212-0


  1. Title: Experimental dispersion curves of non-penetrable soils from direct dynamic measurements using the seismic dilatometer (SDMT)
    • Authors: Aloisio, A., Totani, F., Totani, G.
    • Year: 2021
    • Journal: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
    • Volume/Issue: 143
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2021.106616


  1. Title: Dispersion Curves of Transverse Waves Propagating in Multi-Layered Soils from Experimental Tests in a 100 m Deep Borehole
    • Authors: Aloisio A, Totani F, Alaggio R, Totani G.
    • Year: 2021
    • Journal: Geosciences
    • Volume/Issue: 11(5)
    • Pages: 207
    • DOI: 10.3390/geosciences11050207


  1. Title: Probabilistic shear wave velocity model based on downhole test database for Apennine flysch formations
    • Authors: Totani F, Aloisio A.
    • Year: 2023
    • Journal: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
    • Volume/Issue: 173
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2023.108132


  1. Title: Two-Dimensional Seismic Response Analysis to Evaluate the Site Effects of the New Belvedere Bridge (L’Aquila, Central Italy)


  1. Title: Strategies to stabilise a complex instability phenomenon in Central Italy
    • Authors: Totani F, Totani G, Tomei V.
    • Year: 2023
    • Journal: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
    • Volume/Issue: 1249(1)
    • Pages: 012010
    • DOI: 10.1088/1755-1315/1249/1/012010


  1. Title: Topographic seismic effects and avalanche hazard: A case study of Mount Siella (L’Aquila, Central Italy)
    • Authors: Totani F.
    • Year: 2024
    • Journal: Journal of Mountain Science
    • Volume/Issue: 21(2)
    • Pages: 662-675
    • DOI: 10.1007/s11629-023-8379-9

Ferdinando Totani | Geotecnica Award | Best Researcher Award

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