Giuseppe Mussumeci

Giuseppe Mussumeci
University of Catania | UNICT · Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

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This article aims to improve the study of archaeological sites in the territory of Milena, a town located in Sicily (Italy). Between the 80 s and 90 s different excavation campaigns had documented numerous prehistoric sites. However, most of the ancient settlements have yet to be discovered and studied. The search operations are made difficult by t...
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This study focuses on the determination and examination of both the Land Surface Temperature (LST) and the atmospheric temperature in the city of Catania Sicily (Italy), through freely available satellite remote sensing images from the Sentinel-2 and MODIS missions. Satellite images were processed as raster data in free and open-source GIS environm...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic period, it is often necessary to hospitalize a patient positive for the virus and in serious health conditions in suitable hospitals. The difficulty in managing these emergencies arises from the fact that it is often not possible to know which is the nearest hospital with beds available for hospitalization of the COVID-...
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Nell’ambito delle indagini svolte sul rischio desertificazione nei 390 comuni della Regione Siciliana, sono emersi dei limiti nell’adozione tout court del protocollo MEDALUS. Gli AA. hanno quindi avviato una rivisitazione critica degli strati tematici da adottare per una nuova cartografia a scala 1:250.000 propedeutica alla stesura delle linee guid...
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Forest fires are one of the most dangerous events, causing serious land and environmental degradation. Indeed, besides the loss of a huge quantity of plant species, the effects of fires can go far beyond: desertification, increased risk of landslides, soil erosion, death of animals, etc. For these reasons, mathematical models able to predict fire s...
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In Italy, at present, the cadastral cartography and every related service to citizen are managed by the Revenue Agency. It is important to remember the era of cadastral mapping formation, which has undergone many changes over time, dictated by the continuous evolution in the survey discipline. It is important to remember that the original maps were...
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Geophysical measurements provide a massive data source to investigate the behaviour of active volcanoes like Mt. Etna (Sicily, Italy). Here we present a new interface to visualize gravity variations, observed through time-lapse measurements, based on the Google Maps service, a choice motivated by its ease of use and the user-friendly interactive en...
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The objective of this work is the safety analysis of complex crossroads, together with the evaluation of efficiency and performance, in terms of saving time, for a mobile stop-and-go survey. We propose high accuracy digital measurements of all the elements present in order to analyze the critical factors and be able to redesignroad intersection and...
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Satellite-derived data, including an estimation of the eruption rate, proximal volcanic deposits, lava flow morphometric parameters (area, maximum length, thickness, and volume) are here provided for the eruptions occurred at Mt Etna between January 2011 and December 2015. These eruptions took place at the New Southeast Crater (NSEC), the youngest...
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We propose a new GIS‐based procedure to retrieve archaeological elements using satellite remote sensing. The processing of multispectral satellite images consists in a preprocessing phase using the pansharpening technique to improve the spatial quality and in the exploitation of linear equations of the initial spectral bands with the aim of generat...
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This paper presents a case study in which a Ground penetrating radar (GPR) system consisting of two antennas was used to investigate the condition of a bridge deck in central Sicily. The acquired data were analyzed for identifying the asphalt overlay thickness, concrete cover depth and deck thickness and location of the rebar reinforcement. The GPR...
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We proposes a new procedure tohighlight archaeological elements using satellite remote sensing. The processing of multispectral satellite imagesconsists in the exploitation of linearequations of the initial spectral bands with the aimof generating accurate and precise raster data that can be used as input for an object classification. The proposed...
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In recent years, the use of remote sensing in archeology has rapidly grown, having being proven particularly useful for landscape archaeology investigations. The quality of results obtained through remote sensing mainly depends on the number of bands that can be exploited, the spatial and spectral resolution of imagery and the methodology used. In...
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It has been largely proven that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide a valuable tool as Decision Support System (DDS) for the assessment and management of environmental hazards. In this work we used the GIS technologies to simulate scenarios associated to possible tsunamis in the Ionian Sea, involving the territory of Acireale (Catania), in...
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Biomasses are materials of organic origin that can be used for the production of energy. Among the renewable energy sources, a prominent role is played by woody biomass, which can be retrieved from existing forests or plantations governed in short or middle rotation coppice, the so-called Short and Medium Rotation Forestry. The main environmental b...
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Multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing have significantly improved territorial surveys and mapping. However aerial images are often expensive being acquired through aircraft and satellite sensors. Furthermore, the processing and classification of these images need commercial software that increases the entire cost of the analysis. For these...
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A rockfall analysis at one of the most relevant cultural heritage sites of northeastern Sicily (Italy) is presented herein with the aim of assessing the hazard arising from the unstable conditions of the rock cliff of Taormina city, upon which the Saracen Castle is perched on its top. Several rockfalls affected this area in the latest years, repres...
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The Structure From Motion (SFM) is a technique applied to a series of photographs of an object that returns a 3D reconstruction made up by points in the space (point clouds). This research aims at comparing the results of the SFM approach with the results of a 3D laser scanning in terms of density and accuracy of the model. The experience was condu...
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We deal with the theme of the simulation of risk analysis using a technological approach based on the integration of exclusively free and open source tools: PostgreSQL as Database Management System (DBMS) and Quantum GIS-GRASS as Geographic Information System (GIS) platform. The case study is represented by a seismic land in Sicily characterized by...
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The aim of this work is the stabilization of a Gimbal platform for optical sensors acquisitions in topographic applications using mobile vehicles. The stabilization of the line of sight (LOS) consists in tracking the command velocity in presence of nonlinear noise due to the external environment. The hardware architecture is characterized by an Ard...
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The laser scanning is a technology that allows in a short time to run the relief geometric objects with a high level of detail and completeness, based on the signal emitted by the laser and the corresponding return signal. When the incident laser radiation hits the object to detect, then the radiation is reflected. The purpose is to build a three-d...
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The management of the emergencies requires an immediate availability of information and data from the field, like those acquired from monitoring and alerting sensors or, after a disastrous event, the information of the reconnaissance of damage. For this purpose, an integrated DBMS-GIS system has been developed, using exclusively free and open sourc...
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The theme of the simulation of hydrogeological risk with GIS technology is analyzed with focus on the modeling of the architecture of a Spatial Data Base to support risk analysis and on the construction of a specialized frame with free and open source software. For this purpose a model of analysis of the vulnerability of roads developed by (Cafiso...
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The autonomous navigation of a robot can be accomplished through the assignment of a sequence of waypoints previously identified in the territory to be explored. In general, the starting point is a vector graph of the network consisting of possible paths. The vector graph can be directly available in the case of actual road networks, or it can be m...
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A wide series of events requires immediate availability of information and field data to be provided to decision-makers. An example is the necessity of quickly transferring the information acquired from monitoring and alerting sensors or the data of the reconnaissance of damage after a disastrous event to an Emergency Operations Center. To this pur...
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After the observation of cases of malignant pleural neoplasm in Biancavilla (Catania, Italy), a new asbestiform fiber, named fluoro-edenite (NaCa2Mg5(Si7Al)O22F2), was found in a stone quarry use for local building industry and in the lung tissue of an 86 years old woman who died from pleural mesothelioma. As a consequence the Italian Ministry of t...
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Accurately measuring an artefact of historical significance generally results in being able to extract information which is useful for evaluating what remains of the materials from a distant time. This allows scholars arrive at an exhaustive historical reading of the same artefact.Compared to the traditional measuring techniques, which can often be...
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To evaluate seismic risk, it must be taken into account that modern towns depend daily on lifelines and utility systems, that become essential after natural disasters, but are often without any earthquake threat. To evaluate lifeline networks seismic vulnerability, we usually refer to damage models, requiring parameters dealing with pipe features,...
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Over the last few years, the phenomenon of woodland fires has become ever more widespread, this is also due to changes in climatic conditions; unfortunately, experience has shown that the consequences for the environment and human life are very serious if the extinguishing operations are not timely. Starting from a brief analysis of the most import...
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In every urbanized area, lifelines and essential facilities play a very important role and they become essential after natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and so on. The purpose of this research is to develop a working tool to assess lifeline seismic risk, overlaying information about the studied area’s seismic hazard (referr...
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Sommario In questo lavoro si presenta la sperimentazione di una simulazione effettuata mediante software GIS dell'inquinamento acustico generato da una gara automobilistica nei pressi di un autodromo. In particolare, la simulazione è stata sviluppata in un'area prossima all'autodromo di Pergusa, dove, oltre al problema dell'impatto acustico sul vic...
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Riassunto La consultazione di informazioni geografiche per applicazioni orientate al turismo ed al marketing territoriale avviene spesso in maniera disorganica e complessa, sia per la natura stessa delle informazioni necessarie, spesso poco correlate e parziali (ad es. la documentazione non sempre permette di far fronte ad esigenze viaggio del turi...
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Road infrastructures, as it is easily known because of the dramatic seismic experiences that have recently happened in California (Loma Prieta, 1989; Northridge, 1994) and in Japan (Kobe, 1995), assume a central role in the management of the emergency both in the phases that follow the disaster, in order to guarantee a timely reaching of the affect...
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Earthquake-triggered landslides represent one of the most important effects of large earthquakes. Then, the evaluation of seismic stability conditions of slopes, embankments and other earth-structures involved in road and railway networks represents an important topic interest in the assessment of regional seismic hazards. In this paper a GIS-based...
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Human society is nowadays strongly dependent on an articulated and complex network of road infrastructures, Essential services for current users as well as for every kind of human activity have been entrusted to this network that takes the name of "lifeline". Network Reliability Analysis mainly measures network performance related to its capability...
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Large band instruments and GPS-GIS (global position system-geographic information systems) systems installed on a vehicle in motion are used to measure the electromagnetic field (EMF) present at the ground in a kinematics way. This procedure allows to constantly monitor a wide part of the territory very quickly and cutting the prices. Using a vehic...
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Within research co-ordinated by Prof. Giorgio Manzoni of Trieste University and turned to identify and test methods and procedures for road survey using a special ve- hicle with GPS/INS equipment, routes plotting on digital maps is considered. About this aspect, taking into account that this mobile can operate not only in Italy, but also in other c...
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Calamitous events cause modifications in soil morphology and damages in infrastructures. The knowledge of these modifications can be very useful for the Civil Protection operations. However, survey operations, even if they are supported by the most modern geomatic technologies, are still very difficult, if they are not impossible, because of the ad...
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The complex and multidisciplinary theme of the hydrological risk is analysed, with fo- cus on a seismic land with an heterogeneous geomorphologic configuration, as Enna site is. The city (28.457 ab.) rises on the top of a mountainous land characterised by very steep slopes on which periodical instability phenomenon happens. Because of the orographi...
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Databases which support Location Based Services and personal mobility are often difficult to query and hold loosely uncorrelated data. With this work we have achieved an integrated SW/HW prototype enabled with Natural Language query capabilities upon these data. We have integrated the NL engine together with two different Decision Support Systems,...

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