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Farm structures
Code: G280I-
Teacher:  Giorgio Mario Provolo
Year: 
Term: 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 5
Practices in classroom: 1
Basic aims:  The course aims to teach students adequate tools to apply the design criteria of rural buildings. The course considers both functional requirements deriving from the farm production scheme, and the effects of planning options on farm management.
Acquired skills:  Planning elements for rural structures with special reference to structure for livestock farms. Knowledge on environmental requirements of livestock animals and criteria for the definition of functional spaces for animals and for the carrying out of related operations
Course contents:  Functionality of structures in relation to the farm production organisation. Design criteria of rural buildings in relation to animal requirements and to the environmental and landscape impact. Control of environmental parameters inside the structures. Minimum requirements to guarantee animal welfare conditions. Design criteria to reduce emissions. Rural structures in relation to surroundings: the problems related to environmental impact of agricultural activities.
Program:  Relation of rural structures and farm organisation. Design criteria to locate rural buildings in the landscape. Functionality of buildings in relation to farm organisation. Sizing of rural structures in relation to farm demands. Placement of rural structures in the farm. Recovery and change of the use of rural buildings. Design criteria of farm structure intended for production. General criteria for the design of structures intended for production. Functional aspects of structures for livestock farms. Sizing of rural structures in relation to farm demands. Placement of rural structures in the farm. Recovery and change of the use of rural buildings. Design criteria for rural building for farm activities Functional aspects of livestock and poultry sheds Design criteria of rural buildings in relation to animal requirements and to the environmental and landscape impact. Design criteria for rural buildings for the storage and conditioning of agricultural products. Environmental control inside livestock structures. Control of ambient parameters in rural buildings. Minimum requirements to guarantee animal welfare conditions. Design of the control system of the internal environment in rural buildings (humidity, temperature, gases). Design criteria to reduce emissions. Functional requirements and layout organisation in livestock buildings. Structures for cattle and dairy farms. Structures for pig breeding. Structure for poultry farms. Structures for courtyard animals. Elements on design of other building for the farm. Rural structures in relation to surroundings. The problems related to environmental impact of agricultural activities.
Prerequisites:  The course require a god knowledge of Mathematic and Physic, with special reference to gas-vapour mixture. The knowledge of agricultural system and of livestock farm management, is useful.
Preparatory instructions:  Mathematic and Physic
Learning materials:  1. Notes of the lessons (ariel.ctu.unimi.it - Costruzioni rurali)
2. CRPA - Ricoveri, attrezzature e impianti per l'allevamento dei suini - Edizioni L'informatore Agrario 3. CRPA - Strutture, attrezzature e impianti per vacche da latte - Edizioni L'informatore Agrario
4. Selected scientific papers reported during the lessons and available on the website www,ariel,it - Costruzioni rurali
Other info:  The assessment of knowledge is divided into:
- A test in progress on the knowledge of cartography and topography;
- A test in progress on the knowledge to the design of livestock buildings;
All tests consist in solving application exercises of the same type as those carried out in class and reported on the course website. Finally answers to questions on the subject (some open questions, some closed questions).
There is also an optional oral exam that consists of the discussion of the written tests and verification of the knowledge of the course topics.
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