Digital Design and Computer Graphic Lab

Technical Information

The Laboratory of Geological Mapping, Digital Design and Computer Graphics, provides acquisition, management and processing information of geo-referenced geographical data, in addition to the editing, digitalization and preparation of related maps.

Main lab tools

  • N° 2 iMac 9,1 Intel Core 2, with 24” monitors. S.O.: Leopard OS 10.5.8
  • N°2 Power Mac G4 Power PC G4 processor, S.O. : Mac OSX 10.3.9
  • N°1 NXT PC Intel Dual Core E2140 processor S.O.: Ubuntu
  • HP Plotter deskjet Ps 800 A0 format
  • HP 4200 scanner A0 format equipped with a touch screen PC, Windows 2000 Professional operating system
  • Bizhub C252 Multifunction Laser Printer (copier, scanner, printer)
  • HP Laserjet 6MP printer B/W


Main Program of the laboratory

  • ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 4 Package including:
  • OFFICE TM package 2007 version
  • MACROMEDIA package 10.0 version including:
  1. FREEHAND 10.0
  2. OPEN SOURCE packages including:
  3. OPEN OFFICE (complete)
  5. GIMP
  7. LIQUID CD etc…


Main topics and activities

The laboratory offers technical services for Public Administrations and private companies. It collaborates with the National Geological Survey - Ispra, Tuscany Region, municipalities and other institutions for the realization of geological maps at various scales, illustrative notes, etc...

The Laboratory of Computer Graphics and Design, in particular, deals with the creation of all type of graphic elaborated: from technical designs to the material for scientific divulgation, publications and conferences.

The Laboratory is able to provide scans and prints, from large to small format, on all major paper supports.


Research Projects

Laboratories have been participated in several national and local research projects; the following is a list of the main projects, some still in progress.

1998 - 2011

CARG national project for the production of the new Geological Map of Italy at 1: 50,000 scale. Sheets that have been made are: Sheet 285 - Volterra, Sheet 295 - Pomarance, Sheet 296 - Siena, Sheet 297 - Asciano, Sheet 306 - Massa Marittima.

2000 - 2007

Preparation and realization of Digital Geological Maps and Sections relating to the agreement with the City of Siena for the execution of the geological survey of the underground city.

2003 - 2006

Project for the realization of the Regional Geological Map at 1: 10,000 scale of Sheets:

286 – Poggibonsi, 308 – Montepulciano, 310 – Passignano sul Trasimeno, 321 – Abbadia San Salvatore, Pianosa Island, Formiche di Grosseto.


Collaboration for the realization of the Geological Map of Tuscany at the scale of 1: 250,000 with related database.

2004 - 2006

Participation at programs in collaboration with the Seismic Service of the Toscana Region as program DOCUP (Documento Unico di Programmazione per la Regione Toscana) e V.E.L. (Valutazione Effetti Locali) for the geological mapping of towns and municipalities with seismic risks.

2006 - 2007

Participation at the agreement with the city Administration of Pienza for the realization of geological surveys to support the study and drafting of the General Regional Plan.


Participation at the agreement with the Siena Province in the research project on Geosites.

2008 - 2010

Collaboration on the project Gamma "Geothermal Fields" with the Tuscany Region.



Inside the Lab were three different types of tariff according to the users:

Price list for teachers who have contributed to the purchase of machinery:

-          Color Print - Plotter A0 - Normal support € 2.00

-          Color Print - Plotter A0 - Coated support € 4.00

-          Color Print - Plotter A0 - Photo support € 8.00

Based on A0 format, the other formats will be estimated.

Pricing for all other users:

-          Color Print - Plotter A0 - Normal support € 8.00

-          Color Print - Plotter A0 - Coated support € 10.00

-          Color Print - Plotter A0 - Photo support € 13.00

-          A0 Scans € 5.00

Based on A0 format, the other formats will be estimated.

We offer a special price for teaching: the cost of printing and scanning is halved and billed to the Department.

Lead scientist
  • Mancini Antonella
  • Terrosi Barbara