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International cooperation and technology transfer
Mussio, Luigi

connected the reality of survey to conceptuality of it, and of
numbers related to it. The easiness, not of the subjects, but of
the word, through which he argued about them, still
remember me, the master which dissert with his pupils, or
disciples in the ancient meaning. Cunietti practised culture,
he was really a master: he loved teaching, explain and, above
all, acquaint his interlocutors with subjects different from the
ones usually thaught.
1 remember, among many others, a long period of systematic
meetings with some colleagues architect teaching at the
IUAV in Venice, for the draft of a book on survey. He always
arrived with a lot of pages, hand-written with a pencil (his
means of written communication), which were the sketch on
which discuss to arrive to something unitary fit for
publication. Well, we never succeed in this, since it was
immediately clear, that so great was the pleasure of
discussing together, that this prevailed over the production of
the book. We continued for a couple of years our meetings.
The book has remained in the mind of each of us. The pages
written, mostly by Cunietti, has remained too but no one
never dared to give birth to something which was suffered
discussion. That result didn’t no longer need, for a kind of
inner nobleness which should break in its necessarily
compromise written draft.
These are my memories of Cunietti: a friend, since he really
was that, in spite of the disparity of age, always ready to give
a hand, to explain, to correct the works which I submitted to
him during my first years at the Institute. Submitted to a close
examination by Cunietti, they returned with pages and pages
of notes and suggestions, usually more pages than those
forming the paper itself. Beyond the initial bewilderment, it
was clear, that what he noted was right and necessary: the
result both of his experience and of his great easiness and
passion, in writing and in teaching, to write and to express
oneself clearly.
The pages, in advance, were the result of his way of intending
“correction”, very intimist. A word substitute by him (or
better one should say “suggested”) necessitated of
explanations which justified it. The reasons were a kind of
sentences which one could share or not, but which were
deeply meditated and which obliged, at least, to a careful
reconsideration of what written. I can say, in all sincerity, that
I used to submit, with some pretext, my papers to Cunietti,
even after many years and with a certain experience, since I
knew that, if he had marked or noted something, he was
surely right and I wrong or, at least, I didn’t express myself
I spent a lot of time with him, during almost 30 years of life
in the same Institute, and I can say that I miss him very much,
as well as all his colleagues, since Cunietti was a reference
person, a friend, a master. He gave very much to the
community, not only as docent and researcher, but also
passing culture. Talking with him, even of futile things,
wasn’t hardly ever only a pleasant way of spending time, but
simply arrive, from a banal starting point, to conclusion not
trivial and sometimes, to degenerate on “maximum systems”.
We all miss him very much, but he left us a strong sign of his
presence and we will never forget him.
Carlo Monti
Director of D.I.I.A.R. - Polytechnic of Milan
It is my desire to greet all participants, also on behalf of the
SIFET (Italian Society of Surveying and Photogrammetry),
together with the thanks of the community of people working
in the surveying and photogrammetry field for the initiative
that Luigi Mussio brought to this successful conclusion.
This event must be placed in the context of joint efforts that
the Italian community should do in order to replace the
Italian national representation in ISPRS to the level that our
scientific research deserve. I would like to remember that the
dream of the generation of scientists who the regretted
Mariano Cunietti, together with the late Giuseppe Inghilleri,
belonged was in the seventies to host in Italy an ISPRS
Luciano Surace
President of the SIFET
Cunietti and I met for the first time in the Autumn of 1940.
We were both freshmen at the Institute of Physics of the
University of Milan and we were attending the courses of the
degree on Pure Physics.
We met again several times during the courses of the studies
and definitely in 1949. We were both assistants at TU Milan,
Cunietti at the Institute of Geodesy, Topography and
Photogrammetry and I at the Institute of Applied Geophysics.
These two Institutes had in common the teacher and director
Prof. Solaini.
In that period, the beginning of Fifties, some companies
producing hydroelectric energy and manager of artificial
basins in the Alps, but above all the SADE company had
given to the Institute of Geodesy, as a technical advice, the
task of measuring deformation in time of their dams,
depending both from environmental conditions and especially
from water level variations in artificial basins. The assistants
in charge for this research were Cunietti and his colleagues
Inghilleri, Marazio and Mazzon. The deformations object of
the study were very little, the sides of triangulations
necessarily long, the environmental conditions very
changeable, so that work didn’t appear particularly easy.
Attending, when possible, their discussions on which strategy
follow in planning and executing measures, I learned how far
reliability of numbers, resulting from measures, could be due
to a well-designed work program and that this keep into
account, as much as possible, incidental disturbing causes.
Another important operational experience was the execution
of the Italian Fundamental Gravimetric Network,
commissioned to the Institute of Geodesy by the Italian
Geodetic Commission and decided following international
agreements. The network was carried out between August
1952 and May 1953. Measurements of the relative gravity in