Hydraulic Engineering & Water Resources Management (IWB)

The Institute is renowned for research and teaching regarding hydrological and hydraulics processes and methods, including management of water, debris and sediment within a drainage area. State-of-the-art numerical computational procedures and physical model tests in prototype investigations, including model validation and data analysis techniques (within the renowned hydraulic laboratory facilities) are utilized. In R&D risk analysis methods for floods and other natural hazards, and selection cri­teria for implementing sustainable risk mitigation measures; and disaster management strate­gies as well as their associated logistical requirements are applied.

Rock Mechanics & Tunnelling (RMT)

The Institute has an international reputation concerning underground design and construction, with spe­cialization in rock mass characterization, the influ­ence of geological conditions on ground behavior in underground construction, development of risk oriented design procedures, geotechnical monito­ring and data interpretation techniques, and tunnel construction in poor ground with high overburden. Applied research activities are facilitated by state-of-the-art laboratory and computational facilities, and close cooperation with the engineering and construction industries ensures a smooth transi­tion of research results into engineering practice.

Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Computational Geotechnics (SMFE)

The Institute is recognized internationally for its practically oriented research concerning monitoring and support of slopes and landslides, soil improvement techniques, and numerical analysis in geotechnical engineering (including an­isotropic and strain-softening constitutive models and unsaturated soil mechanics). Ongoing re­search topics include response of soils improved with stone columns to earthquake loading, and experimental investigations on the behavior of lacustrine deposits. A fully equipped soil mecha­nics laboratory is available for performing experi­mental research and for fulfilling industrial needs.

Geotechnical & Hydraulic Engineering

covers a broad spectrum of teaching and research in Soil and Rock Mechanics, Hydraulic Engineering, and Engineering Geology. Primary focal points include:
  1. design, monitoring and construction of foundations, retaining structures, natural and engineered slopes, tunnels, dams, and hydraulic structures;
  2. quantification of soil, rock mass, and hydraulic parameters; 
  3. engineering behaviour of geotechnical materials; and 
  4. disaster management and natural hazards mitigation.

Dean's Office of the Faculty of Civil Engineering

Rechbauerstraße 12
A-8010 Graz