FMT Team 2019

FMT Team 2019

The current team of the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling

Barbarafeier 2018

Barbarafeier 2018

On November 30th 2018 the Institutes annual "Barbarafeier" was held at the Graz University of Technology. Representatives in the fields of Rock Mechanics, Mining Engineering and Tunnelling got together to celebrate this traditional ceremony.

Mission and Vision

Research and teaching at our institute is dedicated to practical problems. The aim is to improve tunnel design and construction with respect to safety, costs and durability.

One of the main topics of research is the assessment of ground and system behaviours under different geological and boundary conditions. Observations are used to identify characteristic behaviours. Theoretical models then are developed to describe those behaviours. Testing the theory on practical situations is a mandatory step in the development.

The philosophy is best described by a statement of Leonardo da Vinci:

"They say that the knowledge gained from experience is purely banausic, and only that one developing and ending in the brain is scientific. But it seems to me that science, not being based on experience, the mother of certainty, is vain and full of errors."

This implies that a focus is also set on observations of the behaviour of tunnels, as well as the interpretation of monitoring results. By continuous development over many years and on many projects a considerable knowledge has been accumulated.

Geotechnical Group Graz

In 1994 the geotechnical Institutes at the Graz University of Technology

  • Institute of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
  • Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling
  • Institute of Applied Geosciences

formed the "Gruppe Geotechnik Graz" (GGG). The intention was to create interdisciplinary cooperation in the fields of geotechnics, research and teaching. Within this cooperation the annual "Christian Veder Kolloquium", the "Südbahntagung", several workshops and a course of lectures are held.


Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling
Rechbauerstraße 12
A-8010 Graz

Phone: +43 (0) 316 / 873 - 8114
Fax: +43 (0) 316 / 873 - 8618

Monday to Friday from 9 to 12 a.m.