Workshop 2016

Workshop 2016

The Institute for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling has the pleasure to invite you to the Workshop 2016 on "Tunnelbau in Störungszonen - Eine Herausforderung" on the 25th of November to be held at the Graz University of Technology.

Lecture course Geotechnics 10.11.16

Lecture course Geotechnics 10.11.16

The Geotechnical Group Graz and the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling has the pleasure to invite you to the Presentation "Wasserkraftwerk Alto Maipo - ein herausforderndes Projekt in den Anden" held by Dr. K. Grossauer on the 10th of November at 5 p.m. in lecture hall L.

32. Christian Veder Colloquium

32. Christian Veder Colloquium

The Geotechnical Group Graz has the pleasure to invite you to the "32nd Christian Veder Colloquium" to be held on the 20th and the 21st of April 2017 with the focus on anchors, rock nails and tensile piles.


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.