NATM Course 2017

The university programme ‘NATM Engineering’ at TU Graz and the Montanuniversität Leoben (MU Leoben) offers an opportunity to study geotechnical engineering and tunnelling at an advanced level and to learn about the New Austrian Tunnelling Method

In September 2017 a new NATM course started with around 20 students of all nationalities. At the same time the fifth modul which started in 2015 was finished. We can proudly announce that both courses were very successful. We are looking forward working with the new group.

The next programme will begin in in September 2017. Further information can be found at the NATM Website.

Leopold Müller Award 2015

We proudly announce that one researcher and doctoral student of our institute, Dr. Thomas Pilgerstorfer received the Leopold Müller Award 2015 for his excellent dissertation.

GGG Dissertation Out Now

The dissertation of Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Thomas Pilgerstorfer "Mechanical Characterization of Fault Zones" has been published as "Mitteilungsheft" of the Geotechnical Group Graz (GGG).

The publication is available at the Institute.

Südbahntagung 2015

Der Semmering Basistunnel neu, der Koralmtunnel und die Tunnelkette Granitztal stellen die maßgeblichen, im Bau befindlichen Großprojekte im Rahmen der Südstrecke dar.

Diese Achse bildet den österreichischen Teil der Baltisch-Adriatischen Achse, welche die Ostsee mit dem Mittelmeer und dem oberitalienischen Wirtschaftsraum verbindet. Rund 40 Millionen Menschen leben entlang dieser Achse, welche bedeutende europäische Kultur- und Wirtschaftsräume verknüpft.

Mit diesen neuen Eisenbahn-Hochleistungsprojekten werden in Österreich deutlich verbesserte Voraussetzungen und neue Kapazitäten für den umweltfreundlichen Bahngüterverkehr geschaffen. Im Personenverkehr wird die Vernetzung verbessert und die derzeitigen Reisezeiten erheblich reduziert.

Im Rahmen der Südbahntagung 2015 wird über den Realisierungsstand dieser vier Großprojekte berichtet und es werden exemplarisch projektspezifische Lösungskonzepte und Weiterentwicklungen vorgestellt.

Die SÜDBAHNTAGUNG ist ein Forum, um Erfahrungen und Fallstudien zu den genannten Tunnelgroßprojekten und weiteren Projekten entlang der Südbahn vorzustellen und zu diskutieren.


Hier finden Sie nähere Informationen zur Südbahntagung.

New Masters' Programme

The Institute of Rock Mechanics & Tunnelling (RMT) 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.

The M.Sc. curriculum in RMT covers a broad range of topics in rock engineering and tunnelling, including numerical methods, tunnel safety and ventilation, laboratory testing procedures, grouting theory and practice, construction contracts for underground works, and geotechnical monitoring and data interpretation. The curriculum provides a strong foundation for professional work in the rock mechanics and tunnelling industries, while also providing the opportunity to develop targeted specialization through the selection of appropriate elective courses.

For detailed information download the information folder or visit the programme's webpage.


The Austrian Society for Geomechanics has the pleasure to invite you to the ISRM Regional Symposium EUROCK 2015 „Future Development of Rock Mechanics“ to be held in conjunction with the 64th Geomechanics Colloquium in Salzburg, the city where the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) was founded in 1962. The Geomechanics Colloquium in Salzburg since its initiation in 1951 has always been a perfect and distinguished meeting place for researchers and practitioners. The success of this concept not only shows in the continuous meetings over more than 60 years, but also in the attendance of regularly around 1000 participants.

For additional information visit!

Field Trip "Fachexkursion Geotechnik 2014"

From the 11th until the 13th of June this year's field trip "Fachexkursion Geotechnik", organized by the Institute for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling, took place. During those three days all participating students were able to take interesting insights in current large-scale tunnel projects, a rockfall and a bridge reconstruction. The excursion tour drove Carinthia, East Tyrol, Tyrol and Italy, guiding to the following construction sites:

- Koralm Tunnel "contract section KAT 3"

- Rockfall "Felbertauernstraße"

- Brenner Base Tunnel (Access Tunnels "Wolf 2" and "Mauls")

- Reconstruction of "Railway Bridge over the A12" in Kramsach/Tyrol




Workshop 2012 "Bemessung von Stützmitteln im Tunnelbau"

As every year the Institute for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling organized a Workshop, prior to the traditional Barbarafeier.


The last year's topic was "Bemessung von Stützmitteln im Tunnelbau" (Design of support measures in tunnelling).

Click here for further information and for downloading the presentations in PDF format.


Leopold Müller Award 2012

We proudly announce that two researchers and doctoral students of our institute, Dr. Markus Pötsch and Dr. Nedim Radoncic received the Leopold Müller Award 2012 for their excellent dissertations. 




Josef Krainer Award 2012

We proudly announce that Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Markus Pötsch received the Josef-Krainer-Award for his outstanding dissertation. The award ceremony took place on the 19th of march 2012 in the Aula of the Old University of Graz.

Dr. Markus Pötsch



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