Engineering Geology

 

Research Interests

Research in Engineering Geology encompasses on all aspects of experimental and computational rock mechanics, with a strong focus on applied topics. From underground excavation, fracture propagation, induced seismicity, rockslope stability and landslide dynamics to nuclear waste repositories and hydropower dam construction. Our research addresses many topics of high societal relevance and on various scales. The wide range of collaborations – from national and international universities to government agencies to private stakeholders – in our projects reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the engineering geosciences. The dynamic, international team of the department is a vibrant environment for the development of prospective, cutting-edge research ideas.
Teaching covers a wide range of soil and rock mechanical problems and focusses on applied topics with many case studies from all around the world. Thesis topics are available within current research projects offering not only the chance to be part of exciting, cutting-edge research, but also to establish valuable contacts for future prospects. We place a strong emphasis on hands-on field and laboratory expertise, and maintain a teaching environment that empowers achievement and thinking outside the box, and that guides our students to reach beyond their perceived limits.

 

Current projects

Fault Activation and Earthquake Rupture (FEAR)

New research on landslide dams

Long-runout Landslides: the Effect of Lithology on Comminution, (Micro-)Structures, Morphology, and Runout

Landslides, tsunamis, and slope stability in Alaska

Zonal Isolation, Drilling and Exploitation for EGS Projects (ZoDrEx)

Material Approach for Opalinus Clay