203.687 Applied rock mechanics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, EX, 2.0h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: EX Excursion
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe rock mechanical problems and solutions in current construction projects in alpine terrain and to recognize the hazards of gravitational mass movements (rockfall, debris flows, etc.).

Subject of course

Inspection of mass movements in high alpine terrain; identification of structures and the mechanisms that can be derived from them; visits to foundation, tunnel and gallery construction sites.

Teaching methods

Presentation and discussion of case studies

Mode of examination


Additional information

Zuordnung im Masterstudium Bauingenieurwesen (Studienkennzahl: 066 505):
Modul 2 der Vertiefungsrichtung Geotechnik;
Modul 3 der anderen Vertiefungsrichtungen



Examination modalities

Drafting a protocol of the inspected construction sites and discussed slope movements

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
04.03.2024 09:00 30.04.2024 23:59 30.04.2024 23:59

Registration modalities

Exkursionstermin: 3. - 7. Juni 2024 

Voranmeldung von 4.März - 30. April 2024 via TISS
Verbindliche Anmeldung bitte bis 30. April 2024 am Institut bei Fr. Cerny 

Geplante Route: Wien – Lienz / Felssturz Innervillgraten – Longarone / Felsgleitung von Vajont (Stausee) – Bormio / Felssturz Val Pola – Innsbruck / Kühtai – Europabrücke, Felssturz Vals – Innsbruck – Wien


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 505 Civil Engineering Science Mandatory elective


Lecture notes for this course are available. Müller, L.: Der Felsbau, Enke 1963 und 1978: Wittke, W.: Felsmechanik, Springer 1984: Hoek, E. und Bray, J. W.: Rock Slope Engineering, Inst. Min. Metall, London 1981: Hoek, E. und Brown, E. T.: Underground Excavations in Rock, Inst. Min. Metall, 1982.

Previous knowledge

Positive transcript of Applied Rock Mechanics lecture or exercise, SE Stability Problems in Rock Engineering, or VU Finite Difference Modeling in Geoengineering.

Preceding courses