Leopold Müller Award

Leopold Müller Award


This year the Leopold Müller Award was granted to Dr. Thomas Pilgerstorfer. We congratulate him to one of the most valued awards for outstanding scientific theses in the field of geotechnics. The award was handed to Dr. Pilgerstorfer by Prof. Schubert, president of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics.

Mr. Pilgerstorfer finished the masters program (MSc) for civil engineering in 2008 at Graz University of Technology, Austria. At the end of his studies he focused in the geotechnical field, especially in tunnelling. His diploma thesis deals with the prediction of the displacement development using closed form soluations. Afterwards his scientific career started at the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling at Graz University of Technology, Austria, headed by Prof. Schubert. Until 2014 he was employed as Research and Teaching Associate. With his doctoral thesis "Mechanical Characterization of Fault zones", the thesis he has been granted the Leopold Müller Award for, Mr. Pilgerstorfer was honored with the PhD in the technical sciences in early 2014. Since then he is employed as geotechnical engineer at Geoconsult ZT GmbH with its headquarter in Wals bei Salzburg. As of July 2015 Mr. Pilgerstorfer is the head of the geotechnical-site-engineer division for the Koralm tunnel project (lots KAT2 and KAT3) in Austria.

Best presentation

Category "Plenary session (A)"


Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Josef Tschofen from the company Jäger Bau GmbH has been awarded for his excellent presentation at the plenary session A2 (Tunneling under challenging conditions) with the title "Tunneling under challenging conditions - General renovation, escape and safety passageways via the supply air duct at the Arlberg Road Tunnel".

As Mr. Tschofen has been on his way home already before awarding took place, the Austrian Society for Geomechanics send him the prize, a traditional jacket.
Best presentation

Best presentation

Category "Parallel session (B)"


Mr. Bradley Forbes from the Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, has been awarded for his excellent presentation at the parallel session B1 (Monitoring and safety management) with the title "Monitoring the ground in order to optimize support: Ground support elements equipped with optical frequency domain reflectometry technology".

The prize, a traditional jacket, was handed to Mr. Frobes by Prof. Schubert, president of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics.
Best presentation

Best presentation

Category "Young researchers' session"


Mrs. Barbara Bock from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, has been awarded for her excellent presentation at the parallel session B1 (Young researchers' session) with the title "Characterization of Basalt for stability assessment of an abandoned underground mine in Mendig, Germany".

The prize, a traditional jacket, was handed to Mrs. Bock by Prof. Schubert, president of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics.

67th GEOMECHANICS COLLOQUIUM 2018

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