Program of research activities for years 2012 - 2017

The institute envisages the implementation of both basic and applied research motivated primarily by geoengineering applications that have recently developed significantly due to global societal needs. These applications are important also for industry and state institutions (e.g. the Czech Mining Authority and the Radioactive Waste Repository Authority, also for institutions dealing with environmental protection).

International cooperation is considered to be an important factor in carrying out the research. Examples of such cooperation include involvement in the project Decovalex (research related to the underground storage of nuclear waste and the reliable modelling of related processes), RatioCoal (efficient coal utilization), and TIMBRE (brownfields). Let us also mention patents and licensing related to the use of pulsating high-pressure water jet.

International cooperation is also supported by a number of bilateral agreements with foreign institutions as well as new projects supporting the involvement of foreign scientists in the CR with the funding from the Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness. The institute is involved in two projects of this type ENGELA (geographical research) and SPOMECH (oriented in rock mechanics and mathematical modelling).

A great opportunity for future is involvement in large projects of the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovation, namely the projects Institute of Clean Technology of Mining and Use of Energy Resources and the Centre of Excellence IT4Innovations. These projects bring new and unique instrumentation including but not limited to equipment for a new laboratory of tomography of geomaterials; a new hydraulic press with facilities for testing the mechanical, thermal and hydraulic properties of rocks; equipment for testing the parameters and applications of high pressure water jet, access to supercomputing technology for demanding numerical simulations. Another important aspect of these projects is the promotion of further cooperation, including that from abroad.

Research plan in years 2005 - 2011

AV0Z30860518   Physical and environmental processes in lithosphere induced by antropogenic activities

The proposal is based on basic research orientation of Institute which includes interdisciplinary research of regularities of actions and processes in the most upper part of Earth crust which have been influenced or induced by co-acting of human factor. The research plan can be structured in compliance with thematic and organisation structuring of Institute into the following thematic scopes: Reaction of rock as a multi-phase system to action of physical and physico-chemical processes. Stress-strain field in rock massif in zones of mutual reaction of natural and anthropogenic effects and methods of their influencing.plan Effective methods of numerical modelling of physical effects in geological environment Study of selected physical fields and their effects on rock massif and observatory activity. Life environment and landscape in urban and rural regions under influence of European integration processes.

Research plan in years 1999 - 2004

AV0Z3086906   Processes in lithosphere as interaction with human activities

The concept is based on the research of stress-strain fields in rock mass, including anomalous and dynamic performance, structure and texture of geomaterials and their physical properties in different conditions of physical states, methods of influencing of rock mass, process of disintegration of geomaterials and behavior of polluting substances in the environment. Elaboration of a set of laboratory methods for studying of geomaterials, determination of stress-strain fields, mathematical modelling of large scale problems and geographical analysis are parts of the concept. The aims of the research are: to increase the knowledge of behavior of geomaterials in different state conditions, to explain the laws of stress fields in rock mass as the consequence of anthropogenic activities (including mining), to develop mathematical modelling of large scale problems and joined processes in geomechanics and specially in Moravia to increase the knowledge about seismic regime.