Thomas Marcher


Specialized civil and geotechnical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the design and construction of underground projects around the world (Europe, Asia, North America, South America). Lead geotechnical expert, project manager and coordinator in preliminary design, feasibility, design and construction of tunnels, hydroelectric power plants, power transmission and distribution, dams and power plants. In-depth knowledge in design of underground spaces in soil and rock, including deep tunnels (up to 2000 m overburden), large cross-sections and caverns.

Member of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, the Austrian Standards Institute, the German and Austrian Society for Geomechanics. From 2002 - 2013 Thomas headed the geotechnical department of ILF Consulting Engineers in Austria. Since 2014, Thomas is owner of SKAVA consulting. In 2018, Thomas was appointed full professor and chair at the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunneling at Graz University of Technology in Austria. The main research topics are HSSR mechanics (hard soil/soft rock), anisotropy of rock mass, data science and ML in geotechnics, deep tunnelling / cavern storage and rock mass movement.


The challenges of "hard soil and soft rock": an inside into this material's brittle to ductile behaviour

More to come.