Department of Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering | Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Gdańsk University of Technology

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Department of Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

Department of Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering was created in the beginning of 2022 during the Faculty restructurisation. Two departments were merged together then: the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and the Department of Geotechnics, Geology and Marine Civil Engineering, each with a long and rich history. The unique interconnection of different scientific areas, combined with the coastal localisation of the Gdańsk Technical University determines the scope of scientific work of the Department of Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering.

Our activities include scientific research, teaching students, popularising science, and working with the industry. We deal with the theoretical, and practical problems (such as modeling and measuring for the needs of external clients)

Department scope of research includes:

  • Theoretical, experimental and numerical investigations in Soil Mechanics;
  • Field and laboratory soil tests;
  • Soil reinforcement technologies;
  • “Green Geotechnics” including eco-friendly materials and technologies combined with reclamation of various byproducts;
  • Theoretical, experimental and practical problems concerning Foundation Engineering including areas such as shallow and deep foundations, tunnelling, deep excavations, retaining constructions, slope stability, soil-structure interactions, usage of geosynthetic materials;
  • Hydrotechnical constructions;
  • Coastal engineering problems including cliff stability and coast protection;
  • Problems of Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering including subsurface flow, groundwater recharge, groundwater intakes, partially saturated soils, pollution transport, soil and groundwater remediation;
  • Theoretical and practical problems of Marine Civil Engineering including the design and use of marine civil engineering constructions such as harbours, piers, wavebreakers, shipyards, submarine pipelines and offshore constructions,
  • Modeling of steady and transient flows in open channels and their networks (rivers, streams, artificial canals),
  • Modeling of steady and transient flows under pressure, incl. water hammer phenomena in pipelines and their networks,
  • Modeling the processes of mixing and spreading pollutants,
  • Analysis of hydrological processes, with particular emphasis on rainwater runoff in urban and non-urbanized catchments,
  • Experimental analysis (on a laboratory and real scale) of the course of phenomena related to the flow of water and sewage,
  • Theoretical and experimental analysis of ice phenomena,
  • Selected issues related to hydraulic engineering,
  • Selected issues related to water management and flood protection, incl. water management in urban areas.

Head of the Department

prof. dr hab. inż. Adam Szymkiewicz

Room 312, Building No. 20 (,,Hydro'')


Office of the Department

mgr Joanna Kaliszuk

Room 312, Building No. 20 (,,Hydro")

tel. +48 58 347 27 01

fax +48 58 347 19 33