Institute of Applied Geoscience (IAG)

Rock Mechanics/Engineering Geology, Geomechanics and Petrophysics

Person emerging from cave
A rockfall triggered by the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Taiwan on 21st March 2002

Our research falls into two main themes;

  • Rock Mechanics/Engineering geology
  • Geomechanics and Petrophysics

RMEGGh (Rock Mechanics/Engineering Geology, Geotechnical and hydrogeology)

Our research mainly focuses on rock mechanics, engineering geology (and hydrogeology) and geotechnical areas and more specifically investigating the geomechanical, geotechnical and geoenvironmental behaviour of the ground (rock and soil) and groundwater and also examine the interaction of infrastructures and man-made projects with the ground.

Our main research of areas are related to:

  • Tunnelling and Underground Space Applications and Rock Mechanics
  • Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
  • Geomechanics and Seismology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Geothermal Energy
  • Rick Engineering and Natural Hazard Assessment

Our aim is to produce high quality research with practical applications and produce scientific tools that practioners and engineers can use during the design and construction of georelated engineering projects. We have strong collaborative links with the engineering and environmental consultancy sector, regulators and waste management companies. We also have good links with related research groups both in the UK and worldwide (Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Greece, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA)

We have a wide range of facilities in house for rock and soil testing; aquifer testing; bore hole logging and surface & borehole geophysical surveying. Additionally, we have well equipped geochemistry laboratories with facilities for chemical and stable isotopic analysis of solid and fluid samples.

We are involved in teaching at undergraduate, taught postgraduate (MSc) level and have expertise in research student supervision. We run an internationally respected course in Engineering Geology at Masters level; our research activities interface with our teaching, particularly for the MSc programme. Specialist areas of expertise in Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Engineering as well in Engineering Geology, landslide mechanics, slope stability and weathering and Hydrogeology of fractured rocks, hydrogeophysics and contaminant biodegradation. We work closely with professional practice to provide challenging dissertation projects for MSc students with a distinct industrial focus.

For further Information you are welcome to contact Dr. Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou, Leader of the RMEGGh research group.

Contact: Dr. Chrysothemis Paraskevopoulou

Email: C.Paraskevopoulou(at)

Geomechanics and Petrophysics

We run a number of joint industry projects utilising the specialist facilities available in the Wolfson Multiphase Flow Laboratory.  Research focuses on the petrophysical properties of low permeability rocks and development of models to predict those properties.  We also have expertise in geomechanical modelling and an interest in how geophysical indicators of stress and mechanical property distributions within reservoirs can be integrated with coupled geomechanical- fluid flow models to predict reservoir behaviour.

Current research projects include PETGAS phase 2, SHAPE and Fault Rock Petrophysics.  For more details visit the Petroleum Leeds website.