Quido Zaruba Award for the Young Engineering Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers

Young engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers are awarded by Quido Zaruba Award for the most remarkable projects in engineering geology

The award for young engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers for the most remarkable projects in engineering geology commemorates importance of Quido Zaruba, the founder of engineering geology, who essentially shaped the development of czech and worldwide engineering geology. It is a reminder of continuity and possibility to reach exceptionality and international repute in professional work. SG Geotechnika, established on heritage of Quido Zaruba, has initiated and organized award ceremony over two decades. The awarded laureates are the exceptional and by professional community acknowledged experts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


The first Quido Zaruba Award was granted for the projects realized in 2001. The award is granted by SG Geotechnika, professional associations and academical departments where the engineering geology and geotechnics are lectured. The award is traditionally presented at the international conference Prague Geotechnical Days with internationally well-known participants. Nominations for young slovak experts started in 2008. At the same time, leaders of geotechnical and engineering geology departments of slovak universities and Slovak Association of Engineering Geologists extended the assessing committee. Obviously, the Czech and Slovak Republic have become united in terms of Quido Zaruba Award.

Award Rules

The Quido Zaruba Award for Young Engineering Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers s is granted for the most remarkable projects in applied engineering geology and research in the fields such as Soil mechanics, Rock mechanics, Engineering geology, Underground structures, Foundation, Geotechnical and Engineering geological research and Environmental geotechnics. There are two categories, one for the applied engineering geology and geotechnics projects and the second for theoretical works. The limit of 36 years of candidates cannot be exceeded within the year of nomination.

Laureates of the Quido Zaruba Award


Mgr. Tomáš Mohyla, Ph.D.

Charles University, Prague

Laboratory Research on Stiffness of Unsaturated Soil in Very Small and Small Strain Region


Marco Loche, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Charles University, Prague

Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Coupling in Slope Stability: Advanced Experiments and Multiscale Modelling


Mgr. Jan Jerman, M.Sc.

Charles University, Prague

Development and Validation of a Hypoplastic Model for Soft Clays Incorporating Rate Effects and Strength Anisotropy


Mgr. Jakub Roháč

Charles University, Prague

Experimental Investigation of Shear Strength of Soils from the Dobkovičky Landslide Area and Development of Correlations between Soil Strength and their Physical Properties


Ing. Jan Faltýnek, Ph.D.

Czech Technical University in Prague

Segment Lining of Tunnels Driven by Mechanized Shields

RNDr. Tereza Šmejkalová

SG Geotechnika a.s.

Silt and Clay in Czech Engineering Geological Practice


Ing. Jakub Panuška, Ph.D.

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Elastic Properties of Natural Sands with Fines Measured by Bender/Extender Elements

Mgr. Pavel Tůma

PUDIS a.s.

Key-Block Method and its Practical Use in Tunnel Construction


RNDr. Václav Hájek

GeoTec-GS, a.s.

Increase of the Inner Spoil Heap of the Bílina Mine in 2015–2017


Mgr. Zdeňka Pastyriková, Ph.D.

SG Geotechnika a.s.

Research and Innovation of the Rock Environment Treatment with Lime Additives

Mgr. Rudolf Tornyai, Ph.D.

Comenius University Bratislava

Application of Neural Network to Assess Landslide Hazard


Ing. Jakub Stacho, Ph.D.

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Analysis of Design of Pile Foundations by Taking into Consideration the Piling Technology


Ing. Josef Rott, Ph.D.

Charles University, Prague

Formulation of Small Strain Stiffness Anisotropy of Natural Sedimentary Clays and its Verification by Back-Analysis of the Coefficient of Earth Pressure at Rest K0 of Brno Tegel in the area of Královo Pole Tunnels


Ing. Miroslav Brouček, Ph.D.

Czech Technical University in Prague

Subsoil Influenced by Groundwater Flow


RNDr. Vladislava Kostkanová, Ph.D.

Charles University, Prague

Mechanical Behaviour of Variably Saturated Clay Fills


RNDr. Tomáš Svoboda, Ph.D.

Charles University, Prague

Numerical Model of New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) in Tunnel in Stiff Clays


Ing. Michal Doněk

Brno University of Technology

Axial Loaded Pile Groups


Mgr. Jan Najser

Charles University, Prague

Modelling of Lumpy Clay Fills


RNDr. Marek Laho, Ph.D.

Comenius University Bratislava

Engineering Geological Atlas of Rocks of Slovakia


RNDr. David Mašín, M. Phil., Ph.D.

Charles University, Prague

Clay Hypoplastic Model Development for Non-Standard Geomaterials


Mgr. Lucie Bohátková

SG Geotechnika a.s.

Road I/35 – Landslide Remediation at Hřebeč Tunnel


RNDr. Radovan Chmelař, Ph.D.

Charles University, Prague

Evaluation of Rock Massif during Application of New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) in Fault Zones of Mrázovka Tunnel in Prague


Ing. Alexandr Butovič

SATRA, spol. s.r.o., Praha

Project and Management of Investigation Gallery for Královská obora Tunnel


Ing. Lumír Miča, Ph.D.

Brno University of Technology

Behaviour of Reinforcement Soil in Sub-Base


Ing. Marian Marschalko, Ph.D.

Technical University of Ostrava

Project of University Development Fund – FRVŠ 415 F1 – Engineering Geology – Educational CD-ROM


Ing. Jan Novotný, CSc.

Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Analysis of Water Effect on Slope Stability in Clayey Rocks