Marie Violay

GC D1 401 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

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GC A2 425 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

CH A1 375 (Bâtiment CH)
Station 6
CH-1015 Lausanne

Administrative data

Fields of expertise

-Rock mechanics -Rock physics -Fault and earthquake mechanics -Hydro-mechanical couplings

Teaching & PhD


Civil Engineering

PhD Programs

Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctoral Program in Mechanics



Fundamental intro to the most central aspects of geology and provides insight to the structure and composition of the earth subsurface, and the elements, minerals and rocks that make up our planet. Gives also an understanding of earth process and their interactions with GC infrastructures.

Rock mechanics

The students understand the mechanical behaviour of rock materials, joints and rock masses, and are able to determine the factors conditioning civil engineering applications. They are able to use appropriate methods for carrying out analysis and design of tunnel excavation and support.

Geophysics for engineers

The course provides general introductions to the most important methods of geophysical exploration and survey. The methods represent a primary tool for investigation of subsurface and are applicable to wide range of problems.

Carving natural stones

This course deals with the realization, by the students of the 3 ENAC sections, of a natural stone structure, vegetalized and equipped with environmental sensors. This structure will consist in 2022 of a natural stone wall that will serve as a bench on the EPFL campus.