The Department’s activities are focused on education and training of future specialists in design, planning, construction, maintenance and operation of hydraulic structures with special attention to hydraulic structures on rivers. That is, in particular, weirs, waterways, locks, dams, hydro-power plants, etc. Apart from the construction problems of hydraulic structures the Department’s interest is also aimed at technological equipment such as valves, hydro turbines, related steel structures, etc. Additional research interest and teaching orientation of the Department of Hydraulic Structures is closely related to the river structures issues, i.e. managing reservoir discharge, problems with systems of reservoir, safety of the hydraulic structures on rivers (including the aspect of climate change), flood protection and management, mathematical and physical modelling of fluid flow problem (hydraulic research).
Systematic development of modern didactic techniques and information technologies, including application of programming within the specialized courses, for teaching purposes belong to the Department’s staff duties.
Research interest of particular lecturers, technical and academic members of Department’s staff is focused on solving water management and hydraulic problems and also on sustainable development of the described areas.
The Department systematically develops its national and international contact base. The employees of the Department are holders of many memberships in various international professional organizations, e.g. International Committee of Large Dams (ICOLD) or International Navigation Association.