Ing. Jan Balek Ph.D.

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About Me

I am a geodetic surveyor, I worked in commercial companies during and after my studies. In 2011, I joined the IRSM and initially dealt mainly with the processing of phase measurements from a network of permanent GNSS stations. I received my doctorate in 2020, during which he tested the MEMS accelerometric sensor for the canadian company Measurand. I thus gained a certain overlap in the problematic of geotechnical equipment used for high accurate measurement of inclinations. I used the experience in current cooperation with STATOTEST company, with which I am currently cooperating on the development of a new autonomous inclinometer. My main interests include monitoring displacements and deformations and its automation time series processing and processing measurements in general. I am currently working on automating the evaluation and processing of data from the unique dilatometer TM-71 developed at IRSM. Moreover I innitiate cooperation with the Czech Technical University in Prague on the development and testing of "low cost" phase GNSS receivers designed for autonomous monitoring of slope instabilities.

Publishing Activity

Balek, J., Urban, R., Štroner, M. (2016): Laboratory testing of the precision and accuracy of the AhapeAccelArray sensor in horizontal installation, 16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016,, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-55-1 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 28 - July 6, 1: 871-878

Urban, R.; Štroner, M.; Balek, J. (2016): Test of the Precision and Accuracy of the ShapeAccelArray Sensor. Geoinformatics FCE, 15(2): 43-58. ISSN 1802-2669.

Kadlečík, P., Lazecký, M., Nico, G., Mascholo, L., Balek, J., Marek, T. (2016): Monitoring of landslide activity by synergic use of X-band, C-band and L-band InSAR in the České Středohoří Mts., Czech Republic. European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP, SP-740, 6p.

Balek, J., Blahůt, J. (2017): A critical evaluation of the use of an inexpensive camera mounted on a recreational unmanned aerial vehicle as a tool for landslide research Landslides, 14: 1217-1224, ISSN: 1612-510X, doi:

Klimeš, J.; Hartvich, F.; Tábořík, P.; Blahut, J.; Briestensky, M.; Stemberk, J.; Emmer, A.; Vargas, R., Balek, J. (2017): Studies on selected landslides and their societal impacts: activity report of the Prague World Centre of Excellence, Czech Republic. Landslides. 14(4): 1547-1553. ISSN 1612-510

Blahůt, J., Rowberry, M., Balek, J., Klimeš, J., Baroň, I., Meletlidis, S., Martí, X., (2017): Monitoring giant landslide detachment planes in the era of big data analytics. Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides. Volume 3 Advances in Landslide Technology. Cham: Springer, 2017 - (Mikoš, M.; Arbanas, Ž.; Yin, Y.; Sassa, K.), 333-340. ISBN 978-3-319-53486-2. [World Landslide Forum /4./. Ljubljana (SI), 29.05.2017-02.06.2017]

Urban, R., Štroner, M., Balek, J. (2017): Realization of geodetic network for monitoring of landslide area near Třebenice. In: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference SGEM 2017 Geodesy and Mine Surveying. Sofia: STEF92 Technology Ltd., 531-538. ISBN 978-619-7408-02-7.

Blahůt, J.,Klimeš, J., Balek, J., Hájek, P., Červená, L., Lysák, J. (2017): Snow avalanche hazard of the Krkonose National Park, Czech Republic. Journal of Maps. 13(2): 86-90. ISSN 1744-5647

Petronis, M., Valenta, J., Rapprich, V., Lindline, J., Heizler, M., Wyk de Vries, van, B., Shields, S., Balek, J., Fojtíková, L., Tábořík, P. (2018): Emplacement History of the Miocene Zebín Tuff Cone (Czech Republic) Revealed From Ground Geophysics, Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility, Paleomagnetic, and 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Data. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.. 19( 10): 3764-3792. ISSN 1525-2027. doi:

Blahůt, J., Balek, J., Klimeš, J., Rowberry, M., Kusák, M., Kalina, J. (2019): A comprehensive global database of giant landslides on volcanic islands. Landslides 16: 2045–2052. doi:

Balek, J., Klimeš, J., Urban, R., Štroner, M., Blahůt, J., Hartvich, F. (2019): Shallow movements in clay rich rocks detected during subnormal precipitation period. Acta Geodynamica et Geomaterialia. 4(4): 409-417. ISSN 1214-9705. doi: 10.13168/AGG.2019.0034

Blahůt, J., Balek, J., Eliaš, M., Meletlidis, S. (2020): 3D Dilatometer time-series analysis for a better understanding of the dynamics of a giant slow-moving landslide. Applied Sciencises, 10, 5469.


Member of the Czech Association of Geomorphologists

PhD. Student - Organization

Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Special geodesy

PhD. Student - Dissertation Topic

Landslide deformation monitoring using terrestrial laser scanning and another methods of survey

PhD Supervisor