Hoek's Corner

Rocscience is proud to provide a reference library on rock engineering, created by Dr. Evert Hoek.

Evert Hoek was born in Zimbabwe, graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Cape Town and became involved in rock mechanics in 1958 when he started working in research on problems of brittle fracture associated with very deep mines in South Africa. His degrees include a PhD from the University of Cape Town, a DSc (Eng) from the University of London and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

He spent 8 years at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, 9 years as an academic at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, 12 years as a consultant with Golder Associates in Vancouver and 6 years at the University of Toronto. For the last 20 years, before his retirement in 2013, he worked as an independent consultant on review and consulting boards on civil and mining engineering projects around the world. He has published extensively, including three books, and plans to continue adding to and updating the material available in Hoek's Corner on the Rocscience web site.



Dr. Evert Hoek's Practical Rock Engineering (2007 ed.) is a vital reference tool for engineers working in rock.

This free set of notes is based on a number of case histories - each carefully chosen to illustrate the concepts and practical approaches used.


Rocscience is proud to provide a reference library on rock engineering, created by Dr. Evert Hoek.

Dr. Hoek is a leading expert on rock mechanics and an award-winning professor and consultant with decades of experience in the classroom and in the field. Here you'll find a selection of his significant published papers and lectures.


We are delighted to present the Distinguished Lecture Series videos, which cover different topics in Rock Mechanics Engineering.

Six videos are now available. The two newest videos are:
Rock Slope Engineering
Large Underground Excavated Caverns

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