Hoek’s Corner: An In-Depth Reference Library for Rock Mechanics

Published on: Aug 12, 2020 Updated on: Jul 19, 2022 2 minutes read

About Dr. Hoek

Dr. Evert Hoek is a household name in the field of rock mechanics. With over six decades of experience in the field of rock mechanics, he is widely known for his expertise in rock mass, tunneling and most notably his work to develop the Hoek-Brown failure criterion.

Dr. Hoek graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Cape Town and began his research career in 1958. His degrees include a Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town and a D.Sc. (Eng.) from the University of London. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto in Canada and the Manresa School of Engineering (EPSEM) at Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain.

Throughout his career, he has published over 100 papers, given keynote addresses at conferences around the world and compiled a collection of case studies into Dr. Hoek’s Practical Rock Engineering- a reference book for engineers working with rock. As a teacher and a mentor, he has laid the foundation for those working in the field of rock mechanics.

Inspired Learning

At Rocscience, we describe Dr. Hoek as a visionary and an educational leader. We have been privileged to learn and benefit from his work and aim to instill his knowledge into our software. Principles that Dr. Hoek has developed are at the core of Rocscience products because we want to ensure that our customers have access to the most accurate and reliable geotechnical software possible.

Just as Rocscience has been inspired by Dr. Hoek’s work, we want to encourage further learning for professional and prospective engineers of rock mechanics and geotech by ensuring the work of Dr. Hoek remains accessible.

Rocscience hosts, Hoek’s Corner, a free online resource dedicated to the study of rock mechanics consolidating Dr. Hoek’s collection of books, research papers, lectures and video lecture series into one convenient reference library.

Do you have a question for Dr. Hoek? Send us a message and we shall try to have it answered.

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