The following video provides a brief history by Dr. Evert Hoek of the field of rock engineering, with a look at a number of interesting case studies and examples.
“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”. Text from Rocksience.com