Dr. Evert Hoek was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 by ITA Tunneling and Underground Space Association for his contributions to the field of rock mechanics. The award ceremony was held in Chuzhou, China as part of the ITA tunneling awards and conference day. The video below is a great overview of his life and career with interviews from the man himself,
Earlier this month, there was a massive slope failure on the "Sea to Sky" highway in British Columbia. It is interesting to note that this same area had a large rockslide in 1965, and a photo of this failure is featured on the cover of the classic text, Rock Slope Engineering by Hoek and Bray. The media played up the aspect that this highway is one of the only ways to access the site of the 2010 Winter Olympic games hosted by Vancouver.
The composite image above shows the book cover and the recent rockslide event (Photo credit: Erik Eberhardt of the University of British Columbia by way of Dave’s Landslide Blog). Dave has done a fabulous job collecting photos, facts and links from around the web. In a follow up post, he added some additional photos and discussion. I recently came across an article that described how the highway originally was slated to have a tunnel bypassing the slide, but that the price tag of $200 million (CAN?) for a 1-km stretch killed the project.
The International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM) has some great lectures posted online. The latest one posted in April is ‘Why Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering?’ by Professor Emeritus Charles Fairhurst of the University of […]
The Geo-Institute of ASCE presents a number of prestigious awards every year to deserving members of the geotechnical engineering community. Congratulations to this year’s awardees: Karl Terzaghi Lecturer – Gregory B. Baecher, Ph.D. P.E., NAE, M.ASCE […]