Anybody interested or involved in rock mechanics will consult Dr. Evert Hoek of his publications. A good place to start is EduMine where you will find his course series on Practical Rock Engineering.

Then there is his website which includes readily available information described thus:

Dr. Hoek is offering Practical Rock Engineering - a free set of notes that are based on a number of case histories - each carefully chosen to illustrate the concepts and practical approaches used. From tunneling in South America to slope stability in Hong Kong, Practical Rock Engineering is an invaluable reference tool. A recent addition to Hoek's Corner is a selection of Dr. Hoek's Published Papers, many with links for downloading. Be sure to also take advantage of the other Hoek resources available on our site, including information about additional publications available from Dr. Hoek.

Here is a fine summary of his work and achievements:

Dr. Evert Hoek was introduced at a lecture at the University of Toronto in 1988 with the statement that echoed the sentiments of practically all rock mechanics professionals around the world: “If there were to be a Nobel Prize for Rock Engineering, Dr. Evert Hoek would be the first recipient.” Over a career spanning almost 50 years Evert has made extraordinary contributions to the teaching, research, and professional practice of rock mechanics and rock engineering, which have transformed the specialty from an art to a well-recognized scientific and engineering discipline.

Born in Zimbabwe, Evert Hoek studied mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town. After a period in industry he joined the South African Council for Scientific Research where he worked on rock stress problems related to deep level gold mining and on brittle rock fracture for which he was awarded a Ph.D.

In 1965 Evert was invited by the University of London to create an inter-departmental centre

for teaching and research in rock mechanics at the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College. Over the next ten years, due in large part to Evert’s leadership, Imperial College became the international hot spot of rock mechanics research. During this period Dr. Hoek co-authored two seminal books “Rock Slope Engineering” and “Underground Excavations in Rock.” Those two books have been translated into 6 languages, and continue to define standard design procedures and serve as design manuals worldwide.

In 1975 Evert left academia and joined the Canadian geotechnical firm Golder Associates, rising to the position of Senior Principal and Chairman of the Board. He then spent 6 years as NSERC Industrial Research Professor of Rock Engineering at the University of Toronto where he helped create innovative rock engineering software for mining and geotechnical engineers. Since 1993 he has worked as a consultant, independent reviewer and member of consulting boards or panels of experts on major civil and mining projects around the world.

In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in rock mechanics and rock engineering, Evert has been awarded the highest honors in the field. These honors include: a D.Sc. in Engineering at the University of London for his published work in rock mechanics, the Rankine Lecture Award from the British Geotechnical Society, the first Mueller Award, the highest worldwide tribute of the International Society of Rock Mechanics and the Terzaghi Lecture Award – the most prestigious honor in the geotechnical industry.

Evert is an eloquent speaker with outstanding teaching skills, assets he has used to serve his profession well. He has traveled around the world, giving lectures to academics and practicing engineers, and continues to generously give his time, answering enquires from individuals at all stages of their careers. Some people are great teachers, some are talented engineers while others are exceptional researchers, but only a precious few excel at all three as Evert has done. I once asked Evert how he saw his role in the rock mechanics community. He replied “I’d like to think of myself as an educator.” I think the term educator perfectly describes Evert’s career focus over the last 50 years.