to Face with Dr Evert Hoek
In an exclusive interview with TunnelTalk, and on the
occasion of winning the 2014 Tunneller of the Year Award from the
Tunnelling Association of Canada, Dr Evert Hoek speaks of his long
career in rock engineering; the value of experience; the
importance of mentoring and the obligation to share information.
Dr Hoek also introduced his series of online video lectures
produced to pass on his wealth of experience. “No two tunnels are alike,”
explains Dr Hoek, and “in addition to computation calculations, field work
is vital to understand what the rock is telling you.” A recent consultancy
assignment was the challenging Egnatia Highway project in Greece with its
many twin tube, sequentially excavated tunnels and technical visit to the
Olmos hydropower headrace tunnel in Peru that suffered extreme rock bursting.