Who wrote this?
CIRIA, CUR Centre For Civil Engineering and CETMEF, project managed by Nick Bean, CIRIA.
This second edition was first published in June 2007.
To encourage conservation of natural systems in balance with protection property and housing.
Who should read this?
This is of use to coastal, river and estuarine managers and engineers, consultants, civil engineers, hydraulic engineers, geotechnical engineers, engineering geologist, environmental regulators, geomorphologists, modellers, planning and other consenting authorities, environmental advisers, contractors, quarry companies, laboratories and academics. It can be used to assist with design, construction, management, specification, quality control, environmental impact assessment, maintenance and material selection.
In 1991 CIRIA/CUR produced the Manual on the use of rock in coastal and shoreline engineering, commonly referred to as "The Rock Manual" (CIRIA, 1991). CUR/RWS updated the book in 1995 to include the use of rock in dams, fluvial engineering and construction (CUR, 1995). Two French reference books were produced in the late 1980s: Le dimensionnement des digues à talus (EDF R&D, 1987) and Les Enrochements (LCPC/CETMEF, 1989).
History and context
Since publication of these earlier reference texts, significant research has been done to improve understanding of rock behaviour and to determine improved practices for hydraulic engineering. Consequently, this manual has been developed to bring the earlier publications up to date and has been given a broader scope that increases the focus on environmental and sustainability concerns.
This new manual is based on four years of work by a team of over 100 international experts. This 1304-page book gives a summary of best practice on the use of rock in engineering works for rivers, coasts and seas and incorporates all the significant advances in knowledge that have occurred over the past 10-15 years.
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