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Rock Engineering Design

By Xia-Ting Feng, John A. Hudson

© 2011 – CRC Press

468 pages

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About the Book

Given the recent advances in site investigation techniques, computing, access to information and monitoring, plus the current emphasis on safety, accountability and sustainability, this book introduces an up-to-date methodology for the design of all types of rock engineering projects, whether surface or underground. Guidance is provided on the nature of the modeling to support design and the information required for design; also included is a procedure for technical auditing of the modeling and design together with the related protocol sheets. Written by two eminent authors, clearly structured and containing many illustrations, this volume is intended for consulting engineers, contractors, researchers, lecturers and students working on rock engineering projects.


This highly original and innovative book is the outcome of the work of the Commission on Rock Engineering Design Methodology of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) in the period 2007–2011. The work of the Commission was managed by the authors, Professor John A Hudson, ISRM President for 2007–2011, and Professor Xiating Feng, ISRM President for 2011–2015, in association with the Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering. Recently, this reviewer (2011) has argued that the work of its Commissions has been among the major achievements of the ISRM in the 50 years since its foundation in 1962. This book adds to that impressive record of achievement.

This superb book has many outstanding features. Its original approach and arguments are set out and developed with the greatest clarity; the writing is clear, fluent and accessible; the structure of the book is logical, guiding the reader through a series of stages required to develop a good, or even deep, understanding of the subject matter; the chapter summaries are succinct and informative, as are the summaries of some topics presented in tables and figures; and the detailed technical auditing approach developed is especially valuable. Perhaps most importantly, the several detailed practical examples given in each chapter illustrate just how the approaches developed and described have been applied in practice to the most challenging rock engineering design projects. These examples, together with a summary given in Chapter 1, provide compelling evidence of the monumental achievements of rock mechanics and rock engineering in China in recent years. Through this book and in other ways, the authors have contributed significantly to those achievements.

E. T. Brown

Senior Consultant, Golder Associates Pty Ltd.

Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2012, 4 (1): III–IV

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

The purpose of this book

The structure of the book

The ‘long learning curve’

Rock engineering design, related subjects and the future

Chinese rock mechanics and Chinese rock engineering

Examples of rock engineering projects in China

Problems remaining to be solved

Chapter summaries

2. The ways ahead for rock engineering design methodologies


Modelling and engineering design approaches

The integrated design approach

Modelling approaches which utilise computer networks

The idea of a Virtual Rock Mechanics Facility (VRMF)

Development of the method D, level 2, methods: ‘intelligent’ modelling

The integrated methodology for rock slope design

Case example using the rock slope integrated design methodology

Chapter summary

3. Flowcharts for rock engineering modelling and design

Introduction and summary of earlier work

The rock engineering modelling and design process

Use of the procedure in three illustrative case examples

Chapter summary

4. Specifying the information required for rock mechanics modelling and rock engineering design


The different types of information required by the different modelling methods

Obtaining the required information and problems associated with site investigation and in situ monitoring

Illustrative case examples

Chapter summary

5. Technical auditing of rock mechanics modelling and rock engineering design


Demonstration Example 1: The procedure for technically auditing a site investigation measurement—in situ rock stress (soft audit)

Demonstration Example 2: Technical audit of modelling for the design of hydropower caverns at the Laxiwa Yellow River site in China (semi-hard audit)

Chapter summary

6. Case example of the design and construction of a rock slope


Types and features of large rock slopes at hydropower stations

Flowchart for the design of large rock slopes for hydropower stations

The features and constraints of the plunge pool slope

Initial design of the plunge pool slope

Feedback analysis and final design of the plunge pool slope

Modelling methods and codes used for the design and stability analysis of the plunge pool slope

Chapter summary

7. Case example of the design and construction of a large underground hydroelectric powerhouse in a deep valley region


The underground powerhouse

The features and constraints of the Jinping II underground powerhouse

The approach used in the design and stability analysis for the Jinping II underground powerhouse

Modelling methods and computer codes used in the design and stability analysis for the Jinping II underground powerhouse

Establishment of the initial design

Stability appraisal of the underground powerhouse after excavation of Layer II


8. Protocol Sheets

Protocol Sheet 1: Objective and overall approach to the project

Protocol Sheets 2: Geological setting and site investigation

Protocol Sheets 3: Modelling

Protocol Sheets 4: Design

Protocol Sheet 5: Auditing evaluation

Chapter summary

9. Illustrative example of the Protocol Sheets use

Example completion of Protocol Sheet 1

Example completion of Protocol Sheets 2

Example completion of Protocol Sheets 3

Example completion of Protocol Sheets 4

Example completion of Protocol Sheet 5

Chapter summary

10. Concluding remarks

Appendix A. List of all the ISRM suggested methods (in chronological order)

Appendix B. The Chinese ‘Basic Quality’ (BQ) system for rock mass classification

B1 Introduction

B2 Terminology and symbols

B3 Classification parameters for the rock mass basic quality

B4 Classification of rock mass basic quality

B5 Engineering classification for a rock mass

B6 Establishing the KV and JV indices

B7 Preliminary assessment of the rock stress field

B8 Physical and mechanical parameters of the rock mass and discontinuities

B9 Corrected value of the rock mass basic quality index

B10 Stand-up time for an underground rock mass

B11 Acknowledgements

References and bibliography

Subject index

Colour plates

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology