The Rock Manual provides guidance that starts from the stage in a project when it has been decided to construct a structure in a hydraulic environment using rock as the only material, or as the primary material where it is one of a combination of materials.
Rock is a commonly used construction material in the hydraulic environment. It is used in the marine and fluvial environments to provide protection against scour and erosion and to limit wave overtopping and flooding.
Standard solutions do not generally exist in this field of engineering. To develop a robust, site-specific rock-based solution for a project it is necessary to consider a wide range of issues including materials, environmental conditions, construction methodology, maintenance regime and health and safety for construction personnel and the general public.
The manual has benefited from extensive international review to ensure that it provides guidance on current good practice worldwide. The manual collates available research data and technical information together with practical experience gained by practitioners. In doing this, care has been taken to indicate current limitations in the design processes and the extent to which empirical methods and engineering judgement are involved.
The target audience for the manual is wide and includes planners, developers, engineering consultants and designers, architects, building managers, facility managers, contractors, producers and suppliers, owners, staff from regulators, funders and educational institutions, The guidance is suitable for worldwide application.
More than 100 experts from Europe and across the world have been involved in the project to update The Rock Manual, ensuring the updated edition will retain its place as the number one reference guide worldwide for the use of rock in hydraulic engineering. This updated manual is a revision on the publications Manual on the use of rock in coastal and shoreline engineering (CIRIA, CUR, 1991) en C169 Manual on the use of rock in hydraulic engineering (CUR, RWS, 1995).