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The Rock Manual  - version 2007

This site contains the  pdf's of the various chapters.
Also errata and updates are presented on this site.

For further information is referred to:  (English version)
     On the webpage of CIRIA you have to click on "sign-in"; when you have no logon code, click on "Register" to obtain a logon code.
     After signed in, go to ""Knowledge Base', select "content by themes", select "coastal and marine", select "Guidance download", select "more".
     When everything is correct you find the the Rock Manual.
     Purchase information regarding the Rock Manual can be obtained via the CIRIA bookshop.
     Voor Nederlandse relaties is de engelse versie met korting verkrijgbaar bij de CUR   (version francais)
     click on "Manuel sur l'utilisation des enrochements dans les ouvrages hydrauliques"

Note: in 2014 CETMEF merged into Cerema (Centre d'études et d'exertise sur les risques , l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement).

Note: pdf's are in low resolution.

English version 
(original edition 2007 with blue marks)

preface, etc
chapter 1 - Introduction
chapter 2 - Planning and designing rock works
chapter 3 - Materials
chapter 4 - Physical site conditions and data collection
chapter 5 - Physical processes and design tools
chapter 6 - Design of marine structures
chapter 7 - Design of closure works
chapter 8 - Design of river and canal structures
chapter 9 - Construction
chapter10 - Monitoring, inspection, maintenance and repair
appendix 1 - Model construction specifications
appendix 2 - Risk assessment for the handling of armourstone
back cover

English version 
(reprint 2012, B/W)

preface, etc
chapter 1 
chapter 2 
chapter 3
chapter 4  
chapter 5  
chapter 6 
chapter 7 
chapter 8  
chapter 9 
appendix 1 
appendix 2  
back cover

Version français

Chaptre 1
Chapitre 2
Chapitre 3
Chapitre 4
Chapitre 5
Chapitre 6
Chapitre 7
Chaptire 8
Chapitre 9
Chaptire 10
Annexe 1 et 2


Because of the low resolution of the pdf, some figures are unreadable. A readable version of these figures is available here. In the BW version these illustrations are in high resolution.

A number of equations from the Rock Manual are included in the computational suite Cress. Cress can be downloaded free of charge from: