A fundamental solution for half-plane problems which will play a key role in calculation of the stress concentration around a hole embedded in half-plane is derived by a method combining images with direct integrations. It is wore intuitive than the Fourier transform method used by Gladwell. In addition, the principle and procedure of boundary element method to solve the half-plane problems are also presented by means of Betti's reciprocal theorem in this paper.It is shown that the. computing procedure for half-plane problems is much more convenient using the fundamental solution presented here than the one adopted by C.A. Brebbia.