BSI | Eurocodes | Chris Hendy, Atkins, Head of Bridge Design and Technology talks about Eurocodes





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Uploaded on Mar 5, 2010


First of all you really need to acknowledge that Eurocodes are coming. There has been a lot of hype around them in the past. 10 year ago with the pre-standards they were coming, the reality was, they didnt.

Its accepting this time around that they really are coming into force. So there is no good putting the head in the sand, we really do need to crack on and introduce them in your business.

Secondly I would say dont panic about them. They do look daunting, but the experience that most designers have had when they actually had the opportunity to use the codes for real, rather then just been sent off on training courses is that you pick them up relatively quickly. And the sort of timescale we have been finding with our designers, who are experienced designers but have no prior knowledge of the Eurocodes, is that they tend to pick up the basics of the codes with a relatively short period of around two weeks or so. 

And that is obviously influenced by how much local support they have and the calibre of engineer. That is the sort of timeframe where they get back to what I would say to around 90 per cent efficiency. So I just think you have to trust people that are telling you this and take the opportunity to use them when you can.

So that leaves me on to the third point which is: do take the opportunity to use the codes when you can and dont leave it to the last possible minute. 

If you leave them to the last possible minute its going to be the case that you are be trying to use them on the most commercially program adverse project you can and that is exactly the sort of time you dont want to be trying to pick up new rules.

So look for opportunities to use them on slightly less pressurized circumstances. So that might be using them in situations where actually you still could use the British standards. If your client will allow you to use the Eurocodes, then it is advantageous to try and do that.

Feasibility studies are a good place to use Eurocodes, they tend to be slightly less pressurized in terms of delivery, and also the likelihood is that a feasibility study will turn itself into a design project later on and that full blown design project will be a few years down the stream, and by that time it is very likely that it will be mandatory to use the Eurocodes. 

So its still wholly appropriate to use Eurocodes for that sort of situation even if it might not appear to be mandatory at the time.

So, accept they are coming, and take the opportunity to try and get your staff using Eurocodes in situations which arent pressurized.

The structural Eurocodes are coming in March 2010. Make sure you are prepared. The Structural Eurocodes are a set of harmonised European standards for the design of buildings and civil engineering structures.

There are 10 Eurocodes made up of 58 parts that will be adopted in all EU Member States. They will replace existing British Standards which are due to be withdrawn on 31 March 2010 when full implementation of the Eurocodes will take place.

Buy the Eurocodes: http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/Browse-By...

Press release: : http://www.bsigroup.com/en/About-BSI/...


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