The formal process of reviewing Eurocode 7 has offcially got underway and input from the industry on changes needed to refine the standards are being called for.
The British Standards Institution (BSI) through its national mirror committee B/526 Geotechnics, has invited individual and collective responses to six questions aimed drawing a focused response.
Questions that the BSI is seeking industry input on cover whether any caluses need editorial or technical clairifcation and which clauses need further clarification. The survey also seeks to undertand whether users of EC7 believe the scope of the standard should be extended and whether there are areas where it could be shortened. BSI is also looking for information regarding any clauses that lead to uneconomic construction or necessitate excessive design effort.
The full set of UK contributions will be collated and reviewed by the committee prior to submission to CEN Technical Committee 250.
Full details of the survey are available online here and responses must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 August. Comments should be accompanied by specific proposals for changes to address any issue raised, with supporting justification where relevant, using the template provided on the BSI website.
Further publications planned
Following revision of Section 8 of Eurocode 7 (EC7) Part 1, on ground anchors, BSI committee B/526 chairman Brian Simpson has confirmed that the revised EC7 and National Annex will be issued very shortly with the aim of issuing a revised code of practice for ground anchorages next year.
New versions of the code of practice for earth retaining structures and code of practice for foundations, which are currently withdrawn, are also planned.