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Eurocode update calls for UK industry volunteers

A public call has been launched for volunteers to participate in the project teams that will undertake phase 1 of the development of the next generation of Eurocodes.

Candidates have until 25 May 2015 to apply to join the teams that will oversee the work on developing further harmonisation and improved ease of use.

“Eurocode 7 is the current British Standard for geotechnical design and it has been used increasingly over that last few years in the UK and Europe,” said Arup director Brian Simpson, who is also chairman of the committee B526 on geotechnics. “The process of revision that is about to start provides an opportunity to gain from experience in use, and to respond to concerns over some of the provisions and suggestions for improved clarity and greater ease of use.

“The second edition will hopefully be a substantial improvement on the current version and will also have a wider scope; topics such as ground improvement and reinforcement will be included, with more attention given to numerical analysis and rock mechanics. Over the past three years, ‘evolution groups’ have been developing proposals for the revision, which form the basis of the work specified for the project teams.”

The work will be carried out in phases, and at this stage two project teams will be set up for Eurocode 7, covering the more general topics  of harmonization and ease-of-use (including revision/replacement of Design Approaches) and general rules (including use of numerical analysis and design for situations dominated by water pressure).

Team members will be appointed in August 2015 to complete their work by December 2016. Appointments will be made on an individual basis and support of a national standards body, such as BSI, is not essential but might be helpful.

Simpson is urging British geotechnical engineers to get involved to ensure the changes deal with the challenges that exist with application of the codes in practice.

Get involved

Full details and tender documents can be found from NEN (Dutch Foundation for Standardisation) www.nen.nl/eurocodes2020. The deadline for submission is 25 May 2015. Further information can be obtained from Tracey.Wilkins@bsigroup.com (secretary of BSI committee B/526 on Geotechnics), Brian.Simpson@Arup.com (chair of B/526) or Andrew.Bond@Geocentrix.co.uk (chair of CEN/TC250/SC7)

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