This article explains how the structural engineering Eurocodes will revolutionise design offices, and reports on the profession's reaction hitherto. Within ten years, structural engineers in 18 European nations will be designing to the same codes, and within 20 years, most of the world will be using them. Perhaps because of the recession in the construction industry, most British structural engineers have apparently taken little notice of the first three draft codes published by the British Standards Institution (BSI) during the last two years. However, at least 12 final drafts will be published in 1994, followed by many more in the next few years. In order to remain competitive, British structural engineers should consider the drafts properly, to ensure satisfactory final versions. The European Standards Organisation (CEN) is responsible for producing harmonised structural designed codes. A table gives the timetable for drafting the codes, whose functions are classified into: (1) basis of design and actions on structures; (2) design of concrete, steel, composite steel and concrete, masonry, and aluminium alloy structures; (3) geotechnical design; and (4) earthquake-resistant design of structures.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

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  • Authors:
    • PARKER, D
  • Publication Date: 1994-2-24


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 31-5
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  • Accession Number: 00665385
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM