I would just like to clarify two points in your article, New Eurocodes will encourage innovation, (NCE 7 July).
First, the quoted figure of 14 Eurocode parts required to design a bridge relates to steel-concrete composite bridges, not all bridges. This is because of the extensive cross references that Eurocode 4 makes to parts of Eurocode 2 and Eurocode 3.
Secondly, the results of pilot studies conducted by Atkins did indeed reveal engineers were 'initially shocked' at the number of documents and the code language, but they very quickly got used to this change.
This latter point is extremely important and highlights that, in general, Eurocodes are different to use, not more difficult to use.
Chris Hendy (M), head of bridge design and technology, Chris.Hendy@atkinsglobal. com