All the relevant Eurocodes and their national Annexes for design of concrete buildings have now been published and BS8110 will be made obsolete from the end of May.
The Concrete Centre believes that the annoucement will act as a further prompt to those firms which are yet to adopt Eurocode 2 for concrete.
"The transition to Eurocode 2 will certainly be challenging but there are ease-of-use benefits and potential commercial opportunities", said Andrew Minson, head of structural engineering at The Concrete Centre.
"The new codes are more technically advanced and have a logical order that will avoid conflicts between codes. Also the new codes are more extensive than BS8110. In addition, there are distinct commercial opportunities for consultants who have projects abroad as most of for consultants who have projects abroad as most of Europe will be using the same basic design codes. Using Eurocode 2 will provide consultants with increased opportunities in Europe."
To ease the transition from British Standard to Eurocode, The Concrete Centre has developed and made available a wide range of resources including a companion guide entitled 'Concise Eurocode 2' and a series of guides under the banner 'How to Design Concrete Structures using Eurocode 2'. In addition, a dedicated website, www.eurocode2.info, with worked examples has been set up and there is a full programme of training presentations and courses.