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EC peasy


I refer to your Comment regarding Eurocodes (NCE 9 February) and can assure you that I will not be kept awake with worry.

I do not expect implementing ECs to cost my business a single year's profit, nor do I expect to have to spend substantial time understanding ECs.

In particular, I do not . nd EC7 very different or very difficult. Am I alone?

EC7, like other ECs, embodies limit state concepts which should be familiar to all engineers. Much fuss has been made of this approach.

However, for foundations we are familiar with carrying out settlement calculations (SLS) as well as bearing capacity checks (ULS), so what's new?

More than 300 years ago Newton told us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction; ECs require and help us to identify the loads or actions applied to a structure, and ensure the resistances providing the reactions are sufficiently large for our structures not to collapse or deflect excessively - is this very different or difficult? Crucially, does it change the engineering?

Eurocodes, as you note, should enable creativity and allow engineers to undertake real engineering. Please do not knock them before you or Europe's engineers have used them.

Peter Rutty (M), Applied Ground Engineering Consultants, 5 Kilcarrig Street, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, Ireland

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