I was interested to read Antony Oliver's Comment in last week's NCE regarding the avalanche of Eurocodes that as about to hit our desks.
As much as I understand all about the benefits of trading in an open market I still see these as a bit of a mess in a muddle and would like to know how others are managing the changeover from British Standards.
I would like to know what steps NCE and the ICE are proposing to take to inform us of the changes and the implementation of the British annexes without the need to go to expensive seminars.
In urrent contracts with which I am involved, we have the services of European designers and British contractors, one designing to Eurocodes and the other preparing to build to the outgoing British Standards.
There are financial gains from still using the BS but what I would like to know is can these principles still be enforced?
The Concrete Society and CARES give regular updates on Eurocodes and I think that we should be looking to provide something similar for engineers and designers who like myself probably spend enough time trawling through some quite indistinct phraseology without having to concern ourselves as to whether they should be implemented or not.
D Thomas, Stourbridge, West Midlands, dean.thomas@mcnicholas. co. uk