In response to the recent letters published on Eurocodes, I would like to remind readers of the initiatives the ICE is taking to help members prepare for their introduction.
In April 2003 ICE launched the Eurocodes Expert website at: www. eurocodes. co. uk - the primary reference on Eurocodes for all UK construction professionals.
The website is supported by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), IStructE, BRE - the government's Eurocode consultant - and leading materials trade associations such as the Concrete Centre, Steel Construction Institute and Trada.
It provides information on all the latest developments and implementation of the codes - both in the UK and worldwide - together with details of all available British training and support resources, many of which are free. There is also a free users' group, newsletter and a growing list of FAQs and their answers.
Many Eurocode publications and courses are provided by the ICE directly, including a definitive series of books and a variety of one-day and twoday training courses run by established Eurocode experts.
ICE and IStructE are aware of the significant cost and time that members will need to incur in preparing for Eurocodes.
But there is no turning back. By 2010 all the UK's £40bn publicsector construction work will have to be Eurocode-designed - in some cases on work starting next year.
The codes will provide unprecedented opportunities to UK design engineers in both the European and world markets.
They are the most advanced structural design codes in the world likely to become the de facto international standard, particularly the BS Englishlanguage versions.
Hugh Ferguson, deputy director general, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA