National standards body BSI and High Speed 2 (HS2) promoter HS2 Ltd have revealed they are to work together to ensure infrastructure design standards and codes are used to deliver the best solutions efficiently.
This first of its kind consultation project aims to manage and improve infrastructure design codes and standards to improve efficiency and save costs.
It is felt that the plethora of design codes and standards means that numerous duplications and overlaps, sometimes with conflicting requirements, complicate the design process unnecessarily.
This often results in different designers interpreting them in different ways, complicating compliance and construction processes.
The project aims to identify the best way in which current design standards and codes can be harmonised and define additional guidance to help deliver the design and construction of HS2 more efficiently.
As part of phase one of the three part process, BSI will be conduct a series of industry workshops.
Specialists from the civil engineering, building and power and systems industries will discuss the challenges faced by major infrastructure projects.
Resulting changes to standards and the development of project-specific guidance documents will clarify ways the standards will be applied.