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Talking Point

Geocentrix owner Dr Andrew Bond provides an update about the structural Eurocodes from the Decoding the Eurocodes blog.

22 November

Property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has said that professionalism is “falling short” in the UK construction industry with a poor understanding of Eurocodes amongst British construction companies.

[These codes] should have been fully adopted in the UK from 2 April, 2010, when British Standard codes for construction stopped being updated.

22 November

This is the current status of Eurocode 7 and its National Annexes in the UK

  • Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design - Part 1: General rules
  • BS EN 1997-1: 2004, published 22 Dec 2004 and incorporating Corrigendum dated Jan 2010
  • NA to BS EN 1997-1: 2004, published 30 Nov 2007 and incorporating Corrigendum No 1 dated Dec 2007
  • Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design - Part 2: Ground investigation and testing
  • BS EN 1997-2: 2007, published 20 April 2007 and incorporating Corrigendum dated Oct 2010

NA to BS EN 1997-2: 2007, published 31 Dec 2009

25 November

Eurocode 7 - Today and Tomorrow

Under the aegis of the BGA, in its role as the Ground Expert Panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Symposium is to be held at Cambridge University on 23rd March 2011 entitled ‘Eurocode 7 - Today and Tomorrow”.

The venue and date of the Symposium has been chosen to coincide with the next meeting of TC250/SC7, the committee responsible for Eurocode 7, which the UK will be hosting (in Cambridge) on 24-25 March 2011.

The programme for the BGA Symposium will cover current challenges identified in EC7 in the UK and the rest of Europe and will discuss what Industry would like to see in the next version of the Eurocode.

To aid the latter issue, everyone is invited and encouraged to complete Andrew Bond’s UK questionnaire on the future work of TC250/SC7 on geotechnical design, which is available online at

8 December

The 3rd International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk (ISGSR2011) will be held in Munich, Germany, on 2 and 3 June 2011 and will focus on:

  • Risk assessment and management through codes and standards
  • Risk and reliability analysis of geotechnical structures
  • Risk assessment and management of natural geotechnical hazards
  • Practical applications and case studies

15 December

The provisional programme for the BGA Symposium entitled “Eurocode 7 - Today and Tomorrow” has been posted on the Eurocode 7 website.

It features talks by several eminent speakers including:

  • Professor Malcolm Bolton (Cambridge University/host)
  • David Beadman (Byrne Looby)
  • Dr Andrew Bond (Geocentrix, Chairman CEN TC250/SC7)
  • Dr Andrew Lees (Frederick University, Cyprus; Geofem Ltd)
  • David Norbury (independent consultant, member BSI committee B/526/3)
  • Tony O’Brien (Mott MacDonald)
  • Adriaan van Seters (Fugro, Dutch delegate on CEN TC250/SC7)
  • Dr Brian Simpson (Arup Geotechnics, Chairman BSI committee B/526)
  • Dr Andrew Smith (Coffey)

The price to attend has been set at £50 + VAT per head.

As the newly appointed chairman of the Eurocode 7 committee (TC250/SC7), Bond has a remit to relay timely and relevant information about Eurocode 7 for the benefit of everyone within the geotechnical profession.

If you have news and views about the Eurocodes, please contact him via email to

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