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ICE to push conversion to Eurocodes

The ICE is hosting a major conference this month that brings together all the leading technical experts in the UK to discuss the Eurocodes and how they relate specifically to bridge design and build.

The conference comes after a survey revealed that many construction professionals remain “blissfully unaware” of moves to phase out British Standards and replace them with Eurocodes.

The poll by professional ­consultancy McBains Cooper found the new building codes are not fully understood. Of more concern, parts of the industry continue to rely on the British Standards, which are no longer being updated and will be fully withdrawn in 2013.

Blissful ignorance

The poll found that the majority of construction industry professionals are “blissfully unaware” of the Eurocodes and that two-thirds of civil engineers feel “uncomfortable” with them and are still designing and specifying buildings to outdated British Standards.

The ICE said this can produce designs that are too conservative and unnecessarily expensive to the client. President Peter Hansford said Eurocodes are extremely important because they will remove potential barriers to trade that exist when countries have different design standards.

“Eurocodes will improve structural safety and boost the competitiveness of the European construction industry. It’s imperative that civil engineers understand and comply with these standards and the ICE is committed to helping the profession achieve this.”

The ICE last year put together a briefing document to help civil engineers understand the underlying assumptions of the Structural Eurocodes.

  • Bridge Design to Eurocodes - UK Implementation will be held at One Great George Street, ­November 22-23. See www.ice-bridgeeurocode.com for more information.

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