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New geotechnical guide for structural engineers published

The Institution of Structural Engineers has published a manual to assist structural engineers who have the working geotechnical knowledge to carry out basic geotechnical design to Eurocode 7.

Some geotechnical professionals have expressed concern over the move but IStructE has stressed that the guide, which took over a year to develop, was written with the assistance of well-known industry experts including Imperial College’s John Burland.

Text on the back page of the document states: “The manual does not address situations where specialist geotechnical knowledge would be required for more complex design and construction procedures as this will normally be carried out by geotechnical specialists”. The main text also repeatedly references the need to consult a geotechnical expert where the structural engineering practitioner is not competent.

IStructE has said that the manual is the final part of a technical guidance series created to support practicing engineers conversant with earlier British Standard Codes of Practice to transition to using the new Eurocodes. The series includes manuals on EC0 & 1, the traditional structural materials, and a bi-lingual manual on EC8.

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