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Public consultation underway for new standards

Three new geotechnical standards have been released for public consultation by the British Standards Institution (BSI) with a call for responses to be submitted in March.

BS 8004 for foundations, BS 8002 for earth retaining structures and BS 8081 for grouted anchors have been rewritten and BSI hopes to publish the final versions in June 2015.

The standards revision has been funded by High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 to convert the withdrawn codes of practice into design standards that will provide “non-contradictory, complementary information” for use in conjunction with BS EN 1997 and its UK National Annex.  BS 8004 and BS 8002 were withdrawn in March 2010, while BS 8081 was made obsolete at the time of the introduction of Eurocode 7 (BS EN 1997).

Contracts for re-writing BSs 8004 and 8002 were won by Geocentrix and that for BS 8081 by Coffey, with BSI establishing three separate steering groups to oversee the projects. Work on the documents began in June 2014.

The new standards will be the subject of an evening workshop on 17 March, which is being organised by Arup research engineer Georgios Katsigiannis. Speakers will include Geocentrix’s Andrew Bond, Coffey’s Caesar Merrifield and Geoserve Global’s Devon Mothersille, as well as international speakers. Details of the event will be available at

Details of the draft standards and comment deadlines

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