The International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) has established European Technical Committee 10 (ETC10) to "evaluate the geotechnical design process covered by Eurocode 7 by carrying out a number of design examples".
A first set of ten Design Examples, in which designers started from given characteristic parameter values, was reported in the Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Evaluation of Eurocode 7 held in Dublin in March/April 2005. A second set of six Design Examples has now been developed, in which designers are asked to:
- select characteristic values from the available site investigation data
- design two spread foundations, two pile foundations and an embankment on soft ground according to Eurocode 7 and their National Annex
- determine the earth and pore water pressures on a basement wall according to Eurocode 7 and their National Annex
- complete the corresponding on-line questionnaires
A website has been setup at www.eurocode7.com/etc10 to make these Design Examples accessible to geotechnical engineers throughout Europe and beyond. Everyone is encourage to attempt at least one of the examples (preferably more), so that the profession’s understanding of the new geotechnical design standard can be evaluated.
You are asked to submit your answers to the Design Examples before 14th September 2009.