I have just come back from a very interesting meeting with CARS, the Chinese Academy of Railway Sciences. Members of CARS have asked BSI China to advise them about implementation of the Eurocodes throughout the member states of CEN and various technical issues surrounding that. I was part of the BSI delegation asked to answer questions from CARS's experts.
CARS has been conducting research into limit state design, particularly in relation to track design, subgrade/foundation design, and tunnelling. I was able to explain some of the key benefits and difficulties of using Eurocode 7. Hopefully this will be the start of a very useful collaboration in this field.
We were treated to a fine traditional Chinese lunch and had the opportunity to discuss various technical matters in a very pleasant environment.