I am writing this post while sitting in a conference room in Madrid, attending the 42nd Meeting of CEN TC 250.
This meeting is concentrating on finalising the response from TC 250 to the European Commission's 'Specific Mandate' requesting evolution of the Eurocodes. There is now a very tight schedule to get this Response ready for submission to the Commission by the middle of 2013, when the official 5-year review of all the Eurocodes is due to begin.
Proposed schedule is:
- Next draft of Response to be prepared by mid Jan 2013
- Review of draft by TC 250 members by end Feb 2013
- Discussion of draft and comments at TC 250/CG meeting, beginning March 2013
- Final draft prepared by end May 2013
- Discussion and approval of final draft at next TC 250 meeting, end May 2013
We have just had a discussion of finance - while tiptoe-ing around the difficult question, which is: how much money should be allocated to each Eurocode committee? The overall ask from the current draft proposal is way over any potential funding that the Commission would offer - so some value judgements need to be made ... I hope that Eurocode 7 doesn't get squeezed by its structural colleagues in this process.
I have now delivered by report to TC 250 covering the activities of SC7 during the past six months:
- 1st Experts Meeting of SC7 in Brussels, Belgium
- Completion of EN 1997-1/prA1 (Section 8 on anchors)
- Work of SC7’s Evolution Groups
- Conflict with ISO TC 221
- Proposal to combine National Annexes into a single EN
- Past events
- Future events
Item 2 is great news - SC7 has now sent a fully rewritten Section 8 on Anchors for formal vote, ith hopefully publication in March 2013. This will the first major Amendment to Eurocode 7 since its original publication in 2004. A big thanks to Eric Farrell for steering this through many difficult meetings and discussions.
Item 4 covers problems caused by a separate ISO Technical Committee deciding it wants to write a standard on reinforced soil structures - the very topic that SC7's Evolution Group 5 will be addressing in the next version of Eurocode 7. The anger this has caused cannot be overstated. Hopefully, SC7 and TC 250 will be able to persuade ISO to drop their proposed work item.
I was pleased to report during Item 1 that the last SC7 meeting in Brussels attracted 63 experts from nearly 20 different countries