The plan comprises 6 tasks that will result in a new 3-Part standard with the emphasis on ease-of-use and more practical design rules:
- Harmonization and ease-of-use, resulting in a reorganized framework for Eurocode 7
- General rules, resulting in revised Eurocode 7 Part 1 concentrating on principles and compatible with the other structural Eurocodes
- Ground investigation, producing a revised Eurocode 7 Part 2 focussed on more practical information for a wider range of tests
- Foundations, slopes, and ground improvement, delivering the first half of the new Eurocode 7 Part 3, devoted to practical rules for design of these structures
- Retaining structures, anchors, and reinforced ground, delivering the second half of the new Eurocode 7 Part 3
- Rock mechanics and dynamic design, adding to and enhancing existing text on these neglected subjects throughout all parts of Eurocode 7
For greater detail about what SC7 has in store, see my earlier blog entry '2020 Vision: the future direction of Eurocode 7' (dated 13th March 2014).
Click here to download the poster in PDF format. Give to your friends and colleagues!
Parallel to the publication of SC7's development plan for Eurocode 7, British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a Systematic Review of the Eurocodes and has invited all-and-sundry to respond to six important questions:
- Do any clauses require editorial or technical correction?
- Which clauses would benefit from improvements in clarity?
- Where should the scope of the EN be extended?
- Where could the EN be shortened?
- Are there any clauses whose application leads to uneconomic construction?
- Are there any clauses whose application necessitates excessive design effort?
It is very important that the UK geotechnical industry's voice is heard at European level and this is your opportunity to speak up! Professor David Nethercott of Imperial College and Chair of B/525, - the BSI committee responsible for the UK's input to the Eurocode development - has written an open letter about the importance of this review, here:
What do you need to do? Simples!
- Download the BSI commentijng template from the BSI page (link above)
- Enter comments under the appropriate question heading (1-6)
- Give specific comments, not generalisations, relating to specific clauses
- Send the template by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 15th August 2014
Note the plea for specific comments - it is no good telling SC7 that Eurocode 7 is difficult to use. Please tell us how we can make it easier! Which clauses would you change? What is missing from the code? What doesn't need to be in there?
If you have any questions about this process - or wish to get involved in some way over the next 5-6 years - please contact me, Andrew Bond, in my role as Chairman of SC7, to discuss.