The British Standards Institution has launched an online version of Eurocodes - Europe’s set of standards for the design of buildings and structures.
Eurocodes Plus digitises all 15,000 pages of the set of standards, and was tested with the support of major contractors including Costain and Carillon as well as Network Rail, the Highways Agency, Atkins, Arup and Mott MacDonald.
The online, interactive workflow tool allows civil and structural engineers to quickly find specific Eurocodes and by helping engineers to save time, is deisgned to assist in reducing the cost of implementing Eurocodes which is estimated at approximately £16,000 per engineer.
The aim is to ensure organisations can reduce the cost of implementing the standards and make them more accessible to civil and structural engineers.
Arup’s Brian Simpson said: “Eurocodes and related Euronorms cover a wide scope and replace a lot of British Standards, so it is easy to get lost in the new system, searching through piles of paper.
“Having had a long term involvement in the development of Eurocode 7, I am convinced that a web-based system, providing easy links between the related clauses and documents, will be a huge benefit to users.”
The online tool has been in development for 18 months and has been trialled by 30 major engineering companies across the UK including Network Rail, the Highways Agency, Atkins, Arup and Mott MacDonald amongst others.
It allows for practical advice to be shared between industry members next to specific clauses, tables, figures and equations, making it easier for engineers to understand and implement the codes.
BSI director of standards Mike Low said: “The Eurocodes play an integral role in harmonizing construction standards across Europe. We believe this product will help make them more accessible while helping companies share knowledge, save money and remain competitive.”
For further information on Eurocodes Plus please visit:http://www.bsigroup.com/eurocodesplus