As a past reviewer, Dr Stephen Hicks was invited to author a paper for the flagship journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering.
Following its recent publication, details of the paper are given below.
Eurocodes – Overcoming the Barriers to Global Adoption, by Dr Stephen Hicks
In 2010 the Eurocodes replaced the equivalent national structural design standards in the European Union (EU) member states.
They are claimed to be the most technically advanced structural codes in the world and are intended to provide global access to designers. Many non-EU countries with historical connections to the UK are now adopting Eurocodes, though this is primarily due to previously adopted British standards being withdrawn.
Unfortunately, adoption outside Europe is proving challenging as it may not be possible to source construction products complying to European product standards listed in Eurocodes. Designers outside Europe are thus faced with the dilemma of identifying what local products and structures can be deemed equivalent, and whether the magnitudes of the partial factors recommended by Eurocodes remain valid.
Using steel construction as an example, this paper describes the different approaches that are being used in the Asia-Pacific region and identifies what resources are required to support the EU’s aim of increasing international trade and competitiveness.
A copy of the above paper is available to members from our library.