Sometime in the 2020’s the new Eurocodes will take effect. That seems far away, but it is important be informed and to prepare for it in due time.
What do the new Eurocodes mean for the structural engineer’s practice? Get informed by those directly involved!
In November, the Netherlands will host the annual meeting of CEN TC 250, the standards committee responsible for reviewing the Eurocodes. The three objectives of that innovation are:
1. Increase ease of use
2. fewer choices
3. Include current state of the art
VNconstructeurs seizes this opportunity, in close collaboration with NEN, to organize a unique symposium about the changes in the new standards, and what they mean for the day-to-day work of the structural engineer.
The Eurocodes were published between 2005 and 2010. In the same period the development of the National Annexes got started. In 2012, they were designated in the Buildings Decree in the Netherlands and they replaced the Dutch ‘TGB’ standards.
In 2010 a process started that resulted in a work program for the revision of the Eurocodes.
This program includes important signals that are supported from the Netherlands:
1. improving ease of use;
2. reducing the number of national options;
3. align with the latest state of the art.
For this meeting, NEN and VNconstructeurs established three speakers with international engineering experience in the consulting, education and science and standardization. You can’t be closer to the fire.
- Steve Denton (UK) – chairman CEN / TC 250 ‘Structural Eurocodes’
head civil, bridges and ground discipline WSP, visiting professor university of Bath.
- Hans Ganz (Switzerland) – chairman CEN / TC 250 / SC 2 ‘Design of Concrete Structures’
owner Ganz Consulting, University of Lucerne (HSLU).
- Ulrike Kuhlmann (Germany) – chairman CEN / TC 250 / SC 3 ‘Design of Steel Structures’
partner Kuhlmann-Gerold-Eisele, professor Universität Stuttgart.
To connect with practical experiences from the Netherlands, two additional speakers have been added to the program.
- Simon Wijte (the Netherlands) – Chairman of the NEN ‘TGB’ Concrete Constructions Standards Committee, professor at Eindhoven University of Technology and director of Hageman consultancy.
Simon Wijte is an expert in the field of forensic engineering. He states:
“The Eurocodes are an important tool for a sound structural design. And that is a necessary condition for obtaining a sufficiently reliable construction. It is essential that the Eurocodes are of good quality, mutually consistent and relatively easy to use. The fact that the simplicity in use is important for structural safety is also evident from the recent damages or collapses that are often due to human error.” Wijte will, among other things, deal with the recognizable features of damage claims.
- Maurice Hermens – Member of NEN Standards Committee ‘TGB’ Basic requirements and structural loads’ and working group ‘NPR 9998 Earthquake-resistant building’ and Senior Consulting Structural Engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV
“For the correct interpretation and application of standards it is very valuable to know the background of the changes. In recent years, the NEN Subcommittee on Basic Requirements and Structural Loads has worked hard on a number of issues within the domain of Eurocode 0 and 1. The most important of these are the development of the NPR9998 for earthquakes, the update of the National Annexes to Eurocode 0 and 1 and the project Ease of Use of NEN8700. “
In this lecture Hermens will give a sneak preview of the most relevant new insights and changes with regard to the National Annexes and NEN8700.
A unique opportunity for up-to-date information from the first hand; the people who are closest to the normalization fire.
In addition, there is ample room for conversation.
Attend the seminar in Amersfoort on Wednesday 21 November, preceding the CEN TC/250 meeting. For CEN TC/250 members, we offer a special participation fee of €120,= excl. VAT.
Register now through the form below.
Direct payment through creditcard is required.
Location is the office of Royal HaskoningDHV in Amersfoort, Laan 1914 nr 35, 3818 EX Amersfoort.