Here is the content of a letter I received from a member of BGA, in response to the UK questionnaire on the future work of TC250/SC7 that was circulated with the December issue of Ground Engineering.
"Having read the questionnaire that arrived with my copy of Ground Engineering I felt that I should respond.
"I am a design engineer working for one of the leading UK geotechnical contractors.
"I am unable to prioritise the topics for the next version of Eurocode 7 as I only have a vague knowledge of the existing version.
"I have not produced any designs using Eurocode 7.
"Based on my experience of the tenders that we have received since April of this year, I believe that the industry as a whole has yet to adopt the Eurocodes. Around 85% of the specifications that we receive do not mention the Eurocodes at all and approximately 95% specify use of BS 8004, BS 8002 and BS 8110 even if the Eurocodes are mentioned. The specifications have been produced by a range of Consultancies including some of the top firms in the UK.
"Where the use of Eurocodes is specified this tends to be for projects where the end client is, for example, Network Rail or the Highways Agency. I still have not seen a single tender enquiry where the use of Eurocodes is specified and the loads have been provided in the correct form to allow the design to be done in that way.
Following discussions with some of the leading Consultancies in the country, the consensus seems to be that BS 8081 should be used instead of Eurocode 7 for the design of ground anchors. We have even been told on one particular project that although the Employer requires the design to Eurocode, the Consultancy would want the design done to both Eurocode (purely to satisfy the Employer) and also to BS 8081, with the anchors installed to BS 8081.
"At a time when design resource has generally been reduced and staff are stretched across all types of organisations it is understandable that the move to Eurocode has not been embraced.
"I believe the above to be a fair representation of the current level of use of the Eurocode 7 across our industry.
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