Paul Elphick
BSP Consulting has stepped up its use of Eurocodes for civil
and structural design. 
The East Midlands-based company is now aiming to design to
Eurocodes on all new projects, unless directed otherwise by clients. 
The codes represent the most wide-ranging change to
codification of civil and structural design that has ever been experienced and
are the most technically advanced set of civil and structural design codes in
the world. 
They aim to remove potential barriers to trade that exist
when countries have different design standards, although each member country
has its own National Annex to the Eurocodes. Building Regulations now also refer
to Eurocodes – another reason why BSP is making the switch. 
BSP’s policy has already proved beneficial on a scheme at
Garsons Farm in Surrey, where the company is working alongside French steel
fabricators who are designing a superstructure, while BSP engineers are
designing the foundations. 
“As we are both designing to Eurocodes, it makes the job
easier and more efficient,” said BSP associate director Paul Elphick. “BSP
believes the policy of designing to Euorocodes aligns us with recent
alterations to Building Regulations and EU directives for procurement of public
sector projects which should present opportunities for company growth.” 
BSP introduced an implementation strategy and a training
schedule for staff to familiarise themselves with the new codes, and the
company now plans to use the Eurocodes on as many new projects as possible. The
company has also invested in compliant software as part of the move. 
BSP Consulting is an award-winning company that provides
civil, structural, transportation, environmental and geotechnical engineering
services and is based in Oxford Street, Nottingham, with offices at Pride Park,
Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and in Solly Street, Sheffield.
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