What do the world media say about the Eurocodes and other Standards for Construction?
JRC Eurocodes Balkan Summer School on Seismic design of concrete buildings (5-16 July 2021)
JRC supports the non-EU Balkan region to build capacities for adapting national legislation in the field of construction to the EU legal framework. Starting in 2013, the JRC has organized specialized workshops and provided scientific and technical support to the non-EU Balkan region partners for the adoption and implementation of the European standards for structural design - the Eurocodes (EN 1990 to EN 1999).
Now, it is time to join us for the first edition of the JRC Eurocodes Balkan Summer School, organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and its Safety and Security of Buildings Unit, addressing the theme of seismic design of concrete buildings.
For more information on the Summer School, see here.
New underground infrastructures and surface buildings at CERN designed with the Eurocodes
The most recent and powerful particle accelerator constructed on the CERN site is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way.
High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) is a project aiming to upgrade the LHC to maintain scientific progress and exploit its full capacity. In order to install the new equipment and move certain components around, the HL-LHC project foresees new underground structures and surface buildings.
The Eurocodes represented the main set of reference norms for the design and assessment of the structural safety for all foreseen surface buildings and underground infrastructures.
Find out more information on CERN’s HL-LHC project here.
Eurocode Software List Updated
Prof. Francesco Biasioli form the Politecnico di Torino compiled an updated list of commercial and freely available: Eurocode software .
Eurocodes adoption in North Macedonia
On 2 September 2020, the Eurocodes were officially adopted as national codes for the design of construction works in the Republic of North Macedonia. The decision has been published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of North Macedonia no. 211 dated 02.09.2020, at the moment only available in Macedonian language. A three-year coexistence period with the current national regulations in North Macedonia is foreseen. Previously, in February 2020, the Institute for Standardization of the Republic of North Macedonia (ISRSM) had sent to the Ministry of Transport and Communications the set of translated Eurocodes and their National Annexes.
The successful adoption of the Eurocodes in North Macedonia supports the top geopolitical priority of the European Commission for bringing the Western Balkans closer to the EU ('A Stronger Europe in the World - Western Balkans’ European Future') and it is well-timed with the 'green light' for opening the EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia, given on 25 March 2020 by the General Affairs Council of the EU.
Read here the details on the latest Eurocodes workshop for the Balkan region in Tirana, Albania and check out here the JRC report providing general information on the concept of the Eurocodes implementation in the regulatory system.
First major project in East Asia designed to Eurocodes
A truly international project, the Temburong Bridge in Brunei opened to traffic on 17 March 2020. The New Civil Engineer Magazine notes that the Temburong Bridge is the first major construction project in East Asia designed to the Eurocodes. The bridge is a 30 km long dual two-lane highway crossing over the Brunei Bay and connecting the relatively isolated Brunei district of Temburong to the other three Brunei districts and to the country's airport and ports. The design of the two cable stayed bridges in Brunei is one of the first applications of the Eurocodes to a fully concrete cable stayed bridge.
You can read the full article in the New Civil Engineerhere. Additional technical information on the bridge design has been published by Carlucci et. al (2015).
Positive developments on the Eurocodes implementation in North Macedonia
The Institute for Standardization of the Republic of North Macedonia (ISRSM) sent officially to the Ministry of Transport and Communications the set of translated Eurocodes and their National Annexes in February 2020. This action was accompanied by ISRSM’s draft decision for the adoption of the Eurocodes as national codes for the design of construction works and a three-year coexistence period with the current national regulations in North Macedonia.
This positive development for the Eurocodes implementation in North Macedonia supported the top geopolitical priority of the European Commission for bringing the Western Balkans closer to the EU (‘A Stronger Europe in the World - Western Balkans’ European Future’) and well-timed with the 'green light' for opening the EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia, given on 25 March 2020 by the General Affairs Council of the EU.
news information here in ISRSM’s website in Macedonian (currently, no translation to English available).
Read here news details on the latest Eurocodes workshop for the Balkan region in Tirana, Albania and check out here the JRC report providing general information on the concept of the Eurocodes implementation in the regulatory system.
News article: What could Brexit mean for Eurocodes?
An interesting article was recently published based on the interview with Dr Steve Denton, CEN/TC250 Chairman, for the New Civil Engineer Magazine. TC250 Chairman discusses the possible implications of "Brexit" on the Eurocodes and their use in the U.K. He also provides an insight on TC250 activities for the Second Generation of the Eurocodes, noting that "What's currently happening is probably the largest standardisation project, certainly by funding".