We would like to thank the following friends and colleagues who kindly reviewed parts of the manuscript for us:

Tony Barley, David Beadman, Eddie Bromhead, Owen Brooker, Richard Driscoll, Derek Egan, Chris Hendy, Angela Manby, Devon Mothersill, David Norbury, Trevor Orr, David Rowbottom, Giuseppe Scarpelli, Hans Schneider, Ian Smith, Tony Suckling, Viv Troughton, Austin Weltman, Shon Williams, and Hugo Wood. Any errors that remain in the book are entirely our fault not theirs.

We would also like to thank the following people and organizations for providing project information for inclusion in our worked examples: Chris Hendy and Claire Seward, Atkins (§2); Viv Troughton, Stent Foundations (§5 and §13); Tony Suckling, Stent Foundations, formerly Cementation Foundations Skanska (§5 and §13); the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (§5); Donald Cook and Chris Hoy, Donaldson Associates (§7); CL Associates (§13); and Bob Handley, Aarsleff Piling (§13).

Andrew Bond would like to thank his colleagues on CEN Technical Committee 250/SC7, with whom he has hade many fruitful discussions during the development of Eurocode 7:

Christophe Bauduin, Richard Driscoll, Eric Farrell, Roger Frank, the late Niels Krebs-Oveson, Jean-Pierre Magnan, Trevor Orr, John Powell, Giuseppe Scarpelli, Hans Schneider, Bernd Schuppener, Brian Simpson, and other members of SC7 too numerous to mention.

Permission to reproduce extracts from British Standards was granted by the British Standards Institution (BSI). British Standards can be obtained in PDF format from the BSI online shop or by contacting BSI Customer Services for hard copies, telephone +44 (0)20 8996 9001 or email [email protected].

Thanks go to Simon Bates (Editorial Assistant) and Faith McDonald (Production Editor) of Spon for answering the multitude of questions we had during the 'creative process' and for their contribution to the book's production. We are grateful to Tony Moore (Senior Editor) for not giving up on this commission, despite the many years it took us to get started.

We would particularly like to thank Jack Offord for creating most of the illustrations that appear in the book, including the front cover. Jack's ability to realize highly original and attractive artwork from our (often vague) initial instructions has greatly added to the book's appeal. His pastiche of Munch's 'The Scream' (which appears in the Epilogue) is a particularly good example of Jack's ability to create pictures that communicate their messages with stunning clarity.

Thanks also to Val Harris for proof-reading the final manuscript and helping remove a multitude of errors invisible to us; and to Jenny Bond for helping assemble the table of contents and index. We are grateful to Andrew Shackleton of Asgard Publishing for providing a thorough review of the text and its layout, resulting in significant improvements to the book.

Finally, we would both like to thank our families for their forbearance while we were writing this book. Their active support and encouragement were essential to the (hopefully) successful outcome of our endeavours.

We end with the words of Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister, 1940-45 and 1951-55):

'Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress,... a master, and then a tyrant... just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.'

Andrew Bond Andrew Harris June 2008

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