In order for the Eurocodes to become accepted and their Principles to be understood and applied correctly, there needs to be an ongoing programme of education and training. Currently this is taking the form of publications (such as this book), public and in-house training courses, evening lectures, and seminars. These events require funding from industry to pay for tutors to prepare and deliver and for staff time in attendance.

Although the introduction of the Eurocodes has been largely driven by politics, there is no central funding to enable organizations to train their staff and update their procedures. There is a significant burden on organizations to get up to speed with developments and to purchase necessary resources, such as the new codes. The costs are significant and will fall disproportionately on smaller organizations.

Over the next few years a series of publications will become available to explain the application of the Eurocodes. These will include books, open lectures, teaching materials, case studies, and research papers. Each document will provide fresh levels of insight into the subject and will help to uncover any inconsistencies. It is very unlikely that one publication or suite of training events will cater for all needs.

There will be pressure on geotechnical software houses to make their computer programs compatible with EN 1997. This task is made more difficult by ongoing debate about how partial factors should be applied to water pressures, passive earth pressures, etc. (as discussed in this book). There will inevitably be a delay before fully consistent and reliable programs become available.

What do you think Eurocode 7's impact will be on the foundation industry?

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