Summary of key points

'structural design is an iterative process of applying engineering mechanics and past experience to create a functional, economic, and, most importantly, safe structure for the public to enjoy'10

The Eurocodes - and in particular, EN 1990 - provide a comprehensive and cohesive framework for ensuring the safety of structures. The engineering concepts that are embodied in them have been used in engineering practice for decades and will be familiar to most structural engineers.

The impact of the Structural Eurocodes may be summarized as:

'same principles, different rules'11

whereas Eurocode 7 - as we will discover in later chapters - adopts:

'same rules, different principles'

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