BS 8002:2015 Code of practice for earth retaining structures

BS 8002:2015

Code of practice for earth retaining structures

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : June 2015



What is this standard about?

It supplies recommendations for the design of earth retaining structures. Specifically it provides designers with the guidance they need to implement the requirements of Eurocode 7 with regards to gravity, semi-gravity and embedded retaining walls. 

The standard also gives further details on how retaining structures should be designed according to limit state principles and provides information missing from Eurocode 7 but of importance to UK practice. At the same time, advances in retaining wall technology over the past 20 years are reflected in the fully revised text.

Who is this standard for?

  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Architects
  • Specialist piling designers
  • Specifiers
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Clients

Why should you use this standard?

  • Because its recommendations on design, construction, monitoring and maintenance of earth retaining structures conform to the latest EN and EN ISO standards
  • It supplies additional information to Eurocode 7’s recommendations for surcharges, unplanned excavations and prop loads
  • It provides recommendations for the design of earth retaining structures that reflect modern practice and allow more economical design
  • It provides detailed recommendations for the contents of close-out reports (Geotechnical Feedback Reports)

What’s changed since the last update?

This is a full revision and complete restructuring of the British Standard Code of Practice for Foundations, BS 8002: 1994.

It modernizes the code of practice, so that it’s based on the limit state principles set out in Eurocode 7. 

Developments in earth retaining structures are reflected in the updated text, and guidance is given in relation to soil stiffness to enable serviceability limit states to be verified.

Standard NumberBS 8002:2015
TitleCode of practice for earth retaining structures
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date30 June 2015
Confirm Date29 September 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 12063, BS 4660, BS EN 10248, BS 5642-2, BS EN 10219, BS 8006-2, BS EN 1993, BS EN ISO 14688-2, prEN ISO 22477, BS 4449, BS 4962, BS EN 460, BS EN ISO 14689-1, BS 5930, BS EN 10245-2, BS EN 771-6, BS 10175, BS EN 10025, BS EN 13670, BS 6349, BS 8081, BS 4729, BS EN 12666-1, BS EN 1401, BS EN 1996, BS EN 598, BS ISO 5667-11, BS 8500-2, BS EN ISO 1461, BS 5837, BS EN 13369, BS EN 10249, NA to BS EN 1997-1:2004+A1:2013, BS 5481, BS EN 1916, BS EN 13369:2018, BS EN 206:2013, BS 8004:2015, PD 6697:2010, BS EN 10223-3:2013, BS EN 1990:2002+A1:2005, BS EN 10080, BS 8006-1:2010, BS EN 1997-1:2004+A1:2013, BS EN 1997-2:2007, PD 6694-1:2011, BS EN 10244-2:2009, BS EN 335:2013, BS EN 10218-2:2012, BS EN 10218-1:2012, BS EN 1852-1:2018, BS EN 10223-8:2013, BS 6031:2009, NA to BS EN 1991-2:2003, BS 8500-1:2015, BS EN 14199, NA to BS EN 1993-5, BS 8102, BS 437, BS EN 1995, BS EN 15258, BS EN 771-1, BS EN 350-2, BS EN 771-2, BS EN 771-3, BS EN 10245-5, BS EN 10245-3, BS 8417, BS EN 771-5, BS 5480, BS EN 1536, BS EN 845-1, BS EN 1991, BS 8215, BS 5911, BS EN 771-4, BS EN 10245-1, BS EN 351-1, BS
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN 335-2:1992, BS EN 335-1:1992, NA to BS EN 1991-1-1:2002, BS 6349-1-3, BS EN 335-3:1992, PD 6484, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, BS 5400, BS EN 1996-3
ReplacesBS 8002:1994
Draft Superseded By15/30301518 DC
DescriptorsCofferdams, Earthworks, Structural failure, Mortars, Retaining walls, Embankments, Concretes, Corrosion, Drainage, Water retention and flow works, Piling, Silt, Structural design, Design, Maritime structures, Clay, Walls, Bibliography, Soils, Land retention works, Stone, Foundations, Rocks, Piles, Failure (mechanical), Loading, Masonry work, Structures, Retaining structures
ISBN978 0 580 86678 4
File Size1.286 MB

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