Preparing for Eurocodes -
Managing the Change

20-21 October 2009
CBI Conference Centre, London

Preparing for Eurocodes- Managing The Change

The Eurocodes are coming. Are you ready?
Get your business ready for implementation.

If you are involved in the building or design of new structures, this new conference will show you how to manage the change to Eurocodes, how they should be implemented in conjunction with each other and how effective use will benefit your business.

Attend this conference for:

  • Guidance on which Eurocodes you should use and when you should start using them
  • Streamed sessions for timber, concrete and steel structures
  • Expert speakers, including representatives from BRE, the Concrete Centre and the Highways Agency
  • Learn from peers - hear case studies from organizations already using Eurocodes.

This conference is designed for all those involved in the construction industry who build or design new structures. A combination of streamed and plenary sessions will provide specific, up to date knowledge for all delegates, with discussion opportunities throughout the day.

There will also be opportunity to share experiences and network with peers during the event and at a post-conference drinks reception.  

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Chair’s introduction

Professor Haig Gulvanessian, CBE
Civil Engineering and Eurocode Consultant
Associate and former Director of Construction Division, BRE
Visiting Professor, Imperial College London


Managing the change – overcoming the challenges posed by implementing Eurocodes

  • The Structural Eurocode package
  • The nature of the changes from current practice
    - Historical context
  • New topics for consideration
    - The basis of design
    - National Annexes
    - Other NCCI material
    - The future of the Eurocodes
  • Training
  • Software
  • What the Eurocodes will do to change engineering practice
  • Work overseas

Howard Taylor
Chartered civil and structural engineer
Chair, BSI Committee 525, Structural Design Codes

Plenary sessions

Development of Eurocodes – about the BSI strategy

  • Eurocodes – a major change to construction standards
  • Undertaking an historic work programme and the withdrawal of 57 British Standards
  • BSI involvement in Eurocodes development
    - Playing a role in international promotion
    - Supporting products

Mike Low
Standards Director, BSI

BS EN 1990: Basis of structural design

  • BS EN 1990; the head Eurocode - its use by the UK practitioner
  • Innovative aspect of BS EN 1990
  • Background studies to the BSI National Annex for BS EN 1990
  • Differences with current UK practice and its impact to the UK practitioner

Professor Haig Gulvanessian, CBE
Civil Engineering and Eurocode Consultant
Associate, BRE and former Director of Construction Division, BRE
Visiting Professor, Imperial College London

Eurocode 1:  Actions on structures – BS EN 1991

  • Architecture, general principles and innovative aspects of Eurocode 1
    - Codes on execution, thermal and accidental action
  • Background and pre-normative studies
  • Implementation and choice offered through Nationally Determined Parameters (NDPs) in EN 1991
  • Main concepts and design philosophy of EN 1991

Paolo Formichi
TC250/SC1 Technical Secretary, University of Pisa

Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design – BS EN 1997

  • Contents of Eurocode 7
  • Use of "Design Approach 1"
  • Interfaces with other Eurocodes
  • Eurocode 7 in the context of British and European standards

Brian Simpson OBE, FREng, MA, PhD, FICE
Director, Arup Geotechnics

Professional indemnity insurance – making provision for the use of Eurocodes

  • How up to date are your internal procedures? 
  • Why are professional indemnity (PI) insurers concerned? 
  • Potential consequences (from a PI perspective) if your work does not meet the new Eurocodes 
  • Risk management makes good sense

Peter Sharp
Director, Aon Limited

Streamed sessions

 Stream 1 Stream 2


Working with Eurocodes and concrete structures

- The relationship between Eurocode 2 and other codes
- What Eurocode 2 does and the differences with BS 8110
- Planning for implementation – using formulas to work with Eurocode 2

Mohan Seyan
Regional Engineer (South East), The Concrete Centre
Working with Eurocodes and steel structures

- Change? What change?
- Comparisons with BS 5950 – what to expect
- Buckling of beams and columns
- Connections
- Technical support for designers

David Brown
Deputy Director, Steel Construction Institute
Discussion session: Concrete structures  Discussion session: Steel structures


Working with Eurocodes and composite steel and concrete structures

- Scope of Eurocode 4
- Interfaces with other Eurocodes
- Major aspects of beam design
- Major aspects of column design
- Methods of shear connection

Mike Banfi
Associate Director - Advanced technology reserach, Arup;
Committee chairman, B 525/4
Working with Eurocodes and timber

- Using Eurocode 5 in conjunction with other Eurocodes
- Working with other sources of information in addition to Eurocodes
- Comparisons with the existing codes and what to expect
- Overcoming initial challenges – checking processes

Roger Davies
Associate, Gifford
Discussion session: Composite steel and concrete structures  Discussion session: Timber structures


Highways Agency and Parsons Brinckerhoff - implementation strategy for Eurocodes

  • Highways Agency strategy for implementing Eurocodes 
  • A consultancy perspective – the Parsons Brinckerhoff strategy for implementing Eurocodes 
  • Actions to date and next steps

Dr Steve Denton
Director of Bridge and Structural Design, Parsons Brinkerhoff;
Visiting Professor, University of Bath

Vladislava Flanagan Palan
Senior Structures Advisor, Highways Agency

Case study: Adapting to the use of Eurocodes at Atkins

  • Key cultural and technical changes for our designers
  • Increasing use of finite element analysis in design
  • Preparing designers for Eurocodes - training, guidance and hands-on projects
  • How Atkins is using Eurocodes to advantage - bearing replacement on the Forth Bridge

Chris Hendy
Head of Bridge Design and Technology, Atkins


Panel discussion session: Managing the change

Howard Taylor, Chair, BSI Committee 525, Structural Design Codes
Paolo Formichi,
TC250/SC1 Technical Secretary, University of Pisa
Barry Haseltine MBE,
Consultant, Jenkins and Potter
Professor R S Narayanan,
Consultant, Clark Smith Partnership
Professor Jean-Armand Calgaro,
General Engineer of Bridges and Roads, Ministry of Environment; Professor, CHEC (Paris); Chairman, CEN/TC250



All those in the public and private sector involved in the construction industry, including:

  • Structural engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Manufacturers/producers of construction products
  • Contractors.



21 October 2009

Change and transition management

A one-day, interactive workshop on change management and how applying tried and tested processes and techniques can support the implementation of Eurocodes.

  • Leading a successful change management strategy
  • Taking a structured approach: steps to success
  • Overcoming obstacles to successful change management
  • Engaging and motivating staff through the implementation of new processes connected with Eurocodes
  • Managing existing projects through change management.

Kathy Morris
Leap Frog Associates

This workshop also includes a case study by Atkins, demonstrating how the company managed the change to Eurocodes.

Presenters include:

David A Smith, Regional Head of Bridge Engineering, Atkins
Jessica Sandberg, Senior Engineer - Special Structures Group, Atkins
Rachel Jones, Engineer - Special Structures Group, Atkins



BSI’s conference workshops provide detailed learning, guidance and practical advice through small groups and one to one interaction with highly skilled and knowledgeable tutors. The workshops can provide a greater depth of understanding and enable you to get to grips with challenging and technical subjects.


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