Future Directions for Eurocode 8
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Summary

In December 2018, the EAEE Working Group on Future Directions for Eurocode 8 published its first report, and the report is now freely available from the EAEE website. The Working Group invites all interested parties to submit feedback on the proposals contained in the report. To submit feedback, use the form on the left.

Background

Preparatory work for drafting the forthcoming major revisions to Eurocode 8 began some time ago, with the formal establishment of CEN Project Teams to carry the process forward. It will take another few years before an agreed version of the standard is ready to be ratified (probably in 2020); however, the broad outlines and scope of the work are already defined in the proposals that CEN has submitted to the European Commission. Moreover, recognising the need and desire by practising engineers for stability in code provisions, there is a general desire by CEN to limit the extent of revisions to the Eurocode suite at this time. However, EC8 is in many ways a special case among the Eurocodes, because the underlying practice of earthquake engineering is evolving much more rapidly and radically than is the case for practice applying to the other Eurocodes.

It is therefore likely that the adopted version of EC8 which results from the evolution process in around 2020 will fall some way short of both the state of the art and state of practice in earthquake engineering at that time. There is a need to look beyond the forthcoming evolution process to define a direction for EC8 which includes a longer timescale than the current enquiry period, and which is not limited by the current CEN proposals. A working group entitled Future Directions for EC8 has been established with a remit to set out the broad characteristics of EC8 for the year 2025. The working group comprises a small group of academic engineers and design practitioners, drawn from both high and low seismicity regions of Europe, and is chaired by Edmund Booth. A similar review was carried out by Californian earthquake engineers in 1995, to produce the Vision 2000 report (SEAOC, 1995) which successfully set out a path for radical revisions to the US seismic codes of the 21st century.

At this point in time, the working group has published its first report which is available on the EAEE website. The working group invites all interested parties to submit feedback on the report, and this is the purpose of the feedback form on the left. 

Note: The SECED website previously hosted the so-called Eurocode 8 Forum, which was intended to gather comments on the current version of Eurocode 8 (BS EN 1998-1:2004+A1:2013 and other parts) for the British Standards Institution sub-committee responsible for EC8 (B/525/8). The Forum has now served its purpose and has been closed down.

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