The British Standards Institution has launched an online version of Eurocodes, the European standards for construction works.
Eurocodes Plus is a digital version of the 15,000-page set of standards. It was tested by major contractors including Costain, Carillion, Atkins, Arup and Mott MacDonald.
The interactive workflow tool allows civil and structural engineers to quickly find specific Eurocodes. By helping engineers save time, it is expected to cut the cost of implementing Eurocodes, which is estimated to be about £16,000 per engineer.
The aim is to ensure that organisations can reduce the cost of implementing the standards and make them more accessible to civil and structural engineers.
Arup’s Brian Simpson said: “Eurocodes and the related Euronorms cover a wide scope and replace a lot of British Standards, so it is easy to get lost in the new system, searching through piles of paper.
“Having had a long-term involvement in the development of Eurocode 7, I am convinced a web-based system, providing easy links between the related clauses and documents, will be a huge benefit to users.”
The online tool has been in development for 18 months and has been trialled by 30 major engineering companies in the UK.
It comprises practical advice plus tables, figures and equations, to help engineers understand and implement the codes.
BSI director of standards Mike Low said: “The Eurocodes play an integral role in harmonising construction standards across Europe.
“We believe this will make them more accessible while helping companies share knowledge, save money and remain competitive.”