The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 67 (1989) > Issues > Issue 17 > British Standards in Theory and Practice
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British Standards in Theory and Practice

British Standards are used in the construction industry as Codes of Practice which should facilitate the good design of engineering structures. The extent to which they do so is discussed in this paper by four members of the Northern Counties Branch of the Institution, and some effects on day-to-day practical design are presented. ‘Part l’ examines the philosophy underlying Codes of Practice, and its relationship with the rapid development of computing facilities. Conclusions are suggested regarding the future acceptance of new design methods. ‘Part 2’ comments on some of the effects of the new Codes on bridge design and the results of variations in Code philosophy. The different perspective resulting from changes in loading intensity is presented. ‘Part 3’ examines some commonly occurring Code interface problems, which have particular relevance where buildings include elements designed to different Codes, sometimes by different designers. 'Part 4’ examines the column design charts in BS8110: Part 3, and points out a risk inherent in the use of the more compact charts given in the Institution's Manual for the design of reinforced concrete building structures. D.W. Brown, Professor F.K. Kong, D.R. Plum and G.B. Waterworth