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David Lazenby (Vice-president) and Dr. John Dougill (Director of Engineering) visited Brussels in early October. The main purpose of their visit was to obtain an on-the-spot view of progress in the preparation of Eurocodes and their supporting standards, as well as to update our contacts in the European Commission and in the UK Representative’s Office. J.W. Dougill and D.W. Lazenby
The Eurocode for Actions (Eurocode A) is in preparation. It is concerned with the loads and other actions, e.g. prescribed deformations, to be considered in the design of buildings and civil engineering structures. It is one of the ‘structural’ Eurocodes, i.e. it is a companion Eurocode to the ‘design’ Eurocodes, e.g. Eurocode 2: ‘Design of concrete structures’, which present common rules for the design of structures. J.B. Menzies
Following the demise of MEMCON, I wrote to the then President, Peter Campbell, expressing my reasons for non-attendance and also extrapolating into further areas of the Institution’s life. Via the pages of Structural news, the retiring President challenged me to write a ‘Viewpoint’ article along the same lines. This, by its very nature, is a personal viewpoint, and I share in Peter Campbell’s wish that it may lead to further debate. P. Nuttall