The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 80 (2002) > Issues > Issue 12 > Snow loading in the UK and Eire: Ground snow load map
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Snow loading in the UK and Eire: Ground snow load map

The current (2000) ground snow loading map for the UK in BS 6399: Part 3 is based on work carried out in the 1970s. During the development of the Eurocodes, the snow loads given by the National Standards were reviewed. A European research group was formed to produce a unified snow map for Europe. This paper discusses the extreme value analyses performed on UK and Eire meteorological data, the investigations to obtain a snow density relationship to convert snow depths to loads and their use to produce a new ground snow loading map. This map is currently being refined and has been proposed for inclusion in the European Standard on snow loading. Mary E. Brettle, BEng, Centre for Structural Engineering, BRE, Watford, UK Diana M. Currie, BSc, Formerly of BRE, Watford, UK

Author(s): Brettle, Mary E;Currie, Diana M

Keywords: snow loads;united kingdom;ireland;maps;bs6399;standards;meteorology;iso4355;env1991-2-3;eurocode1;depth;investigations;analysis;density