New e-learning tool helps business get ready for Eurocodes

PRESS RELEASE

23 August, 2006

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has created a free interactive e-learning course to introduce industry to the benefits of using the structural Eurocodes.

The new codes will have a significant impact on British industry both in Europe and worldwide when they replace existing British Standards in construction over the next four years.  The online learning package is a first for BSI and was chosen as a creative way of informing people and encouraging them to get a better understanding of what the Eurocodes are and how they will be implemented.

The e-learning tool encourages users to role-play a BSI Eurocodes conference which is attended by delegates from all over the world. After the lecture from an expert on Eurocodes there is a question and answer session where international delegates get to ask questions about how the Eurocodes will affect them in their countries. In this way users are able to find out what the international implications of the codes will be. The whole programme takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and aims to provide users with key information about the Eurocodes and create an interest to look at them in greater detail.  The interactive conference can be found at www.bsi-global.com/eurocodes-elearning

Mark Wasmuth, International Development Manager for British Standards said, “BSI is taking a lead role in informing industry about the Eurocodes in an innovative way, which provides interest and puts the Eurocodes into context.  We have used the e-learning package to make the benefits of using Eurocodes available to all interested parties, as education is vital for the successful implementation of these standards.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • The Eurocodes comprise 58 design standards and cover 10 areas: the basis of structural design, actions, concrete, steel, composite steel and concrete, timber, masonry, aluminium, geotechnical and seismic design.
  • 21 Eurocodes, 1 national annex and 1 education publication have been completed covering areas such as timber, geotechnical and seismic. Others are being developed with the final documents due to be published in 2007 and withdrawal of the British national standards to be complete in 2010.
  • For further information on Eurocodes readers can visit www.bsi-global.com/Eurocodes or contact BSI Customer Services on            +44 (0)20 8996 9001       or email BSI at info@bsi-global.com.

For media information:
Lucy Fulton
Public Relations Officer
Tel:             +44 (0) 20 8996 7248      
Mob:             +44 (0) 7717 451 990      
Email: lucy.fulton@bsi-global.com

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