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Innovation In Standards Publishing

  1. 1. The challenges of working with Eurocodes information&our solution . . .Jonathan GriffinHead of Market Development
  2. 2. What are the Eurocodes?1. Standards that ensure that buildings & structures don’t collapse or burn down2. Used by civil & structural engineers3. A suite of 109 standards that have been adopted across Europe4. A revolutionary approach to engineering practice
  3. 3. How did we develop EurocodesPLUS? Development was inspired & guided throughout by our customers. We worked with them at each stage of the process to identify & prioritise content & functionality . . .Business case Beta testingWorkshops were held toidentify issues arising fromworking with the standards
  4. 4. 5 key challenges we identified . . .1. Finding the right bits of the Eurocodes2. Figuring out how the Eurocodes work in contrast to the withdrawn standards3. Knowing whether the Eurocode being used is current4. Capturing expertise and sharing it with colleagues5. Capturing compilations and sharing them with colleagues Engineers use Eurocodes to calculate the strength, stability and safety of structural designs
  5. 5. Challenge 1 finding the right bits of the codesThe Eurocodes are a suite of interdependent documents One task, many documents: The search for relevantThey typically require extensive informationcross-referencing betweendocuments to get thecomplete picture
  6. 6. Our solution: sophisticated search & retrieval functionality The homepage is focused on search & browse The aim is to get users to the solution as quickly as possible
  7. 7. Results are displayed at a paragraph, rather than document, level. Users told us they typically needed bits of the standard rather than the whole thing.There are various,user defined ways ofaccessing results(eg. building type)
  8. 8. The text contains extensive links to related documentsFlags in the marginsindicate contentenhancements.A purple flag indicatesan integrated crossreference
  9. 9. This expanded boxprovides easy accessto the most commonlycross-referenced text
  10. 10. Challenge 2 figuring out how to apply the codes in practiceSince the Eurocodes are new, mostengineers told us they needed not justcopies of the standards, but guidance 43%on how to apply them said guidance was a “must have” feature
  11. 11. Our solution: Practical guidance linked to specific sections • GUIDANCE A yellow flag indicates guidance has been written on a specific section The expanded box contains practical guidance. It has been commissioned from leading Eurocodes experts and has been peer reviewed
  12. 12. Challenge 3 Knowing that the Code being used is currentThe Eurocodes are regularlyupdated 75%Using current standards is said theyimportant because in the event wanted to beof a dispute, courts will refer alerted toto current standards changes to the Eurocodes
  13. 13. Our solution: News updates on the home page The home page is made of customisable “widgets”, which can be moved or hidden The news widget includes updates on content changes and general Eurocodes- related news
  14. 14. Challenge 4 Capturing expertise & sharing it with colleagues Engineers told us that they were appointing office experts in particular Concrete expert Eurocode areas So, we designed a tool to help them share & preserve this expertise
  15. 15. Our solution: Notes creation & sharing Notes can be “attached” to sections of the Eurocodes There is a option to share them with colleagues or keep them private
  16. 16. The shared notes can beaccessed from a home pagewidgetThey are also denoted by agreen flag in the text
  17. 17. Challenge 5 Capturing compilations & sharing them with colleaguesEngineers told us that itwould be useful to save, &reuse, related EurocodesectionsThese compilations couldthen be used as designmanuals for future projectand project files forcompleted projects
  18. 18. Our solution: A tool to compile sections of the Eurocodes Step 1: highlight section
  19. 19. Our solution: A tool to compile sections of the Eurocodes Step 2: create the compilation file & decide who to share it with
  20. 20. Our solution: A tool to compile sections of the Eurocodes Step 3: add relevant sections from the Eurocodes
  21. 21. Our solution: A tool to compile sections of the Eurocodes Step 4: save compilation to directory
  22. 22. Endorsements “I think it is an excellent product . . .. “Eurocodes no longer need to be difficult. With Eurocodes The extensive hyperlinks between PLUS, the whole process is the current Eurocodes and earlier simplified because you get standards certainly brings extra digital access to all relevant codes to help you to implement value.” them. You can also read expert Beta tester comments and create your own notes, making it easy to capture and share best practice.” Mike Chrimes, Director, Institution of Civil Engineers “Eurocodes 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. I am convinced that a web-based system, providing easy links between the related clauses and documents, will be a huge benefit to users. The facilities of Eurocodes PLUS are very impressive, allowing individuals and companies to build their own system with references and comments.” Brian Simpson Arup
  23. 23. For more information contactJonathan Griffin ( Silver (