Eurocodes: opportunity for cross-border science, education and business cooperation

The Eurocodes are a set of standards for structural design, which has been recently implemented in the EU and EFTA Member States. The world-wide interest in implementation of the Eurocodes is based on the opportunity to have a new common standardization environment, which is adaptable to the particular requirements of each country and region. The Eurocodes provide a framework for a successful market uptake of high quality products, services and innovation and thus foster the sustainable competitiveness of the construction industry and its customers. Valuable and positive exchanges between EU and Russian authorities and experts have been established in the framework of the EU-Russia Regulatory Dialogue/ Construction Sector Subgroup, and on four workshops on the Eurocodes held in Russia and EU, Italy. Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MSUCE) organises seven training courses on the Eurocodes and translated twenty designers’ guides and standards on material testing. These information exchanges and activities opened the door for future reinforced cooperation: three working groups with Russian and EU experts have been created to facilitate the application of the Eurocodes for bridges in Russia. The EU-Russia collaboration in the Eurocodes offers opportunity to boost the bilateral trade with goods and services in the construction sector, and to take advantage of the expertise of each partner in the further development of design methods, technical specifications and standards.

Ключевые слова: construction, Eurocodes, cooperation, science, education

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