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Documents. The guidance provided by these new codes is quoted as being much more theoretical in its nature and is therefore fundamentally different to the traditional step-by-step guidance that has been offered for many years in the UK by the British Standards.
The approach of these new replacement codes is therefore a step change in design guidance, requiring much more interpretation. The third edition of this book, whilst adopting a similar structure to the first two editions, has attempted to reflect this more theoretical approach. The new codes represented an opportunity to improve the guidance, based on a greater depth of research and practical experience gained over the last two decades.
Unfortunately, the improvements are not as extensive as would have been hoped, partly because much research to corroborate some of the proposed new theory is still ongoing. In order to accommodate this position, the book offers an insight into some of the remaining shortcomings of the code and the potential improvements to the efficiency of design and possible innovations that are possible and which can hopefully be included in the planned revision of the codes in 2020.