Reliability basis for adopting Eurocodes as South African standards
The merit of accepting Eurocode as reference for the next generation of South African standards for structural design is generally accepted locally. Due to wide differences in construction, environmental and institutional conditions, such implementation of Eurocode requirements and procedures into South African standards is not a straightforward process. The only rational manner in which standards from elsewhere could be adopted, adapted and calibrated for a specific set of conditions is to base the process on the principles of structural reliability. The paper describes the way in which calibration procedures are used to assess action combinations schemes and associated partial factors, and for structural resistance procedures with special reference to geotechnical design, concrete and water retaining structures. © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, London.