The development of successful design standards: Understanding the challenges

Mariapia Angelino, Steve Denton, Jitendra Agarwal, Jon Shave

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The current generation of design standards in the construction sector has reached a high level of complexity, which reflects negatively on the quality of design standards and as a result on the efficient communication of technical provisions to users. Recently, the desire to improve quality and usability of design standards has become increasingly strong; in fact, enhancing the 'ease of use' will be a major focus in the development of the next generation of the Structural Eurocodes, scheduled to be completed by 2020. In this paper the authors outline the state-of-the-art of the concepts of quality and usability applied to design standards. A basic framework to start investigating these concepts is proposed and a real case study to explore the issue of quality in design standards is presented. This research shows that several challenges need to be overcome in pursuing the above goals and that further research is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering for Progress, Nature and People
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783857481352
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event37th IABSE Symposium on Engineering for Progress, Nature and People - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 Sept 20145 Sept 2014


Conference37th IABSE Symposium on Engineering for Progress, Nature and People

Structured keywords

  • Smart Networks for Sustainable Futures


  • Communication
  • Eurocodes
  • Quality
  • Standardisation
  • Standards
  • Systems thinking
  • Technical requirements
  • Usability


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