Second Generation Eurocode EN 1997: Where are We and Where are We Going?

This webinar took place on 20th Sep 2023 11:00
Duration: 2hr 30mins

The AGS’ upcoming webinar entitled, Second Generation Eurocode EN 1997: Where are We and Where are We Going? will present an overview of the Second-Generation Eurocode EN 1997: Geotechnical design – Part 1: General Rules, Part 2: Ground Properties and Part 3: Geotechnical Structures.

Taking place on 20th September at 11am (approx. 2.5 hour duration), this virtual event will bring delegates up-to-date with the current development progress and will highlight some of the proposed changes and additions to the current published version of BS EN 1997-1 and 2.

The webinar will feature guests speakers Chris Raison (Raison Foster Associates), Stuart Hardy (Laing O Rourke), Andrew Bond (Geocentrix) and Matthew Baldwin (Independent Consultant), and will also provide opportunities for delegates to ask the speakers questions about how the Eurocodes will affect geotechnical design.


This webinar is free for AGS members. Non-members are required to pay a small fee of £30 (plus VAT).

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Eurocode 1997 Part 2

Mathew Baldwin, Independent Consultant

The revision of Eurocode 1997, (known as Eurocode 7), has resulted in a three-part document. Part 2, which used to be titled ‘Ground Investigation and Testing’, has been completely revised and reordered.

The new document which is titled ‘Ground Properties’ considers those ground properties relevant to geotechnical design. As such ground investigation is but one part of the processes of ground data gathering. Because the new document looks at all the on-site and off-site factors that might impact on design, it was sensible not to make this part of the standard all about ground investigation.

Prominence is given to developing a ground model for all designs and the development of this model along side the preparation of the Ground Investigation Report (GIR), is integral to the new document.

This presentation will highlight the changed content and layout of this part of the standard and will show its linkage to Parts 1 and 3 of EC7.


Getting ready for the 2nd Generation Eurocodes

Dr Andrew Bond, Director, Geocentrix

More than 10 years in development, the 2nd Generation Eurocodes are due to be published in the next couple of years, with Eurocode 7 undergoing major improvement and reorganization. This talk will summarize the key changes that will affect geotechnical professionals involved in ground investigation and foundation design and will give a clear timeline for the publication and implementations of the 2nd Generation codes.

Overview of Part 3: Geotechnical Structures. What does this Cover and What is New? Changes and Additions

Stuart Hardy, Technical Leader – Geotechnical at Laing O’Rourke 

This presentation will discuss the most important changes that have been made to the Clauses that relate to the design of specific geotechnical structures in the second generations of the Eurocode. Importantly, the presentation will also cover things that have not changed, or not changed significantly from current UK practice.




Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who wish to have a live presence before and during the event. Packages start from just £150 for AGS Members, and full details can be found HERE. To confirm your support please email Caroline Kratz on before 31st August.

Supporting Files


Chris Raison
Director at Raison Foster Associates

Chris Raison has more than 40 years’ experience in providing specialist geotechnical advice, guidance, design and consulting to the construction industry, and has acted as an Expert Witness for a number of claims and disputes. Chris is a principal engineer and co-owner of Raison Foster Associates Limited. Chris has been an active member of the AGS Executive Committee and the AGS Geotechnical Working Group. He is also a member of the BSI B/526 technical committee and has been involved in the development of the Second-Generation EN 1997 for many years. He was part of TC250/SC7 Project Team 4 tasked with the preliminary drafting of Clause 6 Piling, and subsequently with various Task Groups including TG-D reviewing various clauses in EN 1997: Part 3.

Stuart Hardy
Technical Leader - Geotechnical at Laing O’Rourke

Stuart joined Laing O’Rourke’s central technical group as their Geotechnical Lead in 2021, with an overview of all geotechnical works for Laing O’Rourke, from tender through to completion and beyond.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in geotechnical engineering at Imperial College, Stuart joined Mott Macdonald before joining the geotechnics department of Arup’s office in London. Here he stayed for nearly 16 years working on a number of challenging basement and foundation projects located mainly in the Middle East and London.

Stuart is one of the UK’s representative to CEN on the redrafting of the Eurocodes and chairs the parallel BSI committee. Stuart was one of the leading authors on the CIRIA C760 publication on the design of embedded retaining walls and is a RoGEP registered Advisor and a Fellow of the ICE.

Matthew Baldwin
Independent Consultant

Matthew Baldwin is an independent consultant who has worked in the ground investigation sector for 40 years. Until 2019 he was technical director for Soil Engineering and was instrumental in developing training schemes for engineering geologists.

A past chair of the AGS, Matthew has spent the last 10 years helping to write and update various British and international standards, to make them more accessible to the geotechnical community.

Dr Andrew Bond
Director at Geocentrix

Andrew Bond has played a key role in the development of the 2nd Generation of Eurocode 7, first as Chairman of the Eurocode 7 committee from 2010-2019 and now as a member of the Editorial Group writing the final text. In 2015, he updated the UK Codes of practice for Foundations (BS 8004) and Retaining Structures (BS 8002) to align them with the 1st and the 2nd Generation Eurocodes. He is co-author of the book Decoding Eurocode 7.

Price: £36.00
AGS Member: Free
inc. VAT

Price: £36.00
AGS Member: Free
inc. VAT