The Structural Eurocodes are a set of 10 codes covering all aspects of structural design. Their introduction into practice is underway across Europe - in the UK they will replace existing British Standards. Eurocode 3 is dedicated to the design of steel structures. Guidance and training courses on the application of Eurocode 3 are available, as detailed below.

Designers' Guide to Eurocode 3

Designers' Guide to EN 1993-1-1 Eurocode 3: Design of Steel Structures - General Rules and Rules for Buildings

L Gardner and D A Nethercot

 Throughout, this book concentrates on the most commonly encountered aspects of structural steel design, with an emphasis on the situation in buildings. Much of its content is therefore devoted to the provisions of the Part 1-1: General rules and rules for buildings of EN 1993. This is, however, supplemented by material on loading, joints and cold-formed design. For each of the principal aspects covered, the book provides background to the structural behaviour, explanation of the codified treatment including departure from existing practice (BS 5950), and numerous worked examples. This Guide should serve as the primary point of reference for designing steel structures to Eurocode 3.

Behaviour and design of steel structures to EC3

Trahair, Bradford, Nethercot and Gardner (2008)

Behaviour and design of steel structures to EC3


Training courses for Eurocode 3

Training courses for the design of steel structures to Eurocode 3 are offered by the Institution of Civil Engineers through Thomas Telford Training. Training courses for many of the other structural Eurocodes also offered.

The steel design course covers, as an outline:

  • Introduction and setting of course objectives
  • Overview of basis of design (EN 1990) and actions (EN 1991)
  • Overview of Eurocode 3
  • Structural analysis
  • Design of cross-sections
  • Design of columns
  • Design of beams
  • Design of beam-columns
  • Design of joints

1 day course:

2 day course: