Introduction to Eurocodes 0 & 1


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Aim

This course will provide an introduction to two Eurocodes. These are Eurocode 0 – I.S.EN 1990 - Basis of Design and Eurocode 1- I.S. EN 1991 – Actions on Structures. It will mainly concentrate on those parts that relate to buildings rather than to bridges. It will refer to links between the various parts of EN 1991 with the Building Regulations and Technical Guidance Documents.

The course will also refer to future developments and revisions of the Eurocodes.


  • Introduction to Eurocodes
  • Introduction to Eurocode 0 I.S. EN 1990 2002 Basis of Design
    • Reference to Irish National Annex
    • Scope and Assumptions
    • Requirements
    • Limit State design Introduction
    • Variables and Analysis
    • Verification
    • Application for Buildings
    • Structural reliability

Introduction to Eurocode 1I.S. EN 1991 Actions on Structures:

  • Constituent parts
  • EN 1991-1-1 Densities, Self–weight and imposed loads
  • EN 1991-1-3 Snow loads
  • EN 1991-1-4 Wind loads
  • EN 1991-1-5 Thermal Actions
  • EN 1991-1-6 Actions during execution
  • EN 1991-1-7 Accidental Actions
  • Review of fire, bridges, Silos and tanks and cranes and machinery parts
  • Discussion on Irish National Annexes

Review of forthcoming revisions to the suite as well as update on proposed new parts

Discussion on Robustness – led by Professor Alan O’Connor

Learning Outcomes

  • The relationship of Eurocode 0 to the full suite of Eurocodes
  • Using EN 1990 for verification of structural design
  • Determination of Actions using EN 1991

Who Should Attend?

This training course is intended for structural engineers, principally concerned with building design, who wish to learn more about the basis of design and how to verify compliance with design parameters.

Course Facilitators

Jim Mansfield - CEng, BE, FIEI, MIStructE, RConsEI

Jim Mansfield is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

He is Managing Director of Kavanagh Mansfield & Partners who are designers of Commercial, Public, Institutional and Residential structures throughout Ireland.

Jim Mansfield is the Chair of an NSAI Committee “Eurocodes Consultative Committee” which deals with the impact of the Eurocode suite of design standards in Ireland. This committee also looks at the impact on the Irish Construction Industry of a number of related standards which includes EN 1090. He is also a member of the NSAI Construction Consultative Committee which oversees the development of building standards generally…

Jim Mansfield has lectured on a number of topics related to the Eurocodes to various organisations in recent years.

Jim Mansfield is a former Chair person of the Irish Concrete Society, which is a not for profit Society supporting technical excellence in the design and construction of concrete with members from all sections including design, production and construction.

Alan O'Connor

Prof. Alan O’Connor is a Professor in Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He has extensive national/international experience in infrastructural risk analysis and probabilistic safety assessment. He has advised clients such as: Irish Rail, The Irish National Roads Authority, The Danish Roads Directorate; Danish Railways; Swedish Railways; The Norwegian Roads Authority and The Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. At Trinity College Dublin, the research group which he leads are focused on investigating: infrastructural asset management and optimised whole life management, cross asset maintenance optimisation, structural health monitoring, stochastic modelling of engineering systems, engineering for extremes, risk and resilience analysis of critical infrastructure and structural reliability analysis, He has authored over 170 peer-reviewed academic papers in these areas. He has delivered Keynote Addresses at international conferences in Europe, the United States and Australia. He is an active member of a number of Eurocode committees, he is the Project Team Leader for Incorporating Robustness Rules in the Material Related Eurocode Parts and a Project Team Member for Assessment and Retrofitting of Existing Structures.


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Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email