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Computer-Based Construction Models

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he proposes to take any steps to regulate the codes for computer-based models used for technical decision-making on new civil engineering projects, new building designs and alterations on existing buildings; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply. A person carrying out building work must meet the requirements of the building regulations, including those relating to structural stability. Computer programmes may he used for design purposes, but the building control authority will need to consider the basic design assumptions and be satisfied that the building will meet the requirements of the regulations. The possibility of allowing professionally qualified engineers to certify their own work is at present under consideration.