Eurocode op Aruba
|Matrix heeft op Aruba een cursuscyclus verzorgd met als hoofdonderwerp: De introductie van de Eurocode. In samenwerking met Mejia Engineering, de lokale vertegenwoordiger van Matrix Software, zijn constructeurs op Aruba voorbereid op nieuwe regelgeving ten aanzien van constructieve veiligheid. De Arubaanse krant "The News" heeft hiervan verslag gedaan.|
Since 1995, Frank Mejia, Managing Director of Mejia Engineering has organized a bi-annual seminar to certify Aruban construction engineers in the latest building codes required by Dutch construction regulations, which underwent a major change in that year. Since their inception, five refresher courses were conducted over the years by instructors from various Dutch universities and with the cooperation of engineering firm Matrix Software Nijmegen, which certifies the engineers.
At the beginning of March, Mejia Engineering welcomed Professors Ron Weener, Director, and Roelf Hoving, computer programmer of the Dutch Engineering firm Matrix Software & Ing, both veteran instructors of the refresher course in Aruba. After a week of intense work and study seven Aruban engineers received their certificates from the visiting engineers.
This year, instructors introduced a new aspect to the course, which will be of serious consideration to all construction companies within the next two years. Aruba, having no particular building codes, has used Dutch and American specifications since 1972, but Ron Weener informs all builders in Aruba that by 2010 Holland will adopt and enforce the new EUROCODE, as it is now part of the European Union.
This will effect a drastic change regarding building specifications in the next years, a factor to be taken into consideration when commencing construction now, which may see additions after the new codes are put into effect. Engineers Weener and Hoving included a preliminary introduction to these new codes in this year’s course, preparing island construction engineers for the radical change. This is all part of the unification of Europe, though each country will maintain some building specifications that are particular to their climate and geographical requirements.
Aruban engineers participating in the one-week course and receiving their certificates were Raul Gei, Roos Tromp, Rick Rasmijn, Ryan Alexander, Carlos Rafini, Eric Vrolijk from the Aruba Department of Public Works (DOW,) Hector Kransen and Frank Mejia from Mejia Engineering, and Mark Hodgson of Hoevertsz Archi-Design. The Aruba Chamber of Commerce conference room was the venue for the classes, and course organizers made special mention of thanks to Marlon Croes of the DOW, who helped make this course possible, and the Mill Resort for hosting the visiting instructors.