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Our firm does a lot of Italian work for the U.S. Military in Italy. The 
Italians recently adopted the Eurocodes (or most of them). You can obtain 
copies of them from technical book distributors, both in the States and 
London. They are pretty expensive. For what it's worth, we've found that the 
UBC Code generally governs for everything except concrete shear - the old 
Italian Code did not let you consider concrete strength for shear.

Getting Italian seismic criteria (zones, accelerations, etc.) is a little 
difficult unless you have an Italian consultant that can translate the 
Ministerial Decrees and call the local officials. There tend to be a lot of 
special local requirements that are issue by provincial officials that are 
tough to find. If you're interested in doing a design to U.S. Code, the 
Navy's P-355 has seismic data for foreign cities.

I don't know anything about your project, but you'll have to have a 
structural certification done by an Italian structural engineer to build the 
project. They have to certify that you've complied with the Italian Law.

Also, they expect structural design drawings to come pretty close to what we 
call shop drawings in the U.S. In other words, they want to see every lap, 
hook and bend specifically called out in the documents.

If I can help you further, let me know.

William R. Keen, PE
Director, Structural Engineering
Clark Nexsen
Architecture & Engineering
6160 Kempsville Circle, Suite 200A
Norfolk, Virginia 23502

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     Is anybody aware of any source for English language translations for
     Italian building codes?  If there are any on the net, they appear to
     be hidden from the search engines.

     Rick Drake, SE
     Fluor Daniel, Irvine