For a long time the framework of geotechnical design in Germany was provided by the basic code DIN 1054 and various specific design and construction codes together with code-like recommendations for specific geotechnical structures. All these regulations were based on a global safety concept. This design philosophy was commonly supported by long-term experience and was understood to be not only safe but also economical. Under these circumstances the transition to the new design philosophy of Eurocode 7 and the Limit State Design was accompanied by a lot of discussions and adjustments until finally a broad acceptance was achieved. This contribution highlights the long tradition of geotechnical design in Germany based on the global safety concept. It shows the difficulties involved in the transition to the Eurocode 7 design principles and illustrates the current status of German Limit State Design in geotechnical engineering.
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