These guidelines are developed in response to the BCMoTI Technical Circular (T-06/15), which requires infrastructure design adaptation to climate change including documentation for BCMoTI projects. Highway designs already consider climatic factors, but extreme weather resiliency and climate change adaptation are being increasingly considered by professionals, based on the guidance provided by frameworks established by Engineers Canada (through the PIEVC protocol) and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
This day-long seminar will cover presentations from:
- The Chief Engineer of BC MoTI on the requirements under the T-Circular, practice trends from the Canadian Transportation Sector, and guidance for design professionals.
- The Practice Advisor on the overview of these guidelines: the standard of practice, and
- the authors of these guidelines.
Facilitated in-class group exercises will be provided to clarify the concepts of risk assessments covered as the standard of practice in these guidelines. In addition, there will be opportunities to provide feedback on the application of these guidelines to highway design projects.
These guidelines showcase the climate science as it relates to the practice of professional engineering and aims to spark a paradigm shift in engineering by supporting the development of designs based on a comprehensive climate vulnerability risk assessment and consideration of innovative approaches that include robust, flexible, and low or no regret designs. A comprehensive primer on the climate science as it relates to practice of professional engineering has also been provided in these guidelines.
- Members of Engineers and Geoscientists BC involved in providing design services to BC MoTI, and
- Professional staff of BC MoTI, municipalities, and other public organizations seeking transportation engineering services from Engineers and Geoscientists BC members.
Mike Maclatchy, P.Eng.
Specialist, Watershed Management, Associated Engineering
Lead, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Dirk Nyland, P.Eng.
Chief Engineer, Ministry of Transportation and Instrastructure
Glen Zachary, P. Eng.
Senior Hydrologist and Hydraulics Engineer, Urban Systems