The Professional Responsibilities Matrix For The Life Cycle of Forest Road Crossings has been prepared to describe:
- roles and responsibilities of project participants involved in the design, construction, maintenance, and deactivation of forest road crossings; and
- regulation of the relevant areas of practice by professional regulatory bodies and by the government.
This Matrix distinguishes the roles and responsibilities of the following persons and entities at the various life-cycle phases of a project:
- professionals carrying out work relating to such crossings ("Practitioners");
- forest road operators with legislated performance obligations ("Road Operators");
- the professional regulatory bodies that license the Practitioners ("Professional Associations"); and
- the provincial Ministry responsible for regulating such crossings, and oversight of the delivery of those obligations ("Government/Governance").
This matrix is intended to be consistent with the Guideline for Professional Services in the Forest Sector - Crossings V.2, June, 2014, but expands the coverage of the crossings responsibilities to include further life cycle elements, such as bridge inspections, maintenance, and deactivation, as well as introducing the need for quality assurance for the fabrication of those materials that will be used for the bridge construction.
Ron Davis graduated from UBC in 1971 with a B.A.Sc. in civil engineering. He was employed as a professional engineer with the BC Ministry of Forests from 1971–2006. His responsibilities for the Ministry included bridge and road design and construction, as a junior engineer, at the working level and at a supervisory level, plus considerable experience related to policy, procedures, legislation development, and implementation. Ron resumed the role of Chief Engineer for the Ministry between 2001 and 2006, providing supervision and/or technical direction to those professional engineers employed by the Ministry. Since retirement from the Ministry in 2006, Ron has worked as a consultant on a number of projects related to forest roads and structures, including the development of standards, guidelines and policies for Government, professional associations, and others.