February 2020

Professional Practice Guidelines: Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Jennifer Chan at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM–9:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM–2:30 PM: Live Session 
9:00 AM–2:30 PM: Webinar Session
Location: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel (Pinnacle III Ballroom), 1128 W Hastings Street Vancouver, BC and Webinar
Presenter: Mr. Mike Currie, P.Eng., FEC
Principal, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

Dr. Matthias Jakob, P.Geo.
Principal Geoscientist, BGC Engineering Inc.

Mr. Dale Muir, P.Eng.
Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.

Mr. Graham Daneluz
Deputy Director of Planning and Development, The Fraser Valley Regional District

Ms. Amy Fehr, P.Eng.
Manager, Professional Practice Advice Program, Professional Practice, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Credit: 5.5 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Live or Web: $350.00 + GST = $367.50 until Feb 6, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Live or Web: $450.00 + GST = $472.50

Non-Member Price: Live or Web: $450.00 + GST = $472.50

Student Member Price: Live or Web: $225.00 + GST = $236.25
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 06, 2020 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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This seminar will review and discuss the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Professional Practice Guidelines on Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC.

Seminar Objectives

  • Review application of Guidelines for flood assessment reports.
  • Provide examples on application of Guidelines.
  • Interactive discussion regarding Guidelines.


Academic and professional background in water resources engineering or geoscience, or a regulatory background related to flood risk mitigation. Prior familiarity with the Guidelines would be beneficial.

Seminar Outline

Time Topic Description
9:00 AM Introduction
  • Welcoming remarks
  • Objective for session
  • Introduction of presenters
  • Outline of session
9:10 AM Purpose of Guidelines
  • Target audience
  • When are guidelines applicable
  • Relation with Engineers and Geoscientists BC landslide guidelines
  • Relation with provincial guidelines
  • Role of approving authorities
9:25 AM Legislated Flood Assessments
  • Types of legislated flood assessments
    • Building permit
    • Subdivision
    • Development permit
    • Rezoning
  • Experience in receiving flood assessment reports
  • Considerations re local government regulations
  • Considerations re restrictive covenants (old/new)
9:40 AM Responsibilities
  • QP responsibilities per 2.2.2
  • Multiple hazard situations
  • P.Eng., P.Geo., LL, other disciplines
  • Need for specialist input
  • Do only what you are qualified to do
  • Need for review
  • Other selected points from Section 2
9:55 AM Application of Guidelines
  • Flow chart (Figure 2)
  • Key points from 3.6 and 3.7
  • General review of Appendix F
  • Closing comment from each presenter
11:00 AM Break  
11:15 AM Question Period 1  
11:30 AM Flood Risk Assessment
  • General review of Appendix E
  • When is a risk assessment appropriate or required
  • Closing comment from each presenter
12:10 PM Flood Assessment Reports
  • Key points from 3.8
12:30 PM Lunch  
12:45 PM Flood Assurance Statements
  • Key points from 3.11 and Appendix I
  • FVRD pilot project on assurance statements
1:00 PM Special Considerations
  • Climate change
  • Watershed changes
  • Role of structural mitigation works
  • Transfer of flood risk
  • Other hazards not addressed
  • Closing comment from each presenter
1:20 PM Question Period 2  
1:30 PM Workshop Session
  • One case history from experience
  • Present two or three interesting situations for panel discussion
2:30 PM Closure
  • Closing remarks
  • Thoughts on addressing issues raised today

Unique Features of the Course

  • Review of regulatory aspects by Engineers and Geoscientists BC staff.
  • Review of the Guidelines by experienced practitioners.
  • Opportunity to participate in interactive discussion.

Target Audience

Primary target audience is Engineers and Geoscientists BC members (P.Eng. and P.Geo.) who perform flood assessments, and members-in-training who have an interest in this area. The workshop may also be useful for:

  • members who retain professionals to perform flood assessments;
  • public sector members who receive and review flood assessments; and
  • members such as geotechnical engineers who may do their work in parallel with a flood assessment.


Mr. Mike Currie, P.Eng., FEC

Mike is a Principal, Senior Water Resources Engineer, and past President of Kerr Wood Leidal Associates. Mike has over 35 years of experience in water resources engineering, focusing on river engineering, floodplain management, and mitigation of creek hazards. He is a past provincial and national president of the Canadian Water Resources Association, and a past president of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – British Columbia. He is also one of the primary authors of the Guidelines.

Dr. Matthias Jakob, P.Geo.

Principal Geoscientist, BGC Engineering Inc.

Matthias is a principal geoscientist with BGC Engineering Inc. Matthias has worked for the past 25 years on a large variety of geohazard assignments in North and South America, Europe and parts of Asia. His focus is on steep creek processes, in particular debris floods, hyperconcentrated flows and debris flows. He also spearheaded BC’s first systematic flood risk assessment on Fraser River in 2005. As Mike, Matthias is a primary author of the guidelines.

Mr. Dale Muir, P.Eng.

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd.

Dale is a senior hydrotechnical engineer and a Principal at Northwest Hydraulic Consultants. He has over 20 years of experience, much of it focused on identification, assessment, and mitigation of flood hazards. Dale has conducted or reviewed dozens of flood hazard assessments for river and coastal hazards following the Engineers and Geoscientists BC guidelines over the past few years.

Mr. Graham Daneluz

Graham is Deputy Director of Planning and Development at Fraser Valley Regional District. He is a registered professional planner with 20 years of experience in development approvals and land use planning for areas subject to geohazards.

Ms. Amy Fehr, P.Eng.

Amy is the Manager of the Professional Practice Advice Program in the Professional Practice Department at Engineers and Geoscientists BC. She is responsible for overseeing the team that assists members with professional practice-related issues including practice advice services, practice guideline development, practice committee support, and external stakeholder engagement regarding practice issues that affect members. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and spent over 15 years in consulting engineering before joining the association in 2017.

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