The combination of design issues, aging infrastructure, and climate change is expected to result in an increase in the number of washouts in BC, which in turn, increases the risk to the public.
This webinar has been prepared to help shed some light on the issues related to culvert design and inspection and provide some suggestions for improving culvert design, inspection, maintenance, and repair. Often infrastructure owners including federal, provincial, and regional governments have standards for culvert design. However, very few address the issues that most often result in culvert failures (washouts). From a liability perspective, conforming with the owner’s guidelines or standards may afford some protections to the design consultant, however it is unlikely to provide much protection for the consultant from third parties harmed by a washout event. So, regardless of existing practices, guidelines or standards, Engineers and Geoscientists BC members are to “Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment…”
Main professional interest is in promoting and advancing both traditional and innovative geotechnical engineering practices including the management, design, construction, and maintenance of stream and flood plain crossing structures (bridges and culverts). Graduated from UBC in the Geotechnical Engineering Option of Geological Engineering in 1987. Worked in conventional geotechnical engineering with an emphasis on slope hazards through out the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island up until 1994. Joined Terratech Consulting Ltd in 1994 and has focused on slope stability and geotechnical engineering in the forest sector. Past chair of the Division of Engineers and Geoscientist in the Forest Sector (DEGIFS) and the guidelines subcommittee chair of DEGIFS. Involved in the development of the TSA Guidelines; LMH 56 – Landslide Risk Case Studies in Forest Development Planning and Operations; and the jointly prepared Guideline for Professional Practices if the Forest Sector – Crossings. Coauthor of the Guideline for Terrain Stability Management in the Forest Sector.