February 2020

Culvert Design, Inspection, Monitoring, Maintenance, and Repair

Organized by the Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Stuart Nash at 604.558.6655 for more information. Thank you.
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: Log-in: 11:45 AM
Webinar: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Location: Webinar
(You will receive the webinar login information 1 day prior to the event)
Presenter: Calvin van Buskirk, P.Eng./P.Geo., FEC, FGC
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hour (PDH)
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC member (Professional or EIT/GIT): $20 + GST = $21.00

Non-member: $25 + GST = $26.25 (Note: Non-members need to create an online account prior to registering for webinars. See below for more details.)

Group webinar presentation (for office environments): $45 + GST = $47.25

Students: $10 + GST = $10.50

Please note that all attendees must have an online account with Engineers and Geoscientists BC prior to registering for webinars. For non-members and first-time users, this will mean creating a new account. Once your account is created, please login and return to the event registration page to complete your registration.
Contact: For registration inquiries, please contact Garth Lord at [email protected].
Note: If you purchase the Group Registration, there is no need to enter your guests or you will be charged additionally for each guest.
Important Dates: Please register by Sunday, February 23.
Culverts may be defined as a tunnel beneath a pathway, road or railway typically constructed to pass water from one side to the other, functioning like that of a bridge. The safe design, construction, and maintenance of culverts is an essential part of our transportation infrastructure. In British Columbia there are hundreds of thousands of culverts beneath our roads, highways, railways, and pathways. Unlike bridges, to the public, most of these structures exist and function without notice.

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…”


Calvin van Buskirk, P.Eng./P.Geo., FEC, FGC

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.

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