These guidelines were prepared with the support of the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia (SEABC) to provide practical guidance to registrants who are engaged to perform structural assessments of existing buildings. The guidelines outline typical roles and responsibilities for the parties that are often involved in such assessments, including that of the Structural Engineer of Record (SER). The professional tasks and activities of the SER are broadly described with topics such as:
- Determination of the scope of assessment;
- Determination of the assessment approach;
- Discussion of assessment methodologies;
- Description of situations requiring immediate actions; and
- Description of reporting obligations and typical deliverables.
These topics are explored for three general types of structural assessments, namely:
- Preliminary Assessments
- Detailed Assessments
- Limited Scope Assessments
The guidelines define the skill sets that are consistent with the training and experience required to carry out structural assessment services and describe how the intent of the eight quality management requirements under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act are to be met.
Patrick has +30 years of varied professional and academic experience in the construction industry primarily focusing on the evaluation and restoration of existing structures, and the design, formulation and specification of materials to meet specific requirements. Pat has completed numerous field condition assessments on concrete, wood, masonry, and steel structures in infrastructure, industrial, commercial, and residential applications.
Team Lead, Structural Engineering, Williams Engineering Canada
Kenny has 21 years of structural engineering and consulting experience. Kenny is a Team Lead in structural engineering, engaged in a diverse range of projects in Canada and the United States. He has practical design knowledge of wood, steel, concrete, and masonry for various types of projects, including residential, commercial, institutional, medical, industrial, and underground utility structures.
Associate, RJC Engineers
Kevin completed his master’s degree in structural engineering at the University of British Columbia, and subsequently joined RJC’s Vancouver Structural practice where he spent 10 years working on many challenging and interesting projects in Canada and the United States. In 2016 Kevin transferred to the Restoration practice to focus on structural engineering projects for existing buildings, including structural condition assessments and feasibility studies, forensic engineering and damage assessments, base building renovations, repairs, expansions and upgrades, and demolition engineering, as well as prime consulting for structural projects.
Principal, Fast + Epp
Since joining Fast + Epp in 2013 Nick has stepped into a key role within the Fast + Epp’s transportation, education, and seismic upgrade sectors as part of the management team. Nick’s project experience is broad, enabling him to be fluent in all building types and primary structural materials. As Fast + Epp’s primary member accredited for the use of the BC Schools Seismic Retrofit Guidelines (SRG3), Nick has kept current with the latest developments in the seismic assessment and retrofit industry.
Practice Advisor, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Dan is responsible for managing the development of the organization's professional practice guidelines, engaging with various stakeholders to address professional practice concerns, and for providing advice to registrants regarding practice issues. Dan provides staff support to various advisory groups and professional practice development efforts. Dan is a professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Applied Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto. Dan was the project manager for the development of the Structural Condition Assessment Guidelines.