These new guidelines were undertaken to provide guidance that explains the current expectations of practice related to formwork, falsework, and reshore structures used during construction. These guidelines provide clarity on the practice of structural engineering for as it relates to the design and field review of formwork, falsework, and reshore. This document discusses the level of service expected when providing design and field engineering services for these types of Temporary Structures, including clarification of the services that must be provided for these projects in order to meet the requirements of the WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These guidelines describe the roles and responsibilities of engineering professionals, specifically the design engineer and the field engineer, and other relevant parties involved in these services.
The guidelines outline the skill sets that are consistent with the training and experience required to carry out formwork-, falsework-, and reshore-related engineering services and describe how the intent of the eight quality management requirements under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act are to be met.
Partner, aDB Engineering
Sean Dingley is a senior engineer with over 27 years’ experience in temporary structures engineering for the construction and entertainment industry. Sean practices in a wide range of areas, including formwork, shoring, scaffolding, renovation and demolition consulting, and temporary structure design such as tents, grandstands, and movie set work. Notably, Sean and his team acted as the special construction consultant for a large range of temporary structures erected at every venue of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Sean is a registered professional engineer in BC and maintains strong relationships within the construction, contracting, and film communities. He is an active member on both SAIA, ACI, CSA, and Engineers and Geoscientists BC committees, and has consulted to Worksafe BC on many occasions.
Principal, SR Alexander Engineering Ltd.
Stefan Alexander is a professional engineer practicing out of Victoria, BC with over 25 years of experience in construction, design, and project management. He draws from work experiences in BC, Oregon, and Colorado across multiple disciplines. Stefan’s focus on temporary structures includes formwork and falsework, shoring, bracing, retrofit shoring, restoration of historical structures, demolition, scaffolding, Worksafe requirements, and entertainment related services.
Stefan services Contractors and Developers across BC, including the Vancouver Island Construction industry. He has spent time contributing to the CaGBC’s Education Committee along with Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Temporary Works Committee.
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. Additionally, Dan provides staff support to the various Advisory Groups to help inform and support Engineers and Geoscientists BC initiatives and activities. 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 Formwork and Falsework Engineering Guidelines.