These guidelines were prepared as a supplement to the Seismic Design Guidelines for Dikes, 2nd Edition, published in 2014 by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. The Ministry requested that professional practice guidelines be prepared by Engineers and Geoscientists BC for assisting professional practice issues related to the application of the Ministry’s technical guidelines.
The goal of these professional practice guidelines is to establish expectations and obligations of professional practice when applying the Ministry’s guidelines to seismic assessment and seismic design of dikes in BC. In particular, these guidelines outline both a performance-based approach and a probabilistic-based approach, and include discussion of the process for applying each approach. Appropriate documentation of decision making throughout the assessment and design is discussed, and an outline of reporting requirements is provided.
These guidelines provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in this work, the minimum education and experience indicators required to undertake this work, and describe how the intent of the quality management standards under the Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Bylaws are to be met.
Senior Water Resources Engineer, Associated Engineering
Josh is a Senior Water Resources Engineer with 14 years of experience; he has been with AE for his entire career. Josh works on all aspects of project delivery. He develops work plans and prepares proposals, manages projects, acts as the Technical Lead and Engineer of Record on design assignments, and serves as a Contract Administrator during construction. Josh’s flood protection experience includes floodplain mapping, as well as design and construction of dikes, floodboxes, and drainage pump stations.
Geotechnical Engineer, Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Steven Coulter is a senior geotechnical engineer with over 17 years of engineering experience. He has carried out engineering analysis and design for flood control projects throughout BC and has been involved with projects from site investigations, engineering analysis, and providing geotechnical recommendations, through to site review during construction. Mr. Coulter has experience in design of flood protection works including earth dikes, floodwalls, flood boxes, pump stations, and emergency dike repair. A significant part of this has involved the seismic assessment of dikes and dike planning.
Manager, Professional Practice Advice Program, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
As Manager of the Professional Practice Advice Program, Amy is responsible for overseeing the team that assists registrants with professional-practice-related issues. This includes practice advice services, practice guideline development, advisory group support, and external stakeholder engagement regarding practice issues that affect registrants. Ms. Fehr is a registered professional engineer with experience in various fields related to civil engineering. She was the project manager for the development of the Seismic Assessment and Seismic Design of Dikes in BC Guidelines.