Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Professional Practice Guidelines: Landslide Assessments in British Columbia

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
11:50 AM–12:00 PM Pacific Time: Login
12:00 PM–1:30 PM Pacific Time: Webinar
Registration is closed. This webinar will be recorded and uploaded to the Knowledge Centre 3-7 business days after the live session.

Eligible for 1.5 CE Hour(s) of Regulatory Learning

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Event Details


Tasha Booth | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.558.6653
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.6653
Email: [email protected]

Event Presenter(s)

Pierre Friele, P.Geo. 
Senior Geoscientist, Cordilleran Geoscience

Dr. Guoxi Wu, P.Eng.
Specialist Engineer, Generation Civil Engineering, BC Hydro

Lauren Hutchinson, P.Eng. (AB, BC)
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, BGC Engineering

Robert Ng, P.Eng.
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Horizon Engineering Inc.

Event Description

This webinar will review the recently updated Engineers and Geoscientists BC's Professional Practice Guidelines: Landslide Assessments in British Columbia (2022). These guidelines provide guidance on professional practice for engineering and geoscience professionals who are engaged in slope stability analyses and/or landslide hazard and risk assessments. The assessment and the associated report are usually an early step in the development process and are prepared to characterize the landslide hazard and risk affecting a proposed use and to evaluate the estimated hazard and risk against adopted or imposed hazard and risk acceptability levels, and if required, to present conceptual mitigation measures to be designed during later stages of the development process.

About the Event

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn how to apply the guideline in their professional work.
  • Since the last revision in 2010, the demands on regulators and practitioners have increased and evolved substantially. The nature of the work has changed due to increasing development pressure, and with advances in science and methodology. Concurrently, involved parties are transitioning to adaptive management in a changing climate, and coping with rapid technological change in the digital era. Participants will learn updates made to the new guideline.

Key takeaways

  • Participants will understand the expectations and obligations of professional practice that engineering and geoscience professionals are expected to have.
  • Participants will understand the roles and responsibilities of various participants/stakeholders involved in these professional activities.
  • Participants will be able to define the skill sets that are consistent with the training and experience required to carry out these professional activities.
  • Participants will understand how to use the assurance documents, so the appropriate considerations have been addressed (both regulatory and technical) for the specific professional activities that were carried out.
  • Participants will understand how to meet the quality management requirements under the Act and the Bylaws when carrying out the professional activities identified in these professional practice guidelines.

Target Audience

This webinar is for professional engineers and geoscientists who carry out landslide assessments in the Province of British Columbia, as well as those who work with theses professionals.


Pierre Friele, P.Geo.

Senior Geoscientist, Cordilleran Geoscience

Pierre Friele is a self-employed professional geoscientist (dba Cordilleran Geoscience) specializing in engineering geology. Work assignments typically include terrain and slope stability mapping, hazard, and risk assessment, flooding and erosion protection, and paleo-environmental reconstruction. Pierre has published a number of scientific papers on the quaternary geology and volcanic hazards of the Sea-to-Sky corridor. This body of work includes the late-Quaternary history of Howe Sound and Squamish; the Holocene evolution of Cheekye fan and the frequency-magnitude of debris flow hazards affecting Brackendale; and the volcanic landslide hazard at Mount Meager and the landslide risk affecting Pemberton. He has recently been recognized for these contributions, and for exhibiting a concern for public welfare, being awarded the 2022 Westerman Award for outstanding achievement in Geoscience. Raised in Whistler and Pemberton, he has lived in Squamish since 1990.

Dr. Guoxi Wu, P.Eng.

Specialist Engineer, Generation Civil Engineering, BC Hydro

Dr. Wu is a Specialist Geotechnical Engineer at BC Hydro with about 30 years of practising experience. He has been heavily involved in design for seismic upgrade projects that include BC Hydro’s John Hart Dam seismic upgrade project (in construction), Ruskin Dam seismic upgrade completed in 2020, Metro Vancouver’s assessment for First Narrows and Port Mann water supply crossings in 2000, TransLink’s analysis of the Pattullo Bridge, construction of the Skytrain infrastructures for Millennium Line, Canada Line. Dr. Wu has over 50 publications in the research areas for seismic ground response, soil liquefaction and ground deformations for sandy soils or strain softening of fine-grained soils, and soil-structure interactions. Some notable publications include the keynote paper and presenter on 7th International Conference on Geotechnical Case Histories in 2013 in Chicago US and the article for “Seismic design of dams” published in 2015 on the Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering. Recently in 2017 – 2022, he made four presentations to the VGS meetings or symposiums on the topic of “Probabilistic approach to seismic design of structures for both crustal and subduction earthquake sources”.

Lauren Hutchinson, P.Eng. (AB, BC)

Senior Geotechnical Engineer, BGC Engineering

Lauren Hutchinson is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with BGC Engineering. Her experience encompasses a diverse background in natural hazard and risk management, site characterization, and geotechnical engineering for linear infrastructure, municipal, and major industry developments. Lauren specializes in projects spanning hazard identification, analysis, risk evaluation, and mitigation for flood, debris flood, debris flow, and landslides with the potential to impact communities and critical infrastructure. Internationally, Lauren has collaborated with non-profit organizations and academia to improve understanding and management of natural hazards in Guatemala, Nepal, and the Dominican Republic.

Robert Ng, P.Eng.

Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Horizon Engineering Inc.

Robert Ng is a Senior Engineer at Horizon Engineering, a RAM company, and has been working in the geological and geotechnical engineering field for more than 25 years. His experience is primarily focused on investigation, analysis, design, and construction aspects of projects related to slope stability, segmental retaining walls, reinforced earth slopes, and foundations. He provides engineering services to various projects typically located in the Lower Mainland and southwestern British Columbia area and these projects include residential, commercial, and subdivision developments; infrastructure related works; and assessment and management of geotechnical risk.