Discipline Notice: Michael Christie, P.Eng.

Posted on October 6, 2022

In an August 12, 2022 Consent Order, Michael Christie, P.Eng. admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct by signing and sealing drawings for a guardrail system that failed to include sufficient information, and indicated that the guardrail system complied with the BC Building Code when components of the system had not been adequately tested. Mr. Christie is prohibited from affixing his seal or authenticating any document until he has made arrangements with an approved peer reviewer to review his projects for a period of six months or six projects, whichever comes later. Mr. Christie also paid $7,500 toward to the legal costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.  

On August 12, 2022, Mr. Christie agreed to a Consent Order prohibiting him from affixing his seal or authenticating any document until he has made arrangements for an approved peer reviewer to review his projects for a period of six months or six projects, whichever comes later.  

In 2018, Mr. Christie signed and sealed drawings for a glass guardrail system. The drawings were missing material information and did not clearly indicate that they were prepared for the limited purpose of a load test layout, rather than a complete glass guardrail system. Despite Mr. Christie’s indication to the contrary, the drawings did not comply with the load magnitude requirements of the BC Building Code or adhere to other standards and guidelines regarding guardrail systems. 

In the Consent Order, Mr. Christie admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct with respect to the drawings and that he acted contrary to the Bylaws of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Mr. Christie agreed that he failed to: 

  • undertake an adequate testing process with respect to the drawings, particularly by failing to carry out an appropriate physical failure test for the aluminum short posts depicted on the drawings; 
  • include sufficient information on the drawings to describe what standards were used, the test performed, and the load factors applied; and 
  • maintain complete project documentation, including testing documentation and data. 

Following the peer review period, Mr. Christie must undergo a practice review. 

Mr. Christie paid $7,500 toward the legal costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Mr. Christie must also complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar. 

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