Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry to Mr. Bill Barron Barwig in December 2017 regarding his design for a raft foundation for a business in Pitt Meadows, BC. In lieu of proceeding to a disciplinary inquiry, Mr. Barwig agreed to a Consent Order dated March 8, 2018.
By way of the Consent Order, Mr. Barwig admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct, incompetence, or negligence, as:
- his structural design for the Raft Foundation was under-designed with respect to reinforcing steel size and bar spacing, resulting in a design that provided inadequate support for the intended load;
- his design was based empirically on his experience with a similar project, but he failed to reconcile differences in design conditions between the two projects;
- his design was based on the existence of an interaction purportedly supported by literature (Brzev and Pao), but he failed to analytically apply the theory presented in that literature to his specific design; and
- he departed from the standard methodology for analysis and design of a raft foundation, absent the support of rigorous and peer-reviewed analysis to justify such a departure.
Further, by way of the Consent Order, Mr. Barwig admitted that he failed to comply with section 14(b) of the Bylaws, and that he failed to establish and maintain documented quality management processes for his practice. Specifically, he failed to:
- retain complete project documentation for a minimum period of 10 years;
- conduct regular, documented checks of his structural engineering work using a written quality-control process appropriate to the risk associated with the work; and
- ensure that documented independent reviews were conducted of his structural design prior to construction.
As part of the Consent Order, Mr. Barwig agreed to, among other things, the following:
- His membership in the Association was suspended for a period of two months, commencing on March 12, 2018.
- Following the end of his suspension, his structural engineering design practice will be restricted for at least 4 months to structures falling under the BCBC definition of Part 9 structures.
- He must, before the restriction in item 2 is lifted and at his own cost, successfully pass the examination titled "07-Str-B5 Foundation Engineering”. If he does not fulfill this requirement, his practice will remain restricted until he has done so.
- At least 3 months after and no later than 6 months after the lifting of the restriction imposed in item 2, he will undergo a Practice Review conducted by the Association and will pay the costs associated with the Practice Review.
- He will pay $6,000 towards the Association's legal costs within 30 days of the date the Consent Order was approved.
- If he fails to comply with any of the terms of the Consent Order, his membership in the Association will be suspended until every default has been remedied in accordance with the terms of this Consent Order.
The full text of the Consent Order agreed to by Mr. Barwig can be found in the Disciplinary Notices section of our website.
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