Disciplinary Notice: Heqing (Albert) Jian, P.Eng., Coquitlam, BC

Posted on February 2, 2021

On November 25, 2020, Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry alleging that Mr. Jian demonstrated unprofessional conduct, incompetence, or negligence, and that he contravened the Code of Ethics and the Bylaws, in relation to the design and construction of a sewerage system. The Notice of Inquiry alleged that Mr. Jian failed to provide direct supervision for the system’s design and installation, and failed to ensure it was designed to the required standards. Instead of proceeding to a disciplinary inquiry, Mr. Jian agreed to a 2-month suspension of his registration, a peer review of his future sewerage system work, a practice review, education in the design of sewerage systems, the professional practice examination, an online ethics seminar, and a payment of $5,000 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC costs.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry to Heqing (Albert) Jian, P.Eng., on November 25, 2020, which alleged that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct, incompetence, or negligence in relation to engineering services he provided for a sewerage system in Maple Ridge. Specifically, the Notice of Inquiry alleged that Mr. Jian acted as the authorized person as defined in the Sewerage Systems Regulation, when the design and construction of sewerage systems is outside his area of expertise. The Notice of Inquiry alleged that Mr. Jian also failed to directly supervise the individual who was conducting the majority of the system’s design, installation, and inspection work. The Notice of Inquiry alleged that Mr. Jian failed to design the sewerage system in a manner consistent with the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual (SPM) or an alternative standard practice, by:

  • designing a system with a maximum infiltrative surface per orifice in excess of that provided by SPM;
  • failing to identify the lineal loading rate used and how it was calculated;
  • failing to identify the hydraulic loading rate used for the basal area and how it was calculated;
  • failing to identify the hydraulic loading rate for the mound sand and how it was calculated;
  • inconsistently reporting soil texture;
  • designing a system with a pump tank volume below that required by the SPM;
  • failing to measure, or identify measurements for, the squirt height for the system’s distribution field lateral orifices;
  • failing to measure, or record, the pump run time, dose volume or drainback volume;
  • inconsistently recording the septic tank volume making it unclear whether the septic tank volume is adequate for the property in question; and
  • incorrectly recording the location of the septic tank, pump chamber and sand mount on the property.

The Notice of Inquiry also alleged that Mr. Jian signed and sealed a Record of Sewerage System form and a Letter of Certification, which affirmed the system’s plans were consistent with the SPM, and that the sewerage system had been constructed in accordance with standard practice, when he knew, or ought to have known, that the system was in fact not consistent with the affirmations in these documents.

The Notice of Inquiry alleged that Mr. Jian’s conduct contravened section 20(9) of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, Principles 2 and 3 of the Code of Ethics, and section 14(b) of the Bylaws.

Instead of proceeding to a disciplinary inquiry, Mr. Jian agreed to a Consent Order, dated January 14, 2021, in which he admitted the allegations in the Notice of Inquiry.

Mr. Jian agreed to a 2-month suspension of his registration, beginning January 18, 2021. Mr. Jian agreed that, before he undertakes any sewerage system design work after his suspension, he will complete an education course related to the design of sewerage systems. Mr. Jian agreed that his sewerage system designs will be peer reviewed for 12 months following the suspension period, or until he completes 10 sewerage system projects, whichever comes later. Mr. Jian further agreed that he will commence a practice review within 6 months following the peer review period. Mr. Jian also agreed to complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC online seminar, the Professional Practice Examination, and pay $5,000 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s legal and investigative costs.

If Mr. Jian fails to comply with the requirements of the Consent Order, his membership will be suspended until he has done so.

The full text of the Consent Order can be found in the Disciplinary Notices section of our website, at egbc.ca/discipline-notices.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s website contains information on the complaint, investigation, and discipline processes. You can contact us at 604.558.6647 or toll-free at 1.888.430.8035 ext. 6647, or by email at [email protected].

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