Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia has concluded disciplinary action against John Bryson, a structural engineer whose design of a high-rise residential tower in Surrey, BC, failed to meet the building code.
Mr. Bryson admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct and acted contrary to the association’s Code of Ethics. In a Consent Order, Mr. Bryson admitted that his structural design for the building, Ultra (13325 102a Ave., Surrey, BC), did not comply with the 2006 BC Building Code, to which he certified it had been designed, in particular with respect to seismic and wind loads. Additionally, Mr. Bryson admitted that, as the registered professional responsible for the design of the building, he failed to undertake an adequate design process, utilizing an approach of using certain less conservative requirements from the National Building Code 2010 while not using other more conservative requirements from the same code. Mr. Bryson also admitted that he breached the association’s Bylaw 14(b)(4) and demonstrated unprofessional conduct by failing to ensure that an appropriate independent review of his design was completed.
Mr. Bryson was charged with unprofessional conduct and resigned his engineering license. He must pay a fine of $25,000—the maximum allowable under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act—and must pay the association $215,000 towards costs.
“The public deserves to have confidence that their homes are being designed to the current standard, and it’s a serious matter when that trust is betrayed,” said Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, Ann English, P.Eng. “This individual failed to meet the professional and ethical standards required of him as a professional engineer.”
Engineers and Geoscientists BC has notified the building permitting officials of municipalities and regional districts across the province of this disciplinary outcome. The City of Surrey was informed of the investigation and was provided with the expert reports obtained by the association as they were completed.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to upholding a high standard of practice and ethical conduct for BC professional engineers and geoscientists, supported through the regulatory tools at its disposal, including practice guidance and audits of an individual’s professional practice.
“This is a rare but very serious offence, for which we sought the maximum fine available, and ensured that this individual can no longer practise engineering,” said English. “We will not hesitate to act in any situation where we believe that our standards are not being upheld.”
The full text of the Consent Order is available on the disciplinary notices page of our website. For more information on Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s complaint, investigation, and discipline processes, contact us at 604.558.6647 or toll-free at 1.888.430.8035 ext. 6647, or by email at [email protected].
Updated May 16, 2019
Posted April 30, 2019