On June 2, 2020, Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry indicating that Mr. Ghodousi demonstrated incompetence, negligence, or unprofessional conduct, and that he contravened the Engineers and Geoscientists Act and the Code of Ethics in relation to his failure to design and verify a fire suppression system. The Notice of Inquiry also indicated that he failed to provide records when requested. Instead of proceeding to a disciplinary inquiry, Mr. Ghodousi agreed to a Consent Order in August 2020. In the Consent Order, he agreed to pay $3,000 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s legal and investigation costs. He also agreed that, if he reinstates his practising status, he must complete the Professional Practice Examination, undergo a Practice Review, and not conduct engineering work related to fire suppression systems. His membership will also be suspended for 4 months.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Notice of Inquiry to Reza Ghodousi, P.Eng. (Non-Practising), on June 2, 2020, which indicated that he demonstrated incompetence, negligence, or unprofessional conduct by failing to design and verify a fire suppression system for a dental office to the standard expected of a professional engineer. Specifically, the Notice of Inquiry indicated that he used a design method, and signed and sealed drawings, which were only permitted for a single family or duplex residential occupancy and not a commercial space, and which were not prepared by Mr. Ghodousi or anyone under his direct supervision. The Notice of Inquiry also indicated that Mr. Ghodousi failed to provide the Investigation Committee with a copy of his complete file for the project when requested.
The Notice of Inquiry indicated his conduct was in contravention of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, and Principles 1, 2, 3, and 6 of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Code of Ethics.
Instead of proceeding to a disciplinary inquiry, Mr. Ghodousi agreed to a Consent Order, dated August 18, 2020, in which he admitted the allegations in the Notice of Inquiry.
At the time of the Consent Order, Mr. Ghodousi’s membership status was Non-Practising. Regardless of whether he maintains this status, he will pay $3,000 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s legal and investigation costs within 30 days from the date of the Consent Order.
If Mr. Ghodousi wishes to reinstate his practising status, his membership will be suspended for 4 months upon his reinstatement. He must also:
- provide written notice to Engineers and Geoscientists BC, prior to reinstatement, that he has completed and passed Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Professional Practice Examination;
- undergo a Practice Review conducted by Engineers and Geoscientists BC within six months of the completion of the suspension; and
- restrict his practice from performing engineering work related to fire suppression systems until he completes and passes the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems Online Training Series, and a competency assessment related to fire suppression engineering conducted by the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Credentials Committee.
If he 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/Complaints-Discipline/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].