Discipline Notice: Bret Hutchinson, P.Eng.

Posted on August 4, 2022

In a Consent Order dated June 30, 2022, Bret Hutchinson, P.Eng., admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct by failing to design a sewerage system in a manner consistent with the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual. Mr. Hutchinson is restricted from practising in the area of wastewater sewerage systems, and agreed to a fine of $2,500, and a payment of $3,217.05 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s the investigation costs.

On June 30, 2022, Mr. Hutchinson agreed to a Consent Order restricting him from practising in the area of wastewater sewerage systems.

In 2017, Mr. Hutchinson designed and installed a sewerage system for a property in Prince George, BC. Mr. Hutchinson acted as the Authorized Person for the sewerage system, in accordance with the regulations outlined in the Sewerage Systems Regulation (SSR). Mr. Hutchinson authenticated and filed a letter of certification with Northern Health Authority confirming the sewerage system was designed and constructed in accordance with the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual (SPM). In 2019, the sewerage system failed prematurely, and a third-party engineer noted deficiencies with Mr. Hutchinson’s design as the cause of the failure.

In the Consent Order, Mr. Hutchinson admitted that he demonstrated unprofessional conduct with respect to his design of the sewerage system and that he acted contrary to the Bylaws of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Mr. Hutchinson agreed that he:

  • Acted as an Authorized Person when the design and construction of sewerage systems is outside his area of expertise;
  • Failed to correctly evaluate site soil and ground water conditions and determine the elevation of the groundwater table to design a dispersal field for the conditions at the site;
  • Failed to design the sewerage system in a manner consistent with the SPM, resulting in the premature failure of the system; and
  • Authenticated and filed a letter of certification with Northern Health Authority confirming the sewerage system was designed and constructed in accordance with the SPM when he ought to have known that it was not fully designed and constructed in accordance with the SPM.

As set out in the Consent Order, Mr. Hutchinson is restricted from practicing in the area of wastewater sewerage systems. Specifically, Mr. Hutchinson agreed he will not act as an Authorized Person as defined in the SSR and the SPM, or conduct any engineering work related to sewerage systems.

If Mr. Hutchinson wishes to practice in the area of wastewater sewerage systems he must successfully complete a course in the area of sewerage systems and all of Mr. Hutchinson’s work relating to wastewater sewerage systems must be peer reviewed for a minimum of 12 months.

Mr. Hutchinson agreed to a fine of $2,500 and payment of $3,217.05 towards Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s the investigation costs. Mr. Hutchinson must also complete the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar.

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