Discipline Notice: Brian McClure, Nanaimo, BC

Posted on June 2, 2022

In a Consent Order dated May 9, 2022, Brian McClure admitted that aspects of his structural engineering work related to the design and construction of an 11-storey residential building demonstrated incompetence and unprofessional conduct. Mr. McClure’s registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC is cancelled. Mr. McClure further agreed to pay a fine of $25,000 and an additional $32,000 toward the legal costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

On May 9, 2022, Brian McClure agreed to a Consent Order cancelling his registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC effective immediately. Mr. McClure is not permitted to practise engineering in BC or use the title “Engineer” or “Professional Engineer” (P.Eng).

The discipline proceedings against Mr. McClure arose following an investigation into the structural engineering services he provided as the Engineer of Record for an 11-storey residential building originally known as Danbrook One in Langford, BC (the Building).

On December 10, 2021, following the completion of the investigation, Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a Citation to Mr. McClure. Instead of proceeding to a disciplinary hearing, Mr. McClure admitted to the allegations in the Citation and agreed to the Consent Order.

In the Consent Order, Mr. McClure admitted he demonstrated unprofessional conduct contrary to the Engineers and Geoscientists Act. In particular, he admitted that the structural design drawings for the Building were deficient, and that aspects of the seismic design and gravity load resisting system did not comply with the 2012 British Columbia Building Code. Mr. McClure agreed that the existence of the significant defects identified in the structural design drawings demonstrated incompetence. Mr. McClure also admitted that, in relation to the Building, he failed to:

  • Undertake an adequate design process;
  • Review the design of another Registrant and identify major deficiencies;
  • Maintain complete documentation;
  • Ensure that an independent review of the structural design was completed and properly documented;
  • Perform and document a sufficient number of field reviews; and
  • Take adequate steps to address serious concerns about the structural design that were brought to his attention during construction.

Mr. McClure agreed to pay a fine in the amount of $25,000 (the maximum available under the prior Engineers and Geoscientists Act) and an additional $32,000 toward the legal costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Mr. McClure is prohibited from re-applying for registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC for 2 years. Should he re-apply for reinstatement of his registration he must complete several requirements, including the Professional Practice Examination, the Professional Engineering and Geoscience in BC Online Seminar, and continuing education in structural engineering.

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

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