In a November 4, 2022, Consent Order, Robert (Roy) Keery, 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. Keery’s registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC is suspended for a period of 2 months. Mr. Keery is restricted from practising in the area of wastewater sewerage systems. Mr. Keery paid $8,000 toward the legal costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
On November 4, 2022, Mr. Keery agreed to a Consent Order, in which his registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC is suspended for a period of 2 months starting on December 1, 2022.
In 2017, Mr. Keery designed and installed a sewerage system for a property in Prince George, BC. Mr. Keery authenticated and filed a letter of certification with the Northern Health Authority confirming the sewerage system was designed and constructed in accordance with the Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual (SPM). In 2018, the sewerage system prematurely failed.
In the Consent Order, Mr. Keery 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. Keery agreed that, among other things, he failed to:
- Design the sewerage system in a manner consistent with the SPM;
- Conduct adequate field reviews and maintain project documentation in regard to the design and/or installation of the sewerage system; and
- Comply with the Sewerage System Regulations (SSR) by affirming that the plans and specifications were consistent with standard practice, when he knew or ought to have known the sewerage system had not been constructed in accordance with standard practice.
As outlined in the Consent Order, Mr. Keery is restricted from practising in the area of wastewater sewerage systems. Specifically, Mr. Keery agreed that 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.
To practice in this area, he must successfully complete a prescribed course in the area of sewerage systems and Mr. Keery’s work relating to wastewater sewerage systems must be peer- reviewed for at least two years. Following the peer-review period, Mr. Keery must complete a practice review conducted by the Audit and Practice Review Committee.
Mr. Keery paid $8,000 toward the legal costs of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. Mr. Keery must also complete the Authentication of Documents online course and the Professional Engineering and Geoscience Practice in BC Online Seminar.