Guideline Revision Planned for Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC

Posted on July 5, 2021

Dams are a major part of the infrastructure in BC and, through dam safety reviews, engineering professionals play a key role in protecting public safety and the environment. Engineers and Geoscientists BC, in collaboration with BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD) and BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation (MEMLCI), plans to update its 2016 Professional Practice Guidelines - Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC. The guidelines were written originally with the intention of guiding professional practice for legislated dam safety reviews of water reservoir dams pursuant to the Dam Safety Regulation.

The current guidelines, first issued in 2013, provide the expectations and obligations for professional registrants when carrying out dam safety reviews by bringing consistency and increased quality to dam safety reviews, and establishing roles, responsibilities, and skillsets of the practitioners undertaking this work. The updated guidelines will capture changes through the Professional Governance Act, and updates to other applicable legislation and guidance documents.

MFLNRORD and MEMLCI will work with Engineers and Geoscientists BC to revise these guidelines and have provided funding towards the current revision.

The guideline revisions are expected to be completed by the end of 2022. For information on the development of these revised guidelines, email Alice Kruchten, P.Eng., Practice Advisor, at [email protected].

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