Updated Guidelines for Climate Change-Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure Now Available

Posted on August 4, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has issued an updated version of Professional Practice Guidelines - Developing Climate Change-Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in BC.

The guidelines, first published in 2016 and updated in July 2020 (version 2.0), will contribute to engineering professionals designing highway infrastructure in a consistent manner, including conformance with BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Technical Circular: (T-04/19) titled “Resilient Infrastructure Engineering Design – Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change and Weather Extremes”.

The guidelines outline project roles and responsibilities, provide advice on how to incorporate best practices (such as considering the use of future climate projections), and follow appropriate quality management procedures. The guidelines also establish the standard of practice when conducting climate-risk assessments, include updated and new case study examples, and updates to the climate science section.

These guidelines were written for engineering professionals, statutory decision-makers, regulators, the public, and other stakeholders who might be involved in, or have an interest in, highway infrastructure design in BC. The guidelines provide a common level of expectation for various stakeholders with respect to the due diligence and standard of practice to be applied when designing highway infrastructure in BC.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is expecting to host a webinar in the Fall that will inform professionals on application of the guidelines when designing provincial highway infrastructure.

These guidelines, and other professional practice guidelines and practice-related resources, are provided at egbc.ca/Professional-Practice.

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