Updated Guidelines for Retaining Wall Design Now Available

Posted on March 4, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has issued a revised version of the Professional Practice Guidelines – Retaining Wall Design.

The guidelines, originally published in November 2019 and revised in February 2020 (version 1.1), help engineering professionals design retaining walls in a consistent manner. Guidance includes outlining roles and responsibilities, providing advice about how to incorporate best practices such as providing complete documentation, and following appropriate quality management procedures. The guidelines focus on the geotechnical aspects of retaining walls, but also include some regulatory and structural issues.

The updated guidelines clarify when assurance statements should be completed, specify the inclusion of field review requirements in the assurance statement, and provide other minor clarifications.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is hosting a 90-minute webinar on the morning of March 13, that will train professionals on applying the guidelines when undertaking retaining wall design. The webinar will be presented by Garry Stevenson, P.Eng., P.Geo., FGC, who has 40 years of geotechnical engineering experience. Mr. Stevenson will be joined by Amy Fehr, P.Eng., Manager of the Professional Practice Advice Program at Engineers and Geoscientists BC. For more information, or to register for the webinar, visit egbc.ca/Events/Events/2020/20MARRWG.

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

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