Developing Climate Change-Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in BC

Video Length: 1:01:05

Date Recorded: December 2,2020

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), contributes to engineering professionals designing highway infrastructure in a consistent manner, including conformance with BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (BC MoTI) Technical Circular: (T-04/19) titled “Resilient Infrastructure Engineering Design – Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change and Weather Extremes”. These guidelines establish the standard of practice in conducting risk assessments and for incorporating climate change resilience into the design of new or retrofit Highway Infrastructure that is under the ownership of the BC MoTI.

Presenters

Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng.

Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Harshan is a professional engineer working as the Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives in Professional Practice, Standards and Development Department of Engineers and Geoscientists BC. His previous experience includes providing practice advice in the capacity of a Practice Advisor, project managing the development of and revisions to Professional Practice Guidelines, and supporting Government of Alberta in the issuance of environmental approvals for municipal engineering projects.

Glen Zachary, P. Eng.

Senior Hydrologist and Hydraulics Engineer, Urban Systems

Glen has over 33 years of municipal infrastructure planning and design support experience, particularly with respect to hydrology and hydraulics. He is one of the primary authors of the subject Practice Guidelines, has conducted PIEVC and Climate Lens assessments, developed guidance for climate resilient design on highways infrastructure, and provided expert review for the Canada’s Changing Climate Report (2019).

Des Goold, P.Eng.

Principal, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants

Des Goold has 19 years of design and project management experience in river engineering and specializes in the hydraulic design of bridge, culvert, and pipeline crossings. He has a strong technical background in hydrologic analysis, numerical modelling, river behavior and morphology, and the hydraulic design of erosion and scour countermeasures for stream crossings and stream embankments.


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