Professional Practice Guidelines: Geotechnical Engineering Services for Building Projects

Video Length: 1:30:01

Date Recorded: April 14, 2021

The "Professional Practice Guidelines - Geotechnical Engineering Services for Building Projects" specifies tasks that should be performed by Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrants so as to meet an appropriate standard of practice that fulfills the registrant's professional obligations under the Act and Bylaws. These obligations include the registrant's primary duty to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public and the environment.

This revision was undertaken to provide an update that modernizes the guideline to the current standard of practice, incorporating changes to geotechnical practice that have occurred since it was originally published in 1998. The revision provides additional clarity on the specific items related to geotechnical engineering for building projects in the Letters of Assurance and discusses the roles and responsibilities of engineering professionals, specifically the Geotechnical Engineer of Record, and other relevant parties.

The guidelines define the skill sets that are consistent with the training and experience required to carry out building enclosure engineering and describe how the intent of the seven quality management requirements under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act are to be met.




Karen has been providing geotechnical engineering services to the British Columbia building industry for three decades, with emphasis on the Lower Mainland. Her hands-on approach and strong knowledge of local soil conditions has been appreciated by stakeholders in residential developments, commercial developments, and civil infrastructure works. She is a technical resource consulted by many municipalities with respect to policy relating to geotechnical issues. As well as providing traditional geotechnical design services for foundations, excavations, shoring systems, and pavements, Karen also provides insight into stormwater management, especially as it relates to surface and sub-surface drainage, stormwater infiltration, and sediment and erosion control, especially for LEED projects. Karen has also acted as an Expert in legal and insurance cases.



Dan is responsible for managing the development of the organization's professional practice guidelines, engaging with various stakeholders to address professional practice concerns, and for providing advice to registrants regarding practice issues. Dan provides staff support to the Software Engineering Advisory Group. Dan is a professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Applied Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto. Dan was the project manager for the development of the Geotechnical Engineering Guidelines.

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