Professional Practice Guidelines

The practices of professional engineering and professional geoscience are both broad and specialized. Engineers and Geoscientists BC produces guideline documents on specific professional services or activities where additional guidance is necessary. Each guideline deals with the carrying out of specific activities in a manner such that the association’s members and licensees can meet their professional obligations under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act.

All professional practice guidelines are authored by subject matter experts and reviewed by a variety of stakeholders depending on the nature of the guideline. While a number of guidelines are printed for dissemination, some guidelines, because of their nature and length, are only available digitally. All guidelines are posted below.

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Practice Advisories Current Version Published Date
Updated Standard - IEEE 1584 - IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations 1.0 2019-11-04
New Regulations for Steel Storage Racks 3.0 2019-07-10
Considerations for the Professional of Record in Contractual Disputes 1.0 2019-03-15
Sealing Insurance Declarations 1.0 2018-11-27
Field Reviews, Construction Deficiencies, and Safety 1.0 2018-08-30
Independent Reviews of Retaining Walls 1.0 2018-05-31
Changes to the Electrical Field Safety Representative Program 1.0 2018-03-16
New BC Building Code 2012 Letters of Assurance, Schedules B and C-A 1.0 2018-01-31
Revised Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code
*Superseded by "New BC Building Code 2012 Letters of Assurance, Schedules B and C-A"
1.0 2017-05-24
Professional Practice Guidelines Current Version Published Date
Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects 2.0 2019-09-19
Structural Engineering Services for Part 3 Building Projects 4.0 2019-01-29
Designing Guards for Building Projects 2.0 2018-12-11
Whole Building Energy Modelling Services 1.0 2018-08-15
Practice Note 16: Professional Design and Field Review by Supporting Registered Professionals (including Model Schedules S-B and S-C) [Prepared jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC (formerly APEGBC) and AIBC] 1.0 2017-02
Professional Responsibilities for the Design and Installation of Elevating Devices in New Buildings 1.0 2016-04-01
Statement of Compliance under Pool Regulation 1.0 2016-04
Housing Foundations and Geotechnical Challenges Guide 1.0 2015-08
Structural, Fire Protection and Building Envelope Professional Engineering Services for 5 and 6 Storey Wood Frame Residential Building Projects 2.0 2015-04-08
Structural Design Issues for Housing and Small Buildings in BC - Information for Local Authorities, Homeowners and Developers 2.1 2014-07
Professional Structural Engineering Services for Part 9 Buildings 3.0 2014-06-01
Fire Protection Engineering Services for Building Projects 1.0 2013-09
Building Enclosure Engineering Services 1.0 2012-10
Bulletin 34: Building Envelope Services – Appropriate Professional Practice & Model Schedules C and C-D 3.0 2011-08
Guide to the Letters of Assurance 5a 2010-12
Bulletin: K: Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code and Due Diligence 1.0 2010-09
ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services - Buildings Projects - 2009 1.0


Geotechnical Engineering Services for Building Projects 1.0 1998-03
Mechanical Engineering Services for Building Projects 1.0 1993-02-04

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Civil and Transportation Infrastructure

Professional Practice Guidelines Current Version Published Date
Assessment of Groundwater at Risk of Containing Pathogens (GARP) 1.0 2019-07-16
ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Engineering Services - Document 1 Infrastructure and Transportation 1.0 2018-07
Onsite Sewerage Systems 1.3 2018-05-24
Performance-Based Seismic Design of Bridges in BC 1.0 2018-05-23
Developing Climate Change–Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in BC (Interim) 1.0 2016-12
Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC 3.0 2016-10
Site Characterization for Dam Foundations in BC 1.2 2016-10

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Natural Resources 

Practice Advisories Current Version Published Date
Professional Roles and Responsibilities for the Life Cycle of Forest Road Crossings 1.0 2019-08-12
Professional Practice Guidelines Current Version Published Date
Legislated Riparian Assessments in BC 1.1 2017-07
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings 2.0 2014-06
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Forest Roads 1.0 2012-06
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Terrain Stability Assessments 2.0 2010-10
Management of Terrain Stability in the Forest Sector 1.0 2008-09

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Natural Hazards

Professional Practice Guidelines Current Version Published Date
Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC 2.1 2018-08-28
Seismic Retrofit Guidelines 3.0 2018-07-07
Flood Mapping in BC 1.0 2017-01
Legislated Landslide Assessments for Proposed Residential Development in BC 3.0 2010-05

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Professional Practice Guidelines Current Version Published Date
Expert Witness Guidelines 1.1 2016-07
Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines 1.0 2016-04-15
Sustainability Guidelines 1.1 20016-04
Shop Drawings 2.0 2015-01
Intellectual Property 3.0 2009-06

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Request for Consideration of Other Guidelines

As part of its mandate to protect the public interest by setting and maintaining professional practice standards, Engineers and Geoscientists BC works with experts in their fields to develop professional practice guidelines for its members. The association’s Professional Practice Committee (PPC) reviews all engineering and/or geoscience guidelines for consistency with association Bylaws and issues that affect the practices of engineers and geoscientists in BC. Such guidelines establish, among other things, the minimum scope of services on a project, and define the roles and responsibilities of involved stakeholders.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC occasionally receives requests to develop additional guidelines for specialized engineering or geoscience projects. While the need to establish benchmarks for professional engineering and geoscience excellence is recognized, the development of highly specialized guidelines requires significant resources (including professional expertise, time, and administrative support), and may not be justified if they apply to only a small subset of the association’s members.

Should there be a reasonable demand for a guideline currently not in place in BC but in use in another engineering and/or geoscience jurisdiction in Canada, the PPC will review the guideline to determine its potential suitability for use by BC members.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC recommends the following procedure for requesting specialized engineering or geoscience guidelines:

  • Review the list of guidelines available,
  • If a guideline from outside BC is available, contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC to request a review of the document,
  • If a reasonable demand for a guideline is requested from various members, Engineers and Geoscientists BC will investigate and review the guideline topic to determine its suitability for use by members of the association, and
  • If a guideline is required but does not exist on the list, contact Engineers and Geoscientists BC, describing the need for the guideline. The association will consider whether or not to initiate the development of the guideline.

Further information regarding sourcing specialized engineering and/or geoscience guidelines can be obtained by contacting Lindsay Steele, P.Geo., Associate Director, Professional Practice at 604.412.6056 (toll free at 1.888.430.8035 ext 6056) or by email at [email protected].