Professional Practice Guidelines

The practices of professional engineering and professional geoscience are both broad and specialized. Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia 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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Member Advisories

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Member Advisory 2019-01: Considerations for the Professional of Record in Contractual Disputes
Member Advisory 2018-06: Sealing Insurance Declarations
Member Advisory 2018-05.1: New Regulations for Steel Storage Racks
*Revised November 13, 2018
Member Advisory 2018-04: Field Reviews, Construction Deficiencies and Safety
Member Advisory 2018-03: Independent Reviews of Retaining Walls
Member Advisory 2018-02: Changes to the Electrical Field Safety Representative Program
Member Advisory 2018-01: New BC Building Code 2012 Letters of Assurance, Schedules B and C-A
Member Advisory – Revised Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code (May 2017) *Superseded by Member Advisory 2018-01

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Buildings

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Building Enclosure Engineering Services
Bulletin 34: Building Envelope Services – Appropriate Professional Practice & Model Schedules C and C-D
Bulletin: K: BCBC – Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code and Due Diligence
Designing Guards for Building Projects
Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects
Engineering Services for 5 and 6 Storey Wood Frame Residential Building Projects
Fire Protection Engineering Services for Building Projects
Geotechnical Engineering Services for Building Projects
Guide to the Letters of Assurance
Mechanical Engineering Services for Building Projects
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]
Professional Responsibilities for the Design and Installation of Elevating Devices in New Buildings
Professional Structural Engineering Services for Part 9 Buildings
Statement of Compliance under Pool Regulation
Structural Design Issues for Housing and Small Buildings in British Columbia - Information for Local Authorities, Homeowners and Developers
Structural Engineering Services for Part 3 Building Projects
Whole Building Energy Modelling Services

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Civil and Transportation Infrastructure

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Developing Climate Change–Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in British Columbia (Interim)
Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC
Onsite Sewerage Systems
Performance-Based Seismic Design of Bridges in BC
Site Characterization for Dam Foundations in British Columbia

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Natural Resources 

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Legislated Riparian Assessments in BC
Management of Terrain Stability in the Forest Sector
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Forest Roads
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Terrain Stability Assessments

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Natural Hazards

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Flood Mapping in BC
Legislated Flood Assessments in a Changing Climate in BC
Legislated Landslide Assessments for Proposed Residential Development in British Columbia
Seismic Retrofit Guidelines

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General

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Expert Witness Guidelines
Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines
Intellectual Property
Shop Drawings
Sustainability Guidelines

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Guidelines from Other Groups

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Listing of Guidelines from Other Jurisdictions
ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services - Buildings Projects - 2009
ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Engineering Services - Document 1 Infrastructure and Transportation
AMEBC Safety Guidelines for Mineral Exploration in Western Canada
BC Securities Commission – NI43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects
Building Enclosure Design Guide
Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Best Practice Guidelines
Housing Foundations and Geotechnical Challenges Guide
Infraguide Best Practice Report – Decision Making and Investment Planning: Selecting a Professional Consultant
SEABC Earthquake Fact Sheet

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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 604.639.6056 (toll free at 1.888.430.8035 ext 6056) or by email at [email protected].