Guidelines & Advisories

As part of its mandate to serve and protect the public interest as it relates to the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience, Engineers and Geoscientists BC works with experts in their fields to develop professional practice guidance for its registrants. Guidance is published in the form of either professional practice guidelines or practice advisories, depending on the scope and nature of the topic.

Both types of documents assist registrants in meeting their professional obligations under the Professional Governance Act* and the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Bylaws by establishing expectations and obligations of professional practice in relation to specific professional activities. Registrants are required to stay informed of, be knowledgeable about, and meet the intent of guidance documents that are relevant to their area of practice. For more information on the development process refer to the Guidelines & Advisories Development Process.

*Note: The Professional Governance Act (PGA) came into force on February 5, 2021 in British Columbia, replacing the Engineers and Geoscientists Act. When professional practice guidelines and practice advisories are revised they will be updated to reference the PGA. However, existing references to the Engineers and Geoscientists Act remain valid and binding.

All guidelines and advisories are available digitally and are posted below.

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Buildings

Practice Advisory Video Current Version Published Date
Structural Assessments of Exterior Means of Egress 1.1 2021-03-04
Electrical Engineering Considerations in Flood-Resilient Design of Buildings 1.0 2020-12-18
Issued for Building Permit Documents 1.0 2020-10-29
Flowing Artesian Wells and Excavations 1.0 2020-06-22
Engineering Modifications to Fire-Tested and Listed Assemblies 1.0 2020-04-06
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 2019-02-15
Sealing Insurance Declarations 1.0 2018-11-27
Field Reviews, Construction Deficiencies, and Safety 1.0 2018-08-30
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
Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Geotechnical Engineering Services for Building Projects 2.1 2021-09-22
Engineering Services for Temporary Structures: Formwork, Falsework, and Reshore 1.0 2021-08-11
Mechanical Engineering Services for Building Projects 2.0 2021-05-21
Joint Professional Practice Guidelines – British Columbia Building Code Letters of Assurance Requirements for Part 9 Buildings [Prepared jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the AIBC] 1.1 2021-05-13
Joint Professional Practice Guidelines - Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction up to 12 Storeys [Prepared jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the AIBC] 1.0 2021-03-30
Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings 1.0 2020-12-03
Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects 2.0 2020-09-19
Professional Responsibilities for the Design and Installation of Elevating Devices in New Buildings 2.0 2020-09-03
Joint Professional Practice Guidelines – Professional Design and Field Review By Supporting Registered Professionals (including Model Schedules S-B and S-C) [Prepared jointly by Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the AIBC] 1.0 2020-04-27
Building Enclosure Engineering Services 2.0 2020-02-04
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
Statement of Compliance under Pool Regulation 1.0 2016-04-01
Housing Foundations and Geotechnical Challenges Guide 1.0 2015-08-01
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 2014-07-01
Professional Structural Engineering Services for Part 9 Buildings 3.0 2014-06-01
Fire Protection Engineering Services for Building Projects 1.0 2013-09-01
Bulletin 34: Building Envelope Services – Appropriate Professional Practice & Model Schedules D and C-D 3.0 2011-08-01
Guide to the Letters of Assurance 5a 2010-12-01
Bulletin: K: Letters of Assurance in the BC Building Code and Due Diligence 1.0 2010-09-01
ACEC-BC Budget Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services - Buildings Projects - 2009 1.0 2009-06-01

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Civil and Transportation Infrastructure

Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Developing Climate Change-Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in British Columbia 2.0 2020-07-09
Retaining Wall Design 1.1 2020-02-25
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 2018-07-01
Onsite Sewerage Systems 1.3 2018-05-24
Performance-Based Seismic Design of Bridges in BC 1.0 2018-05-23
Legislated Dam Safety Reviews in BC 3.0 2016-10-01
Site Characterization for Dam Foundations in BC 1.2 2016-10-01

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Equipment Safety

Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Annual Equipment Inspection and Certification in British Columbia 1.1 2020-12-10

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General

Practice Advisory Video Current Version Published Date
Relying on the Work of a Specialist 1.0 2021-07-22
Contractual Provisions Regarding Retention and Disclosure of Project Documentation 1.0 2021-03-25
Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Local Government Asset Management 1.0 2021-07-29
Expert Witness Guidelines 1.1 2016-07-01
Human Rights and Diversity Guidelines 1.0 2016-04-15
Sustainability Guidelines 1.1 2016-04-01
Shop Drawings 2.0 2015-01-01
Intellectual Property 3.0 2009-06-01

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High Technology

Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Development of Safety Critical Software 1.0 2020-07-16

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Natural Hazards

Professional Practice Guideline Video 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 2017-01-01
Legislated Landslide Assessments for Proposed Residential Development in BC 3.0 2010-05-01

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Natural Resources

Practice Advisory Video Current Version Published Date
Professional Roles and Responsibilities for the Life Cycle of Forest Road Crossings 1.0 2019-08-12
Professional Practice Guideline Video Current Version Published Date
Watershed Assessment and Management of Hydrologic and Geomorphic Risk in the Forest Sector 1.0 2020-01-14
Legislated Riparian Assessments in BC 1.1 2017-07-01
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings 2.0 2014-06-01
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Forest Roads 1.0 2012-06-01
Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Terrain Stability Assessments 2.0 2010-10-01
Management of Terrain Stability in the Forest Sector 1.0 2008-09-01

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