NEW! APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines: Developing Climate Change–Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in British Columbia (Interim)
Greetings from British Columbia!
APEGBC is the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, the regulatory body for engineers and geoscientists in the Province of BC. This post is about the release of interim APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines. Hopefully this post on adapting to climate change is of interest to some. If so, read on.....
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's 2015 Technical-circular on climate change, extreme weather preparedness and resilience serves as a directive to consider climate change and extreme weather events in infrastructure project design under BCMoTI’s ownership/jurisdiction. It supports in developing strategies to help BC adapt to the effects of climate change and extreme weather events. The link to the T-circular is here:
In it, the engineering consultants are required to evaluate and consider vulnerability associated with future climate change and extreme weather events and to include appropriate adaptation measures when feasible, for the design life of the highway infrastructure. It also states that vulnerability assessment methodologies, practice guidance, as well as engineering project examples, can be obtained from other agencies such as professional associations. These APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines - Developing Climate Change–Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in BC provide that context. These interim guidelines apply only to BCMoTI projects:
The link to APEGBC's Climate Change Information Portal which can be used as a complementary resource is here: https://www.apeg.bc.ca/About-Us/Commitment-to-Community/Climate-Change/Climate-Change-Information-Portal
These guidelines seek to establish the standard of practice required to be demonstrated by engineering consultants working on BC MoTI projects. Minimum level of effort required to consider climate change in design has been provided within these guidelines. Please forward it to your networks as appropriate.
Feedback received on these guidelines during the interim period (one year from today to 14 August 2018) will inform updates that are made. APEGBC will be touching base with members who are engaged in the provision of these services to obtain feedback to fine-tune these guidelines. Few issues that could be discussed in finalizing these guidelines are:
- incorporating climate change adaptation measures into planning cycles
- considering climate change in ongoing design projects and,
- staying up to date with the evolution of climate science (relates as well to continuing professional development and establishing professional qualifications).
Sidebar: There are a number of climate change related continuing professional development events scheduled (see for example: https://events.apeg.bc.ca/ehome/ac2017/agenda/, some of which is available to members of the other professional associations, for example: https://www.apeg.bc.ca/Events/Events/2017/17NOVCHS). Here’s the link to the Fraser Basin Council’s webinar on Legal Implications of Climate Change for Professionals: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8775680973427162626. Scheduled on the 28th September 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT, this webinar from Zizzo Strategy aims to educate professionals on how climate change impacts their professional roles and responsibilities, encourage them to integrate climate change into their decision-making and empower them to make the case for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng.,
Practice Advisor, APEGBC