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About UrbanWorkbench

UrbanWorkbench represents the intersection between Urban Planning, Design and Civil Engineering. True to its name, the site is intended to act as a workbench, an area where ideas are fleshed out, concepts are discussed and debated, and new technologies are reported on and reviewed.

Mike and Robyn are both Civil Engineers. Mike is the Director of Engineering and Development for the City of Revelstoke, and Robyn works as a consultant in the Urban Land and Municipal Design sectors as a design engineer and project manager. We have an interest in sustainable engineering design within urban areas, having worked on the design of large scale residential housing, road corridor and industrial sites where sustainability has been a driving design criteria. Other experience includes road and subdivision design, golf course subdivision, on-site sewer and stormwater treatment, waste transfer station design, sewer pressure main (rising main) design, and solutions for sustainable total water cycle management strategies.

Mike and Robyn contributed to the Australian Federal Government’s House of Representatives Standing Committee for the Environment, providing a paper on the role of green roof technology in the goal of developing sustainable cities in Australia.

Mike has also contributed articles at the following websites:

Currently Mike and Robyn are living in Revelstoke, BC, Canada, in the beautiful interior of BC.

UrbanWorkbench is a community driven venture where comments and ideas are discussed freely. Of particular interest to the authors is the use of technology and design to gain sustainable outcomes.

If you have anything you would like to contribute, please feel free to reach us by using the contact form or leaving a comment on the site.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.