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About UrbanWorkbench™

Mike Thomas P.Eng.
™ represents the intersection between , and Design. The site is intended to act as a workbench, an area where ideas are hammered out, concepts are tried, discussed and debated, and new , planning, environmental and urban technologies are reported on and reviewed.

Mike and Robyn are both Civil Engineers with experience in urban design and municipal infrastructure. We have an interest in sustainable engineering design within urban areas, having worked on the design and construction of municipal infrastructure, as well as 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 force 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.

Other than writing at Urbanworkbench, Mike has also contributed articles at the following websites:

Mike and Robyn are living in , B.C., where Mike works as the Director of Engineering and Development. Previously we lived in Langley, BC, contributes to committees such as the Metro Vancouver Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group, helping develop revised onsite stormwater best management practices; and Castlegar, BC, Canada, in the beautiful West Kootenays region where they were involved in sustainable community initiatives such as the Creston Grain Community Supported Agriculture Project, the Castlegar Integrated Sustainability Planning Process, the Climate Adaptation Committee, Rossland’s Water Stewardship Committee and advocating for Urban Agriculture including chickens and goats among other things.

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.