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90% of Municipal Engineering is Communication

I’m regularly reminded of the importance of communication as a part of municipal #engineering as I provide updates on projects and operations to decision-makers. Unfortunately, most university programs in engineering, and many junior level positions fail to prepare graduates and young engineers for this reality. Design work, physics, materials, mechanics, chemistry, and hydraulics are foundational […]

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Mentoring

The idea of being a mentor, comes from the character with the same name in Homer’s Odessey, where Mentor has a teaching, encouraging, and oversight relationship with Telemachus, Odysseus’s son. The English language adopted the term to mean (via Wikipedia): Mentor: someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague. The […]

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APEGBC to Vote on Professional Development Requirements

British Columbia’s Engineering and Geoscience professional body, APEGBC, is conducting a survey for members on proposed changes to the bylaw regarding Continuing Professional Development Requirements. The current process of voluntarily declaring compliance to the requirements is obviously not ideal. For a profession that is self regulating, we need to do a better job of ensuring adequate […]

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Watermain Replacement

Among other things, one of my projects in the past month was pulling an old 40m water main out of a culvert under the Trans Canada Highway. We had no information on the condition of the culvert or exactly how the pipe was held together, we spent several utilities meetings working through possible solutions and problem-solving to find […]

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