Position: Seismic Geologist
Contract Duration: 12 months - strong potential for extension
Client Office Location: Burnaby, BC
Work Location: In Burnaby office twice per week
Experience and Role Accountabilities
- A minimum four (4) years of in a relevant engineering field or equivalent.
- Develop safe engineering solutions by using initiative and judgement to perform activities such as developing designs, analyzing and resolving problems, and interpreting engineering specifications on low to medium complexity assignments for projects and/or operations.
- Assist project or operations management to meet safety, cost, quality, and time objectives by performing activities such as proposing changes in plans and estimated costs, recommending payment for work completed by contractors, preparing progress reports, coordinating work schedules and other similar tasks.
- Participate in BC Hydro's engineering practice by conducting independent studies and analysis, exercising judgment in selecting and interpreting information, recommending safe engineering designs, and making typical decisions related to standard methods and designs so that BC Hydro's engineering standards are maintained.
- Perform periodic tasks independently which may include on-site construction quality control and monitoring to ensure design compliance.
- Engage with BC Hydro's senior engineering team where engineering problems are difficult, complex, or unusual to support BC Hydro's management of engineering risk.
- Prior to commencement on assignment, the selected candidate must have their own sole practitioner, or the use of their firm's, Permit to Practice with EGBC.
- BC Registrants provided to BC Hydro through this assignment shall work under BC Hydro's Professional Practice Management Plan, Quality Management Pillar. The Registrant shall apply their own or their firm's Permit to Practice Number to work that is Sealed by the Registrant. Retention and preservation of all project documentation produced by the Registrant during their contract with BC Hydro will be retained by BC Hydro to satisfy EGBC Bylaws.
Education and Skills
- University graduate in applied science or engineering
- Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with Engineers & Geoscientists BC or with another jurisdiction and eligible for registration as such with Engineers & Geoscientists BC
- BC Hydro uses a Digital Sign and Seal Technology. You may be required to subscribe to a digital seal technology service offered by Notarius
- Familiarity with CAD systems and drawing standardsAbility to use standard industry design/analysis software
- Intermediate MS Office skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Intermediate English skills for professional environment, written and spoken
Additional Experience and Role Accountabilities
- Prepare project documentation and deliverables in accordance with BC Hydro project and Engineering Design Practices (i.e. evaluation reports, technical specifications, proposals, estimates, design basis', calculations, hazard logs, test plans).
- Plan and coordinate projects including preparation of project plans, design basis, field reviews and project reports, and specifications.
- Prepare signed/sealed engineering deliverables as Professional of Record (PoR) in accordance with EGBC and BC Hydro Design Practices.
- Provide technical assistance and construction support in the field, and undertake field reviews as required by EGBC.
- Prepare engineering analysis and design deliverables in accordance with BC Hydro Design Practices.
- Provide technical assistance and construction field support and undertake field reviews.
- Site investigation planning, supervision and inspection for stations and dams including: layout of drill holes, test pits, field mapping, specification of test requirements, preparation and implementation of interim dam safety risk management plans, in-situ testing, logging of soils and rock, collecting samples, and the installation of instrumentation etc.
- Collection, analysis and interpretation of data obtained from site investigations and other published sources, including survey data, LiDAR, satellite imagery, GIS, soil maps, papers, reports, etc.
- Characterize soil and bedrock into distinct units and estimate engineering parameters for design based on the geologic history, site investigation data, and other published sources.
- Develop geologic models based on an interpretation of available sources, including published sources, investigation data and other sources.
- Assess the potential for and impacts of geohazards, including faults, earthquake hazards, landslides, weak soils, etc.
- Design of rockfall protection measures including, mesh, anchors, shotcrete, barriers, etc.
- Perform stability and seepage analyses of embankments, slopes and excavations
- Perform embankment dam foundation design and performance assessment, including grouting, assessment and design of drainage, rock characterization, seepage cut-off, etc
- Design of geotechnical instrumentation and field installation. Knowledge of both conventional and remote sensing techniques including: weirs, inclinometers and earth pressure cells, fibre optic sensors, Automatic Data Acquisition Systems, downhole and crosshole seismic, SP, distributed temperature monitoring, etc.
- Design of ground improvement and grouting programs; knowledge of grouting techniques for improvement of soil properties and permeability reduction including: grout mix design, tremie grouting, compaction grouting, jet grouting, grout curtains, cut off walls, void filling, dam foundation grouting, grout monitoring and control techniques.
- Perform analysis related to geotechnical earthquake engineering and seismic hazard, liquefaction potential, seismic and deformation analysis of embankment dams, slopes, retaining structures, foundations etc.
- Site supervision of earthwork construction.
- Spatial analysis and assessment of geotechnical data in GIS.
- Other miscellaneous services of a geotechnical engineering nature.
- Document review for the development of 3D CADD and GIS models.
Additional Education and Skills
- Degree in Geological Engineering.
- Valid British Columbia Class 5 driver's license.
- Currently registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC).
- Knowledge and experience in geological engineering including:
- Rock mechanics
- Surficial geology mapping
- Soils and rock characterization
- Local and regional geologic history
- Geologic models
- Soil mechanics
- Site investigation
- In-situ testing and lab testing
- Deformation and seepage analyses
- Dam engineering and analysis
- Dam performance assessment
- Dam surveillance, geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring
- Grouting and ground improvement
- Seismic hazard, and geotechnical earthquake engineering
- Seepage and groundwater transport
- Slope stability analysis
- Design of rockfall protection measures
- Working knowledge of relevant software, including Rocscience products (RS2, RocFall. Dips, etc., Geoslope (Slope/w, Seep/w, etc.), FLAC, PLAXIS,VERSAT, FEFLOW, MODFLOW, etc.
- Ability to work independently, exercising judgment and initiative with limited supervision.
- Ability to analyze and resolve challenging and unusual engineering problems by incorporating innovative design and/or analysis methods.
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
- Strong proficiency of both written and oral communication in English and be able to prepare well-written technical reports and clearly present work to an audience.
- Ability to provide technical directions to junior engineers
- Ability to manage design tasks including scope, schedule and cost
- Ability to find engineering solutions that add value and to reach consensus
- Ability to communicate efficiently including verbal and technical writing in the English language, analytical, interpersonal communications and presentation skills
- Experience in project management including estimating, cost control, and project administration
Work Assignment Requirements:
- Must have P.Eng with EGBC.
- Must Have A minimum four (4) years of experience in a relevant engineering/geoscience field or equivalent.
- Must have 4 years of experience working with earthquake and seismic geology.
- Valid British Columbia Class 5 driver's license.
- PSHA Seismic Source Zone Characterization and Update
- Review and update of existing BCH model
- Literature review and liaison with industry experts.
- Working with earth