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I believe in managing wastewater responsibly and with appropriate technology. I believe that wastewater treatment systems work best when contaminants are minimized to allow living microflora and microfauna to thrive. I believe in composting, gravity and simplicity.

As an Authorized Professional Engineer under the Sewage Regulation, I design and certify all types of onsite sewage, stormwater and greywater systems, and prepare assessment reports. I specialize in designs for difficult systems and supervising unregistered installers or homeowners who wish to install their own systems. I have designed 35 systems currently operating in BC.

My work includes consulting, site and soil profiling, permeameter testing, systems design, drafting, registration with Interior Health, or the Ministry of Environment, construction supervision and inspection, function testing, and certification. All work is in conformance with the Sewerage System Regulation or the Municipal Wastewater Regulation depending on the size of the project.

ONSITE WASTEWATER
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Letters of Reference
Site assessments (for subdivision, real estate purchase or design)  
Design and certification of sewage, greywater and stormwater systems
Construction drawings and construction supervision  
Maintenance plans  

Tom Smith P.Eng,

is an independent professional engineer specializing in onsite wastewater (septic) systems design.

assures you of the highest professional standards backed by the Association of Professional Engineers and a liabilty insurance policy.

can supervise unregistered installers, including homeowners who want to install their own systems.

provides a detailed Bill of Materials and construction drawings. If the homeowner does not want to build it themselves, the drawings can be shopped around to local contractors for rapid and best possible installation pricing. Bio2 provides access to materials supplied at contractor pricing, state of the art design expertise, and knowledge of preferred local installation contractors.

References available on request.

 

Tom Smith P.Eng.

Work History

DESIGN ENGINEER - ONSITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT 2006 to present
Authorized Professional, member of the

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

GREATER VANCOUVER REGIONAL DISTRICT (now Metro Vancouver) 1991 - 2001
Project Engineer in the Civil, Mechanical Design and Construction Division of the Engineering and Construction Department.

WESTWATER RESEARCH CENTER 1989
Gathered water quality data from a variety of government databases, collated the data electronically and developed graphical summaries to show the spatial and temporal changes in the water quality conditions of the Fraser River and its tributaries. Collated the data for a book;

Hall, K.J., H. Schreier and S.J. Brown. Water quality in the Fraser River basin. In: Water in Sustainable Development.: Exploring our Common Future in the Fraser River Basin. Dorcey, A.H.J. (ed.) & J.R. Griggs (co-ed.), Westwater Research Centre, Vancouver. 1991.

UBC FORESTRY 1987-1989
Conducted forest nutrient cycling and fire research involving sampling, analysis (using atomic absorption spectrophotometry) and data management .

ENVIRONMENT CANADA 1988
Prepared a technical report describing and assessing the various toilet systems, marine sanitation devices and package wastwater treatment plants available in BC. Technical and cost information were obtained from the manufacturers and some installations were inspected.


Formal Education

1985-90

Bachelor of Applied Science in Bio-Resource Engineering
University of British Columbia

Major Studies:

Wastewater Treatment
Irrigation and Drainage

Soil Fertility
Controlled Environments
Food Processing

1991-95 Workers Compensation Board (now WorkSafe BC)
Industrial First Aid Attendant - Certificate Level "A"
 

Some Past Achievements

COMPOSTING TOILETS

Developed a slide show and presentation on The Operation of the Composting Toilet. The presentation includes a detailed explanation of the composting process and how it relates to effective design. The efficiencies of the most popular designs are compared based on sanitation, cost and convenience. The presentation won the 1988 Western Canadian Engineering Competition and took 3rd place in the Canadian Engineering Competition in the explanatory communications category.

BIOSOLIDS LAND APPLICATION PROGRAMS

Designed, coordinated and managed contracts for biosolids composting, trucking, spreading, sampling, monitoring, and data management. Determined suitable locations for land applications of biosolids in the Lower Fraser Valley and Princeton Area. Created partnerships with landowners and obtained permits from municipal, provincial and federal government agencies. Beneficially recycled hundreds of tonnes of GVRD biosolids.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS

Managed and executed process audits and evaluations of enhanced treatment options for the Lions Gate and Iona Island Wastewater treatment plants in Vancouver. Collated historical, analytical and operations data. Assisted with the design and implementation of stress tests to determine capacity. Coordinated consultants, plant operators, management and lab staff. Virtually all of the recommendations of the audit were implemented.

FORCEMAIN INSTALLATION

Carried out field inspection services for the installation and testing of 900m of a 1m diameter steel forcemain along Vernon Drive in Vancouver. Coordinated and managed engineers and contractors, documented construction activities, and prepared As-Built drawings. The work included,

pressure testing of welded joints
inspection of corrosion protection
management and approval of compaction testing
confirmation of elevation and alignment conformance, and
ensuring conformance with WorkSafeBC

SLOPE STABILIZATION

Wrote specifications and managed the contract for construction of an access road, and the drilling and installation of horizontal drains into Ingersoll Ravine in Port Moody. The project required public, municipal and environmental approvals, supervision of geo-technical and environmental consultants, placement of over 2,000 cubic meters of rock, access road decommissioning and re-vegetation.

HIGHWAY LANDSCAPING

Made use of 2,000 tonnes of dewatered primary sewage sludge to produce a growing medium for landscaping along the Barnet Highway in Burnaby and Port Moody. This project was a first of its kind in Canada. The work included,

designing and implementing a public and stakeholder consultation process
conducting, and presenting the results of, literature reviews
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btaining approvals from all stakeholders and government agencies
preparing, awarding and managing contracts for trucking operations
the manufacture and testing of growing medium
conducting inspections, sampling, monitoring, data management and reporting

RENOVATION OF A 12" DIAMETER CONCRETE SANITARY SEWER

Managed the contract for the rehabilitation of an old and damaged municipal sanitary sewer in Coquitlam, BC. My work involved writing the specifications for, and ensuring contractor conformance with the cured-in-place, jointless, seamless, pipe-within-a-pipe renovation technology, and closed circuit camera requirements.

PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF ROUTE OPTIONS FOR THE NEW 75-120CM DIA. INTERCEPTOR SEWER IN CENTRAL BURNABY

Identified and assessed route options based on environmental, financial, engineering, geotechnical, social and political considerations. I retained and managed an environmental consultant, coordinated the surveying and drafting, collated the utilities information and prepared public consultation presentation materials. Installation of this interceptor included the crossing of the environmentally sensitive Stoney Creek in Burnaby BC, bridge construction and compensatory downstream fisheries enhancement.