Tom Smith P.Eng.
DESIGN ENGINEER - ONSITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT 2006 to present
Authorized Professional, member of the
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
VANCOUVER REGIONAL DISTRICT (now Metro Vancouver) 1991 - 2001
Project Engineer in the Civil, Mechanical Design and Construction
Division of the Engineering and Construction Department.
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.
Conducted forest nutrient cycling and fire research involving sampling, analysis (using atomic absorption spectrophotometry) and data management .
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.
Bachelor of Applied Science
in Bio-Resource Engineering
of British Columbia
Irrigation and Drainage
|| Workers Compensation Board (now WorkSafe BC)
Industrial First Aid Attendant - Certificate
Some Past Achievements
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
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
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.
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
confirmation of elevation and alignment conformance, and
ensuring conformance with WorkSafeBC
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.
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
obtaining 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
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.