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May 28, 2020

Engineer faces discipline over Langford residential projects

An engineer involved in four residential projects in Langford is facing discipline for accepting jobs for which he lacked sufficient training or experience.

A decision by the association of Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. found that Ahmed Raza Syed breached its code of ethics in accepting work related to installation of glass guard rails, because he wasn’t adequately trained or experienced in the engineering of such rails.

Syed was also found to have demonstrated unprofessional conduct for a number of reasons, including failing to prepare required drawings or conduct necessary calculations, failing to meet building code requirements and applying his professional engineering seal on work that had not yet been completed.

Engineering and geoscience professionals regulated by the engineering association are required to affix their seal to most design documents. The seal provides assurance that the documents have been prepared by a professional engineer in good standing with the association and that relevant bylaw requirements have been met.

The four projects are in Langford, but the addresses have been redacted from the association’s decision document. The projects are identified by names only: Navigators, a single-family home; Timber View, also a single-family home; two units in a duplex project called Champion Way; and two units in a condo project called Copper Rock.

The discipline hearing took place on Jan. 21 and 23 and addressed seven allegations raised in complaints by Langford’s senior building official, Cameron Edwards, from June 2016 to January 2017. According to the association’s decision, Edwards testified in the hearing that he is not an engineer.

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