Engineering Responsibility

Res #: 16A-22M
Number: 16
Year: 2022
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

WHEREAS Government grant programs, such as the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and Rural Integrated Roads for Growth (RIRG) program, mandate that an engineer oversees the design and construction of a project.

WHEREAS this is guaranteed revenue for engineering firms and costly for municipalities.

WHEREAS councils are made up of people who do not have the backgrounds to fully understand the intricacies of the designs and trust the professional engineers to design their projects in the best interest of the municipality and the public using reasonable practices.

WHEREAS there are situations where some engineers are over- or under-engineering the designs of the projects resulting in additional costs for municipalities due to these errors.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to set up an independent body to review the engineering designs on projects where Councils find themselves in situations which have had poorly designed projects or for Councils to consult with on the design of their project before the designs are approved.