An engineer who designed Sask. The bridge collapsed hours after it opened, waiting for disciplinary hearings CBC News:

Regina engineer Scott Gulaher will stand trial next month on charges of violating the rules when he designed the Saskatchewan Rural Bridge, which collapsed hours after it opened.

On September 14, 2018, the Clayton Village Municipality (RM) announced on its Facebook page that “The Dyke Memorial Bridge is now complete and open.”

Later that day, the bridge collapsed. No one was injured.

In an interview a few days after the collapse, RM CEO Riv Duan Hicks said that some of the piles on which the bridge was built had collapsed.

“So something tells me something happened underground. I do not know what happened. They do not know what happened. “Nobody knows what it is,” he said.

At the time, Hicks saw it as “an act of God.”

However, there could be another explanation.

Hicks also found that the bridge design engineer Scott Gullaher did not conduct geotechnical survey of the riverbed until the piles were installed.

After years of investigation, the Saskatchewan Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists (APEGS) posted a notice on its website on Wednesday saying that Gullaher will hold a disciplinary hearing in early June.

Regina engineer Scott Gulacher is due to be disciplined next month for his work on the design of the collapsed bridge. (LinkedIn)

The association claims that Gullaher failed to act “carefully and diligently” when he designed the bridge, the screw piles that were supposed to hold it. APEGS also claims that Gullaher offered services or advice in a field beyond his professional competence.

In addition, the association claims that he could not be “careful” in designing bridges in Saskatchewan’s four other RMs, including Scott, Caledonia, Pardew and Merwin.

Gullaker is also facing lawsuits

These bridges are also the subject of a number of lawsuits.

Clayton RM has sued Gullaher, two companies he and his wife control, Can-Struct Systems Ltd., described as a “bridge construction company,” and Inertia Solutions Ltd., which is an engineering services company. Serving:

RM claims that Gullaher և and his companies violated their contract because the bridge was supposed to work for 75 years, but stayed awake for only a few hours. The lawsuit alleges that Gullaher was unable to “design and / or build a bridge that will not collapse immediately.”

The claim states that “no geotechnical reports have been prepared to determine the underground conditions under the bridge”;

The Republic of Armenia has instructed that geotechnical research should not be carried out, as the Republic of Armenia is concerned about additional costs and delays.– Scott Gulacher և Inertia Defense Statement

In response to the lawsuit, Gullaher և and his companies agreed that they had not conducted a geotechnical survey, but insisted that it was at the request of the client.

“Armenia has instructed that no geotechnical surveys should be carried out, as Armenia is concerned about additional costs and delays,” Gullaher said in a statement issued by Inertia Defense.

“Inertia acknowledges that part of the bridge has collapsed,” the statement said, “but denies that its design or specifications caused the collapse and provides the plaintiff with strong evidence.”

“Inertia” says that Armenia may have some guilt because it has decided to give up geotechnical work. It says that after the construction of the bridge, Armenia “placed gravel on the bridge at a depth of 13 to 16 inches, with an average depth of 14 inches, which significantly exceeded the mentioned load.”

In its claim, Clayton’s RM seeks compensation for the loss of bridge use և replacement costs և.

“Inertia” says that not only did it not do anything wrong, but “denies that [RM] suffered any damage or loss as presumed or at all. Alternatively, Inertia says the losses or damages claimed by the plaintiff are too far-fetched. “In the alternative, Inertia says the plaintiff did not take reasonable steps to mitigate his losses, if any.”

Scott, Caledonia, Pardew և Mervin’s RMs have also sued Goulacher, his companies that built bridges in those RMs. The lawsuits allege that inspections commissioned by the Saskatchewan Rural Association after the collapse of the Dick Memorial Bridge raised concerns about “flaws” in the design and construction of other bridges.

As a result of the inspections, weight restrictions were applied on the bridges.

In response, Gulacher և his companies say that the bridges are designed, built to the appropriate specifications, that there are no problems with them. The statement from Defense said, “Any restrictions on the weight of the bridge are superfluous;

According to Gullacher’s LinkedIn profile, he left his company Inertia Solutions in July 2019 to start Driftstone Consulting, an engineering company based in Regina. He was a director և shareholder.

However, according to the corporate register, he resigned from the post of director at the end of last month, he is no longer a shareholder.

CBC called Gulacher’s phone number. The woman who answered said that Gullaher did not want to talk to CBC, then turned off the phone.

RM wanted to build a “cheaper” bridge

RM of Clayton hired Gullacher’s Can-Struct Construction Company to design and build the bridge in early July 2018.

Earlier that year, RM turned down $ 750,000 in regional funding for the bridge because of its state-of-the-art specifications for the bridge. Armenian officials thought that these demands were exaggerated, they would make the bridge unnecessarily more expensive.

“This bridge is beyond our needs,” Kelly Rean, RM’s administrator at the time, told a public forum. “We do not need this bridge.”

WATCH |: Kelly Ryan from Clayton RM expressed concern over the financing criteria for the bridges.

Kelly Ryan from RM Clayton expresses concern over bridge financing criteria

Kelly Ryan from RM Clayton expresses concern over bridge financing criteria

The more expensive bridge in the state would cost a total of $ 1.075 million. Since the state said it would be $ 750,000 of that, the RM had to go for $ 325,000.

In other words, the “more expensive bridge” in the province would cost Armenia just as much as the bridge he eventually established, which was demolished shortly after its official opening.

At the end of last year, Armenia announced a tender for a new bridge.

The lowest buyer and winner of the tender was Harbuilt Construction. Its price was $ 1,923,786.06, including taxes.

CBC asked Armenia to provide updates on the reconstruction project, but it did not respond.


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