Our Story

Steven Thomson, P.Eng, started 9dot Engineering Inc. with the goal of providing Engineering Services that are innovative and well executed. In practice, this translates into developing unique methods of designing systems for rural communities and clients, rather than a one-size-fits-all solution. We understand that design for small communities requires a different approach than an urban setting. With every project, 9dot Engineering Inc. is open to different approaches, creating value in new ideas. We pride ourselves in communicating transparently, professionally and to listening to our client’s needs as well as any concerns that contractors and regulatory bodies may have.

Our broad range of professional experience in civil water systems, project management, structural design, renewable energy and alternative-building techniques provides a unique perspective that sets us apart.

Meet the Team

These are some of the people who make 9dot Engineering stand above the rest.


Steven Thomson P. Eng.

Project Engineer & CEO

Steven is a Civil Engineer and Project Manager with hands-on experience in project management and construction for civil and structural engineering projects in BC, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He is the principal engineer for 9dot Engineering Inc. with a proven track record for seeking new solutions to old problems by looking at the big picture and “keeping things simple”.

Steven excels at listening to clients needs and coming up with designs that suit them while considering their goals, budgets and other constraints. Steven has extensive experience working in remote areas and understands the sensitivities of small communities. He brings a range of professional expertise to all projects including the design and construction of civil water systems, such as the Nakusp Water Treatment Plant, and several rural improvement district systems including: Ridgewood Road, Nelson Community Co-housing, and Bourke Creek. Steven also specializes in the integration of renewable energy systems into design, such as the Micro Hydro power generator in Nakusp.

Steven has experience in civil and structural Engineering as well as innovative building design and integration of renewable energy systems. He has worked with Aqua Diversities Inc. to develop proprietary water treatment systems, raising the bar for small water treatment systems by offering an affordable price point and proven treatment components.

As a testament to Steven's entrepreneurship and successful work ethic, he was recently bestowed the prestigious '40 under 40' title for rising stars in business. Click here to read more: ST - 40 Under 40.


Jana Killianova - Architectural Technician

Drafting Designer 

Jana is an Architectural Technician with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic). Her academic achievements include awards for best student work, and best project within the Faculty of Architecture.

Before coming to Nelson Jana worked in Prague and Northern Ireland for various architectural offices. She has more than 5 years of experience as an Architectural Technician/Assistant. Specifically she has experience in: design, feasibility studies, 3D modeling, preparation of technical drawings, production information for tenders and Building Control Applications.

Her specialties include: design for civil and structural systems; data management and analysis; budget and schedules; and technical report writing. Jana has a creative flair and brings her positive attitude to every project; her technical proficiency, attention to detail and organizational skills make her an integral part of the team.


Justine Thielker - Architecural Technologist

Project Coordinator

Justine has been working with 9dot Engineering Inc. since 2013. She has extensive experience in technical development of community infrastructure, planning and design. Justine is technically adept at drafting, pipe-work design, architectural design, 3D modeling and putting together designs and layouts that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Justine also has experience in construction management and project planning and she excels at providing documentation and oversight in projects from start to finish. Her proven communication and coordination abilities facilitate projects to be completed on time and within budget. Her extensive experience and attention to detail are key to successful project design and implementation. Justine is an integral part of the Aqua/9dot team, providing leadership and logistics management wherever needed.


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Luke N. Patterson B. Eng.

Engineer in Training

Luke is an Engineer In Training with a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated with the class of 2016 with honors and a focus in machine design, fluid dynamics, and thermal systems.

As a skilled supervisor and construction coordinator, Luke has a proven ability to successfully implement and commission projects in the field. Luke’s experience in project coordination and engineering is based in mineral processing and water and wastewater treatment. His design experience includes potable water treatment systems, HVAC, pump and pipe network design, structural steel, and electrical power systems.

Luke contributes to the team with his positive attitude, adept skill in drafting and design of civil and mechanical systems, and data management and analysis. His recent projects include the installation and commissioning of a potable water treatment system at the Fortis BC Waneta Dam and a new lake water intake for the City of Nelson.


Nathan Ward - WQT.

Water Quality Technologist and Controls Specialist

Nathan is an applied Water Quality Technologist bringing unparalleled experience to the table.

Nathan is a certified water and wastewater operator with over 20 years of international experience in varying aspects of design, construction, and operation. Nathan was part of the team that worked with Health Canada to develop the Parks Canada Drinking Water Guidelines and was awarded the CEO Award Of Excellence by Parks Canada for an innovative approach to small drinking water systems in National Parks.

Nathan brings an operations perspective to water treatment design, providing systems that are cost-effective and easy to operate. By considering a system’s end use, Nathan’s work results in innovative, cutting-edge designs and technologies, which raise the bar for available treatment at a reasonable price point. Nathan specializes in controls design (automation) for water and wastewater treatment plants, including PLC logic and programming which is an invaluable tool for efficient operation and maintenance.

Coordination with regulatory agencies is one of Nathan’s specialties. He maintains positive relationships with many local health officers and health engineers through regular coordination and monthly operations reports. Nathan has an excellent record of construction permit approvals, due to his in-depth understanding of the permitting process and requirements. Nathan has designed numerous water treatment systems, primarily in the Kootenays, within the RDCK, such as Bourke Creek Improvement District, Ridgewood Road Improvement District and Blaylocks Condos. The system installed at Blaylocks Condos was awarded the 2012 BCWWA Excellence award for a cost-effective and innovative approach to a small water treatment system.

Nathan has recent experience with Design-Build projects, including water treatment plants. Specifically, he was a key member of the team that made the Village of Nakusp Water Treatment Plant, Waste Water Treatment Plant, and Micro Hydro projects possible.

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