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.
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.
Nicole Ward – BSc. P.Ag.
Nicole is a professional agrologist and environmental scientist with a broad range of experience in environmental policy / regulation, sustainability, environmental education, and waste management. With over 20 years’ experience in the environmental field, and client relations Nicole has a dynamic portfolio. She has successfully worked with local, regional, provincial, and federal government (Parks Canada), non-government organizations, industry, and First Nations.
Nicole has held numerous positions on boards and committees and has overseen and managed a plethora of projects involving small and medium-sized water systems, water conservation projects, bylaw/policy development, waste reduction initiatives, renewable energy projects, and carbon (green-house gas) reduction strategies. Her diverse skill set includes liaising with regulatory bodies, project management, technical report writing, and project coordination.
Kaylne Beka – EIT
Kaylne, Civil EIT, Project Manager has significant experience in structural and civil engineering design and construction, in addition to project management.
Kaylne has coordinated the delivery of numerous successful structural projects local to Nelson, BC through planning and permitting, design and construction phases and excels at keeping her clients informed and satisfied, and delivering high-quality projects while maintaining budget and schedule.
Justine Matheson – AT
Justine, Senior Drafting and Technical Design Manager, has extensive experience in planning and design and is technically adept at drafting, pipe work design, architectural design, and 3D modelling.
Justine is experienced in construction management and project planning and excels at providing documentation and oversite from the project start to finish. Justine is skillful at coordinating clients, suppliers and subcontractors and organizing logistics to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
Justine has several years’ experience managing the operation, maintenance and capital upgrades of numerous water and wastewater treatment facilities in Alberta and British Columbia, and through this has an excellent record of regulatory coordination including compliance reporting and permitting.
Jeannine Bradley – EIT
Jeannine, Civil EIT, Project Coordinator has a broad range of on-site site engineering, construction management and design experience in the water and wastewater, environmental, rail, gas and security industries. She is able to offer technical, engineering and management support throughout a project’s full lifetime through engineering assessments, permitting, construction management, and data analysis and reporting.
Jeannine has a personal interest in safety and environmental issues and has developed and implemented a range of innovative safety and environmental management programs including successfully diverting on average 98% waste from landfill on projects in which the waste management programs were utilized. Jeannine has co-ordinated and implemented a number of wastewater system capital upgrades, in additional to regulatory coordination as part of the Columbia Icefield Facilities’ supporting team.
Ryan Keene – EIT
Ryan, Civil EIT, Project Coordinator with 5 years of experience in project coordination, asset management, design, and construction both within the public and private sectors. He has provided design support for many mid-scale projects within the field of civil infrastructure with a focus on water and wastewater system design and upgrades.
His technical writing, construction coordination and client communication skills are a great asset to 9dot. He has quickly become an integral part of the design and consultation team. His strong written communication skills and construction background provides an excellent foundation for his work with assessments, strategic planning, and complex design build projects that 9dot is commonly involved in throughout BC and Alberta.
Amanda, Administrator and Project Coordinator, has over 7 years of experience of local government administration specialising in operations and maintenance, heritage restoration, and cultural asset planning. She studied Interior Architecture in Spain prior to returning to Canada 8 years ago.
Previously employed as a Community Services Manager and a regional Wildfire Resilience Program Coordinator, she spearheaded projects that intersected bylaw/policy development, community revitalization, and urban planning. By leveraging her knowledge of the challenges that small, rural communities face she assists 9dot’s collaborative approach to working with both the public and private sectors to facilitate the completion of essential infrastructure capital projects and long-term asset management planning.
Technical Support Team
Nathan Ward – WQT
Nathan is an applied Water Quality Technologist bringing unparalleled experience to the table.
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.
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.
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.
Wes Shippey – RSE
Wes, an Electrical Contractor, has over 20 years’ experience in his trade in the residential, commercial, oil and gas industries and supports 9dot’s electrical design for civil and structural projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Wes holds a Class B Red Seal Master Electrician certification and offers high quality craftmanship. Wes brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in renewable energy, programming and instrumentation, commissioning, and the construction industry in general and is key in 9dot’s ability to design and build capital upgrades, including the implementation of PLC/HMI systems.
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