Dirk Nyland, P.Eng., IRP, Chief Engineer, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Victoria, BC (retired). Mr. Nyland has over 45 years’ experience in transportation engineering. Throughout his career, he has provided input and expertise on transportation issues in many roles within the Ministry of Transportation in British Columbia.
Since joining the Ministry in 1973, Mr. Nyland has served in the positions of Geotechnical Engineer, Regional Geotechnical and Materials Engineer, Regional Manager Planning and Professional Services, and Regional Director. Since 2001 he has been the Chief Engineer for the Ministry. Some of the specific provincial transportation responsibilities of Mr. Nyland include: engineering and management work involving roads, bridges, natural hazard evaluation and mitigation, maintenance contracts, engineering and safety standards, capital budgets, service procurement, project management, development approvals, community liaison work, aboriginal relations and negotiations, and personnel management.
Mr. Nyland sits on a number of provincial and national committees, including serving as Chair of TACs Chief Engineers Council from 2016 to 2018. For the past 10 years, he has been working to include engineering adaptation to climate change, in the engineering design and rehabilitation work being carried out by the Ministry, in collaborating with PCIC at UVic and utilizing Engineers Canada PIEVC protocol.