About Us

As of January 1, Austin Engineering joined the BBA team—one of Canada’s leading consulting engineering firms serving the energy and natural resources industry. 

We are a team of professionals who love connecting with our local communities, and we are also proud to lead with a global outlook when it comes to engineering a project or creating solutions through industry game-changing research and development.

We value our people above all; our team’s positive attitude is our cornerstone when it comes to expertly meeting challenging deadlines. We are on-the-ground movers, quick thinkers and adaptive professionals who are ready for any challenge. Our team works together on every project to ensure our services are always delivered to the highest level and always with our client’s vision in mind.

To learn more about BBA: https://www.bba.ca/about

Expertise

Our team works closely with clients to deliver personalized engineering, specializing in hydrotechnical, structural, geotechnical and dam safety services. We are driven by our commitment to excellence, innovation and client success and apply these values to all projects, large and small.

Research is paired with both modern and traditional practices in all facets of business. Our multidisciplinary team operates with an exceptional level of care and precision to help our clients reach and even exceed their goals.

Austin Engineering, a member of BBA, continues to lead Canada in the use of 3D printed dam models for hydraulic and seismic testing, which is done in-house at our hydraulics lab and also at our research partner’s lab at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO).

We work collaboratively with UCBO and our other partners (Selkirk College and FortisBC) to develop ways of better understanding and supporting extreme consequence dams. We use shake table technology to expertly demonstrate our ground-breaking research and experimental investigation into complex dam-water interactions.

In 2018, our results were presented at the Canadian Dam Association Conference, in 2019 at ICOLD in Ottawa, and our efforts were recognized in both 2017 and 2018 with the Clean Energy BC ‘Operational Excellence’ Award.

Our passion for understanding how dams respond during earthquakes is heralding a new era of dam safety.

Our broad range of expertise is now fully available in BBA’s service offering: https://www.bba.ca/services

Austin Engineering Team
Clean Energy BC Award

Community

Austin Engineering Ltd., now a member of BBA, is committed to supporting communities and contributing in meaningful ways to important local causes. We support organizations and programs that help build a better community, create value and align with the firm’s vision.

We proudly support the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation, the Lower Columbia Tech Club, the City of Trail Squash and Racquetball Courts and the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society.

These organizations provide improved patient care in our region, promote science and technology for all ages, support healthy living and secure the area’s incredible trail system for the future.

Innovation

Austin Engineering’s hydraulics lab is located in the Trail, BC Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies (MIDAS) facility. The MIDAS space is MIT-Certified as an Applied Research and Digital Fabrication facility.

We provide:

3D printed modelling of spillways, dams and flow pathways
Spillway and hydraulic structure modelling
Cutting-edge fluid mechanics
Seismic analysis

Additional areas of research and development include robotics and aerial inspection tools. At Austin Engineering, we are committed to providing innovative designs that allow clients to optimize their projects and meet budgets.

Austin Engineering Hydraulics Lab

Research and development and introduction of innovations is central to Austin Engineering’s project management and delivery processes