Working at Valley Geotechnical
Patrick Chiu has been at Valley Geotechnical since 2011 as the Senior Engineering Manager. He has played a major role to grow the company. Patrick provides review for most projects and is available to everyone in the office to discuss solutions and design concepts. He manages selected projects for clients, and provides guidance to the young, aspiring engineers allowing them to develop their own strengths and clientele. He is an ideal mentor due to his 40 years of experience in the industry.
When asked about working at Valley Geotechnical;
“We work as a team, we respect and encourage everyone, we are open with each other, and we don’t keep things to ourselves. It’s simple and easy to work here”.
Education & Experience
Patrick has been in the Consulting Industry for Geotechnical Engineering and material testing since 1978. Patrick graduated from the University of Alberta and has worked in Calgary for Hardy Associates (presently AMEC) for several years and EBA Engineering (presently Tetra Tech EBA) for 24 years in both the Calgary and Vancouver operations. He acted as the manager for geotechnical engineering in both the Calgary and Vancouver offices at EBA for 10 years. Extensive practical experience has been gained from projects ranging from major oil sand and pipe lines projects in Northern Canada to various building developments such as high-rises, hospitals, stadiums, residential subdivisions, slope stabilities and landslides, and so much more.
The advice that Patrick would give to those going into the Geotechnical field;
“One must be detail-orientated, always thinking ahead, conscious and careful, and ready to work hard. There are many tasks that are repetitive but every project, site, and soil conditions are unique. There is always something new to learn”.
Outside of Work
Patrick and his wife enjoy travelling and have been taking 3 to 4 months off every year for the last eight years to travel around the world. Even though they have travelled much there are still new places and countries to explore.
Current Favourite Movie Genres:
- Science Fiction
Current Favourite Food:
- Sea Foods