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The Building Codes Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services is searching for an Electrical Engineer.

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​The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering & Land Surveying (OSBEELS) hosted the tenth annual professional Symposium on September 24-25. Like many gatherings in 2020, the Board began the year planning for an in-person event and then, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, was tasked with transitioning the event to a virtual format. Thanks to tremendous event planning by staff, in addition to support from the Board, the transition was successful and the result was the highest attended Symposium to-date, as more than 430 individuals joined the virtual event from across the country.

With the transition to a virtual event, the OSBEELS determined expanding the annual professional education conference to two days would be necessary to maintain the amount of content provided to attendees in a normal year. With two days of content available, full-time attendees were eligible to earn 14 PDHs for their participation.

In their opening remarks, Board President, Daren Cone, PLS, PE, and Board Administrator, Jason Barbee, welcomed attendees to the virtual event and shared details about the (then) current openings with the Board.

The two-day program kicked off with a presentation from Cornforth Consultants’ Tom Westover, PE, on landslide trends across Oregon and how his team works to investigate, evaluate, and mitigate landslides across the Northwest region. Day 2 featured an opening presentation from PAE’s Marc Brune, PE, and ZGF’s Justin Brooks, AIA, on the PAE Living Building, which will be the world’s largest commercial-use living building once construction is complete in 2021.

Experts from the private and public sectors, academic universities, and the OSBEELS presented on projects ranging from designing communities for wildfire resilience, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey, hydrographic surveying, Portland State University’s Viking Pavilion renovation, electronic and digital signatures, and more!

The OSBEELS would like to thank all who attended, presented, and helped to make this year’s Symposium a success. At this time, the Board and agency staff are actively planning for an in-person or virtual event in 2021. We anticipate sharing more updates with registrants in the spring of 2021.

The OSBEELS Symposium is an annual event in September that aims to bring professionals from across the region together for a day of professional education and connections.

If you’re interested in attending future Symposiums or other OSBEELS-related events, follow us on Facebook and keep an eye out for future announcements in The Oregon Examiner.

​It’s safe to assume that we are collectively looking forward to what the prospects of 2021 will be. For OSBEELS, 2021 will hold many challenges and opportunities, but the most prominent and exciting prospect is the launching of our new system in the spring of 2021. As you recall, we’ve been working with our vendor since July in preparation of replacing our existing database system with a web-based licensing and regulation solution that will make it much easier for us to serve our licensees. Some of the key features will be online payment, online applications and online renewals. These features will save time and effort while significantly reducing the use of paper. In addition, because you’ll be interacting with us online, we’ll be transitioning the Examiner to a digital format.   
On the not-so-positive side of things to come. It is very likely that our agency will remain closed to the public as 2021 begins. This will also likely mean that our Board and Committee meetings will remain virtual until sometime later this year.

Regardless if we’re able to see you in person or you need to work with us remotely, our goal is to provide excellent customer service.

Once last thing, I’d like to welcome Massoud Saberian and Darryl Anderson as new OSBEELS Board Members.

​By now you may have heard that our agency has undertaken updating our registrant database system. With our current database entering the end of its product lifecycle, agency staff have been working hand-in-hand with our selected vendor to develop a new database system that will provide state registrants with an enhanced, online OSBEELS experience. As we continue to make great strides with the development of our new system, our agency wanted to provide registrants with an update on where we are at in the process and what is coming up.

In the coming months, registrants can expect to learn more about the new system and processes, what will be needed to enroll in the new system, and how their interactions with the Board may be different moving forward.

Our plan at this time is to roll out the new system to all registrants in May 2021. Keep an eye out for upcoming communications sharing more details in the next couple of months!



Mr. Massoud Saberian, PE, PTOE, and Mr. Darryl Anderson, PE, PLS, CWRE, D.GE, were appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering & Land Surveying (OSBEELS) as of December 2020.

Mr. Saberian brings more than 40 years of engineering experience to the Board, working in both the public and private sectors in Oregon, California, and Washington. Now semi-retired, Mr. Saberian owns his own engineering consulting business, ETRC, LLC, which provides expert witness services in transportation engineering cases, as well as roadway safety analysis, and pavement management consulting services. Mr. Saberian is a registered professional engineer in Oregon, Washington, and California and also holds a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer designation from the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

An Oregon State University alumni, Mr. Saberian earned his undergraduate degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and his Master’s Degree in Civil and Transportation Engineering. An Iranian immigrant, Mr. Saberian first moved to Oregon in 1978 and has enjoyed being involved in local organizations to give back to the communities he has lived and worked in. He has been involved in, and held leadership positions, with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Oregon Traffic Control Devices Committee, the Oregon Commission on Asian Affairs, and the Iranian-American Professional Society of Oregon, and much more.

When asked what he is most excited about as he prepares to begin his term on the Board, Mr. Saberian stated, “I am excited to continue my professional career by giving back to the profession and the industry that has provided me with many great opportunities over four decades.”

Outside of work, Mr. Saberian enjoys photography and the outdoors and has tried to pick-up gardening and reading musical notes in his spare time during the current pandemic. He also became a grandfather this past year.  
Mr. Anderson is the President of Anderson Engineering & Surveying, Inc., which he started with his father. Serving primarily the southern Oregon region, the firm provides civil engineering, land surveying, municipal water and wastewater design, ODOT bridge inspection services, geothermal energy development, and a variety of other engineering projects for both public and private clients. Mr. Anderson is also the County Surveyor for Lake County in southern Oregon.

Holding professional designations in multiple states across the western region of the United States, Mr. Anderson is currently a Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, Geotechnical Engineer, and Certified Water Right Examiner in the state of Oregon. He is also a Certified Bridge Inspector with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Mr. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon, ACEC Oregon Small Firm Council, American Society of Civil Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon, and Professional Engineers of Oregon.

Having grown up and spent a majority of his professional career in Lakeview, OR, Mr. Anderson has had the opportunity to work on my diverse projects over the course of his career, including working for Engineering Ministries on projects in Uganda and Nicaragua.

Looking ahead to his upcoming term on the Board, Mr. Anderson is most excited about leveraging his experience in the public and private sectors to offer ideas to help keep the professions strong and moving forward.

Outside of work, Mr. Anderson lives on a ranch and spends most of his spare time working around his property.

​During Professional Practices Committee meetings, held on months in-between regular Board meetings, the members review and respond to questions submitted by the professional community. Recent questions pertained to local jurisdiction policies vs OSBEELS laws and rules for submitting project documents to permitting offices.

The question reviewed by the Committee was regarding whether or not professional registrants are required to adhere to local jurisdiction’s plan submittal policies if they differ from the Board’s rules and laws. The Committee reviewed and discussed the submitted question and confirmed that local jurisdictions may have local policies in-place, that are in addition to state regulations but they are not allowed to have local policies that reduce state requirements. In instances where a local jurisdiction may have submittal policies that differ from statewide regulations, the Board encourages professional registrants to reach out the local offices to confirm their policies and expectations.

The Board encourages all professional registrants to consistently review Oregon statutes and rules under the OSBEELS’ jurisdiction to ensure they are up-to-date on professional practice and conduct standards that may relate to their professional area of competence or services offered to the public. If you have any questions, please visit the Board website to submit a “Question for the Board” form.

The Oregon Examiner Newsletter

 Winter 2020

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