Dik graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1969. His course work included several honours geology courses and numerous courses related to hydraulics and hydrology. He has approximately 50 years of practical engineering experience, functioning as a structural analyst/designer, project engineer, project manager, and consultant. He is currently registered as a Professional Engineer in Manitoba.
He has gained experience in the design and construction of a wide variety of projects. They have been both large and small, local, North American and International in scope. They vary from complicated microprocessor laboratories to simple, but large, aircraft cargo terminal buildings and hangars to accommodate aircraft as large as Boeing 747’s.
Projects include such notables as the award winning Cornwall Centre in Regina, Canada, a downtown development covering six city blocks, preliminary design for Limeridge Mall in Hamilton, Ontario, renovations to numerous shopping centres. In addition to these projects, his experience includes successful completion of a variety of industrial, residential and commercial projects, both small and large.
Projects have included numerous large multi-million dollar sawmill plants in northern Ontario, renovation and addition and new construction for several municipal ‘Town Hall’ buildings in Ontario, and work on numerous large manufacturing facilities.
His more recent accomplishments include work for several large potash mines in Saskatchewan, and work for numerous large chemical plants in Canada. He has also provided structural services for several high voltage switchyards, and LPS tanks. He has, moreover, provided technical resources for maintenance work on the Manitoba Floodway.
To compliment his well rounded experience, Dik has been involved with numerous restoration and renovation projects including those to the Toronto Free Theatre and the Toronto Young Peoples’ Theatre. While with the NORR Partnership, he was the project engineer for the renovations to Osgoode Hall in Toronto. For their proposal to restore Queen’s Park in Toronto, he was selected to head the engineering related work. He has been involved with some of the earlier renovation work for the original mill in Lindsay, Ontario as well as renovation work for the Austin Saw Mill in Kinmount, Ontario. He was an active member of Heritage Victoria (Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee for the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario) and was also an active member of the APEGM Heritage Committee several years past.
Over the years, Dik has been active with specialized work related to the design, planning and restoration of numerous parking structures.
His work has included working with insurance companies, lawyers and other clients for the preparation of forensic studies related to construction, structure failures and fire loss. He has, moreover, provided services as an expert witness.