This essay, which won one of three zone competitions for the 1999 Daniel W. Mead Prizes for Student Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers, examines the role of ethics in design-build projects. The focus of the paper is on the role that the civil engineer must play if the public is to benefit from the transition to design-build projects. The traditional method of design/bid/build is steadily being replaced by design-build for various reasons, but time is a major factor for this transition. The licensed civil engineer has an individual responsibility to ensure that the ethical foundation for which they practice is consistently followed. Ethical decisions are vital to the future of design-build projects. Society currently has a positive perception of the civil engineering profession, but design-build projects present a potential to endanger the image. The individual engineer must realize the impact of his or her decisions and the profession must be able to react to the impact. Of greater importance, it is the role of humanity to ensure an everlasting significance of ethics. The role of the civil engineer to society is everlasting.


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  • Accession Number: 00795698
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2000 12:00AM