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Ethics: A Case Study for Structural Engineers

W. M. Kim Roddis, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, The George Washington University
July 13, 2011
Session Details

You do not need to be a philosopher to confidently make substantive ethical decisions.

Engineering analysis and design skills directly apply to problem solving in ethics. Exposure of a structural deficiency in an iconic building provides an excellent learning opportunity for practicing structural engineers. A richly documented case is especially important when discussing the nuances of ethical decision-making.

This session used a modern case study to examine several quandaries that practitioners may confront. These included: distributed responsibility among design/fabrication/construction partners, taking action under uncertainty, and the required standard of care.

The intent of this session is to enhance your ability to contribute to the design and implementation of your firm’s professional procedures and practices so that they reinforce, rather than place obstacles in the way of, moral action. Such corporate practice rationally correlates with reducing risk exposure.

Session Length: 1.5 hours

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