Engineering Standards in Developing Economies

by Donald S. Mansell, (M.ASCE), Sr. Lect. in Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia; formerly, Prof. of Civ. Engrg., Papua New Guinea Univ. of Tech., Lae, Papua New Guinea,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 4, Pg. 271-279

Document Type: Journal Paper


Standards of safety, amenity, and quality in engineering work should be set at such a level that they are optimal for the economy in which they apply. Since the level of expectations of people varies with differing cultural and economic situations there should be a corresponding variation in the standard of work that an engineer expects his client to pay for. This does not always imply inferiority, and an intelligent assessment of the appropriate standards is needed, both by regulatory bodies and by individual engineering decision-makers.

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Safety | Economic factors | Client relationships | Decision making | Quality control

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