The Civil Engineer and the Decay of America's Infrastructure

by Anthony J. Bellitto, Jr., Student; Manhattan College, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 12, Pg. 56-57

Document Type: Feature article


With the infrastructure of the United States continuing to deteriorate, the problem becomes who will decide how much to spend in both repairing, maintaining and building new facilities to meet future growth needs. Will the businessman or engineer have the final say? What is needed is to have businessmen learn about engineering and engineers learn about business. Neither should be making final decisions in the vacuum of their own specialities. Thus, it is the responsibility of the civil engineer to continue his education in both state-of-the-art technology and business management, while the businessman should acquaint himself with the basics of the engineering disciplines. In this way, the decisions about how much and where to spend money on needed facilities will become more exact and result in safer structures— to the public's benefit.

Subject Headings: Business administration | Decomposition | Engineering firms | Engineering education | Structural safety | Public buildings | Infrastructure | Deterioration | United States

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