The Application of Technology to Solving Practical Problems

by James R. Walker, Moffatt & Nichol, Engineers, Long Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


In this paper, the roles of the scientist, technologist, engineer, and manager are discussed to place them in perspective. A distinction is made between the coastal engineer' and practicing engineer. The practicing engineer ultimately applies a registration stamp to a set of drawings. This act carries far greater responsibility than just scientific thoroughness and technical correctness. The engineer must conduct work giving consideration to public safety, compliance with laws and codes, economics, permits, liability, aesthetics, and professional reputation. An example of a complex problem is presented to illustrate the decisions and compromises made in developing an approach to a design problem. 2

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Numerical models | Managers | Laws | Standards and codes | Economic factors | Permits | Liability

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