Engineering: Environmental vs. Developmental Goals

by Dale A. Watson, Student; Brigham Young University, Provo, UT,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 3, Pg. 70-71

Document Type: Feature article


The 1992 winner of the Daniel W. Mead Student Paper competition explores the potential conflict for engineers, between environmental and developmental goals. Noting a dictionary definition of engineering as the application of scientific principles to such practical ends as the design, construction and operation of efficient and economical structures, equipment and systems, Watson states that an efficient and economical project must be based on three factors: an application of scientific principles, innovative design, and the practical construction and operation of projects. By examining these points the paper shows how civil engineers can resolve conflicting points of view and still keep focus on improving the quality of life.

Subject Headings: Construction equipment | Economic factors | Environmental issues | Dispute resolution | Students | Terminology and definition | Systems engineering | Structural systems

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