The Civil Engineer Can Improve his Public Image

by L. Douglas James,

Serial Information: Journal of the Professional Activities, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 11-16

Document Type: Journal Paper


Many of the individuals who benefit most from the buildings, transportation facilities, and water resources projects made possible by civil engineering technology are disturbed because many designs fail to properly incorporate cost and such intangible factors as ecology, esthetics, and culture. The civil engineer can overcome the resulting poor public image by basing his design on a broader viewpoint. Specific techniques include examining a broader range of design alternatives, questioning design standards, keeping up with changing viewpoints and technology, becoming more willing to incorporate the viewpoints of other disciplines, and developing communicative skills. Each civil engineer shares the burden of working to improve the public image of the profession.

Subject Headings: Imaging techniques | Water resources | Aquatic habitats | Water transportation | Hydraulic engineering | Construction costs | Aesthetics | Engineering profession

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