Improving the Civil Engineering Profession: Essay Contest

by Gregory A. Howell, Pres.; Timelapse, Inc., Mountain View, Calif. 94040,
David T. Biggs, (A.M.ASCE), Principal; Ryan-Biggs Engrg., Troy, N.Y.,
Gordon F. Cowie, Pres.; Contario, Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 5, Pg. 71-73

Document Type: Feature article


In the October issue of Civil Engineering, ASCE announced as essay contest on these issues: How can the civil engineering profession be improved? How can civil engineering works be planned, designed, constructed, operated, or maintained more efficiently? Some of the winning essays were published in the March and April issues. This month another three thoughtful essays are published. Gregory Howell writes about how a construction manager's distance from the field hampers construction productivity. Gordon Cowie argues that incentive contracts would greatly boost construction industry efficiency. And David Biggs examines a new fee system for rewarding consulting engineers that would spur consultants to develop the best designs to solve a problem.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession | Consulting services | Productivity | Contracts | Construction industry | Fees | Systems engineering

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