Professional Responsibility of Engineers in Public Works Management

by William H. Wisely, (Hon.M.ASCE), ASCE Exec. Dir. Emeritus and Visiting Scholar; Univ.of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 2, Pg. 133-139

Document Type: Journal Paper


The concept public interest is defined and examined in regard to professional responsibility and civil engineers. Various issues affecting public works and public interest are discussed. These issues can be financial, political, or ideological in nature. Unionism, ecology, and effects on local communities must also be taken into consideration. The impacts of federal aid and government regulation are emphasized. It is concluded that the principal problems of the public works engineer today stem from government. Recommendations to reconcile these conflicts are listed.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Professional development | Public participation | Federal government | Professional practice | Financial management | Ecosystems | Dispute resolution

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