Standing Firm: When Ethics are Challenged

by Brian D. Barkdoll, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Mississippi, Oxford, MS,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 11, Pg. 65-66

Document Type: Feature article


The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Younger Members is awarded annually for the best paper on ethics submitted by an ASCE younger member. Participants in the 1998 contest responded to a specific question: Should an engineering company use its new precast construction method for the construction of a hospital in a third world country? This year's winner, Brian D. Barkdoll, argued that using the new method would be unfair to clients who had to pay the higher price for the technology. He also pointed out that using the new technology might ultimately harm the hospital if local workers did not know how to use the new technology to maintain the building.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Health care facilities | Ethics | Construction companies | Professional societies | Pricing | Labor

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