On the Question of Accepting Work Outside One's Field of Expertise: An Ethical Fail Safe

by Laura Lohner, (S.M.ASCE), Sr.; Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 10, Pg. 76-77

Document Type: Feature article


The winner of the Daniel W. Mead Prize for ethical writing by a student discusses the history of the development of ASCE's code of ethics. Although it may be legal for civil engineers to work outside of their areas of expertise, Lohner argues that to do so is unethical, will waste the client's time and money, and can impede the competitive process among engineering firms with different areas of specialty.

Subject Headings: Ethics | Writing skills | Waste management | Students | Structural safety | Standards and codes | Legal affairs

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