Civil Engineering Seminar
[Last Updated June 17, 2017]
ATTENTION STUDENTS IN CE 401 FALL 2017
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Importance of Lifelong Learning as a Professional: One of the Learning Objectives for CE 401 is to emphasize to students the important role that their commitment to a career bouyed by lifelong learning. This point of emphasis will appear in various forms over the course of the semester long dialogue in CE 401, and the emphasis can be summarized with three points of emphasis:
Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and
shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.
a. Engineers should keep current in their specialty fields by engaging in professional practice,
participating in continuing education courses, reading in the technical literature, and
attending professional meetings and seminars.
b. Engineers should encourage their engineering employees to become registered at the earliest possible date.
c. Engineers should encourage engineering employees to attend and present papers
at professional and technical society meetings.
d. Engineers shall uphold the principle of mutually satisfying relationships
between employers and employees with respect to terms of employment including professional grade descriptions,
salary ranges, and fringe benefit
1. Civil Engineers Should Be Reading Regularly: Publications such as ENR, Civil Engineering, Engineering Journals, and
News About Our Profession and News That Affects Our Profession
should have a prominent place on an engineer's reading list.
2. Civil Engineers Should Participate in Continuing Education: The Engineer, at a minimum, should participate in organized seminars, short courses, and technical meetings on a sustained annual basis.
In addition, an Engineer should show leadership in these activities
by participating in the planning, organizing, and presenting the Seminar, Short Course or Technical Meeting.
3. Civil Engineers Should Contribute to the Advancement and Well Being of the Profession: Each engineer benefits from a strong, thriving profession. Each engineer enjoys these benefits because
previous generations of engineers gave of their time, talent, and resources for the benefit of the Profession.
Each generation of engineers should pass the profession to the next generation
in better condition than received from the previous generation.
The CE 401 Handout Materials Include Readings about Lifelong Learning for Engineers
Learning for Professional Development:
Our capacity to earn is directly related to our willingness to learn.
Consider the following statement about the half life of engineering knowledge:
A decade ago, a group of experts estimated the half-life of an engineer's technical skills--how long it would take for half of everything an engineer knew about his or her field to become obsolete. For mechanical engineers it was 7.5 years. For electrical engineers it was 5. And for software engineers, it was a mere 2.5 years, less time than it takes to get an undergraduate degree. Today, those numbers are surely even smaller. To Read More ..... CLICK HERE
Such rapid development requires the education of current workers and professionals in the latest technological advances and related applications."
"Pace of Change
And lastly, the pace of change in itself is a change. There was a workshop at the academy before I got there, so I heard about this indirectly. They were talking about the pace of change and somebody proposed a measure of the rate of change as the "half-life of engineering knowledge".
In this workshop, they estimated that the half-life of engineering knowledge varied by field, but the limits they put on it were 2.5 years up to 7.5 years.
So, half of what we are teaching our students in some fields
- ( computer science , by the way, was the field of 2.5 years )
is obsolete by the time they graduate. "
Use the Link Above to Access the Top of this Series,
Complete with links to each individual essay,
Or use the individual links below to specific essays of interest. (Always Use "BACK" Button on your Browser To Return to This Page)
On a lighter note, sometimes negligence can be so obvious that it is hilarious. Consider this contribution by a colleague:
2008 Contractor Awards
See the Entries and the Big Winner Here!!!!!!!!!!!
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CE-401 STUDENTS!!!
Do you KNOW what UNJUST ENRICHMENT IS? Perhaps you should know for the Conflict Resolution Workshop, and you can find out with the following links!!!!!
UNJUST ENRICHMENT OCCURS WHEN ONE PARTY SEEKS TO GAIN SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.
For example, if a design professional forgets to include an elevator in his design of a multi-story building, but an elevator is required by the local building code, then his omission violates the standard of care. If this omission is discovered during construction, and the contractor seeks a $200,000 increase in cost to add the elevator, is the owner justified in seeking $200,000 in damages from the design professional for this negligent act?
If the design professional had included the elevators in the original design, the bidders would have increased their respective bids by $150,000 to include the elevators. If the owner seeks $200,000 from the design professional, he will be seeking something for nothing because but for this error, the owner's cost would have been $150,000 higher, and therefore, the first $150,000 the owner spends on the change to include the elevator is NOT real damages. The real damages in this example are only $50,000, the marginal increase caused by the omission of the elevators from the original bid package and design.
To seek reimbursement of the full $200,000 extra would be seeking something for nothing, and would be UNJUST ENRICHMENT.