CE-401
Civil Engineering Seminar
[Last Updated June 17, 2017]

 

ATTENTION STUDENTS IN CE 401 FALL 2017

Essay Teams
Fall 2017

SECTION I

(To Be Determined)

SECTION II

(To Be Determined)

 

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http://www.engr.uky.edu/~jrchee0/CE%20401/

 

THE HANDOUT PACKAGE CONSISTS OF THREE PDF FILES. THE CASE HISTORIES ARE IN PDF #3.

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The Case Histories Are In Package #3

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I Love This Definition Of Engineer

 

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:

Lifelong Learning Is A Mandate Of The ASCE Code of Ethics!!!

ASCE CODE OF ETHICS
CANON 7.

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.

http://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/lifelong-learning.html

Master Your Learning
Learning Gives You Options

Develop the Habit of Lifelong Learning for Professional Development

 

Lifelong Learning for Engineers and Scientists in the Information Age

 

Lifelong Learning for Engineers: Riding the Whirlwind

Author: Ernest T. Smerdon

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

http://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/LearningforEngineers/LifelongLearningforEngineersRidingtheWhirlwind.aspx

 

The Half Life of Knowledge in Engineering

"2005: " The half-life of knowledge has become miniscule in many fields. Having once undergone training or holding a degree or degrees is not enough. Lifelong learning is essential to competitiveness . "

The American Academy of Political and Social Science "
estimated the half-life of an engineer's skills in 1986 at
-  2.5 years in software engineering,
-  5.0 years in electrical engineering.. ."

IN 2001 " the half-life of an engineering degree is now projected to be something like seven years "

IN 2002, Penn State noted that " the half-life of one's Internet/Web knowledge obsoletes every two years "

" Where technologies and training once changed every 20 years , today the half-life of rapidly advancing technologies may be anywhere between three and five years.

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. "

Lifelong Learning Imperative in Engineering

http://www.nae.edu/Activities/20676/21702/26338/26533.aspx


Attributes of Professions

Other Professionalism and Ethics links of interest

Ernest Greenwood Biography

The Behaviors of Professionalism

Business Ethics

ASFE's Emerging Issues and Trends Committee Issues ASFE
White Paper No. 8 Emerging Issues 2020
Date:Jan 14 2008

 

 

 

ATTENTION AMERICA!!!!
YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRUMBLING
BEFORE YOUR EYES!!!

Bridges: Did you know that 15% of all bridges
are structurally deficient, and
another 14% are functionally obsolete?
Read about it here

Dams: Did you know that there are over 4,000 deficient
high hazard dams in the United States,
requiring in excess of $21 billion to repair.
The recent Oroville Spillway Failure reveals
just the tip of a huge iceberg. Read about it here.

 

 

AND THEN THERE WAS HANFORD!!!!

The Hanford Nuclear Fuel Processing Facility in Washington State,
Featured In the Video, "Nice Guys Finish Last,"
Is In The News Again. Not Good Either!!!
Another Example of a Crumbling Infrastructure
Use This Link

 

And This From a 2015 Report

 

And This from 2017, GAO Looking to find cheaper way to clean up this mess at Hanford. Ground was broken in 2002 for a vitrification plant — with a price tag now expected to top $17 billion — to treat much of the waste by separating it into high-level radioactive and low-activity radioactive waste streams.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS BASED SELECTION
Talking Points From the American Consulting Engineers Council
ACEC

Please note that the reference in the Handout to QBS
Standing for "Quality Based Services" is INCORRECT
QBS Stands for "Qualifications Based Selection"

Online Ethics Center for Engineers and Scientists

 

ASCE Code of Ethics

ASCE-A Question of Ethics

ASCE-Order Of The Engineer

 

Prior To Class (Truesteel Affair) Find the Answers
To the Three Questions Below
(See Handout Page 123 H)

1. Find out How ASCE Defines Ethics

2. Find out why ASCE Believes Engineers sometimes
find the choice between
"the right" and "the wrong" options
more difficult

3. Find the key elements of
the "traditional Civil Engineering Methods of Inquiry"
So You Can Compare and Contrast it
with Josephson's Ethical Decision Making model.

ASCE ETHICS MANUAL

ASCE ETHICS GUIDE

Codes of Ethics Online

The Ethics Toolkit

The Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy
Ethics

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Incident At Morales

Transition Between Incident At Morales and Nice Guys Finish Last

Nice Guys Finish Last:  A Fact v. The Truth

Nice Guys Finish Last:  Information

Nice Guys Finish Last Notable Quotes

What is Whistle-Blowing?

De George Whistle-blowing Decision Making Model

Other Whistle-blowing links of interest

http://www.ivmdl.org/cbec.cfm?study=52

http://www.freedomtocare.org/page18.htm

 

Whistleblower Who Reported Officers' Threats Against Obama Fired By Richmond Police

The Richmond, Va., police officer who reported two of his fellow officers
for allegedly talking about killing the president has been fired from the department , WTVR reports .

The whistleblower confirmed to WTVR on Wednesday that he had been fired
from his job with the Richmond Police Department for speaking to the press
about "a May 5 incident involving the President and the First Lady."

The "May 5 incident" seems to refer to the
president's visit to Virginia Commonwealth University on May 5, 2012 .

 

Tommy Hook, a whistleblower at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is seen in a Santa Fe, N.M., hospital on Sunday, after being beaten up by a group of men outside a bar, an attack his wife and lawyer believe was designed to keep him quiet. The Associated Press Updated: 9:21 a.m. ET June 7, 2005
FOR ENTIRE AP STORY
CLICK HERE

 

TEACHER: I WAS FIRED FOR REPORTING KID'S 'HIT LIST'

Watch An Interview of Mary Warner Here

Kentucky Supreme Court:  Whistle-blowers win mixed court victory

USA Today:  Many Whistle Blowers Lack Protection

Washington Post:
Justice Department Opposition Holds Up Whistle-Blower Measures

 

On February 8, 2017, Fox News reported on the status of reform
at the Phoenix, AZ VA Hospital in response to previous whistle blower reports.
The report can be viewed at: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5316537916001/


Click Image To See and Hear Video

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The Hyatt Regency Kansas City Collapse

Other Hyatt-Regency Kansas City links of interest

Texas A&M Engineering Ethics Center

Google Search for "Hyatt Regency Collapse" on December 7, 2007

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Other Failures:

Ship hauling NASA rockets
hits Kentucky's Eggner Ferry Bridge

A freighter, the Delta Mariner, carrying space rocket components from Decatur, Alabama,
to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for NASA, and the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California,
got stuck along the Tennessee River after it hit a bridge on Thursday.


Cleaning up a DIY repair on
Crystal River nuclear plant
could cost $2.5 billion
By Ivan Penn , Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, October 9, 2011


Cracks occurred about 7 to 10 inches inside the containment wall.

Fla. Public Counsel Calls Botched Repair
at Crystal River
"A Huge Construction Negligence Case"
11/11/2011 By Housley Carr


Root-cause analysis report by Performance Improvement International
identified seven factors contributing to delamination,
including tendon stresses and detensioning sequence.

 

Core Ethical Values

Relevant Code of Ethics Considerations

NEW LNKS ON
Bribery and Corruption:

Global Principles for Professional Conduct

ASCE is taking steps to elevate standards to curb corrupt practices around the world. About 10 percent of the total $3.9 trillion invested in 2004 in global construction, or $390 billion was lost to bribery, fraud and corruption. ASCE is raising awareness of the real costs of corruption by being a catalyst for cooperation and action by engineers worldwide.   Read More .....

Combating Corruption in Engineering and Construction

Support the effort by becoming a signatory on the Engineer's Charter. Join the more than 100 engineering leaders who have already signed and made the commitment to develop actions that will lead to "zero-tolerance" for bribery, fraud and corruption in engineering and construction.

Download the Engineer's Charter

Read More and Sign Charter

Ethical Updates by Lawrence M. Hinman , University of San Diego
A very comprehensive resource site 
[Go directly to some of the offerings with links below]

Ethical Egoism:  An on-line power-point presentation

Ethical Relativism:  An on-line power-point presentation

 

Guidance On Licensing and Ethical
Responsibilities For Civil Engineers

Find out How ASCE Defines Ethics

  1. Find out why ASCE Believes Engineers sometimes
    find the choice between
    "the right" and "the wrong" options
    more difficult
  2. Find the key elements of
    the "traditional Civil Engineering Methods of Inquiry"
    So You Can Compare and Contrast it
    with Josephson's Ethical Decision Making model.

ASCE Code of Ethics

 

 

Biographical Information About
Michael Josephson

Commentaries on Business and Management
by Michael Josephson

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.

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Quotes For Ethics
Compiled by Josephson
(Also Download Word File of All Quotes)

Six Pillars of Character

Making Ethical Decisions

The Hidden Cost of Unethical Behavior

 

2012 REPORT CARD
The Ethics of American Youth

 

The Ethics of American Youth: 2012

 

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Truesteel Affair

Gilbane Gold

Other Gilbane Gold links of interest

http://ethics.tamu.edu/ethics/gilbane/gilban1.htm

Did you know that Louisville Kentucky Sells Its
Wastewater Treatment Sludge for Agricultural Fertilizer? 
Learn About Louisville Green

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Testing Water ... and Ethics         [A program of the FPP]

HELPFUL TIP: Essay Preparation:
Why You Need To Know How To Proofread
Date:Jan 14 2008
A Great Read for All with Writing Responsibilities

 

 

What Has Happened To Shame?
Essay by Richard Cheeks
References Cited in Essay

 

The United States Legal System

The Law of Contracts

Tort Law

Distributive Justice

Legal Resource Center

Negligence/Professional Liability

Unjust Enrichment Paper

NEW!!! NEW!!! NEW!!!
ASFE Executive Vice President John Bachner testified on Friday, October 12, 2007 before the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and
Professional Land Surveyors, arguing for its adoption of new rules requiring expert witnesses to testify about the standard of care only “with knowledge” of what the standard of care actually was.

In this presentation, Mr. Bachner describes how meritless claims and lawsuits against professionals negatively impact society. This is an important read.

Other Tort Law links of interest

American Tort Reform Association

New California Law Nullifies Certain Indemnities
Date:Jan 28 2007

Center for Economic Justice

The Stella Awards {General Site}

Stella Awards, inspired by Stella Liebeck.

In 1992, Stella, then 79, spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee onto her lap,
burning herself. A New Mexico jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages,

But, you really need to know the rest of the story, and
you can check it out HERE!!!!
http://www.stellaawards.com/stella.html

2002 Stella Awards

2003 Stella Awards

2004 Stella Awards

2005 Stella Awards

2006 Stella Awards

2007 Stella Awards

WARNING!!!!!!!!
Some Sites May Present Bogus Cases As Stella Awards
These Cases Contain Purported Facts and Plaintiffs That Do Not Really Exist.
Check Out a More Complete Warning HERE!!!!!

To the best of my knowledge, the links above refer to valid and real cases and facts

The American Trial Lawyers Association [ATLA]
also provides warnings about Bogus attempts
to report cases beyond the absurd.
Read the ATLA Warnings HERE!!!!!

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XL Insurance's Design Professional group, one of the providers of
innovative professional liability insurance programs for architects and engineer,
has developed a family of documents on loss prevention. I recommend their resources.

Loss Prevention Library

I have included several of XL's Documents in the Handout Package

 

Risk/Risk Allocation/Loss Prevention

Other Loss Prevention links of interest

Center for Economic Justice

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Dispute Resolution

ASCE Policy Statements

ADR, and other Legal Issues

Licensure

Other ADR links of interest

National Forum on Conflict Management in the Construction Industry

H-G Legal Research Center: ADR

Mediation

ADR World.com

NEW!!!!!! NEW!!!!!!!!!!!! NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

Link #1

How does this legal principle apply to the facts in the Case of the Church of Barrish County?

 

RISK MANAGEMENT
Is It Possible To Eliminate Risk From Our Day To Day Lives?

Consider the following event in Florida in 2013

Florida rescue teams have called off their search
for a Florida man who disappeared into a sinkhole
that swallowed his bedroom while he was asleep
in his suburban Tampa home.

How Sinkholes Develop-ABC News Film

 

Crime

May 4, 2016 10:43 AM

Construction worker is killed in trench collapse on Todds Road

The victim, Samuel Tyler Williams, was a married father of three

Trench along Todds Road was 16 feet deep; worker was covered by dirt, gravel

Trench is between a retaining wall and the pavement

 

 

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CE 401 History

 

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