Heat Pump Ethics Case

TitleHeat Pump Ethics Case
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Keywordsbidding , Bidding Process , Civil , CIVIL engineering
AbstractAs the engineer in charge of designing and ordering materials for the heating and cooling system for a new 200 room motel, you are getting bids from suppliers for your job. One supplier's price is almost twenty percent lower than all the others, a price too good to be true. You ask to see some performance data on his pumps, which he gives, and must do the calculations and decide if you want to go with this supplier or another one. The supplier with the absurdly low bid offers to make a "deal" and give you an even lower price than first offered. Includes numerical problems.
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