Professional Ethics for Civil and Structural Engineers under the German Law Governing the Profession of Engineers

TitleProfessional Ethics for Civil and Structural Engineers under the German Law Governing the Profession of Engineers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsQuapp, U
JournalJournal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction
PaginationB4515001
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1943-4162
AbstractSooner or later in their everyday work life, engineers will deal with issues of professional ethics. In the United States, codes of professional ethics are well developed and can be easily followed to avoid problematic situations. Similar codes of professional conduct have been developed in other countries, such as Germany, in the areas of medicine, civil and structural engineering, and architecture over the past few decades. Whether acting as planners, consultants, or specialized experts, civil and structural engineers are obligated to obey the rules of proven professional conduct and modern professional ethics. Their professional practice requires the observation of secured technical knowledge and the obligation for ongoing professional development. This paper provides an overview about professional ethics in general, professional law as it pertains to German engineers, and the relevant aspects of professional ethics in Germany, which will be of interest to engineers practicing there. Furthermore, the author reflects about including aspects of professional ethics in higher education programs for civil and structural engineering to prepare future professionals for the potential pitfalls in their practice. Finally, the paper presents and discusses relevant case law and looks into the future.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000173
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000173

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