Comment 120729

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted February 09, 2017 at 11:47:18 in reply to Comment 120728

I'd suggest engineers are precisely most necessary when competing constraints are present

We need professional engineers with a code of ethics which holds that safety is NOT a constraint. Suppose a civil engineer produces a bridge design which, due to budget constraints, will only collapse on rare occasions. When was the last time we heard a civil engineer say about his bridge design, "only once in the last 50 years have we had an ice storm severe enough that the ice buildup will cause this bridge to collapse"?

The correct answer to that question is "never."

Similarly, no professional engineer should ever be involved in a traffic design that is unsafe because it fails to conform to established design engineering standards. Standards such as CROW. If anyone does so, then that is professional malfeasance. Such a person should be severely disciplined. In my opinion, being expelled from Professional Engineers Ontario is an appropriate level of disciplinary response to this professional malfeasance, due to the danger to human life.

Comment edited by KevinLove on 2017-02-09 11:56:04

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