Ethics, and Social Sustainability of Engineering Projects
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Author:  Anand Leo [ Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Ethics, and Social Sustainability of Engineering Projects

Ethics, and Social Sustainability of Engineering Projects


The objective of this paper is to outline the principles and practices of ethics in engineering and to review the social sustainability of engineering projects. Theory of ethics illuminates the moral principles of obligations, duties, rights, and ethical concepts such as utilitarianism, and conventionalism. Engineering ethics concerns with the micro-ethics of moral conduct in daily affairs of engineering, and the macro-ethics of collective interests of the engineering profession in the society. Integrity, cruciality and mystique are among the characteristics of professional engineers. Codes of ethics of engineering societies outline the principles of professional conduct for the guidance of members and clients, to serve the public interest, and to enhance the integrity and image of the profession. Social sustainability assessment of engineering projects is an evolutionary phase of social impact assessment integral in the traditional environmental impact assessment. Social, economic, technical and environment are integrated domains of the sustainability of engineering projects. The Mahaweli project is a large-scale utilitarian investment in infrastructure including the social infrastructure. A distinction can be drawn between the socio-economics of Niger Delta Engineering systems, and the Mahaweli project.

Key words: Ethics, engineers, public interest.

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