Civil Engineer’s Handbook of Professional Practice

Civil Engineer’s Handbook of Professional Practice

Karen Lee Hansen, Kent E. Zenobia

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The Civil Engineer’s Handbook of Professional Practice is a professional practice guide
for civil engineers. The first decade of the 21st century has afforded many opportunities
to reflect on the role civil engineers will play in coming years. The global economy
and world banking system, national security, climate change, dwindling natural
resources, technological advances, and societal changes have provided sufficient food
for thought. In retrospect, the 2001 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
report, titled Engineering the Future of Civil Engineering, which acknowledged that
civil engineering must respond proactively to increasingly complex challenges related
to public health, safety, and welfare, appears prophetic.
As a university program, civil engineering has been growing in the 21st century.
Enrollment in most universities across the nation continues to increase, partially due
to shrinking opportunities in other technical fields as a result of outsourcing. Civil
engineers work very closely with government agencies and on projects requiring significant
local knowledge, making outsourcing of their work difficult. According to
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Civil engineers are expected to experience 24 percent employment growth during
the projections decade [2008 2018], faster than the average for all occupations.
Spurred by general population growth and the related need to improve the Nation’s
infrastructure, more civil engineers will be needed to design and construct or expand
transportation, water supply, and pollution control systems and buildings and
building complexes. They also will be needed to repair or replace existing roads,
bridges, and other public structures.
For several years the country’s infrastructure has been given a grade of ‘‘D’’ on
the ASCE’s infrastructure report card; in 2009 the ASCE estimated that a $2.2 trillion
investment was needed over the next five years to rectify this problem. Significant
public and private funding sources have been established to address this challenge
and, as a result, the demand for well-educated and competent civil engineers should
continue.



Content :
  • Introduction
  • Background and History of the Profession
  • Ethics
  • Professional Engagement
  • The Engineer's Role in Project Development
  • What Engineers Deliver
  • Executing a Professional Commission—Project Management
  • Permitting
  • The Client Relationship and Business Development
  • Leadership
  • Legal Aspects of Professional Practice
  • Managing the Civil Engineering Enterprise


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