n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Code of ethics for SAICE members : code of ethics

Volume 23, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Civil Engineering is the application of science and technology in the control and use of forces and materials of nature, for the progressive benefit of all the peoples on planet Earth. Construction is an essential human activity that rivals few in its consumption of resources and its potential to harm the Earth. Many decisions have environmental and ecological consequences, which may not immediately affect any of the primary actors in a project, but which still require wise ethical judgement. Codes of conduct established by the Built Environment Councils regulate the behaviour of professionals. They do not inculcate a value system within which choices between rival goods or ills can be made. A code of ethics is therefore required to provide a framework within which decisions between alternative courses of action can be made.

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