Professional Code of Ethics – the Glass Half Filled

Image result for football ticketsDo you belong to a professional organization? Does your organization have a code of ethics?  When is the last time that you or your organization reviewed the code of ethics to make sure that it is up-to-date and enforceable?  More importantly, how does your organization promote ethical awareness and compliance, both inside and outside the organization. Continue reading

Understanding the Term CONFLICT OF INTEREST

In almost every walk of life you will encounter the term, “Conflict of Interest” (COI).  It is an ethical term that is often used to destroy a person’s credibility, or to weaken their position in matters of professional opinion.  One of the most interpretive questions relating to a COI is the question of impartiality.  Can a person act with impartiality where an apparent conflict of interest exists?  The reason this question is so interpretive is because of the many and different ways in which it can be answered. Continue reading

The Non-Competitive Specification

cropped-imagesCAF3HGDZ.jpgIt is a common practice among specifying engineers to base their designs on a specific manufacturer’s product.  This assures that the equipment proposed for the project exists, allows for dialogue between the engineer and the manufacturer, and establishes a base-line in the contract documents.  It is also common practice to list, in the specification, at least two other acceptable manufacturers provided that they can meet the basic intent of the specifications.  The purpose of naming alternate manufacturers is two-fold.  First, it identifies other manufacturers whose manufacturing quality meets the general expectation of the engineer and the owner.  Second, it involves other manufacturers in the pricing and/or bidding process in order to encourage competition for the owner.  Continue reading