$149.00 - When Ethics Are Ignored: Lessons from Forensic Engineers
$70.00 - When Ethics Are Ignored: Lessons from Forensic Engineers
This presentation uses examples taken from a forensic engineering practice to elevate ethical principles from abstract concepts to real life events. It will help engineers understand why governing bodies issue our professional engineering licenses and lay down rules of professional conduct that guide our practice. The written words such as negligence, recklessness, and deceit are just abstract concepts until they come alive, illustrated by examples drawn from events surrounding construction failures and incompetent professional practice where professionals ignored the basic ethics and principles that should have guided their delivery of professional services.
Speaker: Mr James Drebelbis, PE
James R. Drebelbis, AIA, P.E. is licensed as both an Architect and Professional Engineer with over 40 years of expertise in structural engineering, architectural technology and professional practice. His experience includes all phases of building construction and performance, project management, technical specifications, building design and contract document production. He gained his BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas where he was inducted into the honorary societies of Tau Beta Pi and Tau Sigma Delta. In 1978, he received his Master in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Since founding Drebelbis Engineering in 1996 as a forensic engineering firm, he has performed hundreds of engineering investigations of building, project and site failures for his client base of insurance adjusters, and trial attorneys. In addition to his project work, Mr. Drebelbis regularly speaks on the topics of professional ethics, forensic engineering and building technology. He served for several years as a volunteer arbitrator for the Dallas Better Business Bureau, and belongs to both the American Institute of Architects and to the National Society of Professional Engineers. In 1993, AIA Dallas awarded him the President’s Medal for extraordinary service. In 2009, he was instrumental in modifying the legal wording of a Texas state statute that affects the practice of engineering and architecture.
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