This course aims to educate and remind licensed engineers and surveyors of ethical expectations through a case study of the Deep Water Horizon oil rig explosion.
The aim of this course is to provide education and reinforce ethical expectations for licensed engineers and surveyors. A detailed case study on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion will scrutinize the ethical transgressions, both subtle and blatant, committed by engineers and businessmen that continue to fuel legal battles for an oil company. The course will differentiate between ethical breaches and civil or criminal violations, illustrating their distinctiveness. It will also review established laws and regulations pertaining to ethics for engineers and surveyors while spotlighting the responses and adjustments engineering societies and councils implemented after the catastrophe.
This course isn’t focused on investigative journalism and was never meant to be. Instead, it brings together insights from various reports, studies, and articles gathered by the author over time. The goal was to assemble credible and impartial information from diverse sources. While ethical concerns are explored, no personal judgments are passed, leaving legal verdicts to the courts. A partial list of resources is provided at the course’s conclusion to aid readers.
Author: Julie Coco, PE
Course Number: 257
Course Hours: 1 PDH