Engineeringfield nowadays has encountered many challenges including in maintaining thegood ethics within its practioner. Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) throughthe code of professional conduct has setup a specific guidelines to be followedby every registered engineer in Malaysia and somehow for certain reason, thereare still certain cases regarding the ethical things of its engineer. One ofthe effective action that we can suggest to the responsible authorities inorder to overcome the misconduct actions of the engineers is by strictlyimplementing the rules and punishment to those who were founded guilty. For theyoung or fresh graduate engineer, they shall be exposed deeply to thisunethical manners. This kind of catastrophe event thathappened in Dhaka, Bangladesh was something that really close to our ethics inperforming our job as a civil engineer.
The misconducts of any work related tothe construction things cannot be compromised as it will cost a very high priceto pay including losing of somebody’s live. From the Dhaka’s case, many expertshas analyses the reasons and factors that lead to the collapse of the buildingand majority of them agreed that there are so much faulty in term of thestructural issues. Henri Gavin, one of the experts from Duke University saythat, the uneven footing that were constructed became the major problem whichcaused the building to have settlement at one of its foundation.
This issue wasbasically stemmed by some mistakes during the early stages of conducting thesoil testing. The settlement that occur clearly indicates that the buildingshould not be built at the first place and yet the construction still going on.The engineer or anyone that still ordered the construction to start should beheld responsible.
Another unethical conduct thathappened during the construction of the building was the order from themanagers of the factory that the work shall be continue even though he wasbeing told that there was a crack at the seventh floor, a day before thebuilding completely collapsed. According to Fischetti, “”Concretecracks ..
. but generally cracks are not a cause for concern unless you can seeit moving over time or it seems to be excessive.” From this statement, thecrack that happened during the construction, is clearly being neglected by themanager as to him, the crack was not going to move over time. This is somethingthat must be revised and include in the rules and codes of conduct as sometimeswe don’t know whether the crack can be worst or not. Generally, we have learntmany valuable ethical things in this case as we are strongly believe thatdisaster can be avoided if all of us follow the rules and regulations by notcompromising the misconduct at any level.