Comparative Ethics for Surveyors
Ethical considerations of business and professional practice have always been of concern to surveyors, but in recent years surveyors have seen an increasing emphasis on the need to understand and put into practice positive ethical attitudes. Attempts are made to impose ethics on surveyors and engineers from several directions including legal, professional and moral. An understanding of the implications of each is important. Additionally, surveyors find themselves interacting with other professions on a daily basis where an understanding of their ethical obligations is critical to a positive outcome for projects that require input from many different sources. However, it is frequently observed that priorities of different professions may be in conflict with each other. To focus thoughts for the class, the workshop will begin with a review of ethical guidelines that surveyors are expected to adhere to. After a discussion of the history of ethics for surveyors and an examination of modern ethical guidelines for surveyors, ethical guidelines for several other professions will be examined with an eye towards areas of commonality as well as areas of conflict. Some of these groups will be closely related professions to surveyors while others will be examined not for their areas of common interest, but rather to see what we can learn from them. Finally, the workshop will conclude with a guided discussion time where the class will discuss what ethics guidelines should be included in a code of ethics for surveyors and why these are important for professionals to keep in mind and adhere to.