A course in professional ethics for civil engineers was taught for the first time in Spain during the academic year 2007/08. In this paper a survey on the satisfaction and expectation of the course is presented. Surprisingly the students sought moral and ethical principles for their own ordinary lives as well as for their profession. Students were concerned… (More)
In case of special engineering projects of important relevance it is interesting to pay attention to several possible risks; some of them are in the field of morality or ethics. Due to the social importance of these risks, additional considerations or even additional warranties are justified.
The magnification factor for the steady-state response of a SDOF system under harmonic loading is described in many structural dynamics textbooks; the well known analytical solution is easily obtained from the solution to the damped equation of motion for harmonic loading. The complete and steady state solutions can differ significantly. An analytical… (More)
A design-oriented method for improving the strength and overall stability of moment-resistant framed structures is proposed. The method uses well-accepted approximate expressions of second-order phenomena to identify critical structural components to be modified in subsequent iterations. The optimization procedure uses an instability coefficient as a… (More)