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Ethical Issues in Design-Build

Ethical Issues in Design-Build
Course Highlights

In this online engineering PDH course the dilemma for the engineer or architect posed by the conflict between the owner's and general contractor's interests in the design-build process is discussed. The ethical issues that arise from such dilemma when subjective criteria are used to award design-build contracts are also discussed. Finally, steps that can be taken by individual engineers and engineering societies to resolve these ethical issues while retaining design-build as a construction delivery option are discussed.


The widespread growth of "design-build" presents ethical issues for engineers and architects. If these issues are not addressed, it is likely public reaction to abuses the process invites will result in the loss of design-build as a construction delivery process.


This 2 PDH  online course is intended for engineers and architects employed by public agencies and private companies as well as those who are self-employed who are involved with design-build projects. It will also be valuable for construction professionals who are concerned with the long-term health of their industry.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning the elements of design-build
  • Learning the difference between a construction delivery and a construction procurement process
  • Learning to distinguish subjective criteria for award of design-build contracts from objective criteria
  • Learning the fundamental elements of a construction delivery process
  • Learning the fundamental elements of a construction procurement process
  • Learning how "best value" and "point systems" can be inappropriately manipulated
  • Learning the two serious ethical issues engineers are faced with in design-build
  • Learning the steps individual engineers and engineering societies can take to rationalize these ethical issues
  • Learning what the engineer needs to do to protect himself when interest of the owner and that of the general contractor conflict
  • Learning the importance of integrity in public agency and private company procurement
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Ethical Issues in Design-Build".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Ethical Issues in Design-Build (2.9 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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