Credit for Engineering Work Design Competition (adapted from NSPE Case No. 92-1)


An engineer fails to credit another engineer for design work when he enters a competition for bridge design.


Amory, an engineer, is retained by the City to design a bridge as part of an elevated highway system. Amory retains the services of Carroll, a structural engineer, with expertise in horizontal geometry, superstructure design and elevations, to design certain parts of the bridge. Carroll drafts plans for the bridge's three curved welded-plate girder spans, a critical part of the bridge's design.

Months later, Amory enters the bridge design into a national organization's bridge-design competition, and it wins first prize. The entry, however, fails to credit Carroll for his part in the bridge design.

What, if anything, should Carroll do?

NSPE Code of Ethics An earlier version may have been used in this case.