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ETHICS AND THE LAW FOR PRACTICING GEOPROFESSIONALS


This Webinar qualifies for the required two-hour continuing education requirement for licensed professionals in Minnesota (license renewal June 30).


This webinar qualifies for ethics training in other states too.

But don't just attend because it's a CEU requirement, experience this webinar and protect yourself, your staff, and your company from potential ethical violations that can be avoided with simple clarification of right from wrong.

Who should attend:
  • Engineers
  • Geologists
  • Land Surveyors
  • Architects
  • Soil Scientists

The course explains why ethics are important, gives an overview of professional codes of ethics, describes the rules of professional conduct in the Minnesota Statues and Rules, provides guidance for making value-laden decisions, introduces the Board of Ethical Review case studies, looks at several case studies, and shows the value of professional and technical societies in maintaining ethical health fitness.

Highlights:
  • Why Ethics?
  • Codes of Ethics Comparisons
  • Rules of Professional Conduct in Minnesota Statutes and Rules
  • Making Value-laden Decisions
  • Board of Ethical Review
  • NSPE Ethics Reference Guide
  • Case Studies
  • Summary
  • Questions
By the end of this session you will:
  • Know about Codes of Ethics and the roles they play in geoprofessional practice
  • Be aware of the Minnesota Statutes and Rules associated with professional conduct in geoprofessional practice
  • Know how to access them
  • Have a systematic process for solving ethical dilemmas
  • See the value of professional and technical organizations in the engineering profession

Instructors Bio

Vince Drnevich was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the oldest of 10 children. His father was a commercial and residential builder. Vince received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and he completed the Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan. While studying at Michigan, he met and married Roxanne M. Hosier.

Professor Drnevich was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky for 24 years where he progressed through the academic ranks, did a four-year term as Department Chairman, and served as acting Dean of Engineering for a year. Upon leaving UK, he was named Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at UK.

In 1991, he was recruited to Purdue University as the Head of the School of Civil Engineering, a position that he held until June 2000. He retired from Purdue in June 2010 and is now Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Purdue.

His research focuses on the engineering properties of soils, especially as measured by stress wave propagation and electromagnetic wave propagation. His work is the basis of an ASTM Standard D 4015 on the Resonant Column Method. From 1974 to 2015, he was president of Soil Dynamics Instruments, Inc., a firm which manufactured resonant column and torsional simple shear testing equipment. He and his students developed the Purdue TDR Method for water content and density determination of soil, for which there is an ASTM Standard (D 6780-12) and Purdue holds five patents. Another of his teams developed a vibratory hammer device for compaction of granular soils which allows for getting maximum densities and water contents for effective compaction, for which there is an ASTM Standard (D 7382-07). Over fifty students have received graduate degrees with him as their advisor or co-advisor.

Vince Drnevich has been recognized for both his teaching (especially the senior design course at Purdue) and research by a number of national awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (Huber Award and Norman Medal), the American Society for Testing and Materials (1979 and 2014 Hogentogler Awards, Woodland G. Shockley Award, the Award of Merit, and numerous Standards Development Awards), the American Society for Engineering Education (George Wadlin Award), and Chi Epsilon (Harold T. Larson Award and the James M. Robbins Award). He is active in many professional and technical organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (Distinguished Member), the American Society for Engineering Education (Life Member), the ASTM International, (Fellow), the National Society of Professional Engineers (Fellow, 2010 P.E. Mentor of the Year, Board of Ethical Review 2014-17), and the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (Fellow) where he is a past President and in 2013, received the inaugural Thomas A. Morris Award. In 2009, he was awarded the Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) by the Academy of Geo-Professionals. He is a licensed professional engineer in Indiana. In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and was elected chair for 2013. He is the faculty advisor to the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) Chapter and its Rube Goldberg Team, and the founding advisor of Geo-Institute Graduate Student Organization. In 2003, he was a co-founder of the Purdue Geotechnical Society and continues to serve as its president. He has been involved in the Indiana MathCOUNTS program for over 20 years. He is a regular provider of short courses and presentations on professional and technical issues, especially on the topics of ethics, professionalism, and continuing education. Over 15,000 professionals have taken his short courses.

Vince and his wife, Roxanne, celebrate 50 years of marriage; have four grown children and seven grandchildren. They both are active in their church and are avid golfers, ballroom dancers, and college sports fans.



Fee: 299.00 USD Per Webinar

Downloads: Session Slides (PDF)
Record of Attendance Form (PDF)

Number of Participants: Unlimited from a single computer (Broadcast webinar in your conference room or auditorium for no extra charge)

Continuing Education Certificates: Unlimited. $14.95 each. Official CEU certificates are available as an option and only available at the time of webinar participation from Northern Illinois University. Ordering steps are given at time of webinar order.

Access: On-demand, anytime 24/7.
Access Duration: 24 hours.

Discounts: Buy 3 on-demand webinars, and get 3 on-demand webinars for free!

Duration: 120 minutes
PDH Earned: 2.0 hours
   
Instructor(s): Vince Drnevich, P.E., Ph.D.


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