Presentation on theme: "A video dramatization on engineering ethics"— Presentation transcript:
1 A video dramatization on engineering ethics GILBANE GOLDA video dramatization on engineering ethicsProduced by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics for the National Society of Professional Engineers
2 GILBANE GOLDThe story is fictitious but it is based on a number of actual situations.Present time scenes are presented in color.Flashback scenes are presented in black and white.
3 SYNOPSISGilbane Gold is the name given to dried sludge from the Gilbane wastewater treatment plant. It is sold to farmers as a commercial fertilizer.The annual revenue generated saves the average family about $300 per year in taxes.Several years ago the city established strict limits on the discharge of heavy metals to the sewers to protect Gilbane Gold from the build-up of toxic materials that could end up in the farmer’s soil.
4 SYNOPSISThe city’s discharge limits are ten times more restrictive than Federal limits.The limits are based on the concentration of the pollutants in the discharge with no restrictions on total weight of material discharged.
5 SYNOPSISZ CORP is a computer components manufacturer discharging wastewater containing small amounts of lead and arsenic into the city sewer system.The discharges meet the allowable levels based on the current test required by the city.A new test , known only to Z CORP, shows the discharges exceed the city limits.
6 SYNOPSISZ CORP has received a contract to manufacture five times as many computer components as they currently produce.The increased production will mean five times as much waste will be produced.The city’s concentration limit can be met simply by adding five times more water to the discharge.
7 CAST OF CHARACTERS David Jackson – a young environmental engineer Tom Richards – environmental engineering consultantPhil Port - manager Z CORP environmental affairsFrank Seeders – Z CORP engineering managerDiane Collins – Z CORP vice-president and plant manager
8 CAST OF CHARACTERSLloyd Bremen – former state commissioner of environmental protectionDr. Winslow Massin – Professor Emeritus, Hanover University, School of EngineeringMaria Renato – TV reported from Channel 13Dan Martin – Z CORP lawyer