Question

You are a civil engineer on a team designing a bridge for a state government. Yourteam submits what you believe to be the best design by all criteria, at a cost that iswithin the limits originally set by the state DOT client. However, some monthslater, the state undergoes a budget crisis and cuts your funds. Your supervisor, alsoa qualified civil engineer, makes design changes to achieve cost reduction that hebelieves will not compromise the safety of the bridge. You are not so sure, thoughyou cannot conclusively demonstrate a safety hazard. You request that a newsafety analysis be done. Your supervisor denies your request on the grounds oftime and limited budget. What do you do?

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