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several factors should be considered for this case. Who provided the offer of this? is there any other relationship between interested parties? are there any conflicts of interest for that specific task? Who assumes the responsibility of that specific job? ...
I'm not sure that this is an ethical issue but rather a contract management one whereby if the structural engineer took this action without going through a normal issue resolution process then that should be addressed.
The responsibility of the engineer is to supervise the contractor.When he does the work himself within the contractors set up,how will he then supervise his own work?Moreso,will his work be independent?
His level of involvement should remain at supervision level and there is a lot of assistance he can give without necessarily getting deeply involved in the contractors work.
I was part of initiatives where contractors where helped in order to keep the needed level of quality in the final product. The difference with you stated is the situation was detected and definied into the contract due to the situation was detected along the procurement process.
As an engineer, I would say this would be completely unethical, at least where I am and could be a cause to lose one's licence. I guess it also depends on what you mean by "assist". As Collins pointed out, there is the very real potential for a conflict of interest. We are strictly "forbidden" in offering "advice" to contractors, as "we" could then be held liable by the contractor if the "advice" given was taken/ used and a problem then resulted. Shaky ground to say the least.
Thanks for valuable feedback, I meant by it will be unethical like what Collins pointed out how you can work for the contractor and then inspect same work on the field.
The consultant provides only supervision services.
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