ptatohed

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  1. Do you mean Ball Bank Indicators? You can pick up a manual one for under $100 and a digital one for $600 +/-. Here are several procedures for setting advisory speeds, some use a Ball Bank Indicator, some do not. http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/speedmgt/ref_mats/fhwasa1122/ch3.cfm
  2. It sounds like you'll be fine. You got this. Best of luck. Let us know if we can help. P.S. I think EET has recorded on-demand webinars, if interested.
  3. Understood but I am suggesting that more isn't always better. You could very well hinder yourself if you get bogged down trying to read/study/learn from all these multiple codes. Spend your study hours wisely and efficiently. As Maji suggested, you might consider taking EET's Seismic class. They also now offer a Survey class.
  4. Shortcoming? I would say the opposite. In all honesty, you are overdoing it. Really all you need is a good workbook (EET, Hiner, Mansour), good practice problems (often those found in your workbook are enough but more practice problems can't hurt), and maybe the ASCE7 and the CBC/IBC. And I say maybe because a good workbook (EET) will have most all of the necessary excerpts from the codes. EET's CBT exams sound valuable too. You will not need NDS, SDPWS, AISC, or ACI. How much money did you spend on those? For the money you spent, I would have recommended taking EET's class. Spend your study time on your selected workbook and practice problems, no need to spend time studying the codes other than maybe be familiar with the sections of code you find your workbook referencing often. Good luck.
  5. Good luck. Feel free to PM me with any questions, I'll try my best to help. What's your plan for Seismic?
  6. SCB, When I took the exam it was paper/pencil/scantron. And yes I enjoyed the option of writing on my test booklet. However, since then I have beta tested the exam for the state in CBT so, in essence, I have gone through the same scenario you will be (albeit without the stress or pressure of 'needing' to pass like you). I honestly don't recall it being an issue. It wasn't too big of a deal to read/understand the problem and diagram (if any), formulate a plan to solve the problem, and just start plugging away on the blank scratch paper. 90+% of the time, you won't need to recreate the entire diagram, only portions where you may need to visually see what you are solving. If you want, you can basically nearly simulate the experience by taking a paper book practice exam and writing on blank scratch paper and not your book. The State was concerned about the same thing you are concerned about on the first cycle or two of the newly debuted CBT exams. So, they gave you a booklet with the figures in it. But examinees complained that it was too cumbersome (you had to jump around in your booklet to find your figure since the figures couldn't be in sequential order due to varying exam orders). They dropped the figure booklet. In summary: You'll be fine.
  7. The exam is very "principles" only. Just understand the basic concept behind staking/layout, the main types of stakes, and generally how to read stakes, and you'll be good. I think Caltrans has some staking info you can find online for free. Good luck.
  8. Your old book will be fine. But, yes, no need to study topics not found on the state's syllabus. Good luck.
  9. megs, it sounds like your mind is in the right place now. You know what needs to be done. I would pick either CA-Seismic or the 8-hr, but not both, and hit it hard. You might consider knocking out Seismic real quickly (sounds like you were really close - and the material is fresh to you - and EET is there for you), and then get back on the 8-hr? Have you already passed the CA-Survey? For the 8-hr, pick a depth module and stick with it. It's very counter productive to keep switching modules. In fact my advice would be to continue with Geo but if you feel you must switch, then try to make it your last switch. Good luck.
  10. I sent it to you and then deleted your e-mail address as I don't think you want it floating around on the internet.
  11. This is a good point. I have never cared much for the advice of concentrating on your weakest subjects. Continually studying your strong subjects is just as, if not more, important! No one should assume they will test well on a subject they did well on in a practice exam, in college, or even on a previous exam. Study everything.
  12. Looks like only three books to me. Three books, four 2-page CodeMasters, one set of tabs.
  13. Thanks Ram. I'll check with RG to see what the exact rules are.
  14. Moving. First I'll say you can pick either, Trans or Struct, and you'll be fine. But, with that said, I am going to go against the grain and suggest Struct. In my humble opinion, contrary to what most people think or say, I find the exam primarily text-book based and less "real life" based. But, again, you'll be fine either way. Pick one and jump in. Good luck.
  15. Thanks. But ouch, $832 for 18 hours. Kinda pricey. EET is $550 with 56 hours. http://www.eetusa.com/classes/ca-specific/seismic